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The Children Of Henry VIII

Lyndell O’Hara, PhD, history professor, Nyack College

It is well known that Henry VIII married six wives, yet only three gave birth to the heirs Henry so desired. Mary, daughter of Katherine of Aragon; Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn; and Edward VI, son of Jane Seymour, each took the tragic and tumultuous lessons of their childhood into their reign on the Tudor throne. In the midst of the upheaval of religious divisions and persistent challenges to the throne, the children of Henry VIII sought to guide and sustain the Tudor dynasty into the seventeenth century. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Sep 17-Oct 1, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 190

Meet The Masters

Maurice Mahler, professional artist, art historian

Meet masters whose iconic works were auctioned at Christies last fall for millions of dollars. Examine the lives, the relationships and the legendary (and lesser known) works of Marc Chagall, Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Class is a combination of lecture and films – unique documentaries exploring the lives and works of these art masters. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Oct 8-22, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XARTF 042

Death And Survival

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

Stories of the Holocaust. Examine what must never be forgotten; divergent points of view, chilling, unforgettable, inspiring.  We’ll discuss the cultural and historic importance of the authors’ messages and their essential nature. Stories are: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski, The Watch by Elie Wiesel and Camp Sundown by Nathan Englander. First story will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Oct 12-26, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 099

The World On Your Plate: Foods That Changed History

Laura Neitzel, PhD., academic director, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Americans eat an average of 142 pounds of potatoes per year. We fry them, bake them, boil them, and mash them. But did you know that the humble potato was also responsible for the rise of the West? That the tomato in your salad was an agent of globalization? Or that your post-prandial cup of tea fueled the industrial revolution? Come savor some food stories and learn about historical influences that shape every morsel you put in your mouth. Continental breakfast included.

Fri, Sep 14, 9:30-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $45, XHUMN 254

Theory Of Everything: Quantum Secrets

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist

Newton unified Earth and the Heavens with his theory of gravity. Maxwell is known for his grand synthesis of Electricity and Magnetism. Einstein fused Time and Space together but tried unsuccessfully for 30 years to merge electromagnetism with gravity. Later, electromagnetism was found to be joined at the hip with the “weak” force! For centuries physicists have dreamt of the ONE FINAL EQUATION that will explain every phenomenon and reveal every constituent of our universe. Stephen Hawking’s Quantum theory of Black Holes has rekindled a search for this Holy Grail. The course covers the history and prospects of this tantalizing human QUEST! (no prior knowledge required) 4 SESSIONS

Fri, Oct 19-Nov 16, 10:30 am-noon (no class Nov 9)
Fee and Code: $85, XPERS 278

Breakfast & Book Talk: The Beatles

Sound Pictures: The Life Of George Martin, 1965-2016

Ken Womack, PhD, author

Back by popular demand Ken Womack, world-renowned authority on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence, continues the story of one of the greatest partnerships in pop music history. This multimedia presentation follows Martin’s collaboration with the Beatles as they create such masterworks as Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, and Abbey Road. Program includes a copy of Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years, 1965-2016, coffee and continental breakfast. Registration deadline October 4.

Wed, Oct 24, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $55, XHUMN 320


Cynthia Balme, professional soprano, adjunct music instructor, Brookdale 

We love Broadway and its musicals! From Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat in 1927, Americans changed and raised the bar for musical theater forever. How did we get here? What was happening on our American stages that evolved into what we now cherish as the great American musical? Explore our history with Cynthia Balme as she takes us on a tour of American entertainment in the 19th through early 20th century. With both recorded excerpts and live examples sung and played from the piano. 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, Nov 1-15, 10-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMM 076

War And Peace: The Soviet Jewish Experience From
WWII Thru The Demise Of The Soviet Union

Dr Edith Rogovin Frankel, author, historian

WWII was a disastrous period for the Soviet people in general and for Jews in particular. Following this catastrophe, Soviet Jews endured a post-war period of increasing official invective and the destruction of their intellectual and cultural community, known as the Black Years of Soviet Jewry. We will explore these events and continue to the post-Stalinist period, to the “Thaw,” and to the reigns of Khrushchev, Brezhnev and the transformative years of Gorbachev.  Lectures will follow the growth of dissident activity, the development of a renewed Zionist movement (both of which made use of demonstrations and samizdat), and a massive emigration, all of which will be thoroughly discussed. 4 SESSIONS

Mon, Nov 5-26, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $85, XHUMN 287

How Did We Get Here?

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

Is the past prologue? Does history repeat itself? Does the arc of history bend toward justice? Sharpen your opinions by examining current events through the lens of history. Each week we will discuss and debate Sunday editorials and news coverage (in both left and right leaning media outlets) with a view to their resonance in history and in our own lives. Knowledge is more than a headline. Napoleon said history is a set of agreed upon lies. Santayana declared that those who forget the past are condemned to relive it. Are they right? 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Nov 21-Dec 12, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XHUMN 107

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