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



Academy of
Continuing Education

Winter 2015

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Social, Political & Historical Issues

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Social, Political & Historical Issues

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Current Events: Your Opinions Count, Let’s Hear Them
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: Sam Waingarten
>Tuesdays; 12:30 pm
February 3, 10, 17

The World Turned Upside Down, Can it Be Fixed?
Oh what a world we live in! This series involves the class in 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; 12:30 pm
February 4, 11, 18

Giants & Geniuses: 20th Century Greats
Starting at the turn of the 20th Century and going decade by decade, we will look at creative Americans responsible for the ideas, innovations and discoveries that have enriched and benefited society.
Instructor: Leah Polin
>Wednesdays; 12:30 pm
February 18, 25

Global Warming
There is much rhetoric about this subject; however the majority of technical scientific persons recognize this as a threat, but the press and politicians seem not so convinced. There is a great need for persons to become better informed about the information available on the subject and for them to support a popular movement for action. We owe this to our children and grandchildren. This program will share the evidence available, the positive steps than can be initiated now, and the consequences of political gridlock resulting in the lack of a national policy, hence prior inactivity.
Instructor: Gerald Levine
>Wednesdays; 12:30 pm
February 18, 25, March 4, 11

Why Do We Have Political Parties?
The Founding Fathers did not mention political parties yet they have been influencing our history from the beginning. Are they “civil”? What are they? Why did they come about? Do we actually need them? What is the influence of “third parties”? What effect do political parties have on our “Living Constitution”?
Instructor: Donald Singer
>Wednesdays; 12:30 pm
February 25, March 4, 11, 18

Sizzling Topics in the News
Tonight, 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 class members and guests.
Instructor: Sharon Segal
>Tuesdays; 10:15 am
February 24, March 10, 24

Excerpts from World History
The series features a process where recapturing the events in world history have shaped the events of today. Classes will detail historical events, their causes and protagonists and how they impacted world history
then and affect it today.
Instructor: Jerry Oltchick
>Wednesdays; 2:00 pm
February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25

From Levis to Lauren: A Short History on the Jews in the Fashion Industry
From what Levi Strauss did to denim in the 19th century to what Ralph Lauren has created in our times, Jewish people have been vital to the entire fashion enterprise. Let’s look, at some of this creativity and the people who “fashioned the garment industry”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Instructor: Leah Polin
>Wednesday; 12:30 pm
March 4

Barbara Walters: News Trailblazer
Barbara Walters paved the way for women in the news. Learn about her early life influences, marriages, affairs, daughter, key interviews, challenges she faced, and events that impacted her career. Personal quotes,numerous photographs and anecdotal PowerPoint images will be presented.
Instructor: Dr. Rose Feinberg
>Monday; 12:30 pm
March 9

The Real Causes of the Presidents’ Deaths
Everyone is mortal and eventually comes to the end of their lives. Presidents are no different. In several instances, their lives could have been saved with today’s standards of care. We shall discuss notable cases and what the real causes of death were. Could their lives have been prolonged, possibly changing world history? Some of the examples are amazing.
Instructor: Stan Polin
>Thursday; 12:30 pm
March 19

The Wright Brothers and the Milestones of Flight
The Wright Brothers is a phrase synonymous with manned flight. Two American boys, sons of a bishop from the Midwest, realized a dream as old as mankind. Their intelligence and perseverance led to the 1903 miracle at Kitty Hawk. But Wilbur and Orville were not the only historic figures with “the Wright stuff”. Montgolfer’s balloons, early dirigibles and Count Zeppelin’s ocean liners of the sky (think Hidenburg!) will all be documented with colorful narrative and images.
Instructor: Fred Lehrer
>Thursday; 2:00 pm
March 5


Looting a Culture
Looted art has been a consequence of looting during war, natural disaster and riot for centuries. Looting of art, archaeology and other cultural property may be an opportunistic criminal act or may be a more organized case of unlawful or unethical pillage by the victor of a conflict. Hitler’s rise to power and subsequent Nazi atrocities created a cultural void that took centuries to create. This series will deal with the history, loss and potential recovery of artifacts.
Instructor: Lillian Karp
>Thursdays; 12:30 pm
March 12, 19, 26

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
>Monday; 12:30 pm
March 23

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