Fall 2022 Classes Start October 25!
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The Fall 2022 Courses span a wide range of interest for our community. You will be able to attend up to three courses in each of the 2 sessions for the low fee of $50 per course.  For Zoom courses, you can add an additional viewer at the same computer for 50% of the course fee.


Period 1:  10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Period 2:  12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Period 3:  2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Session 1 – Tuesdays: Oct. 25–Nov. 22 (5 weeks)
Session 2 – Tuesdays: Nov. 29–Dec. 20 and Thursday: Dec 22 (5 weeks)


$50 per student

An additional Zoom viewer is a 50% fee

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1.1.1Z Jewish Literature in the Gap
Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

In the years between the end of the Hebrew bible (ca. 333 BCE) and the origins of both the Rabbinic Period (which led to the Talmud) and the Christian New Testament (ca. 70CE), a vast amount of religious literature was produced. Most of these books have been lost but a great deal has survived. The bulk of it is referred to as the Apocrypha (included in Catholic and Christian Orthodox bibles) and the Pseudepigrapha. With much historical information added, we will explore some of these amazing books many of which, in their day, were more popular than the books deemed sacred by the authorities.

1.1.2O America at War
Instructor: Tom DeStefano

This class covers the West Point Military Academy, the Spanish-American War, WWI, and WWII. Generals Grant, Lee, Eisenhower, and Patton were all trained at West Point. Teddy Roosevelt led the Rough Riders to victory at San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War. WW I introduced new weaponry – submarines, tanks, and machine guns into the era of modern warfare. WWII began with “a day that will live in infamy” and ended with the atomic bomb. NEW! [This class will meet from 9:30 to 11:15 am (90 minutes) for the first four dates of the session but not on November 22.]

1.1.3Z Activities for a More Joyful Life and a Sharper Brain
Instructor: Jim Evers

Many of us are feeling less joyful about life these days and many are also concerned that our memory capabilities and other brain functions are slowing down. Join us in this class where, together, we will discuss these issues and practice scientifically designed activities that can enhance our joys and sharpen our brains. It could prove to be a pleasing, transformative experience. NEW!

1.1.4Z Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Mysteries with “Together in Dance”
Instructor: Katie Palmer

Get to know dance and musical theater professionals from the “Together in Dance” community (led by Executive Director Katie Palmer.) Some performers will be returning from last semester and some will be new. In this series, participants will be treated to a sample of all of the artists’ work in their respective métier and have a glimpse into what it takes to prepare, create, and perform. “Together in Dance” is an NYC-based arts education company that builds community through experiences in the performing arts. New works!

1.1.5O The American Presidency: Its Strengths and Weaknesses
Instructor: Mike Rossi

The role of the President is perhaps the most difficult job in the world. Why would someone want this position? Perhaps for prestige. Others may seek the office for the country’s sake. Some may have been forced. We will explore some “unknown” strengths and weaknesses of the presidency. NEW! (This class will be repeated in session 2.)

1.2.1O Smooth Downsizing and Staying Organized!
Instructor: Helena Bardusco

If you are considering sooner or later to downsize, then this class is for you! Join Helena, a professional organizer, as she presents some structures and routines that will help you prepare for such move. She will help you address all your organizational issues way in advance so that when the time comes, you can ensure a smooth transition and not have to rush through the process of going through years of objects and papers in your home. Become and Stay Organized now! NEW!

1.2.2O Opera Experience
Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

Join our interactive, entertaining and educational class featuring musical highlights, synopses of plots, and backgrounds of the composers – a new opera each day. Featuring Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti), Daughter of the Regiment (also Donizetti), Carmen (Bizet), Nabucco (Verdi), and La Donna del Lago (Rossini). NEW!

1.2.3Z The Future Impact of New Technology
Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

We will look at some new technological breakthroughs from different tech categories and explore how they might impact the future of humanity. NEW!

1.2.4Z Vital Movement
Instructor: Judith Rose

Feel more vitally alive! Offer your body and spirit the gift of Vital Movement™, a unique program for wellness enhancement that integrates the teachings and principles of a variety of kinetic and artistic disciplines to provide effective, joyful, and restorative movement experiences for participants of all ages and levels of proficiency. Each Vital Movement class is a deeply focused dynamic and fluid ritual that encourages growth and transformation. Please have a sturdy armless chair ready in your space. All new choreography!

1.2.5Z Deconstructing Othello
Instructor: Alice Twombly

This class will feature a close look at the ways in which Shakespeare creates and balances Othello against his arch nemesis, Iago, in language, poetry, and action. Have on hand any good edition of the play. NEW!

1.3.1Z Five More Movies
Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

You’ll receive a list of five films that you’ll watch, one a week, in advance of the class. The titles will be a combination of classics and contemporary films, which will be available, usually free, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or as DVDs from your public library. They will be diverse in subject matter and style and will be selected based on how likely they are to stimulate discussion. NEW!

1.3.2Z The Washington All-Stars Latest Mischief: A Review of Recent Supreme Court Cases in Context, Part 1
Instructor: Dr. Duncan Rogers Lee II

As most people are aware, the Supreme Court has been very busy of late with major decisions affecting abortion, the 2nd Amendment, voting rights, and religious rights, to name a few. In this two-part course, we’ll examine each major decision in view of its historical precedents. (What is not covered in Part 1 will be continued in Part 2 in the spring of 2023.) [Special Note: Mr. Lee may be called away to court during the course of this class. Therefore, there will be four classes of 90 minutes duration each. You will be informed on each Monday if there will be class the next day. Classes will go from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.] NEW!

1.3.3Z American Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Instructor: Sandra Martin

This class will explore the lives and times, and study the paintings, of American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries and their visions. Some of the artists that will be studied are O’Keeffe, Hopper, Wood, Wyeth, Lawrence, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Hockney, Neel and Wiley. [Last taught 4 ½ years ago.]

2.1.1Z Envisioning America: How Artists Have Pictured the Country from the Revolution to the Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century 
Instructor: Suzanne Altman

We will explore distinct eras of American History including the Revolutionary period, the western Expansion, the Civil War, the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Social Movements of the mid- to late 20th Century, as seen by such artists as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, and Judy Chicago. NEW!

2.1.2O The Devil Made Me Do It
Instructor: Vivienne Dieckmann

In the 1960s The Flip Wilson Show was on the top of the television charts. One of his characters, Geraldine, excused herself from any wrong-doing with the line, “The devil made me do it.” In this session we will explore the genesis of Geraldine’s concept through excerpts from John Milton’s Satan in Paradise Lost. Satan, as well as Geraldine, has influenced many literary characters whom we’ll explore in future classes. NEW!

2.1.3Z The Story of American Steel: Andrew Carnegie, Charles M. Schwab and the Sparrows Point Legacy
Instructor: Rick Feingold

Andrew Carnegie built a steel empire, became wealthy, and then gave it all away. Charles Schwab would become wealthy leading Bethlehem Steel but died bankrupt. In 1887, Sparrows Point was an isolated stretch of marshland on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. By 1958, it was the biggest steel mill in the world. In 2015, it was a pile of demolished rubble. Sparrows Point is a story of capitalism, labor unions, race, gender, and civil rights. NEW!

2.1.4O The American Presidency: Its Strengths and Weaknesses NEW! (This class is a repeat of course 1.1.5O of session 1, period 1.)
Instructor: Mike Rossi

The role of the President is perhaps the most difficult job in the world. Why would someone want this position? Perhaps for prestige. Others may seek the office for the country’s sake. Some may have been forced. We will explore some “unknown” strengths and weaknesses of the presidency. NEW! (This class will be repeated in session 2.)

2.2.1O The Threepenny Opera
Instructor: Warren Grodin

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill, was first produced in Berlin in 1928. We’ll take a look at the lives of Brecht, Weill, and Lotte Lenya, and learn who Mack the Knife is. This work has been described as the operetta that made off-Broadway. [This class was given several years ago.]

2.2.2Z Personalities of the 1920s
Instructor: Richard Markowitz

The decade of the 1920s is now celebrating its hundredth anniversary. Through recorded interviews with and about the foremost personages of that time, many still remembered (Clara Bow, Willa Cather, Clarence Darrow), others mostly forgotten (Ganna Walska, Miguel Covarubias, W. T. Benda), we will acquire a picture of what this fascinating decade was like, with attention to the arts, literature, journalism, science, politics, sports, and daily life.  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 class. NEW!

2.2.3Z The Way We Were
Instructor: Martin Schneit

With five separate classes, as follows below, Marty will bring back the New York area as it was. Lectures 1 and 2 are new; lectures 3 to 5 are repeats from the past.
Nov. 25th Jewish New York – How Jewish America started in New York
Dec. 6th The Bronx as Seen by Marty Growing up There
Dec. 13th New York City during World War II
Dec. 20th Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights
Dec. 22nd The Borscht Belt

2.2.4O The Story of Rock ’n’ Roll: An American Music Phenomenon
Instructor: Jeff Sherer

Through music videos and documentaries, this course will examine the evolution of how this music affected America’s social and political institutions, mores, and family life.  We’ll cover “juke joints”, RnB, Country, Honky Tonk, Boogie Woogie, Doo Wop, Rock-a- Billy, Soul, Motown, Rap and more. NEW!

2.2.5Z Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Instructor: Alice Twombly

Dickens’ shortest novel (1854) has been called “a bitter expose of capitalist exploitation during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England.” It has such memorable characters as the harsh schoolteacher, Professor Gradgrind, and other unforgettable Dickensian creations. NEW!

2.3.1Z The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
Instructor: Susan Barnett

A review by Joan Didion captures this marvelous novel: “Shirley Hazzard has written a hypnotic novel that unfolds like a dream: Japan, Southeast Asia, the end of one war and the beginning of another, the colonial order gone, and at the center of it all, a love story.” Have a copy of the book with you for each session. NEW!  

2.3.2Z More Short Stories
Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

We’ll read and share ideas on two stories every week, many of them from The New Yorker. Stories will be selected based on relevance to our world today, diversity of content and style, and likelihood of inspiring good discussion. Stories will either be available for you to access directly on the Internet or sent by Robin to you in digital form. NEW STORIES!

2.3.3Z Teaching Myself to Others
Instructor: Zev Shanken

Poet and teacher Zev Shanken reads and explains the origin of his poems as a way of celebrating the joy that reading and writing poetry can bring to political, religious, familial, and romantic issues in our lives. Material will come from his three published books and his new book currently under development. NEW!