The Lifelong Learning Community Institute was formed with the idea that learning should never cease and that enriching the mind invigorates our lives intellectually, creatively, and culturally. That is why we have teamed up with some of the best instructors in the area to present a wide variety of courses for students of all ages. With courses in history, art, science, psychology, technology and more, we have something for everyone.


Our courses run for three semesters year round and each semester lasts three months. Each course is once a week for a period of 3-4 weeks. There are no exams to take or books to purchase. With convenient course times in the morning, afternoon and evening, the Lifelong Learning Community Institute offers a fun, flexible educational experience. Classes are held in the meeting rooms of the Delray Beach Public Library. Space is limited. Begin your educational journey today.

Our courses run for three semesters year round and each semester lasts three months. Each course is once a week for a period of 3-4 weeks. There are no exams to take or books to purchase. With convenient course times in the morning, afternoon and evening, the Lifelong Learning Community Institute offers a fun, flexible educational experience. Classes are held in the meeting rooms of the Delray Beach Public Library. Space is limited. Begin your educational journey today.

Spring 2018 Course Catalog

The Old Testament As Inspiration for Contemporary Artists

Course Instructor:Helene Yentis

Dates:Feb. 5, 12, 26, and Mar. 5

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:$50

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Through a series of interactive power-point presentations, this class will explore how Biblical narratives are portrayed by contemporary artists. Although the Biblical text became fixed, visual interpretations vary from age to age, especially how the roles of woman are portrayed. This series of Visual Midrash will help the audience understand how ancient role models influence our lives today. Thought provoking discussion is promised as well as an opportunity to enjoy some great art, both classical and contemporary. The presentation is hip and modern with a serious undertone

Whole Brain Workout

Course Instructor:Barbara Klau

Dates:Feb. 7, 14, 28, and Mar. 7

Time:2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:$50

Feel like you’re losing your “edge”? Easy to learn, educationally valid memory enhancement strategies can help you feel more empowered and in control. Learn what works…and what doesn’t.

Understand how your own particular learning style affects the kind of techniques that will work for you. Ms. Klau will continue to incorporate a series of whole brain
workout exercises focusing on different aspects of memory. A number of different areas will be covered in addition to discussing and practicing memory retention strategies. These exercises can help you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the way your brain works. This enjoyable, interactive course will improve your ability to remember.

This class will be fun and challenging for first-timers. Returnees will enjoy the chance to review techniques and to try new mental exercises.

Key Global Hotspots

Course Instructor:Al Biegel Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

Dates:Mar. 14, 21, 28 and April 4

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:50

The Middle East cauldron with its clash of regional interests, and shifting alliances, continue to confront the US and its Allies. The Sunni-Shia conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia and their allies continues unabated. Syria, Libya, and Yemen, and to a lesser extent Iraq continue to be mired in civil war. ISIS has now lost the majority of its former territory and must resort to lone-wolf attacks against adversaries. Russia and Iran have solidified their foothold in Syria. Yet, Israel, the most powerful regional military power has demonstrated that it will defend its interests against any encroachments, particularly by Iran and Hezbollah. The following major conflicts will be addressed:

Week One – Legacy of the Six Day War – Briefly highlights the causes, results, and crucial lessons learned of the 1967 Arab-Isreali War. Explore the major impact of the regional balance of power, and primary shifts in alliances with the US, Russia, and former allies as well as adversaries.

US Strategy: Countering the North Korean Nuclear Threat – The following topics will be discussed: US action to halt North Korea’s bid for nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching America’s mainland without resorting to war, US pressure on China to influence North Korea’s “denuclearization”, and enlisting the UN, China, and Russia to tighten sanctions against the Kim Song Un regime.

Week Three – Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation – Explore the primary reasons for the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace negations, including the key requirements and actions that must be undertaken to restart the Peace Process.

Week Four – Russia’s Strategy in the Middle East – We will assess the viability of Russian support for Syria’s Assad and its regional ally Iran and proxies. We will consider the implications of the announced US establishment of a permanent US anti-ballistic base in Israel to confront regional adversaries and the impact of sanctions on Russia.


Course Instructor:Ronald Feinman

Dates:April 9, 16, 23, and 30

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:50

Week One — HENRY CLAY — Henry Clay Sr. was an American lawyer, planter, and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. He ran for the presidency in 1824, 1832 and 1844, and unsuccessfully sought his party’s nomination in 1840 and 1848.

Week Two — WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN — William Jennings Bryan was an American orator and politician from Nebraska. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, standing three times as the party’s nominee for President of the United States. He also served in the United States House of Representatives and as the United States Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.

Week Three — THOMAS E DEWEY — Thomas Edmund Dewey was an American lawyer, prosecutor, and politician. He lost the 1944 election to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the closest of Roosevelt’s four presidential elections. He was again the Republican presidential nominee in 1948, but lost to President Harry S. Truman in one of the greatest upsets in presidential election history.

Week Four — ADLAI STEVENSON — Adlai Ewing Stevenson II was an American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, noted for his intellectual demeanor and eloquent public speaking. In 1945, he served on the committee that created the United Nations. In both 1952 and 1956, Stevenson was defeated in a landslide by Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination for a third time at the 1960 Democratic National Convention, but was defeated by Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Central and South American Art and Architecture

Course Instructor: Marion Dolan

Dates:Feb. 6, 13, 27 and Mar. 6

Time:2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:$50

This series of talks investigates the surviving architectural and artistic works created mainly by the Maya culture from the countries of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Oaxaca, and the Yucatan. Impressive pyramids, temples, and astronomically-aligned buildings were also built by the Olmec, Toltec, Zapotec, and Aztec cultures. These illustrated lectures will also explore the many cultures of South America, including the Incas, Wari, and other predecessors.

Week One – The Early Period – Pyramids and artworks of the Olmec society, the Mother-Culture of Mesoamerica, and its controversial giant basalt head sculptures, will be illustrated, as well as the treasures of the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The earliest cities of the Maya at Belize with its amazing wall paintings will be explaind as well as architecture from additional sites.

Week Two – The Classical Maya Period – The Classic era, dating from about 300 to 900 CE, created the fabulous cities of Copan, Palenque, El Mirador, Tikal, Uxmal, and many more. We will look at the surviving pyramids, palace, tombs, and buildings. We will delve into the ideals that drove the design of their cities, art, architecture, and rituals.

Week Three – The Later Periods – During this era, the power of the Maya transferred to the Toltec and the Aztec became the dominant culture. This lecture will look at the Toltec city of Chichen Itza with its Quetzalcoatl Pyramid, observatory, sacred well, sacred ball courts, Temple of the Warriors and many others.

Week Four – South American Cultures – The final lecture shifts our focus to South America and the impressive civilizations that developed there, which reached its peak with the highly-evolved society of the Inca. The talk will include their sacred city of Cuzco, the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, and the “lost” city of Machu Picchu.

100 Years of Comedy!

Course Instructor:Lenny Davis

Dates:Mar. 5, 12, and 19

Time:2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:$45

This informative, fun and nostalgic course spotlights all of your favorite laugh-makers of the past 100 years; from Vaudeville, Broadway, motion pictures and radio to night clubs, record albums and television. Explore the roots and branches of modern American comedy. Learn about the great comedians, humorists and comic actors you’ve known and loved for decades.

Reminisce about how the Golden Age of Comedy played such an invaluable role in helping so many Americans to endure the Great Depression and then to enjoy a momentary, pleasant distraction from the war. Interspersed with the laughter, participate in discussion about how comedy both shapes and reflects our evolving society. Enjoy a century’s worth of funny men and women as you take this nostalgic trip down comedy’s Memory Lane… back to a time when the best comedy was funny and clean.

Short Fiction and Poetry from the New Yorker Magazine

Course Instructor:Judith Klau

Dates:Mar. 15, 22, 29

Time:2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:$45

Both the fiction and the poetry in this most popular venue for serious contemporary writing can present challenges. In this class, participants will have access beforehand to one example of each every week and will (figuratively) wrestle with the works, the instructor, and one another to gain meaning and enjoyment from them. The examples will be varied, but chosen with an eye towards complexity and contemporary (read: scary) narrative/poetic techniques. The goal is to have fun as readers and discussants, and to further our appreciation for both the writers’ efforts and our newly-forged understanding.

A Melange of Fascinating Pt. II

Course Instructor:Stephen Singer, Esq.

Dates:Mar. 2, 9, 16, and 23

Time:2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:$50

Week One – Mata Hari the infamous female spy from World War I, who virtually invented the “strip tease”, was a “courtesan” to royalty, military leaders and financiers. She danced almost in the nude and used her body as a primary source of support. When she was executed by firing squad she allegedly blew a kiss to the soldiers.

Week Two – “Dropping the A Bomb” popular thinking, based primarily on revisionist history, is that we had several other choices that would not have resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of non-combatants. Indeed, the Japanese speak of the war as if it happened without their involvement and of the dropping of the A bombs as if we were the “barbarians” and not them. We will disclose the real facts which made the use of the bomb an irrevocable necessity.

Week Three – “The Central Park Jogger Case,” five young men of color who were charged and convicted of raping and attempting to kill an upper class white woman from Wall Street who was jogging in Central Park after dark. Their confessions sealed their fate and all of them went on to serve long terms in jail. After years in jail, their innocence was firmly established.

Week Four — “The Bonus Army”, In 1932, an assemblage of some 43,000 people, consisting of World War I veterans and their families, settled into a tent city in Washington, D.C. They were mostly men who had been out of work since the Great Depression and who were demanding to be paid then and there on the basis of “bonus certificates” that had been issued to qualified veterans of the Great War. The only problem was that these certificates were not due and redeemable until 1945!

Reading Behind the Words: Understanding the Short Story

Course Instructor: Winston Aarons

Dates: April 5, 12, 19, and 26

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee:$50

The basic elements of a story are setting, characters, plot, conflict and theme. Recognizing what each of these elements adds to the story helps the reader understand the structure and meaning of a short story. Understanding how these elements work together also gives the reader an appreciation for the purpose of the short story. Through the reading of selected short stories and the use of literary tools and analysis of each work, you will acquire the skills needed to understand and interpret works of fiction.

You will also learn how to evaluate a character’s growth or lack of it in a story. You will learn the importance of settings and how it affects the story, as well as how to detect foreshadowing that will prepare you for what happens to the characters and why they behave the way they do. These tools will make future reading of short stories and longer literary works more interesting, exciting and pleasurable. This class will feature BRAND NEW STORIES to read and discuss and therefore new and returning students are welcome.

A copy of the first story will be available at the front desk before the first class.