Classes, Courses and Lectures

ART

ART HISTORY

A brief history of art from cave paintings through Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. Classes are based

on the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving’s book “Art for

Dummies.”

Instructor: Vincent Blazewicz

Vincent Blazewicz is a parent, grandparent, cancer survivor, investigator and hospice volunteer who

enjoys humor and music.

KNITTING FOR ALL LEVELS

Beginners will learn the basics, starting with a simple project. Intermediate/advanced knitters will

select a project and learn new techniques, stitches, pattern reading and share their ideas with the

others. All will receive individual assistance.

Instructor: Linda Broudy

Linda Broudy was a high school math teacher for over 30 years. After retiring she began teaching other

teachers how to knit.

Drama

Actor's Workshop

We prepare skits, monologues, and improvisation in the classroom. Voice projection, body language

and facial responses are all part of the course leading to a showcase in May for public viewing. Our

object is to gain confidence in front of an audience whilst having fun.

Instructor: Esther Jaffe

Esther Jaffe has performed in the US and Australia. She has done a stint at the Actor’s Studio, been part

of an acting troupe and done a cabaret act. She has appeared on TV, in commercials and in a movie.

SPECIAL EVENT : “THEATRE ART PERFORMANCE”

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: ESTHER JAFFE

Esther Jaffe has performed in the US and Australia. She has done a stint at the Actor’s Studio, been part

of an acting troupe and done a cabaret act. She has appeared on TV, in commercials and in a movie.

TV’S GREATEST DETECTIVES

Some live by their wits, some by their fists, but these TV detectives have one thing in common –

they’re unforgettable.

Instructor: Leo Gerber

Leo Gerber is a movie buff, lectures on American History, Film Facts and Fiction, Popular Songs and

Singers, and The History of Vampires. He enjoys researching and presenting background material for his

classes.

Film

HOLLYWOOD’S AMERICA:

U.S. HISTORY THROUGH ITS FILMS

We will view feature films reflecting American political, economic and social life. A discussion will

follow each screening.

Instructor: Dr. Rosalie Reich & Sol Makon

Dr. Rosalie Reich has had a long career as a Professor of English in the CUNY system.

Sol Makon is a film and music aficionado. His expertise was further developed by taking college courses

in these fields. He also has a large media collection at his disposal.

 

A SELECTION OF MY FAVORITE FILMS

Please join me in viewing some favorite films chosen from my personal library. You will find them

exciting, mysterious, intriguing, and thought provoking. This is your chance to experience different

films in new ways.

Instructor: Sol Makon

Sol Makon is a film and music aficionado. His expertise was further developed by taking college courses

in these fields. He also has a large media collection at his disposal.

Foreign Languages

SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS

This course is based on a functional focus with special emphasis on oral communication. Students

will learn about culture and useful Spanish expressions, basic grammatical concepts, and vocabulary

needed to interact in a variety of everyday situations and survive in a Spanish speaking context.

Instructor: Nilita León

Nilita León is a certificated Spanish teacher with exceptional knowledge of Spanish-speaking countries.

SPANISH, INTERMEDIATE AND BEYOND

This course is designed for solid consistent practice in conversation, reading and writing. Self-

expression and comprehension are our goals.

Instructor: Edward Drayton

Ed Drayton’s passion for Spanish began when he won the medal for Spanish at his junior high

school. He graduated from Brooklyn College, and went on to become a NYC public school teacher.

 

Conversational French

We will begin with the basics: word sounds, pronunciations, accents and syllables.

*NB – Dictionary requested French/English, English/French

Instructor: Jean Prophyl

Jean M. Prophyl is an experienced native French teacher at Jean Mary Guilloux School and the

Prophyl’s Academy.

Games

*MAH JONGG FOR THE BEGINNING PLAYER

This class presents the opportunity for those people who have had the desire to learn this very

popular game. Absolutely no experience needed. *Registration is required

The 2016 Mah Jongg Card is required. It can be purchased at:

The National Mah Jongg League 450 7th Avenue, Suite 405

New York, NY 10123

By phone at (212) 246-3052

or online at: nationalmahjonggleague.org

Instructor: Irene Nachinoff

Irene Nachinoff is a retired NYC school teacher who now devotes her skills to the teaching of the

popular game of Mah Jongg

SOCIAL BRIDGE

For those with knowledge of bridge, come and enjoy supervised play in a relaxed and friendly

atmosphere.

Instructor: Ira Barnett

Ira Barnett has been supervising our Bridge class since 2008.

HEALTH

SPECIAL LECTURE : “GMOs”

Genetically modified organisms: how they change the food we eat.

PRESENTED BY: GREG TODD

Greg Todd has been a food activist member of the Park Slope Food Coop since 1986 and a member of

the GMO squad there since 2000.

A Joyful Journey to Miles of Smiles, Health and Wellness

Learn the ideal way to manage anger, fear and sadness. Practice PEP (Positive Energy Power) Aerobics. Safe and simple self- help strategies, that positively energize your brain and body, will empower you to survive and thrive in a 24/7 stress-filled world.

Instructor: Edith Namm. Edith Namm is a Counselor, Certified Specialized Graphoanalyst and author of 8 books on stress management. Her mission is to share ideal, safe, simple strategies that empower one to live a healthy, satisfying productive life.

Mindfulness – A Place to Be

Take a moment to slow down, breathe, and simply be. You will notice a rich world of thoughts, feelings and sensory experiences that will keep your mind, brain, and body supple and your heart soft. Learn to listen to yourself by meditating, moving, using words and by being mindful. Bring your sense of curiosity and come play on a path of self-discovery.

Instructor: Peggy Horwitz. Peggy Horwitz, LCSW is a psychoanalyst working with individuals, couples and families. She teaches mindfulness practices to individuals in business, health and service-oriented organizations. She currently practices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Nutritional Enlightenment

We will explore: anti-aging products; excess weight; eating blueberries; how safe is eating shrimp;

how to tell when food is fresh; skin cancer and citrus fruits; are eggs healthy?

We will also identify good drugs, dangerous infections, preventing falls and bladder control.

Instructor: Helen Reiss

Helen Reiss is a registered dietitian. She taught high school biology and was a Medical Technologist in a

clinical laboratory.

History

Art History

A brief history of art from cave paintings through Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. Classes are based

on the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving’s book “Art for

Dummies.”

Instructor: Vincent Blazewicz

Vincent Blazewicz is a parent, grandparent, cancer survivor, investigator and hospice volunteer who

enjoys humor and music.

THE HISTORY OF FAMILY LAW FROM HAMMURABI TO THE TEST TUBE

We will continue to examine the place of family in society, the confluence of family and the state,

and the future of the family as it collides with modern science. We will survey basic concepts such as

marriage, divorce, and family.

Instructor: Diane Stillman

Diane Stillman is a retired attorney, adjunct professor of law, and high school English teacher who loves

talking law with laymen.

HOLLYWOOD’S AMERICA: U.S. HISTORY THROUGH ITS FILMS

We will view feature films reflecting American political, economic and social life. A discussion will

follow each screening.

Instructor: Dr. Rosalie Reich & Sol Makon

Dr. Rosalie Reich has had a long career as a Professor of English in the CUNY system.

Sol Makon is a film and music aficionado. His expertise was further developed by taking college courses

in these fields. He also has a large media collection at his disposal.

Significant Presidential Elections in U.S. History

SIGNIFICANT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN U.S. HISTORY

We will continue examining the history of important presidential elections including their political

and economic backgrounds, the candidates, the campaigns and election results and consequences.

This term we will complete our examination of Eisenhower and the 1960 battle between John F.

Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Instructor: Stephen Appell, Esq.

Stephen Appell is an attorney who specialized in labor law. A graduate of Cornell and Rutgers Law

STALIN, FDR AND CHURCHILL

We will continue to examine the lives of these three leaders of the 20th century and consider how

their policies shaped history.

Instructor: Gene Reiser

Gene Reiser has a lifelong passion for history and politics. He is a former labor relations manager for

CUNY.

Humanities

ELDER LAW BASICS

This course will discuss basic documents that every adult should have, including power of attorney,

health care proxy, and wills. We will also cover various trusts, long term care and Medicare planning

as well as various Government benefit programs for seniors.

Instructor: Katya Sverdlov, Esq.

Katya Sverdlov received a JD from Brooklyn Law School and has been practicing estate planning law,

helping clients with wills, trusts, long term care planning and general estate matters. She also has 12

years’ experience in the financial industry.

“MUSEUM WALKS AND TALKS”

COORDINATOR: LINDA SILVERMAN

DOCENT LED GUIDED TOURS 

MORGAN MUSEUM

PHOTOGRAPHY FROM EASTMAN HOUSE

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NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM

AN AMERICAN COLLECTION

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THE MET BREUER

UNFINISHED ART

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GREY ART GALLERY @ NYU

ART FOR EVERY HOME

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SIGN UP MEETING

PLEASE BRING PAYMENT TO MEETING

*PRE-REGISTRATION FOR TRIPS IS REQUIRED

Linda Silverman is an avid museum-goer. She was a program director at NYC College of

Technology/CUNY in adult and continuing education, and collaborative academic programs for over 20

years.

RETIREMENT & AGING – NEW PHENOMENA

Why do we retire? Does retirement affect identity? Does gender play a role in how we feel? In

addition, we will look at images of aging in society and how this may impact self- image and

opportunities for activities.

Instructor: Dr. Susan Prager

Dr. Susan Prager taught sociology at Brooklyn College. Her interests include retirement and family.

Literature

*BLL Book Club

We will discuss “A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson, “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante, “A

Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler, “Devil in the Grove” by Gilbert King, plus an optional book

for those who want more, “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear.

*Pre-registration is required.

Classes are limited.

TWO LATER UPDIKE NOVELS:

“IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES” (1996)

AND “TERRORIST” (2006)

With powerful realism, both novels depict the contemporary American experience through the lives

of everyday people.

First class: chapters one, “Clarence” and two “Teddy.”

Instructor: Brian Keener

Brian Keener is a retired professor at NYC College of Technology. Author of John Updike’s Human

Comedy: Comic Morality in The Centaur and the Rabbit Novels

*Limited Enrollment/Pre-Registration

19TH CENTURY LITERATURE BY FEMALE WRITERS, PART TWO

This course will feature Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, Emma by Jane Austen, and probably Jane

Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Another short work may be added.

*Please read Cranford for the first class.

Instructor: Julie Kirshner

Julie Kirshner is an actor and longtime lover of literature. She has a BA in theatre and an MA in English

literature, both from Brooklyn College.

THE SHORT STORY: AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL

Like any art form, the short story holds a key to the life of its time and the life reflected therein.

There are within this shared universe, reverberations of the complexities of both life and fiction.

*Pick-up first story in the office, 3160 Boylan

Instructor: Dr. Rosalie Reich

Dr. Rosalie Reich has had a long career as a Professor of English in the CUNY system.

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE

SPECIAL LECTURE : “GMOs”

Genetically modified organisms: how they change the food we eat.

PRESENTED BY: GREG TODD

Greg Todd has been a food activist member of the Park Slope Food Coop since 1986 and a member of

the GMO squad there since 2000.

SPECIAL LECTURE : “PI”

The circumference of a circle related to its diameter

PRESENTED BY: FRED FRIEDLAND

Fred Friedland teaches Mathematics at Baruch College. He has given lectures at the IRPE/BLL since

1990

READING THE NEW YORK SCIENCE TIMES

Great things are happening in the world of science today. Read and bring the Tuesday,

NY Times Science Section to class for our informative discussions about the latest breakthroughs.

Instructor: Dr. Leslie Jacobson

Leslie Jacobson has been a long-time Professor in the department of Health and Nutrition Sciences. She

is a “founding mother” of IRPE and a major supporter of our organization since its beginning.

 

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Money Management

ELDER LAW BASICS

This course will discuss basic documents that every adult should have, including power of attorney,

health care proxy, and wills. We will also cover various trusts, long term care and Medicare planning

as well as various government benefit programs for seniors.

Instructor: Katya Sverdlov, Esq.

Katya Sverdlov received a JD from Brooklyn Law School and has been practicing estate planning law,

helping clients with wills, trusts, long term care planning and general estate matters. She also has 12

years’ experience in the financial industry.

YOUR LONGEST COFFEE BREAK- THE ENTIRE RETIREMENT PLANNING PROCESS

Students will gain insight into managing their retirement income and expenses, including how to

make their money last.

Instructor: Mina Black

Mina Black is a Financial Advisor with decades of experience. She is the founder of In The Black Financial

Wellness, a company that provides workshops on financial planning.

Music

SPECIAL EVENT : “LINCOLN – A MUSICAL TRIBUTE”

We will listen to two works: AARON COPELAND’S A LINCOLN PORTRAIT and the cantata, THE

LONESOME TRAIN. Both feature Lincoln’s words and story in stirring music.

PRESENTED BY: GENE REISER

Gene Reiser has a lifelong passion for folk, protest and Broadway music. He is a former labor relations

manager for CUNY.

OPERA AND PEOPLE WHO MADE MUSIC

The life and times of Gershwin, Caruso, Puccini, Verdi, Pavarotti, Toscanini, Lorenzo DaPonte and

the music they gave to the world.

Instructor: Aldo Mancusi

Aldo Mancusi is the Founder and Curator of the Enrico Caruso Museum for over 25 years.

He has been a faculty member at the IRPE/BLL since 2011.

Physical Fitness

 TAI CHI – A MOVING MEDITATION

Connect your mind and body in a new way. Tai chi is a series of slowly flowing movements with

many health benefits. Practicing tai chi calms the mind while improving balance, strength, flexibility

and focus.

Instructor: Hillary Merman

Hillary Merman, LCSW, CMA, is an experienced movement therapist and psychotherapist who has been

practicing and teaching tai chi for many years in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace.

TAI CHI CHUAN II

This course is designed for those who have taken Tai Chi Chuan I in the fall semester. We will

complete the rest of the form and review.

Instructor: Winifred Chin

Winifred Chin is an adjunct assistant professor of East Asian cultures at NYU and has been practicing Tai

Chi for over a decade.

Yoga and Body Movement Awareness

This course will consist of a series of postures and breathing exercises combined with relaxation techniques and exercises.

Instructor: Cynthia Arenson. Cynthia Arenson is a graduate of Brooklyn College and has a master's in exercise physiology from Queens College. She has taught yoga for 30 years.

Poetry and Writing

POETRY WORKSHOP

We will write, read, and evaluate poems with attention to their craft, music, meaning, and expression.

We will focus on poems that participants have drafted and also poems published by living writers

that students bring in to share.

Instructor: Anita Bernstein

Anita Bernstein trained in poetry workshops around the country and is the author of about a dozen

published poems.

 

Special Lectures and Performances

  • SPECIAL LECTURE & SLIDE SHOW: “GALICIA, SPAIN”

    Discover the northwest region of Spain

    PRESENTED BY: SUSAN CASTRO

    Susan Castro is an avid traveler who loves exploring & discovering. She is also a NYC sightseeing

    Guide.

    SPECIAL LECTURE: “GMOs”

    Genetically modified organisms: how they change the food we eat.

    PRESENTED BY: GREG TODD

    Greg Todd has been a food activist member of the Park Slope Food Coop since 1986 and a member of

    the GMO squad there since 2000.

    SPECIAL LECTURE & SLIDE SHOW: “ISRAEL”

    Photojournalistic images of Israel

    PRESENTED BY: PROFESSOR KENNETH AXEN

    Kenneth Axen is an Adjunct Full Professor at Brooklyn College. His training in photojournalism and

    documentary filmmaking enables him to create slide shows and short films of his world travels.

    SPECIAL LECTURE: “KVETCHING & SHPRITZING”

    Jewish humor in American popular culture

    PRESENTED BY: PROFESSOR JOSEPH DORINSON

    Joseph Dorinson is a Professor of History at Long Island University and has lectured on humor and

    culture for BLL/IRPE since 1990

    SPECIAL EVENT: “LINCOLN – A MUSICAL TRIBUTE”

    We will listen to two works: Aaron Copeland’s A LINCOLN PORTRAIT and the cantata, THE LONESOME

    TRAIN.

    Both feature Lincoln's words and story in stirring music.

    PRESENTED BY: GENE REISER

    Gene Reiser has a lifelong passion for folk, protest and Broadway music. He is a former labor relations

    manager for CUNY.

*Museum Walks and Talks

Docent-led guided tours. *Pre-registration is required. Coordinator: Linda Silverman.

MORGAN MUSEUM

PHOTOGRAPHY FROM EASTMAN HOUSE

***

NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM

AN AMERICAN COLLECTION

***

THE MET BREUER

UNFINISHED ART

***

GREY ART GALLERY @ NYU

ART FOR EVERY HOME

***

Linda Silverman is an avid museum-goer. She was a program director at NYC College of

Technology/CUNY in adult and continuing education, and collaborative academic programs for over 20

years.

SPECIAL LECTURE: “PI”

The circumference of a circle related to its diameter

PRESENTED BY: FRED FRIEDLAND

Fred Friedland teaches Mathematics at Baruch College. He has given lectures at the IRPE/BLL since

1990.

SPECIAL LECTURE: “SALA’S GIFT”

A story of love, survival and a lesser known aspect of the Holocaust

PRESENTED BY: DEAN ANNE KIRSCHNER

Ann Kirschner is the Dean of the Macaulay Honors College of CUNY. She is an innovator in education,

media and technology.

SPECIAL EVENT: “THEATRE ART PERFORMANCE”

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: ESTHER JAFFE

Esther Jaffe has performed in the US and Australia. She has done a stint at the Actor’s Studio, been part

of an acting troupe and done a cabaret act. She has appeared on TV, in commercials and in a movie.