Boynton Beach-Ross Palm Beach Gardens
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Winter 2015

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Social, Political & Historical Issues

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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
> Wednesday; 2:00 pm
   December 17

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
   December 2, 9, 16

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
   December 1, 8, 15

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
   December 3, 10, 17

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
   December 2, 9, 16

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

Rating Our Presidents
The class will have the opportunity to learn facts, history and discuss how to rate our presidents. The decisions are based on most achievements, most popular, family relationships, failures and their effect on the future.
Instructor: Stanley Light
>Mondays; 12:30 pm
January 12, 19, 26

Cleopatra & Egypt
The life of Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt, fills the senses with exotic imagery, intoxicating scents of perfume, elaborate fashion and jewels, romance and intrigue. She was believed to be born in 69 BC in Alexandria, Egypt. Her first romantic
alliance was with Julius Caesar, with whom she had a son. Cleopatra’s story has glamour; it has menace; it has sex; it has power. It has been retold to be both witty and tragic. She built her own legend in Egypt as the ruler of a willing people,
close to the gods and divine herself. She became the most famous Queen of myth and fantasy as well as of history.
Instructor: Terryl Lawrence
>Monday; 12:30 pm
January 12

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
January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17

Current Events- Global & Local
This class offers a presentation of timely news events which will be highlighted. Following the background and information provided; a discussion involving class members will enable them to offer their viewpoints and opinions on the topics detailed.
Instructor: Ethel Hofman
>Wednesdays; 10:15 am
January 14, 28

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
January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18

Big Problems Solved by Technology
The class will be framed by two short videos and then discuss past “big” problems from our history; which were solved through technological means. In addition the world of Google, which Charlie Rose as moderator with Larry Page (Google CEO), will explore the future of technology solutions.
Instructor: Arthur Feingold
>Wednesday; 2:00 pm
January 14

Memories from the “Greatest Generation”
This video presentation by film maker Fred Singer presents interviews with eight Jewish World War II Veterans about their lives before, during and after the War. This documentary has been viewed in numerousveteran and historical groups around the country.
Instructor: Fred Singer
>Thursday; 12:30 pm
January 15

Princess Diana: A Life Too Short
She married into the British royal family and made a difference as an activist. Learn about her early life, marriage to and divorce from Prince Charles, motherhood, her active love life, key events, major crusades and her senseless early death. The program includes personal quotes and photographs with PowerPoint presentation.
Instructor: Dr. Rose Feinberg
>Mondays; 12:30 pm
February 2

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 4, 11, 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


The United States and China in the 21st Century: Competition, Cooperation and Conflict
This special lecture focuses on the direction, connection and competition between the two mega world powers. The strengths and weaknesses of each nation will be analyzed. Human rights, education, global economy, politics, environment, the respective military forces, and cultures will be compared and contrasted.
Instructor: Andrew Kahn
>Monday; 2:00 pm
January 19


The Richest and Poorest U.S. Presidents
Unlike today where former Presidents become millionaires, this was not always the case. Some left office poverty stricken. What benefits have they acquired that guaranteed their exalted states? We will discuss and discover the reasons.
Instructor: Eric Soroka
>Tuesday; 12:30 pm
February 3

Presidential Trivia: Test your Knowledge
This presentation is a fun question and answer journey through the presidency of the United States.There are some serious moments as you might expect when Presidents are involved. It is a visual presentation that asks the questions and supplies the answers. The presenter will enhance the presentation with background material, research and insights.
Instructor: Alvin Schwartz
>Wednesday; 12:30 pm
February 4

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
January 27, February 10, 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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