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Although the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution was adopted over a century ago, the issue of slavery still resonates throughout American society in many ways.  These six sessions will explore the history of slavery throughout the world, and then concentrate on its development, abolition, and lingering influences on American society from the time of Thomas Jefferson until today.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; 4 sessions; starting 6/14/2017, ending 7/5/2017

Tuition: $100.00

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; 8 sessions; starting 7/6/2017, ending 8/24/2017

Tuition: $160.00

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; 8 sessions; starting 7/6/2017, ending 8/24/2017

Tuition: $160.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Henry James’s perceptiveness about American and British upper- and middle-class social and artistic life was unmatched by any other writer of his generation.  Evoking the colors and textures, the shapes and tastes, and the blend of physical and psychological impressions of the turn of the century, his fiction reflects a painterly sensibility deeply rooted in a life-long, often passionate, relationship with the visual arts. Henry James and American Painting (running June 9 through September 10, 2017) is the first museum exhibition to explore the fascinating intersection between James’s friendships with expatriate American artists, such as John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler, and his literary work.  Join us for the docent-led tour only ($50), or add an afternoon tea ($75).  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 7/12/2017, ending 7/12/2017

Please read: Docent-Led Tour and Tea

Tuition: $75.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : N.A. 



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Henry James’s perceptiveness about American and British upper- and middle-class social and artistic life was unmatched by any other writer of his generation.  Evoking the colors and textures, the shapes and tastes, and the blend of physical and psychological impressions of the turn of the century, his fiction reflects a painterly sensibility deeply rooted in a life-long, often passionate, relationship with the visual arts. Henry James and American Painting (running June 9 through September 10, 2017) is the first museum exhibition to explore the fascinating intersection between James’s friendships with expatriate American artists, such as John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler, and his literary work.  Join us for the docent-led tour only ($50), or add an afternoon tea ($75).  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM; starting 7/12/2017, ending 7/12/2017

Please read: Docent-Led Tour Only

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : N.A. 



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Travel around the world as we taste our way along some of the most diverse streets of NYC.  Named for one of the richest men in NYC’s history, Astoria is a living monument to its immigrant past and present.  Today it remains home to the world famous Steinway piano factory and film and TV studios.  In addition to the tastings, we will visit the iconic Museum of the Moving Image where we will take a “Behind the Screen Tour” with a Museum Educator  Course fee includes tastings and admission to the museum.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM; starting 7/18/2017, ending 7/18/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : Susan Birnbaum 



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Discover the “Boulevard of Dreams,” home to awesome art deco architecture, numerous historic landmarks, and a fascinating history.  The Grand Concourse is a thoroughfare that boasts an Italian Renaissance styled 1924 palazzo designed to serve as a retirement home for wealthy families who had lost their fortunes (the Andrew Freedman Home), the Bronx County Courthouse (the Mario Merola Building), the Bronx Museum, many houses of worship, a fabulous 1929 “Wonder Theatre” (the Loew’s Paradise), and Poe Cottage (former home to Edgar Allan Poe).  Course fee includes a snack and admission to the Poe Cottage.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 7/25/2017, ending 7/25/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : Susan Birnbaum 



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