Fall 2017 Course Schedule

 

MONDAYS

HERE'S   LOOKING AT YOU KID!

Leader:   Joe Mittleman

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 111       

 Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

When it was first proposed as a movie it was supposed to be an ordinary film, but when it was finished it became a huge success. This four-week course examines the reasons why Casablancaremains so popular even today. We will look at the cast, the director, an interview with Ingrid Bergman, and a tribute to Casablanca.

BIOGRAPHY

Leader: Joe Mittleman

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Oct. 23, 30; Nov. 6,   13

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: Roger Moore, The Gabors, and The Andrews Sisters, to name a few.

MOVIE MONDAYS! Too Good to Miss

Leader:   Michael Givant

Fee: $44

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Some recent films are simply too good to miss and others should be seen again. We are going to see five such interesting ones.

Frantz (2017). A black and white gem from French director Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool 2003). In the aftermath of WWI a young German woman whose fiancé was killed, routinely visits his grave only to find a strange man there. Who is he? What is he doing there? One of the very best films of 2017.

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017).Set in Warsaw in 1939, a zoo that has lost its animals to the Nazis becomes a place where humanity is redefined by the deeds of the zookeeper's wife, played by Jessica Chastain. There's something about this film that remains with the viewer even after it's over. We'll explore that "something."

Their Finest (2017).In an effort to boost the morale of the British people during WWII, the Ministry of Information is making a film about the heroic evacuation of Dunkirk. A former secretary joins the cast and crew of the film as a screenwriter. With the London Bliitz of 1940 going on about them, the seeds of a romance begin budding behind the scenes of this "dramedy" about a film within a film.

TBA (To Be Announced). It should be a light romantic comedy of which there are a few recent releases being considered at the time of this printing.

Wild Tales (2015).A Spanish-Argentinian black comedy referred to by Rotten Tomatoes as "wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged." This is a satire in six pieces set in contemporary Argentina and doesn't just push the edge of the envelope but bursts out of it.

Each of the films will be seen in its entirety, followed by a freewheeling, insightful group discussion. All classes are 2 1/2 hours. Maximum: 50.

WHO   AM I TODAY?

Leaders: Adrienne Burack/Brenda Yudin 

Fee: $50

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13            

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.

TUESDAYS

EARTH'S CHANGING CLIMATE – The Great Courses

Leaders: Nelson Burack/John Heslin      

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Explore the fascinating science of climate change, and get the facts behind this complex and controversial subject. This video lecture series, by The Great Courses, explains the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is warming and the ways in which we humans might be responsible. A lucid presentation designed for the non-scientist, this course is an invaluable tool for understanding one of the 21st century's most hotly debated issues.

WEDNESDAYS

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Coordinator: Louise Mehrtens

Fee: $38

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Sept. 13, 27; Oct. 11, 25; Nov. 8, 15

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 13.  Please note that there is ONLY ONE week between sessions five and six.  All other sessions are two weeks apart.

Our titles are as follows: Sept. 13, Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, led by Joni Spielberg; Sept. 27, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, led by Karen Gowrie; Oct.11, The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, led by Eileen Garbe; Oct. 25, Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson, led by Sharon Chernoff; Nov. 8, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, led by Janet Gelfand; and Nov. 15,  A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman, led by Bonnie Marks.

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

Leader:  Robert R. Weiss    

Fee: $42

Roosevelt Hall, 111      

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15      

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 follows is encouraged. Debates on controversial points are welcomed.

THURSDAYS

JEWEL   IN THE CROWN

Leader: Art Feeney  Assisted by Mary Barry

Fee: $50

Roosevelt Hall, 111

Sept. 14, 28; Oct 5, 12, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Based on Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet, Jewel in the Crown was an Emmy-winning 14-part presentation of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre. The story is set during the last two decades of British rule in India. The plot is set in motion by the disappearance of a British woman, Daphne Manners (Susan Woolridge); an educated Indian, Hari Kumar is implicated and eventually imprisoned. Throughout the story line is investigating police superintendent Ronald Merrick (Tim Piggott-Smith), whose own life experiences touch the lives of the several families--British and Indian--involved in this multigenerational tale of class and color consciousness. Art Feeney is a history buff with a focus on American and British History.

GREAT BOOKS: Counterparts

Facilitators: Marilyn Seidler, Linda   Lupario, Linda Ilan

Fee: $50

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Sept. 14, 28; Oct 5, 12, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16                

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join us for stimulating discussions of short selections (10-20 pages each week) of this new anthology.  Counterparts presents pairs of contrasting texts that interact with one another in differing and surprising ways.

These texts may take opposing views on issues or contend with ideas presented by other scholars and offer a range of perspectives on topics such as art and war, love and fidelity, gender, aspiration, and death, science and literature, and equality. The texts are both fiction and nonfiction. Maximum: 15. Required Book: Counterparts. Book Fee: $24.95.

Please note: If you need to purchase the book, please indicate this on your registration.  The books will be ordered on 8/18.  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?

Session A

Leader: Nelson Burack

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 6, 13

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session B

Fee: $25

Roosevelt Hall, 109

Oct. 27; Nov 3, 10,   17

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.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 nonthreatening environment.  The class is designed explicitly for men, and is NOT therapy, but IS therapeutic.

CURRENT ISSUES FORUM

Session A

Leader: Chet Gerstenbluth 

Fee: $25

Whitman Hall, 150

Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 6, 13   

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session B

Fee: $25

Whitman Hall, 150

Oct. 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17

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.

 

WORKSHOPS

AARP SAFE DRIVER

Leader:   Bob Fullam

Fee: $20/$25

Monday, Dec. 4

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.

A FAMILY IN TRANSITION

Leader: Rhoda Weintraub/Betsy Von Hassel  

No Fee

Monday, Sept. 11

Roosevelt Hall, 111    

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This presentation will focus on our experiences as parents of transgender daughters who began their transitions at quite different stages of life. We will discuss medical issues of transgender women; issues that affect them in their daily lives and how their families transition along with them.

GEORGIA O'KEEFE

Leader: Rosetta Friedman

Fee: $5

Monday, Sept. 11

Roosevelt Hall,   109

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This class will focus on Georgia O'Keefe, a great artist who was inspired by the beauty she found in flowers, mountains, seashells, animal bones, and city scenes.  A portrait of her life will be presented. You will have an opportunity to create your own masterpiece using Ms. O'Keefe's art as inspiration. Please bring watercolors and brushes to class.  Oil pastels will be available. Rosetta Friedman is a former art teacher.

MODERN RUIN: A World's Fair Pavilion

Leader:   Linda Lupario

Fee: $5

Tuesday, Sept. 12                                

Roosevelt   Hall, 111

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

The 1964 World's Fair Pavilion in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park by Philip Johnson is viewed by some as a symbol of past glory.  To others, it's just an old, decaying building that has been in the park for decades. This film will tell the story of the Pavilion from the glory days of the fair, through the years of neglect, up to present day advocacy.

Travel back in time to this fair and learn about the New York State Pavilion - a futuristic, architectural feat - its history and on-going preservation. Also, reminisce while viewing the narrated footage of the Fair as it was then - you may even spot yourself in the crowds!

The $5 fee will go toward a donation for the funding of the continuing preservation

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