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The Learning Collaborative

Choose Fifteen Exciting Classes
from a
Fabulous Roster of Forty-Four Offerings
Tuesdays, May 28 through June 25, 2019

Welcome to The Learning Collaborative’s fourth summer program – a most exciting and inexpensive festival of learning and socialization.

For five consecutive Tuesdays, during three time periods, we will present 75-minute programs spanning a wide range of interests. There are 44 different classes to select from – a veritable smorgasbord of choices. Many of the classes will be given two or three times in case you have a conflicting choice or your choice turns out to be too crowded the first time around. (Hint: Classes that are offered more than once are always less crowded the second or third time they are given.) All programs will be in air-conditioned areas.

Six of our instructors are new to the Collaborative and their bios are provided after the course descriptions.
As in past summer programs, you do not select your classes in advance. Just register (see the paper form on the next to last page of this catalog) and show up. (Come a few minutes early on day one, May 28, to sign in.) Then proceed to the classes of your choice. Try something new and broaden your horizons.

Registration, both online and on paper, begins on Monday, May 6, at 10 a.m. Please register early because registration had to be closed in the past due to overwhelming student responses. (The courses are so good and the price is so right!)

Description of Courses

Each course lasts for one class of seventy-five minutes. The number in parentheses after a title is the number of times this class is being offered. The timeslot assignments are presented later in this catalog. An asterisk (*) before an instructor’s name means that this teacher is new to The Learning Collaborative and a brief bio will be given towards the end of the catalog.

Arthur Aldrich: The Pantomime Art of Laurel and Hardy (3)
This is very timely, considering that a new film Stan and Ollie, about the lives of these comedians, just came out. This course has no heavy content – just loads of laughs.
Suzanne Altman: How to Identify an Art Movement (2)
In this talk, you will learn the visual clues to look for in order to determine where in the course of art history a particular work belongs. The use of line, color, perspective, symbolism, and other factors will be discussed as we look at art from the medieval period to the 20th century.

*Bob Baird: The Brinks Robbery (1)
Bob was the managing editor of The Journal-News on the day of the 1981 Brinks robbery in Nanuet and the murders of an armored truck guard and two Nyack police officers. He attended the arraignment of the suspects apprehended that afternoon and predicted, early on, that the case – which has been part of his life ever since – would outlive the careers of everyone covering it. Bob will provide unique insights into how the events and their aftermath changed Rockland and provided a framework for combating domestic terror.

Susan Barnett: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love (2)
We will explore the questions raised by this amazing true story by Dani Shapiro of DNA and family secrets. Please read the book in advance if you can (not required), and come to class prepared for some thought-provoking discussions.
Rabbi David Berkman: Bride for One Night by Ruth Calderon (1) Calderon rewrites Talmudic tales as richly imagined fiction, drawing us into the lives of such characters as the woman who risks her life for a sister suspected of adultery, a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought, and a wife who dresses as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband in their garden. Breathing new life into an ancient text, A Bride for One Night offers a surprising and provocative read.

*Jane Berkowicz: My Journey toward a Plant-Based Diet (1) The number of people on plant-based diets is growing world-wide. This interactive class will explore the reasons so many are changing the way they eat and how you can do it, too.
Mitchell Bittman: Understanding Wine (2)
This class provides an appreciation of wine that goes beyond drinking. We will explore the history of wine, growing the grapes, the manufacture of wine, and will review major wines from around the world, with special attention to American wines.

John Brancato: More Wit of Billy Collins (2)
We will explore the depth and breadth of this former American Poet Laureate’s work. If you know this wise and talented poet, bring your favorites to share and John will bring his. The class will encounter poetry John has not presented in prior classes.

Robin Brancato: One More New Yorker Story (2)
No prep necessary. You’ll arrive and receive a print copy of a New Yorker story, which you’ll hear read on audio before we discuss it together.

Richard Burnon: The Wit and Wisdom of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra (2)
Hall of Famer Yogi Berra played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues; all but one season with the New York Yankees. An 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player, Berra was regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Berra, who wrote or co-wrote nine books, was known for his impromptu pithy comments, malapropisms, and seemingly unintentional witticisms, known as "Yogi-isms."

Dr. Marty O. Cohen: The Rothschild Dynasty (3)
A poor family that was virtually imprisoned in the Frankfort ghetto, the Rothschilds rose to be unbelievably rich and powerful and were prime movers in 19th-century Europe. This class will cover their rise to prominence, how they accomplished so much, and their contributions to society.

*Jill Cruz: Three Surefire Ways to Boost Energy, Vitality, and Productivity (1)
Are you feeling like your energy and vitality are not what they used to be? Do you want to be the absolute best version of you, yet struggle to find out how to do so without suffering or feeling deprived? If so, this workshop is for you! You will be introduced to three practices you can start right away to boost your energy without suffering through some bland, boring diet. You’ll see how you can give your health a big boost while you enjoy your life and look forward to your meals!

Anna de la Paz: The Spanish Ballet (2)
The original 1915 version of the Spanish ballet, “El Amor Brujo,” composed by Manuel de Falla to the libretto by María Lejárraga, was a commercial failure. Its 1925 reprise was far more successful, with new additions like the “Ritual Fire Dance.” This lecture will take us back in time to the Silver Age of Spanish music and dance and to the creation of this seminal work, with an emphasis on the contributions made by dancers Pastora Imperio and Antonia Mercé.

Tom DeStefano: Jefferson Davis (1)
Jefferson Davis was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. He was a graduate of West Point, Mexican War hero, and Secretary of War before his home state of Mississippi seceded from the Union in 1861. He was chosen by the Confederate Congress to be President of the Confederacy for a six-year term. This lecture will cover the life and times of a controversial historical icon.

Tracy Dressner: The Death Penalty (2)
Learn about how the death penalty is currently employed in this country. Particular emphasis will be placed on the dysfunctional death penalty system in California, home of the largest death row population in the country. Tracy has represented men and women convicted of murder and sentenced to death In California for almost 25 years.

Rabbi Paula Mack Drill: Does the Soul Survive? (1)
Jewish texts and traditions about what happens after we die include a wide range of responses. We will consider three ideas: “Going down to Sheol” – death as a total and complete ending, “Olam Haba” – death as an entry into something everlasting, and “Gilgul” – death as part of a continuum of reincarnation. Which concept best fits with your own ideas about survival of the soul?

Jim Evers: Ready for Longevity? A Review of Prospects for Living Healthier and Longer (1)
Amazing, genuine, scientific research is happening behind the scenes. You’ll learn the who, what, why, when, and how of this research, and a few related suggestions for what you can do now to raise your quality of life through proactive vs. reactive practices.

Azeem Farooki: Quranic Mathematical Miracles (1)
We will study mathematical surprises within the 6236 verses of the Quran that appear to be miraculous and that serve as reminders to observe and reflect upon natural phenomena.

Rick Feingold: The Miracle Mets of 1969 – 50th Anniversary (1)
An amazin’ year it was! Join us as we share memories of the 1960s Mets from their 1962 humble beginnings as the worst team in baseball to their triumphant 1969 season as champions. Featured are managers Casey Stengel and Gil Hodges, Hall of Famer Tom (Terrific) Seaver, World Series MVP Donn Clendenon, and fan favorite Tug McGraw. The program includes many Mets highlights.

Prof. Wally Glickman: The Tao Te Ching (2)
This will be an opportunity to explore a few ideas from this collection of 84 chapters, each no more than a page, and to communally extract some juice, nectar even, from this gem of ancient Chinese wisdom. It is suggested, but not required, that you bring a copy of the work; any translation will do.

Dr. Howard Goldstein: Mushrooms – The Bad and the Beautiful (2)
With the use of numerous illustrations taken in the field, participants will learn to recognize the difference between common poisonous and edible mushrooms. Culinary suggestions will be offered.

Dr. Warren Grodin: The Dead (2)
The Dead is the final entry in a collection of short stories by James Joyce entitled The Dubliners (1914). The story, which deals with the nature of Irish identity, is about love and losses.

Edward Kallen, Esq.: Anatomy of a Lawsuit or Why Does a Case Take So Long? (2)
Isn’t justice supposed to be swift and blind and not slow and impaired? Why should it take years to receive compensation for an injury caused by a negligent driver, the manufacturer of a defective product, or an undependable contractor? The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, and it doesn't seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble. A lawsuit can take a long time and effort and this course will explain why.

Floyd Lapp: Frank Sinatra’s Columbia Recording Years (1943-1952) (1)
During the ten years of 1943-1952, Frank Sinatra recorded an incredible 285 songs. We will drill down to identify the soft lush music of this bobby sox idol. The lyrics and orchestrations of these memorable songs are from another time. Many are today’s classics in the American Song Book and thrive six to seven decades after their initial release! These performances provided the foundation for Sinatra’s future career as “The Voice” of the 20th century.

Jim Levey: The failure of Republicanism in China (3)
The first half of the 20th century was the most socially disruptive and politically turbulent period in Chinese history. Western colonialism had decimated the economy and left a once vibrant and thriving nation impoverished and vulnerable to foreign subjugation and atrocities. Against this background, Chinese students and intellectuals engaged in intense introspection to determine a path forward for the nascent Republic of China – how to adapt the principles of republicanism and democracy to an ancient civilization. This class will explore the failure of republicanism and the eventuality of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Richard Markowitz: Those Hilarious Merrie Melodies (3)
Animated cartoon shorts were an important part of cinema offerings in the United States for many decades. Between 1931 and 1969, Warner Bros. and other studios produced inventive, amusing, and often sophisticated animated films, which tickled the risibility of a wide public. The careers and work of Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, and other celebrated directors will be examined and discussed.

Sandra Martin: Aaron Burr and Theodosia: A Revolutionary Romance (1)
Aaron Burr was, at first, a true Revolutionary War hero, but he was quite an enigma during his lifetime. He still is. However many enemies he may have made among the men, the ladies found him irresistible. One married lady in particular, Theodosia Prevost, who was ten years older and the mother of five, could not resist his charms. She refused to leave Aaron to go to her dying British officer husband’s side. Burr “waited for it” and married Theodosia on July 2, 1782. Come learn what was so fascinating about Aaron Burr.

Dr. Michael Nevins: When Freud Visited New York City - and Wet his Pants! (2)
In 1909, Sigmund Freud and two dozen famous scientists attended a conference at Clark University with lots of surprising outcomes. Learn about them in this class.

Sophia Patrikis: Everything You Need to Know About the Hearing Aid Treatment Process (1)
Are you unsure about how to get help for your hearing, or what to expect throughout the process of obtaining hearing aids? Join us as we guide you through having an appointment with an audiologist, having your hearing tested, and what to expect if hearing aids are a recommended treatment.

Charlese Randolph: Line Dances (1) ]
Do you have weddings or graduations to attend? Here is your opportunity to learn Line/Group dances including: Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, YMCA and more. Wear sneakers and bring water and enjoy a great workout.

Judith Rose: Vital Movement (3)
Feel more vitally alive! Offer your body and spirit the gift of Vital Movement, a unique program for wellness enhancement that integrates the teachings and principles of a variety of kinetic and artistic disciplines to provide effective, joyful, and restorative movement experiences for participants of all ages and levels of movement experience. Each Vital Movement class is a deeply focused dynamic and fluid ritual that incorporates movement, music, and words to encourage growth, healing, and transformation. New summer choreography!

Michael Rossi: The Three Branches of Government -- Are They Balanced? (3)
Are the three branches of government equal? Are there separations of power? What are the TRUE functions of each branch of government? Did the Founding Fathers ever think that in 2019 the Constitution would be tested?

Dr. Virginia Sanchez-Korrol: Loretta Janeta Velazquez – Heroine or Hoax? (2)
Erased from history, Velasquez was a woman before her time. She fought for the Confederacy at Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, became a spy, and then switched allegiance to the North. Velasquez left a controversial memoir about her experiences. This lecture includes a short film and excerpts from her book.

Bill Saum: The Battle for Our Better Selves (1)
“The Soul of America,” the subtitle of Jon Meacham’s 2018 best-seller The Battle for Our Better Selves, contains a message of hope for today. Meacham examines recent American history for examples of similar times of doubt and confusion. Join our discussion of Meacham’s thoughtful and hopeful work.

Rabbi Craig Scheff: Rebels with a Cause – How Teachers Reinvented Judaism (1)
After the tragic and unsuccessful revolts against Rome, Judeans were devastated both materially and spiritually. At this point, teachers arose who reinvented the religion and gave new cause for hope.
Prof. Ernest Sherman: Love and the Problem of Forgiveness (2)
Can unconditional love – love with no strings attached – deal successfully with the painful question of forgiveness? During his career, Dr. Leo Buscaglia argued passionately for our love potential through his books, lectures, and TV appearances. In his most systematic work, Loving Each Other, he addressed the forgiveness topic directly and honestly. After outlining his main points, we will discuss the issue fully as possible.

Adam Sietz: Improvisation (1)
Add JOY to your life through “Improv.” Stretch your mind by opening up the “dusty files” of your imagination. This improvisation class will provide an enjoyable brain workout through games, exercises, and imaginary play. The results are humor, fun, and a sharpened mind.

Sandra Smith: Irene Nemirovsky and Suite Francaise (1)
Irene Nemirovsky was a Russian Jewish exile in Paris who was tragically murdered at Auschwitz. Her most famous novel, Suite Francaise, written during the Occupation, was published in 2004 to great international acclaim and translated into 42 languages. A movie was made of the book in 2015. We will look at how the novel reflects the mass exodus from Paris in 1940 and life under Occupation

*William Stern: Photobiology (1)
This class will start with a brief discussion of the nature of solar radiation. We will discuss sun-induced cancers and some photoreactions to topical and systemic solar exposure. On a more positive note, we will also consider some of the benefits of such exposure.
*Rob Stoner: The Guitar’s Function in Classic Rock (3)
Rob Stoner has astounding credentials in classic rock (see his bio), including being
Bob Dylan’s ex-bandleader and performing gigs with many world famous artists like Chuck Berry and Joni Mitchell. He will include live demonstrations of professional guitar techniques in his program.

*Susan Travis: Crossroads (1)
At different times in life you will find yourself at a crossroads. Even though it can be uncomfortable, confusing, and uncertain, it can also be an opportunity to slow down and reevaluate your situation. When at a crossroads, you can become a non-judging self observer in order to become aware of your barriers and ask yourself important questions that will lead you to answers. You will re-energize and create a variety of options and plans so you can continue on your life’s journey successfully.

Alice Twombly: From Ordinary to Great – The Making of a Great Short Story (2 +1)
What tools can a short story writer use that can transform an ordinary plot into a work of art? We will look closely at two different short stories to see how those tools work. Students will be given copies of the stories in class or can download them in advance from the internet.
Editor’s Note: Alice’s presentations will be different in one way from the rest of the summer’s program. Her first and third classes will study “Separating”, (the same material in both sessions). Her second class will study “I Stand Here Ironing”.

Joan Whitaker: Mindfulness (1)
What is “Mindfulness” as a quality of mind, as a particular form of meditation, and as an approach to your daily life? What does it have to do with and how can it add to stress relief? We will explore the specific understanding of mind that it is based on, and how it can vitally contribute to stress reduction, peacefulness, enhanced communication, and overall well-being.

Wed, May 22 2019 17 Iyyar 5779