Course Registration

Winter Term
January 8, 2018 - March 1, 2018

8 Sessions Unless Otherwise Stated
Conference Room (20 Students)
Room 1 (80 Students)
Room 2 (40 Students)
Room 4 (25 Students)



  1. We expect very heavy registration activity at the beginning of winter 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.
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Advanced Beginning Spanish

Monday, 1/8-2/26, 9:00-11:00, Room 1,

Denise Kelly

Advanced Beginning Spanish is intended as a continuation course for those who took Beginning Spanish last winter session, or for those who have had some Spanish in the past and wish to review. The approach will be conversational in nature. We will briefly review the first seven lessons of the textbook, "Ultimate Spanish Beginner-Intermediate" by Living Language, and then begin with Lesson 8 for a more intensive study of vocabulary, and grammatical structures through conversational practice.
Instructor: Denise Kelly
Monday: 1/8 - 2/26, 9:00-11:00
20/40 Max

Biotechnology and Society

Monday: 1/8-2/26, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room

Ralph Sinibaldi

This course introduces basic concepts of biology to students who are interested in biotechnology. This is an introduction to the scientific principles and techniques of molecular biology and biotechnology, including recombinant DNA technology and gene cloning, recombinant protein production and analysis of biomolecules. Discussion of technical, ethical and safety concerns presented by medical, agricultural, pharmaceutical and forensic applications of biotechnology.
Instructor: Ralph Sinibaldi, PhD
Monday: 1/8 - 2/26, 9:00-11:00
2/20 Max

Writing Your Life Story

Monday: 1/8-2/26, 11:30-1:30, Conference Room

Chris Considine

Have you thought about writing your life story? Join our class and find your inner voice in an atmosphere that encourages each class member to reflect on and share their written personal stories. Class limited to 15 and no admission after the first class due to the required confidentiality.
Instructor: Chris Considine
Monday: 1/8 - 2/26, 11:30-1:30
0/15 Max

Hot News/Hot Views

Monday: 1/8-2/26, 2:00-4:00, Room 1

John Considine

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
Monday: 1/8 - 2/26, 2:00-4:00
32/80 Max

Great Trials (6 weeks)

Tuesday: 1/9-2/13, 11:00-1:00, Room 1

Steve Moyer

In this class we examine historical and fictional trials through a combination of lecture and multimedia presentations.
Instructor: Steve Moyer, J.D.
Tuesday: 1/9 - 2/13, 11:00-1:00
3/80 Max

Art Appreciation

Tuesday, 1/9-2/27, 9:00-11:00, Room 2

Lisa Herbst

We continue our journey through the 20th Century of architecture. In this course we will look at and learn about the different building types, materials and techniques, and how the star architects develop and apply their different styles. Presentation is augmented by audio visual material.
Instructor: Lisa Herbst
Tuesday: 1/9 - 2/27, 9:00-11:00
10/40 Max

Entertainment Classics

Tuesday: 1/9-2/27, 9:00-10:45, Room 1

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: 1/9 - 2/27, 9:00-10:45
56/80 Max

Intermediate Spanish

Tuesday: 1/9-2/27, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room

Martin Frank

This course will concentrate on everyday/travel conversational Spanish. It is not a beginner's course. Some Spanish is helpful. We will be using one textbook: “Basic Spanish” by Dorothy Richmond. The text is available at Amazon. We will be doing some work with verb conjugation and vocabulary. Guest teachers 1/16/18 and 1/23/18 (Les Modie and Denise Kelly).
Instructor: Martin Frank
Tuesday: 1/9 - 2/27, 9:00-11:00
2/20 Max

Opera for All!

Tuesday: 1/9-2/27, 11:30-1:30, Room 2

Gerald Salomon

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: 1/9 - 2/27, 11:30-1:30
1/40 Max

Studies in Film: Hollywood Melodrama and Feminist Criticism

Tuesday: 1/9-2/27, 1:30-4:45, Room 1

Charles Derry

STUDIES IN FILM is an "umbrella course" which covers a different topic every time offered, building upon the principles in FILM APPRECIATION I and II. Previous students are encouraged to return, and new students are encouraged to jump in. In this course you will learn about the classic Hollywood melodramas from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, generally starring great women stars like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Barbara Stanwyck. Also called "the women's film," "weepies," or "family melodrama," this entertaining yet complex genre was rediscovered by feminist critics in the 70s and has continued to inspire and reflect American culture. We will also study foreign and contemporary films influenced by this genre, and key feminist/Marxist theorists (such as Molly Haskell, Shulamith Firestone, and Eli Zaretsky) whose ideas help us understand the ideological conflicts within these films. Today, melodrama is especially relevant in the context of Harvey Weinstein, Melania Trump, contemporary re-definitions of the family, culture wars, and Hillary's failure to break that glass ceiling. For students who want the most immersive melodrama experience this winter, I recommend four books: Marilyn French's novel The Women's Room, Molly Haskell's From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in Movies, Jeanine Basinger's A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women: 1930-1960, and Eli Zaretsky's Capitalism, the Family, and Personal Life.
Instructor: Charles Derry, PhD
Tuesday: 1/9 - 2/27, 1:30-4:45
10/80 Max

Spanish Chats

Tuesday: 1/9-2/27, 2:00-4:00, Conference Room

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. (Class limited to 15)
Instructor: Les Modie
Tuesday: 1/9 - 2/27, 2:00-4:00
2/15 Max

Evidence vs Emotion—A Current Events Class

Tuesday, 1/9-2/27, 2:00-4:00, Room 2

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: 1/9 - 2/27, 2:00-4:00
1/40 Max

Mr. President

Wednesday: 1/10 - 2/28, 9:00-11:00, Room 1

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: 1/10 - 2/28, 9:00-11:00
43/80 Max

Art As Propaganda

Wednesday: 1/10-2/28, 9:00-11:00, Room 2

Hazel Warlaumont

Art is not always the unadulterated expression of an individual but is often encoded with the agendas and demands of others. For example, graphically-appealing war posters were used to manipulate emotions during WWII, fine-art photographs of migrant workers in the 1930s were used to influence social reform, and Hitler used the stunning documentary films of Leni Riefenstahl to successfully rally a nation behind his cause. These examples raise questions for us to explore. For instance, what elements in visual messages serve to move audiences and stir emotions? How are those elements processed by individuals? Are we as educated adults aware of the manipulations of communicators? This course will explore these questions and how aesthetically-appealing images are often used in propaganda to influence attitudes and behaviors of any given community.
Instructor: Hazel Warlaumont, PhD
Wednesday: 1/10 - 2/28, 9:00-11:00
9/40 Max

French Conversations

Wednesday, 1/10-2/28, 9:00-11:00, Conference Room

Liliane 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: 1/10 - 2/28, 9:00-11:00
4/20 Max

Economics in the News

Wednesday: 1/10-2/28, 11:30-1:30, Room 2)

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
Wednesday: 1/10 - 2/28, 11:30-1:30
7/40 Max

Ted Talks

Wednesday: 1/10-2/28, 11:30-1:30PM, Room 1

Liliane 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: 1/10 - 2/28, 11:30-1:30
23/80 Max

Great Literature

Wednesday, 1/10-2/28, 2:00-4:00, Room 1

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 Anton Chekhov's "A Lady with a Dog," pp. 51-67
Instructor: Harold Jacobs, PhD
Wednesday: 1/10 - 2/28, 2:00-4:00
15/60 Max

Technology in Retirement – What’s It All About?

Wednesday: 1/10-2/28, 2:00-4:00, Room 4

Donald Kagan

This class will show you how to navigate through the bewildering number of applications available today. What is everyone talking about? What could I possibly do? We'll talk about texting, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facetime, Yelp, Uber, Photos, Maps / Navigation, Nextdoor, Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, youTube/TV/Movie apps, and Payment systems. Get ready to amaze your grandkids and YOURSELF!
Instructor: Donald Kagan
Wednesday: 1/10 - 2/28, 2:00-4:00
-4/25 Max

Introduction to Genealogy (5 Weeks)

Thursday: 1/11-2/8, 11:30-1:30, Room 4

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
Thursday: 1/11 - 2/8, 11:30-1:30
11/25 Max

Foreign Films

Thursday, 1/11/-3/1, 8:30-11:00, Room 1

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 Winter 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: 1/11 - 3/1, 8:30-11:00
44/80 Max

History Through Film

Thursday: 1/11-3/1, 9:00-11:00, Room 2

Thomas Jones, Ph.D.

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
Thursday: 1/11 - 3/1, 9:00-11:00
0/40 Max

Controversial Issues

Thursday: 1/11-3/1, 11:30-1:30, Room 1

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, Global Economics, Evidence vs Emotion)
Instructor: Marc Rosen
Thursday: 1/11 - 3/1, 11:30-1:30
-4/80 Max

Local Military History

Thursday: 1/11-3/1, 11:30-1:30, Room 2

Sid Burks

First five (5) weeks, An in depth look at the creation of the Imperial Valley and the formation, history and future of the Salton Sea. Next three (3) weeks, The Military History of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys. This class covers the region's significant contribution to winning World War II. Topics include Patton's Desert Training Center, The Palm Springs Army Airfield and adjacent Torney General (Army) Hospital, The World War II and Cold War history of the Salton Sea, as well as the history of several Army, Navy and Marine Corps bases including Camp Dunlap now known as Slab City.
Instructor: Sid Burks
Thursday: 1/11 - 3/1, 11:30-1:30
33/40 Max

Be a Better Photographer

Thursday: 1/11-3/1, 2:00-4:00, Room 1

Marc Rosen

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: 1/11 - 3/1, 2:00-4:00
6/40 Max

Short Stories

Thursday, 1/11-3/1, 2:00-4:00, Room 2

Adair Fell, Joyce Kornbluh

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. The emphasis in this class will be on discussion and analysis. Students will be expected to participate and to volunteer to lead a discussion. Please read "Aren't You Happy for Me?" by Richard Bausch, pg. 85 for the first class.
Instructor: Adair Fell, Joyce Kornbluh
Thursday: 1/11 - 3/1, 2:00-4:00
18/40 Max

Russia’s Road to Terrorism and Dictatorship

Monday: 1/15-2/26, 11:30-1:30, Room 1 PLEASE NOTE START DATE

Ed Kodinsky

The course will start with the history of Russia's road to terror under Joseph Stalin, the history of KGB and its transformation. Gorbachev's era of "Glasnost and Perestroika" (Economical and Political restructuring and Openness), the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. We will discuss Russia's transition to market economy and the rise of Russian Criminal oligarchy under Boris Yeltsin. We will also discuss how Vladimir Putin, a mediocre KGB colonel became an "accidental president" of Russia and his focus on restoration of the former Soviet Union Empire. We will discuss the rise of Russian FSB (former KGB) and the end of the democracy in Russia. We will go over horrific terrorist acts by FSB both in Russia and abroad, Putin's military ambitions and the state of Russian economy.
Instructor: Ed Kodinsky, PhD
Monday: 1/15 - 2/26, 11:30-1:30
7/80 Max

Anatomy of a Trial

Wednesday: 1/17-2/28, 9:00-11:00, Room 4 PLEASE NOTE START DATE

Gary Ceriani

In this highly interactive course with weekly homework to prepare for the next session taught by an experienced trial lawyer, you will learn the various components of the trial process from jury selection to closing argument. You will be given a statement of facts and sworn statements of the witnesses and will hear how experienced trial lawyers prepare (and you will be asked yourself to prepare), jury selection questions, opening statements and both direct and cross examinations of the lay and expert witnesses which you will then perform in class. You will, for example, discuss (a) what kind of jurors you would want for the case and why; (b) the care and feeding of judges; and (c) generally what, and why, trial lawyers really do in a courtroom--all inter-mixed with a true tales from a trial lawyer who spent over 40 years trying cases all over the country to illustrate the points. (Class limited to 15)
Instructor: Gary Ceriani, J.D.
Wednesday: 1/17 - 2/28, 9:00-11:00
0/15 Max

America, With Liberty and Justice For All


Thursday: 2/15-3/1, 9:00-11:00, Room 4

Allen Humphries

This class will be a Town Hall type discussion about the nature of peaceful protest in America, i.e. Black Lives Matter and the NFL players' actions.
Instructor: Alan Humphries
Thursday: 2/15 - 3/1, 9:00-11:00
17/25 Max

The Canadian Justice System: Separating Myth from Reality

Tuesday: 2/20-27, 11:00-1:00, Room 1 PLEASE NOTE START DATE

Jeff Gindin

If you are like most people, then your view of the Justice System comes from movies, television, newspapers or various other forms of media. If so, your view may be distorted and you're likely unimpressed. These lectures seek to separate myth from reality and discuss the differences between the Canadian and U.S. . Jeff will deal with many of the most commonly asked questions including: How can a lawyer defend a person he knows is guilty? What is plea bargaining and is it really necessary? 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 are the causes of wrongful convictions?
Instructor: Jeff Gindin, J.D.
Tuesday: 2/20 - 2/27, 11:00-1:00
47/80 Max