Spring 2017 Course Schedule


CRN 30001 Leader: Joe Mittleman Fee: $25
Mondays, Roosevelt Hall, 111   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Apr. 24; May 1, 8, 15

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 their back stories. There will be classic clips of the most famous movie appearances. Including the following: Cary Grant, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Mitchum, Roger Moore, and The Marx Brothers.

MOVIE MONDAYS! Works In Progress
CRN 30003 Leader: Michael Givant Fee: $44
Mondays, Roosevelt Hall, 111  2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Apr. 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22

From eccentrics to conformists, from those who are rough around the edges to those who are socially adept, we are all works in progress. Widowers, chefs, working men, housewives, aunts, adopted children, and linguists, we go through our lives trying to figure it all out. Sometimes we're sure we have, sometimes unsure. At every stage we grow which is what makes us all works in progress.

Below are four of the five films that we will see in their entirety followed by a freewheeling class discussion.

A Man Called Ove - A Danish film about a cantankerous widower who is at odds with his new ethnic neighbors, old friends, developers, and just about everybody including himself. A warm, funny, serious film that played at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington for about six weeks. See it if you missed it or view it a second time.

Loving - Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial, working class, rural Virginian couple marry in Washington, DC but cannot live in their home state due to a prohibition on interracial marriage. It depicts a culture of hostility, hatred and poverty backed by law in almost every scene. Joel Egerton and Ruth Negga give bravura performances and I can still see Egerton's face in my mind's eye weeks afterward.

Mostly Martha - A strong female German chef, whose whole life centers around food, has her life turned upside down by an obstinate eight-year old niece. Her barren social life takes a turn for the better when an Italian male chef enters the kitchen that she commands. An excellent cast fills out this warm drama/comedy. The food is sumptuous so eat before class.

Manchester By The Sea - Starring Casey Affleck with Michelle Williams. What happens when a troubled man becomes the guardian of his 16 year old nephew after the boy's father dies? The nephew has a full social life while his uncle struggles with his own demons. In it together, they both come to know more fully themselves and the other.

The Last Film is TBA because 2016 films were desultory and the best arrived too late to preview them all before this went to print. The fifth film will be selected from one of the following:

Fences - Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. An African American family in Pittsburgh in the 1950s has father-son tension and a coming-to-terms with life theme.

Lion - Twenty-five years after falling asleep on a train and being adopted by an Australian couple, an Indian man seeks to find his original family with help from Google.

Allied - Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are World War II spies who fall in love, marry and have a child. However, serious doubts arise about one being an enemy spy.

Arrival - Amy Adams as a linguist who tries to communicate with aliens who've arrived on earth. Said to challenge audiences and get us thinking about who we are, it also offers a must-see performance from Adams.

CRN 30014 Co-Leaders: Adrienne Burack/Brenda Yudin  Fee: $50
Mondays, Roosevelt Hall, 109 Mar. 6, 20, 27; Apr. 3 Apr. 24; May 1, 8, 15

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.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. Maximum 10.


EXPERIENCING HUBBLE: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
CRN 30016 Co-Leaders: Nelson Burack/John Heslin Fee: $25
Tuesdays, Roosevelt Hall, 111   9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Apr. 25; May 2, 9, 16

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has taken more than a half-million images of amazing features of our universe, including planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Marvel at landmark images and get a better understanding of many of astronomy's latest and greatest discoveries in this visual feast of a course. We will see twelve video lectures from The Great Courses.


CRN 30005 Coordinator: Louise Mehrtens Fee: $38
Wednesdays, Roosevelt Hall, 109  12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mar. 8, 22; Apr. 5, 19; May 3, 17

Once again our Contemporary Literature group will be discussing a variety of books suggested by both our membership leaders and our very enthusiastic study group participants. Our six sessions will begin on March 8. Happily, this semester all sessions are two weeks apart.
Our titles are as follows: March 8, Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra, led by Maxine Atkins;
March 22, The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende, led by Eva Waldner; April 5, Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin, led by Janet Gelfand; April 19, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, led by Pat List; May 3, When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi, led by Julie Lupson; May 17, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, led by Sybil Oster

Our group is a welcoming one with many diverse points of view. We look forward to many thought-provoking and stimulating discussions. You are welcome to bring your lunch. We hope you will join us. Maximum: 20.

CRN 30006 Leader: Robert R. Weiss Fee: $44
Wednesdays, Roosevelt Hall, 111    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17

Israel is one of the smallest countries on the face of the globe. It is the size of the small state of New Jersey, and has a population of 8.2 million, of which 20 percent are Arabs and the rest Jews. It is the only Jewish country on the face of the earth. Despite its small size, Israel seems to be always in the news. In this class we will discuss the current events that are facing Israel today. In preparation for this class, we will pick out some articles or TV programs on the subject and try to understand their significance. Active class participation both in selecting the articles/editorials and in the analysis that follows are encouraged. Debates on controversial points are welcomed.


CRN 30010 Leader: Art Feeney, Assisted by Mary Barry Fee: $50 Thursdays, Roosevelt Hall, 111   2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mar. 9, 23, 30; Apr. 6, 27; May 4, 11, 18

This series, originally broadcast on HBO, tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company parachuting into Normandy early on D-Day morning, participants in the Battle of the Bulge, and witness to the horrors of war, the men of Easy knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear - and became the stuff of legend. Art Feeney is a history buff with a focus on American and British History.

GREAT BOOKS: Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights
CRN 30009 Facilitators: Marilyn Seidler, Linda Lupario, Linda Ilan
Thursdays, Roosevelt Hall, 109   12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mar. 9, 23, 30; Apr. 6, 27 Fee: $50 May 4, 11, 18

This is a continuation of the fall discussions on human rights relative to current times and our concerns as citizens.

We will be reading and discussing selections from an anthology by Great Books. Included are a wide-ranging collection of historical documents, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and essays selected to stimulate rewarding discussions about important themes in the history of human rights. The expanded edition includes selections that challenge us to think of the evolving concept of human rights, an urgent priority in a time of global terrorism, and debates about national security, interrogation methods and conflicting concepts of justice. Each facilitator will be responsible for one of the eight sessions. That person will be responsible for researching information about the author and gathering any additional material for discussion relative to the reading. Maximum: 15. Required Book: Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights - Expanded Edition. Book fee $29.95.

PLEASE NOTE: If you need to purchase the book, please indicate this on the registration form. The books for the class will be ordered on 2/17. If you register after that date, you will be responsible to get the book on your own. To purchase your book, please go to greatbooks.org.


CRN 30004 Leader: Nelson Burack Fee: $25
Friday, Roosevelt 109    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mar. 10, 24, 31; Apr. 7

CRN 30008 Fee: $25
Friday, Roosevelt 109   9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Apr. 28; May 5, 12, 19

This study group 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.

CRN 30011 Leader: Chet Gerstenbluth Fee: $25
Fridays, Whitman Hall, 150   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Mar. 10, 24, 31; Apr. 7

CRN 30012 Fee: $25
Fridays, Whitman Hall, 150   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Apr. 28; May 5, 12, 19

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.


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