Dear Student of Lifelong Learning,
Welcome to Delray Beach Public Library’s Winter-Spring 2019 Lifelong Learning Institute course catalog. As you may have noticed, we made a few changes to the program. The name has been changed to Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), the course booklet is a little larger, and the new tagline is “Learning for the time of your life!” We love the tagline because we believe you should keep on learning no matter what time of life you are in, and you should have the time of your life doing it!
Our lineup of courses is bursting at the seams with art, history, poetry, and literature. For good measure, we threw in some spies, Jewish subjects, and a program to help keep your brain sharp. We are also introducing some new instructors, keeping the faves, and bringing back one or two from the past. It’s a robust program, and we think you will find a course or two that interests you.
Delray Beach Public Library is not part of the County or City governing system, but our Library Association has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with the City of Delray Beach with a good percentage of our annual operating budget coming from the City and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). As a nonprofit entity, we are uniquely funded with public and private funds.
This library has been serving our community since 1913, and we pride ourselves on offering a full array of materials, programs, and services for the educational and entertainment pursuits of all ages. Step inside our state-of-the-art 48,000 square foot building and you will discover large, up-to-date book and media collections; access to the internet in a convenient wireless environment; highly qualified staff; a computer training lab; reference information center; meeting room space; and much, much more. Our library is a place for community, discovery, and lifelong learning.
By signing up for a lifelong learning course, not only do you get to have fun, make new friends, and learn something new, your registration fee also helps make it possible for the Library to offer more programs in the future.
Thank you for joining us. We hope you have the time of your life!
Classes begin January 14th.
Reading Behind the Words I: Understanding the Short Story
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.
Poetry of Protest
Description: Each week we will explore five poems written in protest of a current issue of the time. What are the effects on society when people use words, or other means, to take action against injustice?
Week 1: Langston Hughes and race relations
Week 2: White poets, race relations, and the progress of civilization
Week 3: Poetry in protest of war, child labor, sexism, the perils of indifference
Instructor Bio: Dr. Jeff Morgan, an English professor at Lynn University, is the author of three books, his latest, American Comic Poetry, published by McFarland in 2015. Also the author of numerous essays and poems, Morgan had two poems come out this summer, and his most recent essay publication is on Hemingway and Cuba, appearing in the 2016 issue of War, Literature, and the Arts.
Uncovering Women in Art
Week 1: Women as Artists and Subjects – Early Periods
Depictions of women appear throughout early cultures as goddesses, Earth Mothers, sexual symbols and temptresses causing the downfall of man. View works of important painters such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Angelica Kauffmann, Judith Leyster, Rosa Bonheur and Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun.
Week 2: Women as Artists and Subjects – Intermediate Period
Women artists were important members of the Impressionist Movement, especially Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Strikingly beautiful women were primary subjects for Pre-Raphaelites artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. In Orientalism women are treated as sexual objects lounging in Turkish baths.
Week 3: Woman as Artists and Subjects – Modern, Post-Modern Period
Women artists became more accepted and successful in painting, sculpture and photography, although paintings by women artists rarely appear in great museums unless they are nude. The art world saw the rise of Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism, Abstraction and Expressionism. Artists include Georgia O’Keefe, Kathe Kollwitz, Sonia Delaunay and Frida Kahlo.
Week 4: Woman as Artists and Subjects – Contemporary Period
Contemporary woman artists excel in creating innovative and exciting art styles. Women hold a significant position in all aspects of the art world and the number of artists now begin to include more females than male. Important artists include Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Yayoi Kusama and photographers Cindy Sherman and Annie Leibovitz.
How One Song Can Change Your Life
This course aims to illustrate how songs can change our lives for the better. We will experience how rhythm can energize, how harmony can create images, how melody can take us along for a creative ride, and lyrics can bring out the stories of our lives. Songs will be presented through videos, recordings, and live for your learning pleasure.
A brief history of song in our culture with regard to geography, race, religion, ethnicity will be presented. We will trace the songs we have experienced in our lives (or missed). Also, the songwriters and their popular songs will be illustrated and discussed and their reasons for the creation of these songs.
Mr. Sherman will present examples of songs he has used in his work and the value or purpose of them. Songs will be presented for the purpose of illustrating the wide range of emotions, education, and messaging of the song. He will offer participants the opportunity to contribute some ideas. Questions and ideas will always be honored in the sessions, so come and enjoy our music experiences.
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. Mr. Sherman is a board certified music therapist and a licensed mental health counselor. He is also a professional violinist.
The Old Testament as Inspiration for Contemporary Artists
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.
Week 1: Deborah, The Judge and One of the Oldest Biblical Narratives
Week 2: Zipporah, the wife of Moses and the daughter of Yitro
Week 3: The Hebrew Zodiac: 12 Tribes, 12 Months, 12 Astrological Signs
Week 4: Queen Esther and Purim aka Israeli Style
History and Crime
Week 1: FDR and his dealings with the problems of the Holocaust
Week 2: Jack the Ripper….case solved? Many detectives think they have the answer
Week 3: The massacre at Mai Lai and its aftermath
Week 4: The Murder of Stanford White
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 freelance contributor to Newsday Newspaper, currently teaching at NOVA University and at most of the over 55 communities in South Florida.
This course will cover the basics of brain fitness, improved cognitive ability, and memory retention, with added activities based on suggestions from past participants. Each week, group and individual mentally-challenging activities, discussions, and a different memory retention technique will be featured. Learn how to remember names and numbers, where you parked your car, and why you walked into the kitchen… this class is interactive, educational, mind-stretching, and fun!
The Techniques, Concepts and Aesthetics of World Famous Artists
This course will discuss art concepts such as cubism, abstract, pop, concept, polarized, modern, avant-garde, pointillism, surrealism, and performance art. You will learn about the aesthetics and techniques of the artists discussed in this course and answer the question – what does their work mean to you?
Week 1: Picasso was most famous artist of the twentieth century. What did he accomplish with realism, surrealism, abstraction, and the invention of cubism?
Week 2: Four famous (Jewish) artists in Paris around 1900: Pascin, Pizarro, Soutine and Modigliani. Each artist utilized different styles which were avant-garde for their time.
Week 3: Celebrate women throughout art history! Discussion will include artists such as O’Keeffe, Niki de Saint Phalle, Frida Kahlo, and Mary Cassatt.
Week 4: Spanish artists will be discussed: Velasquez, Goya, El Greco, Sorolla, and Botero. We will discuss different periods of art history and how it relates to their work.
America Investigates Its Presidents
America has always kept a close eye on its presidents, ready to pounce on “high crimes and misdemeanors” – real, or politically motivated, or both. This is the story of our American investigations of claims of impropriety in the Executive Branch, from George Washington to Andrew Johnson, to Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, and even into the Mueller ongoing probe of Russian collusion in 2016. Can you say: If THEY overreach, YOU must impeach?
It’s Greek to Me: Timely Tales in Art and Literature
The antics of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece have intrigued and delighted both children and adults for literally thousands of years. Today it is still fun for us to imagine the great Zeus and his brothers and sisters sitting atop Mt. Olympus meting out rewards and punishments to the mortals below. Join Dr. Marcus as she discusses the origins of Greek mythology and colorfully recounts many of its famous tales, while sharing the masterpieces of art based on the great stories.
Book Banning (and burning) in America
The tradition of book banning…and even burning… in America continues up until today, threatening our right to choose what we read. Historically we may associate book burning with Nazi Germany, but even today books go up in flames. Join Dr. Margery Marcus for a lively lecture examining the history of banned books in America from the Puritans through today. The presentation ends with a Top Ten countdown of the most banned books in our country.
ARTISTS WHO REVOLUTIONIZED ART
This group of lectures surveys some of the most creative and influential artists in the long history of art production and discusses their impact.
Week 1: Italian Renaissance Artists: Art history texts on the Renaissance begin with Italian artist Giotto di Bondone who changed the direction of art in the thirteenth century. He broke with the thousand-year traditions of the Middle Ages and Byzantine style by infusing his frescoes with movement, emotion, weight and substance. Giotto’s innovations were adopted and improved upon by other Renaissance artists, introducing scientific perspective, culminating in the paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Week 2: Baroque Artists: Beginning in the late sixteenth century, Caravaggio upturned the art world with his revolutionary manner of portraying religious figures as real people, literally turning traditional scenes upside down. His dramatic depictions of light, shadows and darkness inspired great advancements and innovations among his followers, such as Artemisia Gentileschi and Georges da la Tour. Thereafter, painters turned in new directions in their creation of artworks.
Week 3: Impressionist Artists: In the mid-nineteenth century, the invention of photography redirected art since artists no longer needed to recreate nature. Instead painters moved outdoors, were inspired by changing light patterns, pastel colors and the impact and impressions evoked by effects of nature. The Impressionists, such as Monet, Degas and Berthe Morisot and Post-Impressionists, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gaugin, shocked the art world with brighter hues, distorted colors and thick, visible brushstrokes.
Week 4: Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract Artists: In the late nineteenth century, Cezanne and Matisse nudged art away from natural and figural images into their own interpretations and unnatural shapes. Picasso’s innovations redirected the course of art in dramatic, even shocking depictions and innovations in Cubism, Salvador Dali, in his Surrealist works, made huge changes that eventually ushered in Abstract Expressionism, first produced by Kandinsky.
Short Fiction and Poetry from the New Yorker Magazine
Both the fiction and the poetry in this most popular venue for serious contemporary writing can present challenges. In this course, participants will have access beforehand to one writing example each 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.
Week 1: Incantations, brews, ghosts, evil spirits, creatures made of clay, astrology and more are explored with many shocking surprises on Jewish practices and viewpoints both ancient and modern. The red string, angels what role do they play in our lives? What are the Jewish texts that discuss these? This class will amaze you as we explore a little known part of who we are!
Week 2: What does Mazel Tov have to do with Astrology? Demons and your hair, how to get rid of headaches without Tylenol, why does a bride really walk around 7 times, why eat eggs and cake before you study? These and so many more insights to Jewish folklore and magic will be revealed!
Contemporary Global Hotspots
Week 1: Israel-Iran: The Strategic Nexus: Graphic lecture highlighting the ongoing and escalating conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza. The Iranian nuclear and missile delivery threat, coupled with Israeli actions to prevent Iranian buildup of forward military bases, and facilities, arms support to proxies, as well as, shifting relations with the US, Russia, and regional Arab Sunni nations to counter the Iranian threat.
Week 2: Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum: Graphic lecture on status of Israeli policies in dealing with the West Bank and Gaza. Prospects for a one, or two state solution, and key related political-military conflict issues. Prospective long-term implications of US unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Likely regional impact of the Trump Administration’s yet to be revealed “Peace Plan” Planning for a post-Abbas Palestinian regime.
Week 3: Trends in US-China Relations: Implications of US-China Trade War. Likelihood of US-China accommodation on trade after the US Mid-term Elections, Primary US concerns about political-security relationship with China, and prospects for change. Ramifications of growing US/China contention of the latter’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea. US regional allies’ reactions to China’s military buildup, including Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. China’s willingness to support UN sanctions to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.
Week 4: Constraining North Korean (NK) Nuclear and Missile Developments: Effectiveness of Trump Administration’s policies to constrain NK nuclear and long-range missile developments. Is NK nuclear disarmament possible. Various economic, political, or military countermeasures that US, Allies, particularly South Korea and Japan are likely to undertake. Willingness of China and Russia to enforce international sanctions.
Secrets and Spies
Week 1: Jonathan Pollard, Israeli spy
Week 2: Robert Hanssen, Russian spy at the FBI
Week 3: Aldrich Ames, Russian spy at the CIA
Week 4: Alfred Dreyfus, German spy (falsely accused)
Great Trials in American History
We are all products of the spirit of our times, and nowhere is that spirit — zeitgeist — more in evidence than in the sensational trials that shaped those eras. In this course, we will look at three trials that gripped our nation after the Civil War and World War Two, respectively: The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Trial, the Alger Hiss Russian Spy Trials, and the Rosenberg Atomic Bomb Conspiracy Trial. We will see how each of these trials impacted the American Reconstruction and McCarthy Eras, and we will learn lessons for our own time.
Art Deco Art & Architecture
Travel the Globe and learn about the Art Deco era’s art, design and architecture starting in our own Palm Beach County through New York, Havana and more! Become an expert and learn about preservation efforts of the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches (ADSPB) and the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS).
Week 1: Art Deco of the Palm Beaches: Discover the Streamline Moderne architecture found in Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and more!
Week 2: New York City Art Deco: Visit the skyscrapers of the Jazz Age as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the nostalgic Radio City Music Hall.
Week 3: Habana Deco: Art & Architecture of Cuba: Understand the art and culture of our most southern neighbor and their preservation / infrastructure crisis.
Week 4: Art Deco International: Art Deco Architecture is found everywhere in the world that structures were built in the 1920s – 1940s. Explore Art Deco treasures around the world and their significance.
Reading Behind the Words II: Understanding the Short Story
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.
The Wild Wild West? Myths, Legends, and Realities
If you grew up playing Cowboys and Indians, watching Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, or thrilling to the Gunfight at the OK Corral, you only have a small part of the reality that was America’s western expansion and growth. Come and learn “the rest of the story” about our American Manifest Destiny and the world that it continues to create.
Gun Control According to the Jewish Point of View
Who would have thought that today’s debates have their roots in the Torah and Talmud? Both sides of the discussion can draw from these ancient texts and be correct!
JEWISH INFLUENCES ON THE WORLD AND ANTI-SEMITISM
Week 1: The Jewish Influence on the Formation of the United States
Hebrew the official Language of the United States? The Battle of Valley Forge and Chanukah? Ivy League colleges and the Jews? The Declaration of Independence in Hebrew? The Sanhedrin and the Supreme Court? The Magen David on the Dollar Bill? There is so much more to discover on the Jewish connection to our freedom!
Week 2: The Jewish Influence in International and Domestic Politics
In this highly charged political season, what role do the Jews play? How do we vote? What Jews led other countries dating back hundreds of years ago? Has the Jewish vote changed? Do we really have an influence? This intriguing discussion will reveal some interesting facts about how and who we choose!
Week 3: The World History of Anti- Semitism
From the Torah to Alexandria, Greece, Israel, Rome, England, France, both ancient and modern day, what is the history of the world’s view of Jews? Why are we hated? Are the stories true? Is some of it our fault? Can it ever be fixed? What can we do today? This revealing class will be shocking and long lasting!
FORGOTTEN HISTORY: 4 BOOKS — 4 SURPRISING STORIES
Week 1: Affairs of State: The Untold History of Presidential Love, Sex, and Scandal: In recent years, countless politicians have made headlines for their sexual scandals. However, such stories are not new. In fact, there is a long history of presidential peccadilloes, but these stories are rarely told. History glorifies our leaders and omits marital woes, love lives, and sexual peccadilloes.
Week 2: America’s First Crisis: The War of 1812: Tells the stories of the most intriguing battles and leaders shares the most important blunders and victories of the war. Armies marched across the Canadian border; navies battled on Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, and the world’s oceans; capitals were burned, and the United States won its greatest victory in New Orleans- after the peace treaty had been signed.
Week 3: The Nazi Titanic: Built in 1927, the German ocean liner SS Cap Arcona was the greatest ship since the Titanic. When the Nazis seized control in Germany, she was stripped down for use as a floating barracks. In the Third Reich’s final days, the ship was packed with thousands of concentration camp prisoners. Days before Germany surrendered, the Cap Arcona was mistakenly bombed by the British Royal Air Force, and nearly all the prisoners were killed.
Week 4: The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution: Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the HMS Jersey was a living hell for thousands of Americans captured by the British. Crammed below deck- a shocking one thousand at a time- without light or fresh air, the prisoners suffered mightily at the hands of brutal guards. This shocking event ended up rallying public support for the war.
SACRED SITES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
Early societies placed most value and devoted most attention to sites that they set apart as sacred. A universal goal of early cultures was to coordinate their spiritual and ritual centers with the motions of the sun, moon and planets.
Week 1: Prehistoric Sacred Sites: Prehistoric paintings found in European caves display the unbelievable skill of prehistoric artists, images accurately drawn from memory, at great heights in almost total darkness. These artworks, symbols, techniques and their meanings have been subject to numerous interpretations. Includes the latest theories on the painted caves of Altamira, Lascaux and Chauvet and on megalithic monuments, stone circles and celestially-aligned mounds.
Week 2: Egyptian Sacred Sites: The architectural achievements of ancient Egypt were the Wonder of the ancient world, still admired today. Egyptian artists adorned their temples, palaces, walls and tombs with finely-carved sculpture and symbolic paintings. The placement of sacred temples and pyramids was never random but determined by their religion, history and environment. Take a closer look at the Giza Pyramids, Temples of Karnak, Luxor and Abu Simbel and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, especially the golden treasures of Tutankhamun.
Week 3: Mediterranean Sacred Sites: Sacred ceremonial centers dating to prehistoric times, such as the most recently discovered and oldest site in Turkey, Göbekli Tepe, the Hypogeum in Malta. Cave-like temples of the Cult of Mithras survive throughout the expanse of the Roman Empire. The Temple of Diana at Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, renowned as a center of magic and occult arts.
Week 4: North American and World Sacred Sites: Native Americans sacred sites appear throughout this country. Includes remains of ritual centers and monuments aligned to the cosmos in the Southwest, Kivas, Cahokia, Serpent Mound, Mystery Hill and other important areas.
Transitional and Transformative Presidents from James K. Polk to Gerald Ford
This course will examine four Presidents who were transitional and transformative Presidents in office.
Week 1: James K. Polk (1845-1849) under whom America expanded its territory by treaty with Great Britain and war with Mexico, but Polk rejected a second term in office and died 105 days after leaving the Presidency, the shortest retirement of any President in American history.
Week 2: William McKinley (1897-1901) under whom America gained overseas territories, in the Caribbean and the Pacific, an American Empire, and upon his assassination, the nation gained Theodore Roosevelt as his successor.
Week 3: William Howard Taft (1909-1913) under whom the nation saw the influence of Theodore Roosevelt expanded, but lost reelection by a wider margin than any in American history, but later was the only President to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Week 4: Gerald Ford (1974-1977) who succeeded to the Presidency upon the resignation of Richard Nixon, and was appointed Vice President under the 25th Amendment, and in office worked to unite the nation, but lost a full term to Jimmy Carter in 1976, becoming the only person to become Vice President and President without having been on the election ballot in 1972.
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