Fall 2016 Course Schedule




CRN 10001                                        Leader: Joe Mittleman                                  Fee: $25

Mondays, Roosevelt Hall, 111          Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 10        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 examine the back stories of celebrities who were superstars. Included are these stars that entertained us: Milton Berle, Walter Matthau, Cary Grant and Gary Cooper.



CRN 10002                                        Leader: Joe Mittleman                                  Fee: $25

Mondays, Roosevelt Hall, 111          Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14           11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A collection of what made radio great.  This study group recreates, through audio recordings, a collection of the most famous radio programs.  These include:  Suspense, Lux Radio Theater, Lone Ranger, Superman and soap operas.


MOVIE MONDAYS! They Were Contenders

CRN 10003                                        Leader: Michael Givant                                Fee: $44

Mondays, Roosevelt Hall, 111          Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 10, 24   2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                  

With all due respect to Marlon Brando, who famously said in On The Waterfront, “I could’ve been a contender” we will look at four films from 2015 that had numerous contenders for Academy Awards and one film that didn’t, but was too good to pass up. All films will be followed by an insightful, freewheeling group discussion.

45 Years - Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney are an English couple on the cusp of their 45th wedding anniversary when the arrival of a letter threatens everything. Subtle and beautiful down to the last scene. In a career spanning fifty years this was Ms. Rampling’s first Academy Award nomination.

Bridge of Spies - A thriller directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks which brilliantly recreates the Cold War era right down to the mood of the country. A screenplay by Matt Charman and Joel & Ethan Coen add to the reasons that this film received six Academy Award nominations.

The Big Short - If you didn’t understand the financial crisis of 2008 and no one you know did, follow several people who saw it coming and made big $ from it. The events depicted here may make you laugh, cry, or wonder if lunatics are really running the asylum. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards.

The Wolfpack - A first-time documentary director, Crystal Moselle, brings magic to the screen after meeting six brothers in Manhattan one evening in 2010. Ages 11 to 18, the siblings had almost never been out of the apartment house in which they lived with their sister and parents. This film explores the vicissitudes of what it means to be a human being. It wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award but received numerous others. Should it have been a contender?

Spotlight - The sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and its subsequent cover up in the 1990s is put under the microscope by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team of investigative reporters. Standout acting by Mark Ruffalo, Amy McAdams, Michael Keaton, and a host of others along with a riveting story helped garner this film six Academy Award nominations.

All classes are 2 1/2 hours. Maximum: 50.


WHO AM I TODAY?                                                                                   

CRN 10014                                        Leaders: Adrienne Burack/Brenda Yudin   Fee: $32

Mondays, Roosevelt Hall, 109          Oct. 10, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14     10:00 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. Maximum 10.




UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE: An Introduction to Astronomy 

CRN10016                                         Co-Leaders: Nelson Burack/John Heslin    Fee: $25

Tuesday, Lupton T101                     Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8                 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      

In this study of the universe, we will choose select video lectures from the 96 available to us,from the series The Great Courses. Included topics will be: Jupiter and Its Amazing Moon, Comets, Catastrophic Collisions, Search for Extra-Terrestrials, Structure of the Milky Way, Expansion of the Universe, The Big Bang, and others of similar interest. We will explore these topics in a fascinating, nontechnical way taught by one of America’s foremost astronomers, Professor Alex Filippenko, at the University of California, Berkeley.



WATERCOLOR PAINTING                                                                               

CRN 10015                                        Leader: Bobbi Benigno                                 Fee: $44

Tuesdays, Lupton T101                    Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct. 11      9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn the 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. A watercolor showing will be held later in the year.  Beginners, or anyone wishing to brush up on their skills, are welcome.  Supply list available upon registration. Maximum: 12.




AM I MY FATHER’S SON?                                                                                   

CRN 10004                                        Leader: Nelson Burack                                 Fee: $25

Wednesday, Laffin Hall, 321           Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5               2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 CRN 10008                                                                                                                Fee: $25

Wednesday, Laffin Hall, 321           Oct. 26; Nov 2, 9, 16                  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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. 


This study group may be taken as either a four- or an eight-week course. $25 for each designated four-week session or $50 for both sessions. 




CRN 10005                                        Coordinator: Louise Mehrtens                     Fee: $38

Wednesdays, Roosevelt Hall, 109     Sept. 14, 28; Oct. 5, 26

                                                            Nov. 2, 16                                  12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 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 14.  Please note that there is ONLY ONE week between September 28 and October 5.  All other sessions are two weeks apart.  Our titles are as follows: Sept.14, West With the Night by Beryl Markham, led by Maxine Atkins; Sept. 28, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, led by Janet Gelfand; Oct. 5, Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway, led by Eileen Garbe; Oct. 26, The Boys in the Boat by David James Brown, led by Bonnie Marks;

Nov. 2, Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah, led by Madeline Lowenthal, and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, led by Michele Bart.

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: 17.


CURRENT EVENTS IN ISRAEL                                                           

CRN 10006                                        Leader:  Robert R. Weiss                               Fee: $50

Wednesdays, Roosevelt Hall, 111     Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 26

                                                            Nov. 2, 9, 16                              9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 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 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 follow are encouraged. Debates on controversial points are welcomed.


OPERA - Otello

CRN 10007                                        Opera Guide: Walter Chaskel                       Fee: $13         

Wednesdays, Roosevelt Hall, 111     Nov. 2, 9                             

Assistant: Mary Barry                                                                           2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        

It has been many years since Ed Pritika, our good friend and esteemed ILR colleague, brought to us the artistry of Giuseppe Verdi’s next-to-last opera, Otello.  After a recent visit to the Met’s current stunning new production of the opera, Walter Chaskel was inspired to try to meet the challenge of bringing the opera to you. We will explore the collaboration of Verdi’s librettist, Arrigo Boito, as they worked together to bring Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello the Moor of Venice, to musical life. 

Please note: The operawill be sung in Italian with English sub-titles.





CRN 10010                                        Leader: Art Feeney                                       Fee: $50

Thursdays, Roosevelt Hall, 111        Sept. 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 27

Assisted by Mary Barry                     Nov. 3, 10, 17                             2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        

Our first two sessions will cover part 2 of the PBS miniseries Ken Burns’ Baseballwhich links the history of baseball to the history of the United States. Sessions three and four, we will look into Little Known American Tragedies starting with Murder of a President - the story of the assassination of James Garfield. Sessions five and six will cover, Slavery by Another Name; Jim Crow from 1866 to the 1960s. We conclude with sessions seven and eight and will explore

The Mine Wars - Southern West Virginia in the early 20th century where constitutional rights were violated on a daily basis. 

Art Feeney is a history buff with a focus on American and British History.


GREAT BOOKS: Citizens of the World

CRN 10009                                        Facilitators: Marilyn Seidler, Linda Lupario, Linda Ilan   

Thursdays, Roosevelt Hall, 109        Sept. 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 27                             Fee: $50                                                              

                                                           Nov. 3, 10, 17                             12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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 for their ability to stimulate rewarding discussions about important themes in the history of human rights. The expanded edition includes selections that challenge us to think about 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. Maximum: 15. Required Book: Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights - Expanded Edition. Book fee $29.95. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The books for the class will be ordered on 9/2.  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.




CURRENT ISSUES FORUM                                                                               

CRN 10011                                        Leader: Chet Gerstenbluth                            Fee: $25

Fridays, Whitman Hall, 150             Sept. 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14          10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


CRN 10012                                                                                                                Fee: $25

Fridays, Whitman Hall, 150             Oct. 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18           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. $25 for each designated four-week session or $50 for both sessions.





CRN 10052                                        Leader: Rosetta Friedman                             Fee: $5

Thursday, Sept. 8                              Lupton Hall, T101                 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Marc Zakharovich Chagall was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries, and fine art prints. Learn how Chagall’s life influenced his work and have the opportunity to express yourself using oil pastels. Rosetta Friedman is a former art teacher.



CRN 10054                                        Leader: Bob Fullam                          Fee: $20/$25

Monday, Dec. 5                                 Roosevelt Hall, 111                     9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

AARP Safe Driveris a classroom refresher course in safe driving. Completion of this course may offer you a reduction of 10% on the cost of your car insurance and the possibility to erase up to 4 points of traffic infractions on your license. Participants must bring their driver’s license to class.  Bring a bag lunch. Fee for AARP members, $20 (proof of membership required); and for nonmembers, $25.  A separate and undated check made payable to AARP is required for each participant. Open to nonmembers of the ILR. All ages welcome. Class minimum 15; maximum 40.



CRN 10052                                        Leader: Dr. Iversen                                 Fee: $10

Monday, Dec. 5                                 Campus Greenhouse                              1:00 p.m.

Enjoy the satisfaction of displaying your homemade wreath this holiday season.  Participants will design their wreath and take it home.  All materials will be provided.  Please bring gloves, shears, and an apron.  Maximum: 15.



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