Lifelong Learning Institute

Lifelong Learning Institute

Welcome to the FALL 2018 LLI COURSE CATALOG

This fall we’re offering some new courses and instructors, and additional morning, afternoon and evening class times.

From a romp through American history and how to write a children’s book to conspiracy theories in art history and music’s power to soothe your mood, we are confident you will find a course that interests you.

Intended for adults with inquiring minds, the Lifelong Learning Institute offers learning for the time of your life because we believe you should keep on learning no matter what time of life you are in, and that you should have the time of your life doing it!

Register online below, or if you’d prefer a printed registration form, you can download it at this link. Classes begin October 16.

A Nation is Born: Adventures in American History

Course Instructor: Antonio Scionti

Dates: Tuesdays, October 16, 23, November 6, 13

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 4 sessions:

$60.00Add to cart

Did you know . . .
In 1810 the population of the United States was 7.2 million?
Willis Carrier invented air conditioning in 1902?
Pan American Airways made its first transatlantic flight in 1939?
The first U.S. shopping mall opened in Detroit in 1954?
Explore the history of the United States from its discovery through the 20th century. In just four weeks, we will colonize, revolt, gain our independence, abolish slavery,win a war or two, build skyscrapers, roar through the 20s, freeze during the Cold War, feel the love at Woodstock, and much more.

Instructor Bio: Antonio Scionti is an adjunct professor of American History to 1865, American History after 1865, Ancient/Medieval History, and Modern World History at Palm Beach State College. He earned a master’s degree in history from Florida State University (Tallahassee). He is also an athlete and coaches football, basketball and baseball at all levels.

Studies in Jewish Art

Course Instructor: Helene Yentis

Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, November 7, 14

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Course Fee for 4 sessions:

$60.00Add to cart

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Through a series of interactive Powerpoint 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. 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.

Week 1: Beginnings: Leaving Home and Arriving in the Land of Canaan. Based on Genesis 12-18

Week 2: The Life of Isaac. Based on Genesis 18-23

Week 3: The Lives of Jacob and Esau. Based on Genesis 25:19-28:9

Week 4: The Hebrew Zodiac: 12 Tribes, 12 Months; 12 Astrological Signs. Based on Genesis 28:10-32:2.

Instructor Bio: Helene Yentis has over 30 years of experience as an art historian and expert of Jewish Art of all periods. Her diverse background includes: presentations on art history; curating exhibitions in museums, galleries and rare book libraries; leading tours of private collections and historical sites; developing collegiate level curriculum and more. She has an MA in Art History and Judaic Studies from the University of Chicago.

Criminal Trials and Terror Plots

Course Instructor: Stephen J. Singer, Esq.

Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, November 7, 14

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 4 sessions:

$60.00Add to cart

Week 1: Bernard Goetz: the subway vigilante
In 1989, a middle class white man shot four black youths in the IRT subway in New York City. He claimed they were trying to rob him. The incident split the City in two with African Americans shouting “Racism!” and the other New Yorkers applauding the shooter as their hero. This is the true story.

Week 2: Guy Fawkes: Who was he anyway?
The now famous “Gunpowder Plot” at the beginning of the 17th Century is actually a story of rebellion against the terrible religious persecution of English Catholics at the time. Learn the background leading up the plot, who were the participants, how
they were discovered, and what happened to them and to the Catholics afterward.

Week 3: False Confessions in Criminal Cases
The Innocence Project has cleared some 350 people to date who were either on death row or serving life sentences. All of them were innocent and were cleared through the use of DNA fingerprinting. Thirty percent of them had confessed to crimes they did not commit. How can this happen in the greatest criminal justice system in the world?

Week 4: The Assassination of President Garfield
President Garfield was assassinated by a mentally ill man who had sought a presidential appointment and had been turned down. In truth, the bullet didn’t kill the president, rather it was the incompetence of the doctors tasked with saving his life that did. The twists and turns of this true story will amaze you!

Instructor Bio: Stephen J. Singer is a retired Criminal Defense Attorney of 40+ years experience in New York City, a Special Agent in the U.S. Treasury Dept., Intelligence Division, a Case worker in the N.Y.C. Dept. of Welfare, a free lance contributor to Newsday Newspaper, currently teaching at NOVA University and at most of the over 55 communities in South Florida.

How to Write and Publish a Children’s Book, Part I

Course Instructor: Bobbie Hinman

Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, November 7, 14

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Course Fee for 4 sessions:

$60.00Add to cart

Have you always wanted to write a children’s book? You will learn how children think and what they really like to read. You will learn the three necessary parts to every story and the importance of the pictures, language and cover. We will discuss the role of the editor and illustrator. We will also cover the important decision of whether to choose self-publishing vs traditional publishing, plus how to market your finished book. At the course conclusion, you will be ready to write your book!

Instructor Bio: Bobbie Hinman is a former elementary school teacher with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Her children’s books have received 28 awards, including the Moonbeam Award for “Best Picture Book Series of 2017,” and have sold more than 50,000 copies. She is a regular presenter at school and library events, as well as book festivals around the country, where she shares her expertise in creating and marketing successful children’s books.

Required text: How to Create a Successful Children’s Picture Book by Bobbie Hinman, ISBN 9780978679194, $13.00. Available for purchase on the first day of class.

Exploring Exceptional Architecture

Course Instructor: Marion Dolan

Dates: Thursdays, October 18, 25, November 8, 15

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 4 sessions:

$60.00Add to cart

Although architecture begins much earlier, this group of talks looks begins with the influential structures of the Greek and Roman worlds, edifices that established the standards in harmonic and geometrical proportions that were imitated and adapted throughout history. We will examine some of the most important surviving architecture reaching into the 20th and 21st centuries when architects began to break all the rules. The lectures are fully illustrated with detailed images of the most impressive architectural structures ever created by the most brilliant architects who ever lived.

Week 1: Architecture of Greece and Roman Empire
Temples atop the Athens Acropolis established the ideal cannon of proportion in their buildings, decor and sculpture. Roman architecture and innovations with interior space, domes, innovative design, including the Colosseum, the Baths, ruins of Pompeii and probably the most influential structure of all time, the Pantheon.

Week 2: Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Medieval villages such as Carcassonne, the Palace of the Popes at Avignon, Castles of William the Conqueror, mighty Crusader Castles, Palace and Chapel of the Norman Kings in Palermo, Renaissance architecture of Florence, Medici Palace, and Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Week 3: Architecture of the Enlightenment to Early Modern
The 17th to 19th centuries, era of Baroque, Romanticism and Neoclassicism, extravagant palaces of Europe, including the Palace of Versailles, Paris Opera House, British Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Bishop’s Palace at Würzburg with its fabulous ceiling paintings, and ornate Rococo churches.

Week 4: Architecture of the Contemporary Era
The evolving design of urban architecture through art nouveau, art deco, the modernistic buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, the futuristic buildings of Frank Gehry, the unbelievable creations of Zaha Hadid and latest architectural wonders from all parts of the world.

Instructor Bio: Prof. Marion Dolan is retired from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an adjunct professor in the history of art and architecture and lectured for the Osher Lifelong Learning program at Carnegie-Mellon University for many years. She has taught classes at FAU Lifelong Learning and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art where she is also a docent. Dr. Dolan received her BS, MFA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in medieval manuscripts, minoring in medieval architecture. She recently published a book on astronomical art, Astronomical Knowledge Transmission Through Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts.

Two Civil War Era Presidents You Thought You Knew

Course Instructor: Robert L. Krasner

Dates: Thursdays, October 18, 25

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 pm

Course Fee for 2 sessions:

$50.00Add to cart

Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant were both active during the American Civil War. Each president had passions and experiences that had a significant effect on his presidency.

Week 1: Abraham Lincoln and the Railroad
Abraham Lincoln was an Illinois state legislator and lawyer dedicated to internal improvements and railroad development. As a practicing lawyer, he handled a number of famous railroad cases that had national impact. Upon being elected the 16th President of the United States, he became a proponent of a transcontinental railroad system.

Week 2: The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant and His Trip Around the World
Ulysses S. Grant was the first four-star general in the history of the United States Army and the only president between Jackson and Wilson to serve two terms. As president he brought stability to the country after the Civil War and many of his accomplishments are underrated. Grant could also be called the greatest traveler that ever lived. For 2 ½ years he traveled the world seeing more countries and visiting with more kings and world leaders than anyone before.

Instructor Bio: Robert L. Krasner is a local Civil War historian and lecturer. He serves on the Palm Beach County Civil War Roundtable and is an active member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, and U.S. Grant Associates.

The Art of the Mystery: What Evil Lurks?

Course Instructor: Margery Marcus

Dates: Tuesdays, November 27, December 4

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 2 sessions:

$50.00Add to cart

Great detective fiction, particularly the murder mystery, has been beloved by readers since its inception in the 1840’s. From the very first mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe to the current crop of thrillers, murder mysteries feature brilliant, often quirky detectives, offer engrossing plots and unforgettable characters. Join Dr. Margery Marcus for a lively look at detective fiction over the past 150 years.

Week 1: Why Do We Love Them?
Dr. Marcus looks at what makes a great murder mystery, discussing the icons of detective fiction like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and even Jessica Fletcher and Detective Colombo.

Week 2: The Hard Boiled Detective
Dr. Marcus examines this uniquely American genre from Sam Spade to the 21st century police procedural, including beloved characters like Los Angeles’ Harry Bosch and Norway’s Harry Hole.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Marcus holds a BA in English from The College of New Jersey and a Master’s and Doctorate in Education.

The Da Vinci Code: Conspiracy Theories in Art History

Course Instructor: Marion Dolan

Dates: Tuesday, December 11

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 1 session:

$25.00Add to cart

Sacred art and secret societies are among the numerous controversial topics exposed in the best-selling book and popular movie. The questions raised in this novel still stimulate debate and disagreement among readers and experts. Art critics and historians dismiss the author’s claims of heretical clues concealed in the art of Leonardo da Vinci, but religious scholars present evidence, discovered in the Nag Hammadi scriptures, that those problematic theories could perhaps be verified. Form your own opinion. Might a few of the long-held tenets of the Christian Church be wrong?

Instructor Bio: Prof. Marion Dolan is retired from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an adjunct professor in the history of art and architecture and lectured for the Osher Lifelong Learning program at Carnegie-Mellon University for many years. She has taught classes at FAU Lifelong Learning and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art where she is also a docent. Dr. Dolan received her BS, MFA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in medieval manuscripts, minoring in medieval architecture. She recently published a book on astronomical art, Astronomical Knowledge Transmission Through Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts.

The Art of the Book

Course Instructor: Marion Dolan

Dates: Tuesday, December 18

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 1 session:

$25.00Add to cart

The earliest writing appears on the cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls which were sometimes embellished with artwork. During the Early Christian era, scrolls were replaced by parchment codices. During the Middle Ages illuminated manuscripts reached the highest levels of artistic achievement. Examine the intricate, interlaced paintings created by medieval monks in their unmatched works of art, such as the Book of Kells. Admire the beauty of inspirational paintings burnished with brilliant color and sparkling golden highlights and historical annuals of royal courts. View masterpieces of Renaissance masters from famous European libraries, especially treasures of the Vatican. For over 1000 years, artists and calligraphers produced magnificent illustrated manuscripts until the printing press changed book production forever. Books became much less expensive and more readily available but never as beautiful.

Instructor Bio: Prof. Marion Dolan is retired from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an adjunct professor in the history of art and architecture and lectured for the Osher Lifelong Learning program at Carnegie-Mellon University for many years. She has taught classes at FAU Lifelong Learning and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art where she is also a docent. Dr. Dolan received her BS, MFA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in medieval manuscripts, minoring in medieval architecture. She recently published a book on astronomical art, Astronomical Knowledge Transmission Through Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts.

Mood Music

Course Instructor: Howard Sherman

Dates: Wednesdays, November 28, December 5, 12

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 3 sessions:

$55.00Add to cart

There is a saying, “music hath power to soothe the savage
breast . . .” Explore the power of music to improve your
mood and enhance your quality of life with better sleep,
more energy, pain relief, and much more. If you are a clinical
professional, you can increase your understanding of music therapy techniques for a plethora of clinical and educational settings. Live, videotaped and recorded music will be used.

Week 1: A colorful review of the evolution of music in the life of early man, and then onto middle and modern times with a look at the central place music held in all cultures, whether as medicine, communication, ceremonies, entertainment, religion, or education. The effects of music on our brain, mind, and body will be discussed thus defining the vital reason for music in our lives.

Week 2: An exploration of the therapeutic benefits of music on a personal level, and in the profession. Learn how the different musical instruments influence body, mind and neurological systems. Discover various forms of music and how they can be applied to improve your mental state and mood, and enhance your quality of life.

Week 3: Experience the power of music with song writing, improvisation and active listening exercises. Learn how the strategic use of music can improve sleep, concentration, energy, mood, as well as ease pain. One does not need to be a musician to experience the benefits of music in this session. Enjoy!

Instructor Bio: Howard Sherman has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education and post-graduate work in music therapy. For over forty years he has applied and recorded the effects of interactive music therapy techniques on individuals and groups in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and clinics. He has lectured on applications of music in treatment settings and also in teaching the layperson the application of some of these techniques in areas of pain reduction, memory enhancement, and motor control including fine and gross motor and speech production. He has worked, lectured or taught in Florida, Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey. Mr. Sherman has been a board certified music therapist for over 30 years and a licensed mental health counselor for over 25 years. He is also a professional violinist.

The Four Late 20th Century Presidents

Course Instructor: Ronald Feinman

Dates: Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30 pm

Course Fee for 4 sessions:

$60.00Add to cart

This four-week course will cover the presidencies of the late 20th century. We will examine the accomplishments, shortcomings, controversies, and legacies of the four presidents who served in the White House from 1977-2001. Questions and comments from the participants in the class are welcome.

Week 1: Jimmy Carter, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.

Week 2: Ronald Reagan, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.

Week 3: George H. W. Bush, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.

Week 4: Bill Clinton, his life and Presidency, and post Presidency, and evaluation.

Instructor Bio: Ronald L. Feinman has conducted courses at Delray Beach Public Library for many years. He received his Ph. D. from City University of New York Graduate School under the tutelage of Professor Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. He is a college professor for more than 46 years, and still teaches part time at Florida Atlantic University and Broward College. He is the author of two books, the most recent on Presidential Assassinations, in 2015, out in paperback since 2017. He has done lectures on many historical and political topics at many venues in South Florida for the past 15 years. He also has had a blog since 2008, entitled TheProgressiveProfessor.com, which he contributes to every day. He also writes articles for History News Network, and has had articles on HNN also shared on Time and Newsweek. Also, he is a political commentator on WWGH, 107.1 FM, Marion, Ohio, on a weekly basis..

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