Institute for Learning in Retirement

 

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SPRING 2015 COURSE SCHEDULE

 MONDAYS

BIOGRAPHY

Leader: Joe Mittleman                    

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Biography explores the portraits of superstars that charmed audiences with masterful portrayals of ordinary men and women thrust into extraordinary circumstances. With this series, we look at the back stories of celebrities who were stars. There will be classic clips of their most famous movie appearances. Included are these stars that entertained us; Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Debbie Reynolds. Fee: $25.

MOVIE MONDAYS! Couples: Younger, Older, Straight, and Gay

Leader: Michael Givant                                            

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Couples can be interesting, sad, funny, witty, boring, similar, utterly dissimilar, or complementary opposites. Four recent films give us close-up looks at a diverse group of people in New York and New England. The following films will be seen in their entirety followed by a stimulating and insightful class discussion. Another Year (2010); A Late Quartet (2012); Two Lovers (2008); Love Is Strange (2014). Fee:$37.

WHO AM I TODAY?

Leaders: Adrienne Burack/Brenda Yudin   

1 0:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Women are from Venus, men are from Mars! Join in a discussion group/expression of feelings from a female point of view.   Each session will be based on a single topic, focused on how one feels about circumstances facing our lives today.   We hope to enlighten ourselves and each other through our sharing. Fee: $25.

TUESDAYS

"AM I MY FATHER'S SON?"

Leader: Nelson Burack     

9:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.

This course is intended to be a discussion group that will address issues mainly of concern to men. The topics are chosen by the members of the class. The objective of the group is to share experiences and feelings on topics that generally affect men. The group is expected to be supportive and nonjudgmental. Each member will be considered an equal participant in a non-threatening environment. The class is designed explicitly for men, and is NOT therapy, but IS therapeutic.This study group may be taken as either a four- or an eight-week course. Fee: $25 per session.

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR

Leader: Bobbi Benigno    

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learn basic techniques of water coloring through the interaction of water,color, paper, brush mixing, and general principles of composition. You will be led from subject selections through sketching to a finished painting. Weekly demonstrations and exercises introduce ideas and techniques. Create at least one finished watercolor painting. Beginners or anyone wishing to brush up on skills are welcome. Supply list available upon registration. Maximum: 15. Fee: $56.

WEDNESDAYS

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Coordinator: Louise Mehrtens    

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

This fall we will be discussing a variety of books suggested by our membership leaders and our very enthusiastic study group participants. Our six sessions will begin on March 11with Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, led by Maxine Atkins; March 25, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, led by Sharon Chernoff; April 8, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, led by Annie Berger; April 22, Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri, led by Eva Waldner; May 6, The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, led by Muriel Rudnick and May 20, Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, led by Janet Gelfand. We look forward to many thought- provoking and stimulating discussions. You are welcome to bring your lunch.  We hope you will join us. Maximum: 17. Fee: $38.

ISRAEL'S WAR OF SURVIVAL

Leader: Robert R. Weiss     

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Israel, founded in May 1948, was attacked by five Arab armies; the war lasted over one year. In 1967 Israel fought against three Arab armies and won in six days. In 1973 The Yom Kippur War was almost lost. Robert Weiss was raised in Israel and was 12 years old when he witnessed the war of independence. Fee: $50.

OPERA - Variations on a Theme: Great Singing!

 Leader: Walter Chaskel      

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The opening session of our Opera Discovery class on Wednesday, April 15 will be an exploration of the musical and historical backgrounds of the two operas scheduled for this semester.  We will begin with Verdi's splendid but too-frequently ignored Luisa Miller of 1849 and end with Richard Strauss's  Arabella. (1933). Fee:$32.

THURSDAYS

GREAT BOOKS: Standing Down - From Warrior to Civilian

Facilitator: Rosemary Foehl 

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

We will be reading and discussing selections from an anthology published by Great Books. The readings will include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs that speak to past experience, concerns, and aspirations of those who have served in the military and made the often difficult transition back to civilian life. Some of the authors include Homer, Thucydides, Tennyson, Whitman, Freud, Crane, Agee, Pyle, et al. Required Book: Standing Down – From Warrior to Civilian. Book fee $19.95. Course fee: $50.

MYTH OR FACT?

Leader: Koro Terroade            

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Come and discover the revealing truth of Biblio/Historical myths that have been passed down for centuries as though they were facts. This class will be conducted from a historical perspective. Enrichment, enlightenment, and appreciation are the desired outcome of the study group. Fee: $25.

ENGLISH, EUROPEAN HISTORY: The First Churchills and 37 Days

Leader: Art Feeney               

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The BBC miniseries, The First Churchills, based on Sir Winston Churchill's biography of his ancestors, the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, is a look at the beginning of one of the most famous families in British history. The Churchills influenced politics in England through four centuries. 37 Days, gives us an intimate view of Europe from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, to the first shots of World War I. Art Feeney is a lifelong student of World War I. Fee: $50.

FRIDAYS

CURRENT ISSUES FORUM

Leader: Chet Gerstenbluth            

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Each week for the first hour the class will set the agenda and exchange ideas concerning local, national, and global issues. Discussion and participation are strictly voluntary, but members are encouraged to express their opinions and bring in news articles to share and discuss. In the second hour we will focus on one or more controversial topics, such as capital punishment, immigration, gun control, etc., in an effort to identify problems, generate solutions, and hopefully, clarify your position. Maximum: 90. This study group may be taken as either a four- or an eight-week course. Fee: $25 per session.

 

For more information or to receive a brochure, contact ilr@farmingdale.edu or call 631.420.2160.