never stop learning!

announcing the
fall 2021 session
starting october 5

welcome to the Learning collaborative

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Our program brings together people who now have the time and the freedom to take classes for fun and who enjoy the real pleasure of continuing to learn.

The curriculum is patterned after successful national programs designed to meet the educational interests of the retired community.

Fall 2021 session classes begin October 5


This Semester, all TLC Courses are offered online via Zoom.  

When you register online for the Fall 2021 session, you'll receive a confirming email with the Zoom links for your registered courses. (Note: Don't worry if the links are not yet available. You'll get a reminder email with the links the day before the start of classes.)

IMPORTANT -If you are registering online for the first time, an account will be set up automatically for you when you sign up . You'll also have access to your account (My Account) after you register, where you'll find the course Zoom links. You'll always be able to get the class links, anytime you want.

If you're a returning TLC Student, welcome back!  We're glad you're here.
Be sure to sign in with your username and password so your registration can be added to your account.  Use the password reset if you need.

Registering online is a relatively new experience, and we've worked hard to make it easy to find what you want. Courses and instructors are all linked together so you can find what you're looking for with just a few clicks. We've recorded some quick videos to show you how it works. If you get stumped, check out our Website Help!

We look forward to your registration!


Lunch Speaker Klauss 2015 LIU

New views on Key Elder Issues with Julia Schwartz-Leeper and Jim Evers FEATURING

  • Cornell University author and gerontologist KARL PILLEMER, PhD,
  • TAYLOR PATSKANICK, specialist and researcher at MIT’s AgeLab,
  • BETH FINKEL from AARP International, and

comments From Our Students

I thoroughly enjoy The Learning Collaborative. It has added so much pleasure to my life and I have learned so much over the course of the last 7-8 years. Thank you for all the great course choices and kudos to all the marvelous and competent instructors.

Bill always seems to have his fingers on the pulse of what’s timely and happening in the community at large—The course keeps me informed about current events, which I really need; because at times one can become oblivious to matters not always addressed on the 6:00 News. He’s timely and informative.

Bill Batson’s courses are always current and pithy and absolutely timely. They also always deal with creating a more just society, something we surely could use! I ALWAYS learn and grow from his courses — and read his newsletter every week!

Robin Brancato is an excellent teacher. She is well-organized and stimulates great discussions. All the movies she selected were very interesting. All around a very enjoyable course. Hoping she continues to do it and will gladly join, again.

The facilitators were warm and welcoming, and encouraged class participation. Great demonstrations and knowledgeable presenters. Gave insights into musical theatre, dance and song and what lay behind their creation from people who were part of this world.

The instructor has a wealth of information and used a variety of means to illustrate his points. It was especially interesting to watch the videos that he provided. It greatly enriched the content. Although it was basically a lecture course, given that we were all there to learn more about this topic, the format was perfect.

Jim did provide opportunities for asking questions and tapping our own experiences with China from trips that classmates had made in the past.

Although there was some technical difficulty at the beginning, this was straightened out by the second session. The same is true, for some problems in sticking to the assigned timeslot... this too was remedied promptly.

Susan Barnett chose a wonderful piece of literature (Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway”) for the class to read and discuss. Susan lead the lively discussions with interesting questions and facts about Woolf’s life and work. I’ve taken many courses with Susan and I’ve never been disappointed. Susan has been able to seamlessly embrace the online learning experience.

The book was not easy reading. With the guidance is Susan, it became a joy to explore the day in the life of a woman in upper class English society following WW1 and a pandemic. The writing and accompanying articles created a backdrop for stimulating discussion.

Carl Rattner's presentations were chock full of much information and great examples from art. It was a small group, so easy to communicate, Loved it.

Phyllis was able to tackle the extremely difficult course material and present it in a way that we were able to understand it. She did this by patiently presenting different subjects in different ways and reviewing it periodically. Phyllis was unbelievably prepared with wonderful slides and small videos. It was a great course, and it was very timely because she integrated the genetics with the Covid vaccines, the variants, etc.

Phyllis Citrin is an outstanding teacher, one every student at any stage of education would love to have. She tackles difficult concepts and brings them to the student’s individual level; she welcomes all questions, from whatever knowledge base the questions come from, and answers every single one until the student understands. And she is very good at it. She thoroughly explains and reviews difficult concepts expertly. She loves to teach and it shows!

The selection of great thinkers was diverse and opened the door to a more intimate overview of their ideas, accomplishments and often avant-garde perspectives. Before listening to the recordings, their respective obituaries are shared. The class is also e-mailed the texts and selected pictures. This adds dimension.

"Alice’s boundless depth of knowledge made every page of Moby-Dick come alive.  It is a rich epic novel and an unforgettable experience."

Thank you to the Board for running the Learning Collaborative on this Zoom platform. It has been wonderful taking courses in 2020/2021. So much human contact has been taken from us during the pandemic: having these courses each week has really enhanced my life.
The guided homework assignments have provided me with interesting films and reading material to fill my free time.

The Learning Collaborative is a proud partner of New City Jewish Center. Please check out their website for additional programming opportunities.

featured fall 2021 courses

Why is she so angry?


New Views on Key Elder Issues


Forensic Psychology: Exploring Complex Human Criminal Behavior


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Very Timely Novel


Absolute Beginners Talmud Class


These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: A Literary Souk


Still More Stories, Some From The New Yorker


Constitutional Law: First Amendment Religious Freedom and the “Trump” Court


Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Mysteries with “Together in Dance”


Israel And Palestine: Thoughts On Healing The Divide


Bioethics in 2021: What Have We Learned So Far?


American Artists of the 18th and 19th Centuries 


A Century Of Progressive Photography Through The Lens Of Arthur Rothstein


Modernism In The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway And F. Scott Fitzgerald


Virtual Museum Visits




The Beginnings of Baseball: Interviews with Players from the Early Years


Overlooked and Underappreciated: Art of the


Sinatra Sings Songs from His Movie Musicals


The Amazing Biblical Books of Esther and Daniel


Celebrated Authors Reading from Their Works


An Opera Experience


Stretch Yoga


Positive Pyschology: The Science of Human Flourishing


Hamilton Returns to Broadway, Fall 2021


Enhance Your Brain Using Unusual Thinking Skills


More Movies


Deconstructing Two Shakespearean Plays: Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth


Fifth Business: Introducing Robertson Davies


Art History Of The Renaissance


Welcome to the Fall 2021 Session of The Learning Collaborative

We had hoped that we would be studying together on-site at the New City Jewish Center this fall. Alas, that is not to be.

New City Jewish Center considered carefully the guidelines established by the CDC and the increase in COVID cases from the Delta variant and determined that it is not yet safe to return for in-person learning on the scale that we would need for our courses to be held.  Also, masks would be mandatory and many find that annoying. Therefore, we will continue to learn together on Zoom this fall.

We appreciate your patience and assure you that we will be together again on-site in the near future, hopefully by next spring. Stay well.

Sam Mazen,
Board Chair
TLC Students


Navigating the Online Course Library

Watch our short video to learn about selecting and registering for online Courses. 


Using your Student Dashboard to find your Zoom links

We've made it easy for you to log onto your Student Dashboard and see the links to your registered courses.  Click here to watch a short video on how it works. 

Quick Tips and Tricks Using Zoom

Download this overview of Zoom so you can be ready to get the most out of your TLC courses.

Other Assistance on the TLC Website

We've worked hard to make it easy for you to get the information you need on the TLC website. Please be sure to take advantage of these resources:

The TLC Frequently Asked Questions Page

The TLC Contact Page where you can complete the form