Boynton Beach-Ross Palm Beach Gardens
 Boynton Beach
 Palm Beach Gardens



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Continuing Education

Fall 2014

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Social, Political & Historical Issues

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Sizzling Topics in the News
Be a more interesting person with friends and family! Discussions range from international, national, human interest, culture, trends and other issues that transform a curiosity or an opinion into dialogue with other class members.
Instructor: Sharon Segal
> Mondays; 12:30 pm
   October 20, 27, November 3, 10

The Elephant in the Room: India & its Neighbors
A PowerPoint presentation will enhance the information detailing India’s relations with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Political, military and economic factors will be the primary focus of the lectures.
Instructor: Andrew Kahn
> Mondays; 2:00 pm
   October 20, 27 November 3

Current Issues: Global Importance
Our daily world is bombarded with issues that are of global importance. The facts and the misconceptions are the sources for politics, debates and outcomes. Join us for a lively discussion and repartee of issues that provoke healthy dialogue.
Instructor: Irvin Moskowitz
> Tuesdays; 2:00 pm
   October 21, 28 November 4, 11

The World Turned Upside Down, Can it Be Fixed?
Oh what a world we live in! This series involves discussions on how to fix the world since its state of being is questionable. The topics which are shared are chosen by class participants. Bring your ire, your concern, your disbeliefs and perhaps the class can solve a few of these challenges we all face. What makes you angry? Share your opinion, open a dialogue and let’s see if we can fix the world.
Instructor: David Schoenfeld
> Wednesdays; 2:00 pm
   October 22, 29, November 5, 12, December 3, 10

Live from ACE: One on One
Live from ACE presents its monthly interview series. Political, cultural and social officials and guests who affect local lives are presented with the opportunity for audience questions. Dave Aronberg, State Attorney General, Palm Beach County (Oct 22), Drew Martin, Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Palm Beach County (Nov 19), and State Senator and Energy Consultant, Jeff Clemens (Dec 17).
Instructor: Ted Cott
> Wednesdays; 2:00 pm
   October 22, November 19, December 17

Washington & the Birth of the Nation
The life of George Washington and the integral part he played in the Revolutionary War is analyzed in this historical perspective of our First President.
Instructor: Alvin Schwartz
> Friday; 10:15 am
   October 24

A “Chat” with Ben Franklin
Join us for a historical fun filled chat with that Aristocrat, Ben Franklin. “Ben” will make a guest appearance to talk about his life and times. His costume and props will enhance this interesting conversation.
Instructor: Marvin Anter
> Tuesday; 12:30 pm
   October 28

Current Events: Your Opinions Count, Let’s Hear Them
Newsworthy topics appearing in newspapers, publications, online and television form the basis for this discussion group focusing on current events. Your input and opinions will drive the group. Be prepared to share your thoughts and hear others in this lively group setting.
Instructor: Sam Waingarten
> Tuesdays; 12:30 pm
   October 28, November 4, 11, 25, December 2, 9, 16

The Treaty of Versailles Pathway to the Holocaust
This class will consider the early part of the 20th century, the Great First World War, and the peace treaty that came from its conclusions. The discontent in Germany became a factor in the evolving attitude and treatment of the Jews.
Instructor: Donald Lapinsohn
> Wednesdays; 12:30 pm
   October 29, November 5, 12, 19

Stolen Art, Stolen Lives
“Painting is possessed of divine power, for not only does it make the absent present, but also makes the dead almost alive.” This quote by Alberti resonates in the recent discovery in Munich of a trove of looted ex-Nazi art treasures, many of which were confiscated from Jewish collections. Some 1400 works of major 20th century artists including Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Lautrec, as well as Dix and Beckman are part of an undefined inventory under investigation. Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, followed a violent period of artistic ‘cleansing’ culminating in 1937, with the most dramatic attack on modern art. This program examines the historical, cultural and artistic collisions which occured during this period.
Instructor: Kenneth Green
> Wednesdays; 2:00 pm
   October 29, November 5, 12, 19

U.S. Presidents Who Died in Office
During the history of our nation, eight presidents have died in office. Of the eight, four were assassinated and four died from natural causes. Who replaced them? What issues and problems were facing the United States during their periods in office? Was there any foul play surrounding these deaths? We will investigate the situations.
Instructor: Eric Soroka
> Thursday; 12:30 pm
   October 30

Lincoln and the Civil War
The focus of this class is the life of President Lincoln, from his birth in 1809 until his assassination in 1865. An additional emphasis is his role in the Civil War and how he saved the Union.
Instructor: Alvin Schwartz
> Friday; 10:15 am
   October 31

Modern Political Economy Issues
This series is a discussion and analysis of contemporary economic trends affecting the American economy with social consequences. Topics include: the failure of economic policies, the role of energy, demographic trends, and the development of a cross-national infrastructure. In addition, alternate courses of action and predictions for the future will be covered.
Instructor: Dr. Paul Tress
> Mondays; 12:30 pm
   November 3, 10, 17

TW3 (That Was the Week That Was)
Each week, discussion will cover current and timely topics. Comparisons and similarities to past events bring in the historical repetitions to our conversation. We, as a group, will exchange opinions and viewpoints on what we see and hear. Remember David Frost who hosted the television show from the 60s? Bruce will bring it back.
Instructor: Bruce Kalner
> Mondays; 2:00 pm
   November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15

Churchill and the Jews
Winston Churchill was an unwavering supporter of the Jewish people and the Zionist cause. Without his support, Israel might have been a dream unfulfilled. Who knew? This lecture will document Churchill’s lifelong friendship with the Jewish people, including his role in the British Mandate, the Partition Debate and Israeli Independence.
Instructor: Frederick Lehrer
> Tuesday; 12:30 pm
   November 11

What Were the Top Events of the Past 100 Years?
Little has changed in American history from the 1900s to today. The names have changed, but not the issues and events. Follow this interesting timeline and investigate how history repeats itself time and time again. The class features discussion and your comments.
Instructor: Donald Singer
> Wednesdays; 12:30 pm
   November 19, December 3, 10, 17

Lyndon Johnson, Righteous Gentile
The State of Israel in 2008 designated President Lyndon Johnson as a righteous gentile. This class will focus upon the actions on behalf of the Jewish people that earned Johnson that honor.
Instructor: Richard Lavine
> Thursday; 2:00 pm
   November 20

Lincoln at Gettysburg
The pivotal engagement of the Civil War led to the most famous speech in American history. You read it in grade school, but do you know Lincoln’s real message? What was the contemporary reaction? What were the events surrounding the speech itself? Historic photos will enhance this discussion.
Instructor: Frederick Lehrer
> Tuesday; 12:30 pm
   November 25

Excerpts from World History
The class provides an overview of the important historical events which shaped nations, leaders and people. In the continuation of the Fall class series, further investigation and details will be approached and disseminated. New students as well as returnees are welcomed.
Instructor: Jerry Oltchick
> Tuesdays; 2:00 pm
   November 25, December 2, 9, 16

George Armstrong Custer… An American Hero
Who is the real George Armstrong Custer? Regrettably, Hollywood movies have defined the contemporary perceptions of the youngest Major General in American history. Peer behind the myth and learn the fascinating story of the patriot who enabled the settling of the American West. A slide presentation of historic photos will highlight the class.
Instructor: Frederick Lehrer
> Tuesday; 12:30 pm
   December 2

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
This class will consider the history of the Jews in Spain, the rise of the Inquisition and the evolving story of the Jewish pirates that resulted from past events.
Instructor: Donald Lapinsohn
> Wednesdays; 2:00 pm
   December 3, 10, 17

The Manhattan Project
Nazi Germany was the first to release nuclear energy, but the U.S. made it a military game-changer. Learn about the most ambitious development project in world history, employing 130,000 people. Consider alternative strategies to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A slide presentation with many historic photographs will provide insight into this controversial subject.
Instructor: Frederick Lehrer
> Thursday; 12:30 pm
   December 4

Harry S. Truman: The Man from Independence and His Odyssey
In two segments, utilizing a PowerPoint presentation with photographs, we will trace the life, achievements and great moments in the life of Harry S. Truman from the early years in Grandview, MO through his death in Independence, MO on December 26, 1972.
Instructor: Malcom Gropper
> Thursdays; 2:00 pm
   December 4, 11

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