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Tuesdays: June 8 – June 29

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Abraham Joshua Heschel: Activist Rabbi
Instructor: Dr. Leonard (Lenny) Grob

Many Americans familiar with the name Abraham Joshua Heschel have come to know that name primarily through the iconic photograph of Heschel walking alongside Martin Luther King in Selma. He is remembered as an activist who happened to be a rabbi. Fewer of us are aware of Heschel’s philosophical and theological writings, and many fail to see the linkage between his writings on relationship with God and a call to social action on behalf of civil rights and peace. This session will explore this connection, showing how Heschel’s theology provides the necessary moral basis for his activism.


Allied Disinformation, Deception, and Code Breaking in WWII
Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

Some think that “Military Intelligence” is an oxymoron. How wrong they are! During WWII, the Allies changed the course of the war in both the European and Pacific theaters by the successful use of disinformation, deception, and code breaking. This class will cover some of the most spectacular examples.


An Exploratory Look at New Breakthroughs in Energy and Power Technologies
Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

Some of these technologies will already be in use and others will still be under construction or works in progress at research institutions. As a member of this class, you will be encouraged to share your thoughts since we have all been using technology our entire lives.


Artist’s Journey #1
Instructor: Arlene Leventhal

We have a special activity this semester called “An Artist’s Journey”. Each Tuesday morning, a different accomplished artist will talk about and show her artwork. She will elaborate on how she negotiated a career, family life, and her changing interests in various media. Each artist will share how her talent displayed itself in her early years, who influenced her, and how art continued to resurface and maintain its presence in her life, no matter what else was happening.


Artist’s Journey #2
Instructor: Janine Evers

We have a special activity this semester called “An Artist’s Journey”. Each Tuesday morning, a different accomplished artist will talk about and show her artwork. She will elaborate on how she negotiated a career, family life, and her changing interests in various media. Each artist will share how her talent displayed itself in her early years, who influenced her, and how art continued to resurface and maintain its presence in her life, no matter what else was happening.


Artist’s Journey #3
Instructor: Nancy Diamond

We have a special activity this semester called “An Artist’s Journey”. Each Tuesday morning, a different accomplished artist will talk about and show her artwork. She will elaborate on how she negotiated a career, family life, and her changing interests in various media. Each artist will share how her talent displayed itself in her early years, who influenced her, and how art continued to resurface and maintain its presence in her life, no matter what else was happening.


Blueprint for U.S. Leadership in the Age of China
Instructor: Jim Levey

The United States is being challenged now by a rising China in all aspects of world leadership. Is China destined to become “number one” or is a there a blueprint for maintaining our supremacy in world affairs?


Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost: Two Great American Poets
Instructor: Richard Markowitz

We will listen to interviews with both of these renowned literary figures and hear each of them reading from his works. To follow along (highly recommended), you may request texts in advance. Forward your email address to Richard at thinkers.liu@gmail.com and he will email the texts to you before the class.


Cowboys, Cattle Trails, and Cowtowns of the Old West
Instructor: Rick Feingold

Millions of cattle were driven from Texas ranches to railheads in Kansas for shipment to the Armour meatpacking plant in Chicago in the late 19th century. Traveling along the Chisholm Trail, the cowboys ended up in the Kansas Cowtowns of Wichita, Abilene, and Dodge City. Newly paid, the rowdy cowboys would spend their money in saloons, gambling halls, or in the Red Light District. Gunfights occurred and lawmen Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp would restore order. Nat Love rose from plantation slave to champion Rodeo Cowboy. Program music includes The Farmer and the Cowman, Rawhide, and The Last Cowboy Song.


Diversity Dynamics and Trends in America
Instructor: Mark Silberstein

We will examine what diversity is, in terms of our own lives. We will explore the dynamics of diversity to understand the benefits and consequences faced by people of diverse identities in America. Finally, we will touch on political trends that relate to diversity.


Ethel Merman
Instructor: Martin Schneit

Ethel Merman was New York City’s girl next door.  She went from being a stenographer from Queens and became the queen of the Broadway musical in its golden age.  On October 14, 1930 she brought the house down with her performance of George and Ira Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.  Ethel’s rags to riches story fueled the hopes of everyday people.


Forty Years of Digging up My Jewish Roots
Instructor: Dr. Michael Nevins, M.D.

Four decades studying his Jewish roots in Russia-Poland, inspired Michael Nevins to write two books based on his experiences. Now he has produced a film based on a dramatic Holocaust-related poem written during the 1960s by Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski entitled “Letter to Marc Chagall.” This class will be the “world premier” of the short video which features rare etchings by Chagall and collaboration with local actors, a talented musical composer, and a team of cinematographers.


Gifted Performance
Instructor: Dr. Nancy Taylor Goldman

Beginning in the 19th century, different conceptions have arisen about giftedness and what it is. Is it genetic? Is it environmental? Is it both? Recent research on gifted performance in adulthood and how it is nurtured from childhood through adulthood provides a more thorough and nuanced understanding of gifted performance in adulthood.


Hannah Arendt: Political Philosopher and Seeker of Truth
Instructor: Howard B. Goldstein, M.D.

Hannah Arendt’s thoughts command our attention for we share her questions, concerns, and perplexities about the world in which we live. This talk will focus on her life and diverse contributions.


Informed Hope
Instructor: Jim Evers

Are you in despair about the future because of so many urgent, unresolved problems such as climate, water, pollution, inequities, health, and more? They are all urgent and the media reminds us of them 24/7. But there is something the media seldom mentions: the incredible number of hopeful projects that are now happening. In this talk, you will learn about some of these hopeful projects and how to discover other hopeful ones. You can turn your despair into “in-formed” hope.


Introduction to the Life and Works of James Joyce
Instructor: Warren Grodin

This class will feature a review of the amazing life of James Joyce with a peek at his four great publications. 


J.P. Morgan: The Original Rich Uncle Pennybags
Instructor: Rick Feingold

When the federal government ran out of gold in 1895, J. P. Morgan bailed it out with gold from his bank. Then he bailed out the government again in 1907. He bought out Andrew Carnegie and formed the largest corporation in the world, named U.S. Steel. Rich Uncle Pennybags, better known as the banker in the Monopoly board game, is based on J. P. Morgan. His company JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States. This program covers the life of America’s most famous financier whose influence is still felt today.


Jewish Roots of Flamenco
Instructor: Anna de la Paz

Flamenco is an art form that arose in Spain, influenced by various populations passing through or living in the southern region of Andalusia. Beginning in the third century BC, Jews, Christians, Muslims and later the Roma people all contributed to Andalusian culture. This presentation will discuss flamenco and its Jewish connection.


Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Instructor: Rabbi Paula Mack

This class is for journalers and journaler-want-to-bes. Please bring a pen and a journal or spiral notebook.


Leaving a Legacy
Instructor: Courtney E. Boniface

You don’t need to be rich to include a charitable gift in your estate plan. We will explore different ways you can support your favorite charity or causes during your lifetime and after your death. We will discuss ways to make gifts (even some that don’t incur any legal fees!) and learn how some charitable gifts can even increase what you are able to leave to your loved ones.


Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age
Instructor: Suzanne Altman

The 17th century in the Dutch Republic was an extraordinarily fruitful time in the history of art. Great painters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Claesz, and Hals produced masterpieces of portraiture, genre painting, landscape, and still life of this era. We will explore the reasons for this abundance of genius and creativity and see many examples of these beautiful works.


Mindful Yoga
Instructor: Bette Willins

This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that mindful practice of breath and body are effective in managing stress and quieting the nervous system. This class will meet you where you are at any given moment. All are welcome. No yoga experience is necessary.


Poetry Rx, Part II
Instructor: Phyllis Citrin

Through interactive group sharing, we will experience the inspirational and healing power of poetry! (Part I, given in a prior semester, is not a requirement.)


Psalms as a Response to Climate Change
Instructor: Rabbi Paula Mack

Judeo-Christian faith communities depend upon psalms, from the Biblical book of that name, for poetic appreciation of God’s created world. Are psalms flexible and eternal enough to educate us about the present environmental crisis? Can psalms serve as a compass that orients us in our own time?


Rigoletto by Verdi
Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

Rigoletto is a Verdian masterpiece that tells the tragic story of a licentious duke and his hunchbacked jester, Rigoletto. We will hear the signature arias and learn about Verdi’s background and his battle with the censors before Rigoletto was approved for performance. Come share this opera experience with us.


Sahaja Yoga
Instructor: Muddappa Lokesh

In this class, we’ll explore what Sahaja Yoga is; its history, techniques, and benefits on physical, mental, and spiritual levels. In Sahaja Yoga, one becomes peaceful, joyous, and collective as a drop falling into the ocean of compassion. Of course, one cannot pay for the knowledge and experience of Divine Love like we can’t pay for Sun and Mother Earth for all the resources bestowed. This inner awakening is called by many names: Self Realization, Second Birth, Enlightenment, Liberation, Moksha, and Satori and it is the goal of all religions and spiritual traditions of the world. This knowledge is ancient, but for a long time it was available only to a few souls, being kept secret and transmitted from guru to disciple, since Self Realization was extremely difficult to achieve. In these modern times, through Sahaja (“spontaneous”) Yoga (“union with one’s Self”), this experience has become effortless and available to everyone.


Simone de Beauvoir’s Newly Discovered Novel Inseparable
Instructor: Sandra Smith

This talk will include a brief look at Simone de Beauvoir’s life with a summary of her works and a discussion of her newly discovered novel Inseparable, with an Introduction by Margaret Atwood, translated by Sandra Smith, published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. The novel was short-listed for the French American Florence Gould Translation Prize and details her long-standing friendship with “Zaza”, whom she met at age nine. The novel is a fascinating look into life of an upper-class Catholic family after World War I and how Simone de Beauvoir’s life was influenced and changed by that life as she grew to adulthood at University.


Starry Nights: A Conversation between Pablo Neruda and Vincent van Gogh
Instructor: Judith Rose

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) wrote his early love poems a few years after Vincent Van Gogh’s (1853-1890) death. Yet the vibratory energy of Van Gogh’s stunning and dizzying painting “Starry Night” seems to pulse through the vertiginous verses of Neruda’s earliest work La Poesia.  Had Neruda ever seen the painting or are we simply witnessing the phenomenon that Carl Jung called “Synchronicity”? Come and explore the mystery! Please note: Texts for the course will be sent as attachments for at-home printing together with the Zoom link. 


Teaching Myself to Others (Poetry)
Instructor: Zev Shanken

Many people are curious about how poets create and shape their work. As a published poet and teacher for over fifty years, Zev hopes to answer some of those questions. Using selected poems from two of his books, we will explore the processes through which he arrived at the poems’ final shapes. The active dialogue between Zev and the students will be the dynamic of the class. Copies of the poems will be provided. 


The Essential Guide to your Personal Financial Information
Instructor: Karen Caccavo

Everyone, especially seniors and solo agers, needs a “cheat sheet” showing household accounts (including those on AutoPay), family and other contacts, assets, and income items.  Karen calls this an “owner’s manual.” It’s great for sharing information with family and the individual who holds the Power of Attorney, creating an estate plan, and it’s also handy for your own bill paying and financial management. No more procrastinating! Together we’ll take the first steps towards creating this important document of your personal financial and other information. Your future self will thank you!


The Sumerians: The “Inventors” of Civilization
Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

The Sumerians of ancient Iraq, who were lost to history until modern times, created an astounding civilization. They revolutionized agriculture, science and technology, governmental organization, warfare and just about every other aspect of civilization way back as far as 7,500 years ago. Echoes of Sumerian religion reverberate throughout the opening chapters of the Biblical book of Genesis. You will be amazed to learn how the Sumerian innovations still are with us after so many years.


The Unknown Hans Christian Andersen
Instructor: Richard Markowitz

Andersen’s fairy tales are known and loved the world over, but they have eclipsed his output as novelist, playwright, poet, travel writer, and autobiographer. His work in each of these genres, and as a graphic artist, will be examined and discussed. To follow along (highly recommended), you may request texts in advance. Forward your email address to Richard at thinkers.liu@gmail.com and he will email the texts to you before the class.


The Ziegfeld Girls
Instructor: Martin Schneit

The Ziegfeld Follies ran from 1907 to 1931. Florenz Ziegfeld glorified the American Girl and made her a symbol of the modern independent woman. He was instrumental in bringing women to the center of society. The Ziegfeld Girl became an American Institution.


Winslow Homer
Instructor: Suzanne Altman

This spring and summer the Metropolitan Museum will be showing an important exhibit of the works of Winslow Homer who is known for his powerful paintings of American life and scenery. Particularly featured will be his representations of war, race, politics, and the environment. Suzanne will be discussing his life, his works during and after the Civil War, as well as his legacy.


Wislawa Szymborska: A Polish Nobelist Poet – Five More Poems
Instructor: Alice Twombly

Out of 117 Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, only 16 have been women, and only 3 were poets, one of whom was Wislawa Szymborska, a Polish Poet who won the Prize in 1996. Her poems in translation speak powerfully to us today. There will be two classes of her poetry. (See class 1.1.2.) In each class, we will read five different poems.


Wislawa Szymborska: A Polish Nobelist Poet – Five Poems
Instructor: Alice Twombly

Out of 117 Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, only 16 have been women, and only 3 were poets – one of whom was Wislawa Szymborska, a Polish poet who won the prize in 1996. Her poems in translation speak powerfully to us today. There will be two classes of her poetry. (See class 2.2.3.) In each class, we will read five different poems.