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Engage in stimulating conversation with a group of curious, well-informed and friendly news junkies. Meet each week to discuss a variety of challenging topics, including popular culture, politics, media issues and other items in the news — at the local, national and international levels. Bring your observations and an open mind. The round-table discussions will be facilitated by cultural historian Alfred Hunt. 

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM; 12 sessions; starting 9/13/2017, ending 12/13/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/20/2017, 11/22/2017)

Tuition: $225.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Engage in stimulating conversation with a group of curious, well-informed and friendly news junkies. Meet each week to discuss a variety of challenging topics, including popular culture, politics, media issues and other items in the news — at the local, national and international levels. Bring your observations and an open mind. The round-table discussions will be facilitated by cultural historian Alfred Hunt. 

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 11 sessions; starting 9/14/2017, ending 12/14/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/21/2017, 10/5/2017, 11/23/2017)

Tuition: $205.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Engage in stimulating conversation with a group of curious, well-informed and friendly news junkies. Meet each week to discuss a variety of challenging topics, including popular culture, politics, media issues and other items in the news — at the local, national and international levels. Bring your observations and an open mind. The round-table discussions will be facilitated by cultural historian Alfred Hunt. 

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 11 sessions; starting 9/14/2017, ending 12/14/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 9/21/2017, 10/5/2017, 11/23/2017)

Tuition: $205.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Americans tend to ignore our foreign policy until we are engaged in disruptive events such as war or epidemiological disaster such as Ebola.  These six lectures/discussions will survey the history of our foreign affairs from Washington’s admonishment about foreign entanglements to Trump’s new nationalism, stressing what lessons, if any, we should glean from our experiences.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; 6 sessions; starting 10/11/2017, ending 11/15/2017

Tuition: $125.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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More than 70 years later, the Nazi era still stirs intense debate.  How could an apparently advanced society give way to such a monstrous regime?  Was the Holocaust more the inevitable result of a longstanding plan or an improvised response to the contingencies and brutalization of world war?  How much did the singular personality of Hitler influence the course of events?  Why were so many "ordinary" Germans and others complicit in the Nazis' crimes?  Could the Allies have done more to help stop the Holocaust?  This 3-week course considers these questions, drawing in part from historical film footage and interviews of participants.  Throughout, it also recounts the extraordinary stories of resistance and survival, by individual Jews and others, in the face of Nazi repression.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 10/12/2017, ending 11/2/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/26/2017)

Tuition: $75.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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This class will provide a basic unified history of a now divided Korea in the first session with the following two classes devoted specifically to South and North Korea, respectively.  The final session will cover the current political climate and predictions for the future of the two Koreas at the center of a region in turmoil.?  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 10/19/2017, ending 11/9/2017

Tuition: $100.00

Location : Temple Israel New Rochelle Location : 
  Temple Israel New Rochelle.

Instructor : Marjorie C. Miller 



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During the 1950s, many Jews were suspected of having Communist ties and were ordered to appear before Senator Joseph McCarthy's infamous House Un-American Activities Committee HUAC).  What had happened, both in America and their recent immigrant and World War II experiences, that swept them up into the hysteria?  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 10/19/2017, ending 10/19/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Andrée Aelion Brooks 



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Ruminations on Russia, Iran, North Korea and more by Carol Giacomo, the New York Times’ Editorial Board senior foreign policy writer. Over a multi- decade career as a reporter, she traveled more than a million miles around the globe with eight American secretaries of state, covering the biggest foreign policy stories. More recently, as a member of the editorial board, she has been advising presidents about issues of war and peace and traveled thousands more miles on her own taking the pulse of ordinary people and officials in places as diverse as Iran, Hungary and Myanmar. She’ll take your questions.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 10/24/2017, ending 10/24/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Bronxville Public Library Location : 
  Bronxville Public Library.

Instructor : Carol Giacomo 



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Preview upcoming cases involving the nation’s international relations.  Specific topics will include President Trump’s travel ban, military operations against ISIS, human rights suits by aliens in US courts, and the use of foreign legal materials interpreting the Constitution.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 11/1/2017, ending 11/1/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Martin Flaherty 



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Discover some of the most intriguing Victorian scandals that affected royalty, artists, writers, politicians, and aristocracy in two self-contained lectures.  The November class covers the first half of Queen Victoria’s reign and includes the history of the railway king and his Ponzi scheme; the Eglinton tournament of 1839; Charles Dickens and his domestic arrangements; the shameful treatment at court of Lady Flora Hastings, a lady in waiting, and a court that scandalously enforced rigid protocols.  The December class covers the latter part of the reign and includes the unpopularity of John Brown, Queen Victoria’s servant; the rivalry between Benjamin Disraeli and Gladstone; the famous 1878 court case between Whistler and Ruskin; the failed career of Lord Randolph Churchill; a stately home gambling fiasco that was allegedly perpetrated in the presence of the Prince of Wales; and the scandal that surrounded the Prince’s circle of glamorous mistresses, one of whom threatened to publish his letters.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 11/3/2017, ending 11/3/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lorella Brocklesby 



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Discover some of the most intriguing Victorian scandals that affected royalty, artists, writers, politicians, and aristocracy in two self-contained lectures.  The November class covers the first half of Queen Victoria’s reign and includes the history of the railway king and his Ponzi scheme; the Eglinton tournament of 1839; Charles Dickens and his domestic arrangements; the shameful treatment at court of Lady Flora Hastings, a lady in waiting, and a court that scandalously enforced rigid protocols.  The December class covers the latter part of the reign and includes the unpopularity of John Brown, Queen Victoria’s servant; the rivalry between Benjamin Disraeli and Gladstone; the famous 1878 court case between Whistler and Ruskin; the failed career of Lord Randolph Churchill; a stately home gambling fiasco that was allegedly perpetrated in the presence of the Prince of Wales; and the scandal that surrounded the Prince’s circle of glamorous mistresses, one of whom threatened to publish his letters.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 12/1/2017, ending 12/1/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lorella Brocklesby 



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In the past decade or so, East Asia and the Pacific have raised extraordinary political, economic, and strategic concerns.  Is China's advance foreshadowing domination of the Pacific?  How is our key ally Japan affected?  How dangerous is North Korea and what can be done?  Will the Pacific region become America's principal future concern ?  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 12/5/2017, ending 12/5/2017

Please read: Snow Date is Thursday, February 1

Tuition: $36.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : Ralph Buultjens 



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