Course Registration Spring 2019

Spring 2019
March 11, 2019 - April 25, 2019

7 Sessions Unless Otherwise Stated
Conference Room (18 Students)
Room 1 (80 Students)
Room 2 (40 Students)
Room 4 (18 Students)



  1. We expect heavy registration activity at the beginning of Spring registration. You may not be able to register until traffic clears. Please keep trying!
  2. Only one person may register at a time. Two individuals in the same household must register and pay separately.
  3. If you choose a class which is filled, you may sign up to be placed on a wait list. FIRST, however, you must register and pay for an open class. People on a wait list will be admitted as space is available in the order of their registration.
  4. PRINT A COPY OF YOUR CLASSES. After you complete the payment page of the registration process, you can click the "Print" button on that page to make a copy of your classes. Additionally, you will receive an email with your classes. Please save it! PLEASE NOTE LATE START DATES AND EARLY END DATES.

The Canadian Criminal Justice System: Separating Myth from Reality

If you are like most people your view of the Criminal Justice System comes from movies, television, newspapers and other media. If so, then your view is distorted and you’re likely unimpressed. These lectures seek to separate myth from reality.

Jeff will discuss many of the most commonly asked questions including: How can a lawyer defend someone he knows is guilty? Who gets bail and who doesn’t? How does a Judge decide what sentence to impose? Is there really a law for the rich and another for the poor? What is Plea Bargaining and is it really necessary?

What are the causes of wrongful convictions? What are the differences between the Canadian and US systems.? Would the OJ Simpson case have had a different result if tried in Canada?

Instructor: Jeff Gindin, J.D.
Tuesday: 3/12 - 3/19, 9:00-11:00, Room 1 NOTE DATES
74/80 Max

Evidence vs Emotion—A Current Events Class

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: 3/12 - 4/2, 2:00-4:00, Room 2 NOTE DATE
17/40 Max

Human Genetics

This course is designed to teach the basics of Mendelian genetics.  It will provide an understanding of how genes are inherited and expressed in humans. It will provide a statistical basis on the probabilities of inheriting specific traits. It will cover many of the inherited disease genes found in humans.

Instructor: Ralph Sinibaldi, PhD
Tuesday: 3/12 - 4/23, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room
4/18 Max

Intermediate Spanish

This course will concentrate on Conversational Spanish. It is an Intermediate Spanish class. The text for the class is Practice Makes Perfect - Spanish Conversation - Premium Second Edition by Jean Yates PhD. We will also be doing some work with grammar and vocabulary. The text is available on Amazon. 

Instructor: Martin Frank
Tuesday: 3/12 - 4/23, 9:00-11:00, Room 2
22/40 Max

Opera for All!

Whether you've been humming arias since you were 12 or you have no idea what an aria is....THIS OPERA CLASS IS FOR YOU! We will hear a wide range of operatic presentations, including complete performances, individual scenes and arias. The class is designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with the subject. Using my large collection of DVD's and CD's, we will view and listen to familiar and unfamiliar performers in a variety of roles. When we're through with this class, you may be humming arias and demanding encores, but if so, please wait until you're out of earshot of the wonderful COD staff in the office area.

Instructor: Gerald Salomon
Tuesday: 3/12 - 4/23, 11:30-1:30, Room 2
17/40 Max

Foreign Films

Foreign Films In addition to entertainment and the joys of stories well-told and depicted, a foreign language film can also provide insight into the values and assumptions of cultures and times totally different than ours. As an LIR cinema facilitator, I preview many films prior to each session looking for films that provide insight, are entertaining and reflect the art of cinematography. For the Spring session, I have chosen contemporary and classic films in a mix of genres -- e.g., musical, film noir, drama, escapist -- that reflect these goals. I hope you enjoy them. 

Instructor: Mario Sewell
Tuesday: 3/12 - 4/23, 2:00-4:30, Room 1
16/80 Max

Vamos a Charlar

This continuing class is designed for the person who already has a solid vocabulary in Spanish and a firm foundation in grammar, including all verb tenses and the subjunctive.  Participants are expected to be able to converse extemporaneously.  Our emphasis is conversation, though we will also review grammar and have written assignments.  Class size is limited to 16 students.  The text we will use is "The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice", premium third edition, by Ronni Gordon and David Stillman.  This text is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Instructor: Les Modie
Tuesday: 3/12 - 4/23, 2:00-4:00, Conference Room
11/16 Max

Hot News/Hot Views

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.

Instructor: John Considine
Tuesday: 3/19 - 4/16, 11:30-1:30, Room 1 NOTE DATES
40/80 Max

Economics, Finance and Current Events from the Point of View of a Conservative

This course will discuss economics, finance (both governmental and personal)  and current events from the perspective of a Conservative.

Instructor: Leonard Goldstein
Tuesday: 3/26 - 4/23, 9:00-11:00, Room 1 NOTE DATES
59/80 Max

French Conversations

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: 3/13 - 4/24, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room
0/18 Max

Women’s Money Matters

Nine out of ten women will be solely responsible for their finances and 62% of them are afraid their money won’t last their lifetime.  This course will show you where you stand today, help you identify your goals and give you a plan on how to get there. Topics include Financial Planning, Legacy Planning, Psychology of Money, Investing 101, Understanding Insurance Needs, Social Security and Medicare.

Instructor: Reesa Manning
Wednesday: 3/13 - 4/24, 11:30-1:30, Conference Room
10/18 Max

Ted Talks

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: 3/13 - 4/24, 11:30-1:30, Room 2
3/40 Max

Art Appreciation

This course introduces the history of Impressionism. We will examine the artists, from Manet, Monet, and Renoir in Argenteuil to Pissarro and Cézanne at Pontoise. We will explore the impact of women Impressionists such as Cassatt & Morisot, and Post-Impressionism: Van Gogh, Gauguin. Presentations are augmented by audio and visual materials.

Instructor: Li Kokesh
Wednesday: 3/13 - 4/24, 2:00-4:00, Room 2
0/40 Max

Finding Truth in an Age of Fake News and Opinion Leader Dependence

This lecture and discussion course, will examine why people rely on others -- politicians, news media, religious clergy, and scientists, rather than themselves to determine the truth about issues facing our country and the world. 

Practical solutions for improving this situation will be discussed without relying on specific ideologies. 

Instructor: Alan Lawrence Cohen
Thursday: 3/14 - 4/25, 9:00-11:00, Room 1
47/80 Max

Be a Better Photographer

Open to all levels of photographers. Each week, participants will have an opportunity to take and 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: 3/14 - 4/25, 9:30-11:00, Room 2
18/40 Max

Controversial Issues

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, and Evidence vs Emotion)

Instructor: Marc Rosen
Thursday: 3/14 - 4/25, 11:30-1:30, Room 1
0/80 Max

Short Stories

The class will use: The Art of the  Short Story, Dana Gioia, R.S. Gwynn (Editors).   It may be purchased on Amazon Books: Paperback -ISBN-13:978-0321363633,ISBN-10:0321363639. Join us to discuss some of the greatest short stories ever written. All participants will be expected to lead a discussion. Please read "A Company of Laughing Faces", by Nadine Gordimer, pages 334-345, for the first class.

Instructor: Adair Fell; Nancy Dowling
Thursday: 3/14 - 4/25, 9:30-11:15, Conference Room
0/18 Max

Dark Alleys & Dangerous Blondes: A Look at Film Noir

Film Noir is a unique contribution by American films to the world catalog of the many kinds of stories told in movies. The skeptical private detective, the gorgeous woman with a past, goons & thugs who threaten both of them, a way out. Maybe. Our third semester will include films from the classic era; some are famous and others not so well known.  We will see Night and the City, Angel Face, Double Indemnity, Born to Kill, and others.  A few surprises are in store.  Stay alert.  You don't know what is in the dark alley.  

Instructor: John Curran
Thursday: 3/14 - 4/25, 2:00-4:30, Room 1
16/80 Max

Urban Legends in Health and Nutrition

A repeat of the popular course from the Fall semester.  What do we really “know” about health and nutrition?  Here, we will talk about what generates “good data” and what misinterpretations of this good data form Urban Myths -- the unsupported claims that bombard you from all sides.  Topics include "What is healthy eating?", carbohydrates in the diet, vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements, the human microbiome, probiotics, fiber in the diet, carcinogens in the environment and many more.

Instructor: Fred Abramson
Thursday: 3/14 - 4/25, 2:00-4:00, Room 2
13/40 Max