|Academy of Continuing Education
Winter & Spring 2014
|Classes by Category
Judaic & Israel
Literature, Social, Political & Historical Issues
H3 Step By Step Advice on How to Get Your Book Published When Publishers Reject It
Instructor: Lisa April Smith, Author – Exceeding Expectations, Paradise Misplaced, and Dangerous Lies
Writing is an art, publishing is a business, and self-publishing compels authors to go far outside their comfort zone and become fully involved with the publishing business. This successful self-published author, shares what it takes to succeed in this highly competitive marketplace. In this course she discusses: producing polished, professional-looking e-books and paper editions; identifying the author's readership, finding and growing a fan base; pricing, building a website; managing expenses; promotion; book bloggers (what they do and where to find them) promotion, best sites for paid advertising, places to obtain free publicity, and much more.
Lisa April Smith’s three self-published novels, Dangerous Lies, Exceeding Expectations and Paradise Misplaced received rave reviews and sell. An informed and entertaining speaker, Ms. Smith has been interviewed on both radio and television, and addressed hundreds of groups from small intimate gatherings to theater-sized audiences about her roller coaster life, her books and writing. But this is the very first time she has been persuaded to share her hard-won secrets for success following her decision to drop her third literary agent.
> Thursdays, March 6, 13; 2:00-3:30 pm
H12 Janusz Korczak: The Patron Saint of Child Advocacy – A Jewish Hero
Instructor: Kurt Bomze
This presentation provides an introduction to the life and teachings of the 20th century’s most significant, and least known Jewish personality. Janusz Korczak, the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit, was a Polish pediatrician, child advocate, author, and pedagogue who became the director of the new Jewish orphanage in Warsaw in 1912. He developed many progressive ideas on how adults should treat children. Korczak, his children, and teachers were evacuated from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 and murdered in Treblinka. Janusz Korczak’s accomplishments, thoughts, and his legacy today in Israel will be highlighted in this lecture.
Kurt Bomze is a retired pediatric dentist. A semi professional photographer, he is a volunteer photographer for the Philadelphia Affiliate of Komen Race for the Cure. His trips to Europe have been well documented. He lectures annually at Temple University’s Life Long Learning Institute, as well as at other venues. Kurt is also the president of the Janusz Korczak Society of the United States.
> Tuesday, March 11; 10:00-11:30 am
H1 Memoirs of a Jewish Southern Belle
Lecturer: Marjorie M. Goldner
“Good Lord willin’ and the Creek don’t rise.” You will be treated to what it was like growing up born and bred in the South in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. To make it even more enticing, try being Jewish in a small town in Mississippi. Your father, also born and bred in the South, is the owner, editor, and publisher of the town newspaper and a spokesman for the civil rights of all. Your mother’s grandfather had his cotton plantation destroyed when Sherman marched to the sea. The first class will lay the groundwork and the social aspects of Southern (Jewish) culture and practices. The next session will explore the historical tapestry of the Fried, Meyer, Meyer, and Cohen families and their contributions to history making changes and challenges. With much humor and insight, the sessions will allow time for questions. Y’all come now ya’ hear?
Marjorie Meyer Goldner, a fifth generation American, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama and earned a Master’s Degree from Long Island University, and certification from St. Anne’s College at Oxford University. Marjorie founded and served as president of Goldner Financial Group, Inc. based in Long Island. She is a frequent and popular lecturer for Brandeis, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women.
> Thursdays, April 3, 10; 12:00-1:30 pm
H2 Navigating the Later Years
Lecturer: Joyce Bortnick, author
There are no one size fits all answers on how to deal with the problems that occur with aging. Joyce Bortnick will be discussing a mother’s immersion into old age (dependence) and a daughter’s dedication to keeping her mother safe, at peace, and able to maintain her dignity. Share two love stories, a daughter’s love for her mother, and a mother’s devotion and love for her deceased husband. Discuss some of the challenges of aging and to navigate the later years of life. There will be a book signing after this presentation.
Joyce Bortnick has been writing since childhood. While attending the University of Maryland, where she majored in English, Joyce won a national award for a play she wrote for her college sorority. While raising her family, she became a certified fitness trainer. Now living part time in Florida, Joyce turned back to her first love, writing. Her first novel, That’s What You Think, is a story Joyce put to pen, not only to help herself, but to help others who are facing the same or a similar situation.
> Tuesday, April 8; 2:00-3:30 pm
H3 A Balkan Journey – 1980 to the Present: Dubrovnik to Oswego to Sarajevo
Instructor: Don Lapinsohn
In 1980, the presenter was a lecturer at a Fulbright sponsored Dubrovnik conference on American and Yugoslavian multiculturalism. The return conference in Albany, N.Y. a year later was almost a blowout – literally. And, through the years to the current day, the presenter has encountered personally and professionally the multicultural spirit of the Balkan peoples – Muslims, Jews, Catholics and Orthodox - in an uncanny spiritually that transcends coincidence. In telling, through words and photos, you will learn about:
• The only Jews allowed into the U.S. during WWII, settled into Oswego, N.Y, barbed wired Army Camp and threatened to be expelled after the war.
• Sarajevo, the “Jerusalem of Europe” which for centuries was a sanctuary for Jews from Northern Europe and Spain.
• The oldest Sephardic Haggadahs in the world, originating in Barcelona around 1350. The Sarajevo Haggadah has survived many close calls with destruction. Historians believe that it was taken out of Spain by Spanish Jews who were expelled by the Alhambra Decree in 1492.
• The modern Balkans, countries of the former Yugoslavia and how they have become the world’s best kept travel hot spot to visit, sail and learn about Europe’s most multicultural communities.
Robert Maurer is President and founder of the American Corporation for Education and Training (ACET), former President and CEO of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation and COO of the NYS Board of Regents/Department of Education. He has hosted and facilitated many television shows, conference workshops and forums. Other facilitators will be added based on topics and availability.
> Tuesday, April 22; 12:00-1:30 pm
H4 Comparing China to Other Ancient Civilizations: Why did China’s Survive When the Others Didn’t?
Instructor: Lisa April Smith
Five hundred years ago China led the world in population, power and technology. Prior to that date, approximately 20 dynasties had seized control. Despite the dramatic shifts in leadership, more than half a century earlier than Columbus set out for India, a Chinese admiral, with a fleet of 62 ships, carrying 38,000 armed men, had sailed to India, Vietnam, Java, Malacca, Sri Lanka and much of the African coast. What innovations, inventions and natural resources led China to that point? How did it compare to ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome at their respective zeniths? After those empires collapsed the precious knowledge to recreate their prior technological triumphs was lost. What allowed China to continue its advance? This class will endeavor to answer those questions.
Lisa April Smith’s fascination with the ancient civilization of China led her to write her fourth novel, Forgotten Tales of China. Ms. Smith did extensive research on the topic in order to bring the characters and settings in the stories to life. Using her background, which included degrees in anthology/sociology and also in computer science, Lisa brings an understanding to the development of Chinese civilization, and a look at a prehistoric world that has seldom been viewed.
> Thursday, May 8, 15; 2:00-3:30 pm