Course Registration

Fall 2017
November 7, 2017 - December 14, 2017

Six sessions unless otherwise noted.



  1. Only one person can register at a time. Two individuals in the same household must register and pay separately.
  2. When a class is filled, you will have to register for an open class first. Then you will be able to add a closed class and be placed on a wait list in order of your registration.
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Entertainment Classics

Tuesday: 11/7-12/12, 9:00-11:00, Room 1 (80 Max)

Gerald Salomon

If you like comedy, drama, and music then come spend two hours a week viewing some wonderful videos and films from my collection. Many of the selections are rare and you will get the interesting back-story on each of them. Selections are taken from television, Broadway, concerts, and film.
Instructor: Gerald Salomon
Tuesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 9:00 - 11:00
47/80 Max

Intermediate Spanish

Tuesday:  11/17-12/12, 9:00-11:00, Room 2 (30 Max)

Martin Frank

This course will concentrate on conversational Spanish. It is not a beginner's course. We will be using two text books. Basic Spanish by Dorothy Richmond and Ultimate Spanish (Beginner-Intermediate) by Irwin Stern. Both texts are available at Amazon. We will be doing some work with verb conjugation and vocabulary. 
Instructor: Martin Frank
Tuesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 9:00 - 11:00
8/30 Max

American History at the Movies

Tuesday:  11/7-12/12, 11:30-1:30, Room 1 (30 Max)

Thomas Jones, PhD

The movies are a valuable source of evidence about the past and can yield new and interesting perspectives on American history. Hollywood movies recreate, reflect, make history, and help measure change in history. This course covers some key moments, issues, controversies, and personalities in our nation’s past. You will engage in active discussions about Hollywood movies as historical evidence, how historians go about interpreting and using popular film, and the concept of an American Cultural imagination (what we imagine about our nations and ourselves).
Instructor: Thomas Jones, PhD
Tuesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 11:30 - 1:30
-2/30 Max

Hot News/Hot Views

Tuesday:  11/7-12/12, 11:30-1:30, Room 2 (40 Max)

Steve Manning

We live in a world where news-making issues come up daily. Take the opportunity to discuss breaking local, state, national and international news with curious and knowledgeable colleagues. The facilitator will select topics from current events and provide background information.
Tuesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 11:30 - 1:30
6/40 Max

Evidence vs Emotion - A Current Events Class

Tuesday: 11/7-12/12, 2:00-4:00, Room 1 (80 Max)

Jerry Blatt

This dynamic class challenges the way we shape our positions on current political, social and economic issues. We examine the objective EVIDENCE from reliable sources and observe the effect of EMOTION in reaching our decisions. It’s Facts vs Fiction – Observable Data vs Opinion – Head vs Heart – Evidence vs Emotion.
Instructor: Jerry Blatt
Tuesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 2:00 - 4:00
40/80 Max

Great Literature

Tuesday: 11/7-12/12, 2:00-4:00, Room 2 (40 Max)

Harold Jacobs

We will discuss short stories, both European and American, found in "The Great Books Foundation: Short Story Omnibus" (eds., Daniel Born, Judith McCue, and Donald H. Whitfield). The text can be purchased at (ISBN#: 978-1-880323-73-1). It will be used in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Participants should read and be prepared to discuss for the first class Honore de Balzac's "A Passion in the Desert," pp. 1-14
Instructor: Harold Jacobs, PhD
Tuesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 2:00 - 4:00
0/40 Max

Spanish Chats

Tuesday: 11/7-12/12, 2:00-4:00, Conference Room (12 Max)

Les Modie

This continuing class is designed for the person who has a good foundation in Spanish grammar, including the subjunctive mood. Conversation is the emphasis. Students need to have 2 texts: "Spanish Conversation: Premium Second Edition" by Jean Yates and the novel "Amor on line" by Paco Ardit. Both are available through Amazon Books.
Instructor: Les Modie
Tuesday: 11/7 - 12/12, 2:00 - 4:00
0/12 Max

An Entrepreneur’s Journey From Swap Meets to Millionaire (2 weeks)

Wednesday: 11/8-11/15, 2:00-4:00, Conference Room (20 Max)

Ben Liberman

This is a class about my life story and how I achieved the American dream. The journey of a Jewish man brought to the US by his parents from Chile as an 11-year-old. What was it like to adapt to life in America? What shocked and surprised me about life here? What did I have to give up to survive? I will describe what it was like to work weekends at swap meets in Paramount and El Monte, CA. I will speak about working for a small CPA firm, opening a furniture store, working with banks, employees, regulations, lawsuits, IRS audits, and the rewards of owning a company. This will be a discussion class. I will ask questions about students' experiences in both life and work.
Wednesday: 11/8 - 11/15, 2:00 - 4:00 (2 Weeks)
5/20 Max

Introduction to Genealogy (5 weeks)

Wednesday: 11/8-12/6, 11:30-1:30, Conference Room (20 Max)

Gary Fredericksen

Building my family story, the theme of this class, includes terms, family trees, family group sheets, free ways to do genealogy, learning places, successful searches using Google, Ancestry, FamilySearch and others, an introduction to DNA, keeping track of where we find things, how we organize things and identifying, preserving and using old family pictures. Handouts for each session will be provided.
Instructor: Gary Fredricksen
Wednesday: 11/8 - 12/6, 11:30 - 1:30
1/20 Max

French Conversations

Wednesday: 11/8-12/13, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room (18 Max)

Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat

This is a French conversation course for those who would like to brush up on their rusty conversational skills, become more fluent and improve their pronunciation. It is a great opportunity to practice what you have learned in the past. THIS IS NOT A GRAMMAR COURSE OR A BEGINNER LEVEL CLASS.
Instructor: Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat
Wednesday: 11/8 - 12/13, 9:00 - 11:00
0/18 Max

Relevant Topics - Making the Most of Active Living in Our Valley

Wednesday: 11/8-12/13, 9:00-11:00, Room 2 (40 Max)

Nancy Weil

We will delve into the issues and activities that enrich our lives where we live. The Relevant Topics will be pulled from my columns in the Valley Voice section of the Desert Sun. Come share your experiences with us.
Wednesday: 11/8 - 12/13, 9:00 - 11:00
18/40 Max

Ted Talks

Wednesday: 11/8-12/13, 11:30-1:30, Room 2 (40 Max)

Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat

This class will present videos of Ted Talks on topics of special interest, leading to interesting class discussions. The talks will stimulate analysis and sharing of ideas, offering "food for the mind and soul, new discoveries and uplifting subjects." The goal is to introduce new ideas and discover new concepts.
Instructor: Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat
Wednesday: 11/8 - 12/13, 11:30 - 1:30
0/40 Max

Mr. President

Wednesday: 11/8-12/13, 2:00-4:00, Room 2 (40 Max)

Jerry Blatt

This challenging class combines history and current events. Each session will explore the personal and political life of a previous American president including strengths, weaknesses and historical accomplishments. We will examine famous quotes, trivia, and relevant facts to fantasize what he would do if president today.
Instructor: Jerry Blatt
Wednesday: 11/8 - 12/13, 2:00 - 4:00
0/40 Max

Foreign Films

Thursday: 11/9-12/14, 8:30-11:00, Room 1 (80 Max)

Mario Sewell

Cinema:   The series will continue to focus on foreign language films with English subtitles. Due to the ongoing outpouring of excellent foreign films, theatrical exhibitions may be only a week making it difficult for even film buffs to fit the films into their personal schedules. For this reason the emphasis for the Fall session will be on highly-rated foreign language films released in the past 5–10 years intermingled with one or more classic films. The film presentations will include a brief overview of the director and the country and the film industry in which the film was produced with a post-film discussion of the film techniques and themes and audience reactions.
Instructor: Mario Sewell
Thursday: 11/9 - 12/14, 8:30 - 11:00
38/80 Max

Economics in the News

Thursday: 11/9-12/14, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room (20 Max)

Donald Kagan

We will discuss current economic topics in the news so as to understand the truth behind the rhetoric. Please bring in topics that you would like to discuss so we can make it an interactive class.
Instructor: Donald Kagan
Thursday: 11/9 - 12/14, 9:00 - 11:00
0/20 Max

Be a Better Photographer

Thursday: 11/9-12/14, 9:30-11:00, Room 2 (40 Max)

Marc Rosen

Open to all levels of photographers. Each week, participants will have an opportunity to take & submit photos by email that encourage experimentation with composition, lighting, perspective, etc. Participants can use phones or cameras to take photos. Observers who do not wish to submit photos are also welcome to attend and learn from others.
Instructor: Marc Rosen
Thursday: 11/9 - 12/14, 9:30 - 11:00
11/40 Max

Controversial Issues

Thursday: 11/9-12/14, 11:30-1:30, Room 1 (80 Max)

Marc Rosen

We will discuss and debate contemporary issues that are both controversial and familiar. Brief presentations by the facilitator and volunteers will stimulate fact-based, informative exchanges. The facilitator will ensure that all sides and viewpoints are heard and considered. (Similar classes are, Hot News/Hot Views, Economics In the News, Evidence vs. Emotion).
Instructor: Marc Rosen
Thursday: 11/9 - 12/14, 11:30 - 1:30
0/80 Max

Short Stories

Thursday: 11/9-12/14, 2:00-4:00, Room 2 (40 Max)

John Considine

Joan Beasley

Joyce Whitacre

The class will use: The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories, Daniel Halpern (Editor) - Nov. 1, 2000. It may be purchased on Amazon Books: Paperback - ISBN 13:9780140296289; Hardback - 13:9780670887613. Students will be expected to participate and to volunteer to lead a discussion. Please read "A Gift from Somewhere" by Ama Ata Aidoo and "The Keeper of the Virgins" by Hanan Al-Shaykh for the Nov. 9 class. There will be five meetings; we will not meet Nov. 23. The Meltsner Team: John Considine (LIR Board), Joyce Whitacre (LIR Board), and Joan Beasley (Class Secretary) will follow the Meltsner story discussion/analysis format for the Fall Session.
Thursday: 11/9 - 12/14, 2:00 - 4:00
8/40 Max

"Islam and Terrorism. Muslim Brotherhood - The Leader of Political Islamic Jihad (3 weeks)

Thursday: 11/30-12/14, 2:00-4:00, Room 1 (80 Max)

Ed Kodinsky

The class will provide a brief history of Islam and its prophet Muhammad. The pillars of Islam and Islam books including Quran, Hadith and Sirah will be covered. The nature of Islamic radicalism and jihad will be covered in detail. Muslim Brotherhood (the master of political jihad) and its penetration into US administration will be discussed.
Instructor: Ed Kodinsky, PhD
Thursday: 11/30 - 12/14, 2:00 - 4:00 (3 weeks)
33/80 Max