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Fall 2018 Course Schedule

 

Mondays

Three Famous Murder Cases

 CRN 10001

Joe Mittleman

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Sept. 17, 24: Oct. 1, 8

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Throughout time there have been many famous murder cases, some solved, some unsolved. To accommodate the interest, a detective was created. His name, Sherlock Holmes. We start this four week series with The Birth of Sherlock Holmes. It follows with three of the most famous crimes. Lizzie Borden, the daughter accused of axing her father and stepmother to death; Jack the Ripper, an unsolved case even until today; Mary Surratt, the first woman executed in the USA. See if you agree with the decisions that resulted in each case.

Biography

 CRN 10002

Joe Mittleman

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Biography explores the portraits of superstars that charmed audiences with masterful portrayals of ordinary men and women thrust into extraordinary circumstances. This series examines the behind the scene stories of celebrities who were superstars. Included are the following superstars: Louis Armstrong, Jack Lemmon, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Davis.

 

Who Am I Today?

CRN 10004

Adrienne Burack/Brenda Yudin

Fee: $50

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Sept. 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12

9:30 am – 11:30 am

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 14.

Wednesdays

Contemporary Literature

CRN 10005

Louise Mehrtens

Fee: $38

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Sept. 12, 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov. 7, 14

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Once again our Contemporary Literature group will be discussing a variety of books suggested by both our membership leaders and our very enthusiastic group participants. Our six sessions will begin September 12.  Please note that there is only one week between sessions five and six.  All other sessions are two weeks apart. Send in your registration quickly, since the study group fills up fast.

Sept. 12, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, led by Bob Goldsmith; Sept. 26, A Gentleman inMoscow by Amor Towles, led by Eva Waldner; Oct. 10, The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonse Les, led by Susan Blaeser; Oct. 24, Darktown by Thomas Mullen, led by Janet Gelfand; Nov. 7, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, led by Julie Lupson; and Nov. 14, The Tea Girl of HummingbirdLane by Lisa See, led by Muriel Rudnick. 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: 22.

Current Events in Israel

CRN 10006

Robert R. Weiss

Fee: $38

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Oct  3, 10, 22, 31; Nov. 7, 14

9:30 am – 11:30 am                                  

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 earth. Despite its small size, Israel seems to be always in the news. In preparation for this class, we will pick out newspaper articles or TV programs on the subject and try to understand their significance.  The first hour of the class will be a lecture discussing these topics, and in the second hour we will discuss the current events that are facing Israel today.  Active class participation both in selecting the articles/editorials and in the analysis that follows is encouraged. Debates on controversial points are welcomed.

Thursdays

Great Black and White Movies from the 1930s -1950s

CRN 10007 Session A

Art Feeney

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11

2:00 pm  – 4:00 pm

Assisted by Mary Barry

Join us as we explore Black and White movies from the 1930s through the 1950s with historical significance. Movies to be shown in session "A" are: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932). This film created an uproar around the country and is considered the first step to ending chain gangs. The Informer (1935).  John Ford's break through movie about cowardice and betrayal during the 1920 Irish Rebellion. The Good Earth (1937). In the 30s Americans were fascinated about China and this movie tells the story of peasant life during the 1920s and 30s. Saboteur (1940). An aircraft factory worker is falsely accused of apparent sabotage.

Great Black and White Movies from the 1930s -1950s

CRN   10003 Session B

Art Feeney

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Oct. 25; Nov 1, 8, 15

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Assisted by Mary Barry

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1947). Most feel this is Bogart's best performance and he didn't win the Oscar. A Place in the Sun (1951). Based on the true story of a murder in upstate New York committed by a member of the Eastman family owners of Eastman Kodak. From Here to Eternity (1953). Hawaii in the months before Pearl Harbor. This movie saved Frank Sinatra's career. In The Godfather, a horse head had something to do with him getting the part. On The Waterfront (1954). Director was Elia Kazan after he named names before the House Un-American Activities. A classic about union corruption.

Great Books: The Civically Engaged Reader

CRN 10008

Marilyn Seidler, Linda Lupario, Linda Ilan

Fee: $50

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15

12:30pm –  2:30pm

Join us in stimulating discussions of provocative and diverse readings that range across literature, philosophy, and religion. These selections invite reflection of all kinds of civic-minded activities, from giving and serving to leading and associating and on the vital connections between thought and service. Maximum: 15.

Required book: The Civically Engaged Reader. The book fee is $24.95. If you need to purchase the book, please indicate this on your registration. The books will be ordered by 8/31. If you register after that date, you will be responsible for getting the book on your own. Books can be purchased at greatbooks.org or Amazon.com.

Fridays

Am I My Father's Son?

CRN 10009

Nelson Burack

Fee: $38

Laffin Hall, 321

Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

9:30 am – 11:30 am

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.

Current Issues Forum

CRN 10010 - Session A

Chet Gerstenbluth

Fee: $25

Whitman Hall, 150

Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12,

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Current Issues Forum

CRN 10011 – Session B

Chet Gerstenbluth

Fee: $25

Whitman Hall, 150

Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Each week for the first hour the class will set the agenda and exchange ideas concerning local, national, and global issues. Discussion and participation is 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.

 

WORKSHOPS

Discover Vincent van Gogh

CRN 10051

Rosetta Friedman

Fee: $5

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Wednesday, Sept. 12

9:30 am  - 11:30 am

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 works of art, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to create your impressionistic style like van Gogh using watercolors or pastels. Rosetta Friedman is a former art teacher.

The Symphonies of Mozart

CRN 10054

Jeff Norwood

Fee: $10

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Tuesday, Sept. 25

12:30 pm  - 2:30 pm

Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was just eight years old, and clocked up 40 more in just over two decades. But where do you start? And which one is best? From 'Paris' to 'Jupiter', Musicologist Jeffrey Norwood takes you on a concise tour of Mozart's best and most exciting symphonies. Cutting through Mozart's symphonies may seem a daunting task. His first had already been premiered by the time he was nine, and in just over two decades he produced more symphonies than many composers write in a lifetime. With nicknames like the 'Prague' symphony, 'Paris', or even 'Jupiter', it's easy to be intimidated by their grandeur. Professor Norwood will attempt to highlight Mozart's most influential and important works.

This workshop is specifically designed to enhance your enjoyment of these great masterworks.  Professor Norwood will discuss them in an effort to enhance your understanding of these brilliant works and take you on a musical journey that will help you rediscover these great masterworks and listen to them in new and innovative ways. The journey promises to be not only informative but also highly entertaining.

The Opera House

CRN 10052

Linda Lupario

Fee: $5

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Tuesday, Oct. 2

12:30 pm  - 2:30 pm

The Opera House, a new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera's rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met's storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the '50s and '60s. Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met's imperious General Manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.

Two Transgender Families

CRN 10053

Betsy Preston/Rhonda Weintraub

Fee: $5

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Friday, Oct. 19

9:30 am - 11:30 am

This presentation will focus on the leaders' experiences as parents of transgender daughters who began their transition at quite different stages of life.  We will discuss medical issues of transgender women and also issues that affect them in their everyday lives.

We will also discuss how their families transition along with them.  Whatever your view of the issue – acceptance, confusion, or inability to accept – you will find this an edifying experience.

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