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MoMA Talks: New York Artists

New York has long attracted artists as a place to live and as a subject. The city’s people and places have inspired paintings and photographs. The Museum of Modern Art, itself a NY institution, features the works of many current residents, who have depicted its multi-faceted persona. An educator highlights these artists and their creations.

Tue 10:30-11:45 am   •   Sept. 20   •   1 session

Museum of Modern Art. This talk is offered in collaboration with Prime Time, a MoMA initiative that rethinks how the museum can support a fulfilling aging process defined by creativity, curiosity, connectedness and continued growth. The program offers older New Yorkers a variety of free special events, including gallery conversations on special exhibitions, studio programs, walking tours, and film screenings.

Register for: MoMa Talks

The Middle East: Escalating Tension

The chaos that followed the failed coup in Turkey, the increase in random attacks throughout Western Europe and the ongoing civil war in Syria seem to have tipped the world on its axis. Add these to the already tense mixture, a circus-like U.S. presidential election, unthinkable Russian airstrikes on U.S. bases in Syria, the shock of Britain exiting the European Union (“Brexit”), and the continuing, disastrous Syrian refugee crisis. Invited experts will share their insights on these and other topics, and debate possible outcome scenarios.

Tue 10:30-11:45 am   •   Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, 8, 15   •   5 sessions

Irwin Hochberg, CPA, is president of Bloom Hochberg & Co. Vice Chairman of the Board of the Zionist Organization of America.

Register for: The Middle East

No Fear of Falling

A major hazard for older people is falling either at home or out in busy New York. A sports medicine specialist discusses how to avoid falls by relearning basic skills. Build up your balance and strength so you can walk safely even when it’s wet or icy out, cross streets the right way, go up and down stairs confidently.

Tue 10:30-11:45 am   •   October 11   •   1 session

Dr. David Charig, sports medicine/pain management specialist. He currently has a medical house call practice in Manhattan using high power laser therapy for treating various acute and chronic conditions. D.C., R.P.A., graduated from New York Chiropractic College and the Surgeon’s Assistant Program at Cornell Medical/New York Hospital.

Register for: No Fear of Falling

Best Estate Planning Strategies: Avoiding Taxes and Family Disputes, and Assuring Effective Implementation of Your Plan

Dividing an estate is often the source of tremendous conflict among the heirs. If you want to help your family or other beneficiaries after you are gone, it is crucial to plan beforehand. Estate planning and elder law can go hand in hand to protect your assets while you are alive, and provide for your heirs once you have passed on. Learn how a trust can help avoid conflicts and unnecessary expenses, help you avoid taxes, and why you may still need a will.

Tue 10:30 am   •   Oct. 25   •   1 session

David Cutner is co-founder of Lamson & Cutner, P.C., an elder law firm with offices in New York City and Westchester. An advocate for the elderly and disabled, he is the author of numerous articles and special reports for seniors and their families, and regularly appears on various media outlets.

Register for: Best Estate Planning

Colorful Characters: A Special Faculty Panel

Our CL&L faculty members come together in this one-time session to tell us about their favorite historic personalities. Their picks range from household names to forgotten influencers: Joseph Campbell, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Major General Smedley Butler (“The Fighting Quaker”).

Tue 1:00-2:15 pm   •   Sept. 20   •   1 session

Larry Geneen, Alan Steinfeld, Dianne Stillman, Manfred Weidhorn

Register for: Colorful Characters Faculty Panel

Poetry for Pleasure

This series of lectures with discussion will involve close readings of poems – classic, modern and contemporary. Our aim is to listen to the sound poems make, discovering what makes a “successful” language performance. In other words, we will discuss these works’ emotional truth, unity of expression, and attention-holding, pleasure-providing use of language.

Tue 1:00-2:15 pm   •   Sept. 27, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15   •   7 sessions

Barry Wallenstein, Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York. Author of seven collections of poetry, including Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems and Tony’s Blues, a bilingual e-book, and the just-published At the Surprise Hotel and Other Poems. Barry is also an Editor of American Book Review.

Register for: Poetry for Pleasure

Crucial Choices: King Lear and three stories

In the first five weeks we delve into one of the greatest tragedies ever written, King Lear. We consider the themes of good and evil, fate vs. chance, the tragic flaw which inexorably leads to the hero’s downfall, the possibility of redemption, and what it means to be “every inch a king.” We particularly focus on King Lear and the people who guide him to his extraordinary transformation. Aspects of language are also addressed, such as rhythm, metaphor, and alliteration. Next, we read three modern stories about people burdened with existential choices. (Shakespeare’s King Lear; 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories ed. Lorrie Moore, stories available online.)

Tue 2:30-3:45 pm   •   Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15   •   8 sessions

Lisa Commager was a writer and editor for UNICEF in Kathmandu and an editor at Orbis Publishing in London. When she returned to New York, she taught literature and writing in private high schools and, for ten years, at Hunter College.

Register for: Crucial Choices


Men of La Mancha: Cervantes and Don Quixote (Part I)

Don Quixote is a work of extraordinary importance, significant in itself and for its long-lasting influence on the development of modern fiction. Writers like Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Nabokov, Garcia Marguez and Kundera have emphasized their debt to Cervantes’s Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha. V. S. Pritchett said, “Don Quixote begins as a province, turns into Spain, and ends up as the universe.” We explore the text’s richness and complexity within the socio-political/cultural framework of late 16th/early 17th century Spain. Read the Prologue, chapters I-VIII for the first day of class; then all of Part I. Recommended: Edith Grossman translation, Harper Perennial 2005. (CL&L student 10% discount, Shakespeare & Co., 939 Lexington Ave.)

Wed 12:15-1:15 pm   •   Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16   •   8 sessions

Pilar V. Rotella, PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Chicago. Taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Saint Xavier University, University of Chicago, Sarah Lawrence College, Chapman University; continuing education at University of California-Riverside, Marymount Manhattan College and New York University.

Register for: Men of La Mancha

I ♥ New York – and Rome: Cinema Celebrates Cities

From the city symphonies of the silent era onward, filmmakers have endeavored to explore both the dreams and realities of these world-class urban centers. This course looks at how Woody Allen, Federico Fellini and Martin Scorsese transformed Cinema Celebrates Cities into film characters with stories to tell.
Wed 1:30-2:30 pm   •   Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5   •   3 sessions

Robert Hensley-King, visiting research scholar at Boston College, has written on the intersections of film and politics.  He has extensive international academic experience, including Harvard, the University of Edinburgh and Ghent University, and has worked in Europe and North America as an independent filmmaker and broadcaster.

Register for: Cinema Celebrates Cities

Constitutional Law in the News

Issues like abortion rights, surveillance/privacy, and immigration have drawn intense legal and political attention to the Supreme Court recently. We’ll discuss such hotly contested cases in the context of the Bill of Rights.

Wed 1:30-2:30 pm   •   Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16   •   5 sessions

Dianne Stillman, attorney. Practiced criminal and civil law for nearly 20 years. She served as a volunteer attorney for Hurricane Sandy victims. Extensive experience teaching law at the college and graduate levels. JD, Brooklyn Law School; M.S., Lehman College of CUNY, Teaching English in High School.

Register for: Constitutional Law

Ancient Civilizations and Modern Consciousness

A survey about the wisdom of the past and the mark great civilizations have on today’s thinking. From Egypt, India, China, the Incas and more, what secrets did these ancients have in common? What have they foretold of today’s times? And how can we use their knowledge to advance our own understanding of our relationship to the universe?

Wed 2:45-3:45 pm   •   Sept. 21, 28, Oct 5, 19   •   4 sessions

Alan Steinfeld teaches adult education on topics devoted to creativity and perception. He hosts a cable program, “New Realities” Monday nights on WLNY, Channel 57, and is the founder of NewRealities.com, a website for body, mind and spirit.

Register for: Ancient Civilizations

New York’s Criminal Justice System

A subject in the news and political discussion concerns the right balance between measures to keep our city safe and efforts to treat all people with respect in an era of heightened tensions. Session #1: innovative reshaping of police training, tactics and culture; incarceration alternatives. Session #2: New York’s parole board, which has been called a “broken” system, with guest speaker Robert Dennison, former Chairman, NY State Parole Board.

Wed 2:45-3:45 pm   •   Oct. 26, Nov. 2   •   2 sessions

Fred Weinberg worked for 45 years for the NYS Division of Parole, NYS Department of Correctional Services, Kings County District Attorney, Vera Institute of Justice, other agencies. Author, Social Workers with Guns, self-published account of his experience with NY, NJ parole agencies. B.A. NYU, graduate of F.B.I. National Academy.

Register for: New York’s Criminal Justice System

Understanding Islam

Session #1: The five pillars of Islam’s tenets and beliefs. How was the Quran revealed to Prophet Muhammad? How has it been preserved over the centuries? What is Sharia law? The role of women will also be explored: what is ordained vs. practiced, culture vs. religion? Session #2: The Muslim-American experience. How are Muslims here adopting an American version of Islam? How do they deal with anti-Muslim sentiment and negative media images? The experience will be told through the personal story of a Muslim woman who came from Pakistan, raised her children in the faith, and rediscovered Islam in an American context.

Wed 2:45-3:45 pm   •   Nov. 9, 16   •   2 sessions

Sabeeha Rehman, author, Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim. Born and raised in Pakistan, living in NYC since her arranged marriage to a Pakistani doctor here in 1971. Director of Interfaith Programs, American Society for Muslim Advancement; COO, Cordoba Initiative, multi-faith organization building bridges between Muslims and the West. MS Healthcare Administration, hospital administrator 25 years in US, Saudi Arabia.

Register for: Understanding Islam


From Page to Screen: Three (of the Many) Faces of Meryl Streep

The most celebrated actor in film history, Meryl Streep is renowned for her versatility, transforming herself into a wide range of characters. She has one of the most durable careers, with memorable roles in 67 movies over nearly 40 years. We’ll see her as a country pediatrician, “the boss from hell,” and a mysterious 19th century governess. Read in this order: 1) Rosellen Brown, Before and After, 2) Lauren Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada. (CL&L student 10% discount, Shakespeare & Co., 939 Lexington Ave.) Optional reading: John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Thu 10:30-11:45 am   •   Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10   •   8 sessions

Louise Terry, MA, Columbia University; college English instructor; Education Director, Accent on Language School.

Register for: From Page to Screen

Politics 2016

The big day arrives. In the wildest presidential campaign in decades, our series starts 6 weeks before the election and ends 1 week after. The future for a long time to come will be determined by the outcome. How will the battle be fought? Who looks likely to win the presidency, Senate and the House of Representatives? And what’s going on in NY State and City politics? These and other questions will be discussed in our interactive and lively sessions.

Thu 1:00-2:15 pm   •   Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10   •   8 sessions

Lawrence Geneen, formerly Chief Operating Officer of the American Management Association and Executive Vice President of Johnson and Higgins. He is currently a risk management consultant.

Register for: Politics 2016

Theater Insider View: Larger-than-Life Ladies

Mark Hampton’s plays focus on real-life women who captured our imaginations – Diana Vreeland, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editor for five decades; Jacqueline Susann, author of Valley of the Dolls; Josephine Baker, dancer, jazz singer and African-American icon. He’ll talk about dramatizing these dramatic lives, and play Josephine excerpts.

Thu 2:30-3:45 pm   •   Sept. 22   •   1 session

Mark Hampton, playwright and dramatist. Author of Josephine, co-author of Full Gallop with actress Mary Louise Wilson. Paper Doll about Susann was described by The New York Times as “a cleverly crafted rendering of a manufactured life hugely lived, of the victory of chutzpah over talent, of the triumph of a publicity machine.” Also an actor/musician, he has performed in NY clubs, Chicago’s Second City and on Saturday Night Live.

Register for: Theater Insider View

Bizet’s Carmen: Emancipated Woman or Femme Fatale?

This multi-media lecture examines Carmen, a major opera character, dismissed by contemporary critics as a “prostitute of the gutter,” “wild animal” and “cynical harlot.” Featuring excerpts of performances, we explore several questions: can Carmen be diagnosed as a Malignant Narcissist or is she the early embodiment of the modern, sexually emancipated woman? Is her lover Don José what psychologists call “narcissistic food”? Is she an appealing predator or a victim? Does the audience experience what Aristotle described as “a purging of the spirit of morbid and base ideas or emotions by witnessing the playing out of such emotions or ideas on stage”?

Thu 2:30-3:45 pm   •   Sept. 29   •   1 session

Dr. Jasmin B. Cowin holds a Certificate from the Center of Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, lectures widely on psychology and opera as the aural roadway to the unconscious. Fulbright Scholar, University Pathway Facilitator at Education First, on faculty at Westchester Community College & Teachers College/Columbia University, incoming President, NY Rotary Club No. 6, Host Club of America.

Register for: Bizet’s Carmen

Makers of History II

A look at some of the most dynamic people who have changed the course of history, for good or ill: Luther, Columbus, Lincoln, Lenin, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Busy with our own lives, we of necessity harbor cartoon versions of historical VIPs. If we like them, they are good; if we dislike them, they are all bad. These lectures show that almost all are complex characters, with good and evil traits intertwined in varying proportions.

Thu 2:30-3:45 pm   •   Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10   •   6 sessions

Manfred Weidhorn, Professor Emeritus of English at Yeshiva University.  He has published a dozen books and over 100 essays on such historical figures like Shakespeare, Milton, Churchill, Galileo, Napoleon, Robert E. Lee and Jackie Robinson, as well as on cultural history, and the relationship between religion and science. 

Register for: Makers of History II

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