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FIU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  

Fall B 2018 Course Offerings

Registration is now open!

MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR COURSES.  MEMBERSHIP IS $40.00 AND IS VALID FROM JULY 1, 2018 UNTIL JUNE 30, 2019.  YOUR PAID MEMBERSHIP IS A WAY OF SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE PROGRAM!

 

FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Miami Shores Brockway Library and Miami Shores Community Center locations.

Registration for our Fall B 2018 term is open.  Call to register over the phone. 
To enroll, call 305-919-5900 or leave a message with your phone number and we will call you.
Registration hours are from 10:00 am thru 4:00 pm.
(If we do not answer, please leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible).

Classes for Fall B are scheduled to start on Thursday, November 1 and ending Wednesday, December 19, 2018 
(Please read each course description entirely to prevent any confusion regarding starting dates.  Courses start on different dates.  Thank you).

 
Classrooms/locations are subject to change. We reserve the right to cancel courses due to low enrollment. Note:  Courses are listed by the day of the week they are offered.
MONDAY COURSES
ONE-TIME LECTURE
"Columbus, the tragic hero"

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Presented by
Professor Marvin Klein

Christopher Columbus was an explorer, navigator, and colonist who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain. He led the first European expeditions to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, initiating the permanent European colonization of the Americas, but there is more……. Please join us to “discover” more about “Columbus, the tragic hero”. This lecture will start with a movie about Columbus, lecture and group discussion.

 

One-time lecture date: Monday, October 29, 2018

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Location: Academic II Room 212

Cost: $15 

Refreshments will be served. Please register in advance!

  TUESDAY COURSES

 One-Time Seminar

Presented 

by 

Dr. Alan Fisher

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“Election Preview:  What to Expect from the Midterms”

 One-time lecture date:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time:  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $15.00 

Miami Shores Community Center

9617 Park Drive, Miami Shores, Florida 33138

Call today to register!!

 About the instructor:  Dr. Alan Fisher has taught public opinion and voting for almost all his adult life.  He has published more than 20 academic articles on voting and opinion, especially by religion and ethnicity.

 

 "Terrorism"

Three part lecture

Presented by

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Professor Marvin Klein 

 

Each lecture will start with a 30 minute video of a different terrorist group. There will be group discussions after each video: motivations, degree of success, international and national reactions and a surprise guest (Counterterrorism expert) for one of the sessions!

The first lecture will be about different reasons for persons to join these groups. Also, the various definitions of terrorism (intl. law, Arab countries treaty against terrorism, human rights groups, etc.) Where do these groups get their money? The UN Security Council reaction against the 9/11 attacks and its lasting effects.

The second lecture will be about the development of the internet and its utility for the terrorist groups. The difference between international terrorists and U.S. homegrown terrorists. The Department of State list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations and the consequences. Terrorism and U.S. immigration policy.

The third lecture will be about U.S. law against terrorists, material support, some important cases, and resistance to prisons on U.S. soil. Legal and international relations, problems with Guantanamo detainees and success in the federal courts.

 

Fall B dates: 3 Tuesdays: November 6, 13 and 27

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Academic II Room 212

Cost: $50

About Professor Klein: Professor Marvin Klein is an adjunct professor of Law for St. Thomas University School of Law and Barry University. After receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School, Professor Klein served in Venezuela under a State Department scholarship. He then practiced law in Venezuela before entering the field of publishing and editing textbooks. Professor Klein has written two books: "The Venezuelan Constitution" and a history of Venezuela for educators. On returning to the United States, he received two LL.M. degrees. His current interests are in the areas of human rights and national security.

Adjunct Professor of Law

J.D., Harvard Law School
LL.M. (Human Rights), St. Thomas University School of Law
LL.M. (International Law), University of Miami Law School
M.A. (Conflict Resolution), Nova Southeastern University

 

 

 CINEMA WITHOUT BORDERS

      Shelly Isaacs

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FALL B

 

Theme: "THE HUMAN CONNECTION" - Where narratives collide - Six (6) films that deal with the many facets and mysteries of the human condition, where unrelated characters are affected by singular events and circumstances. 

Fall B Dates:  6 Tuesdays: November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11, 18

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Fee: 
$100
Location:  
Academic I Building – Auditorium Room 265 (Biscayne Bay Campus)

 

The six (6) films that will be viewed and discussed are:  

 

DORMANT BEAUTY - 2012 - ITALY - A mosaic of several intertwined stories questioning the meaning of life, love and hope, set during the last six days in the life of a young woman who spent 17 years in a vegetative state.

VOYAGES - 1999 - FRANCE - Set in present day Paris, Tel Aviv and Poland, three Jewish women stand at the crossroad of life, linked in diaspora, memory and displacement.

TICKETS - 2005 - ITALY - Interactions of a disparate group of Europeans, whose circumstances turn on class and nationalism, courtesy and rudeness, and opportunities of kindness.

HAWAII OSLO - 2004 - NORWAY - The story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo.  Will destiny put themin the same path?

UP AND DOWN - 2004 - CZECH REPUBLIC - People crossing borders, both physical and emotional, that begins with the discovery of an abandoned child by two smugglers, kicking into a gear a series of tragic comic events.

HEAL THE LIVING - 2016 - FRANCE - A single devastating event intertwines inextricably the lives of an unfortunate teenager, a weary woman with an ailing heart and a team of compassionate doctors, all perfect strangers, perfectly interconnected.

 

About the instructor: Shelly Isaacs is founder, programmer and host for Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs at many venues throughout South Florida.  He enjoyed a 30-plus career as a creative director/writer in advertising with an emphasis in film, TV and radio advertising and production.  Isaacs holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from NYU, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in Cultural Studies.  In 2009, Shelly launched Cinematheque at Sea - film cruises traveling throughout the world.  He also served as the film expert for Celebrity Cruise Lines to Cannes International Film Festival.

 

WEDNESDAY COURSES

 

"Watercolor without Limits"

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Pamela Gilmour

 

Develop your creativity with watercolors.   We will learn techniques, design, composition and keeping a sketchbook. No prior experience necessary. First-time and advanced artists are welcome. We will process paintings and demonstrations as a group, but mainly work one on one. Realistic, abstract and nonrepresentational styles will be explored.

Tools and materials needed for class are:  palette, a 9" x 12" water color pad, soft pencils, round water color brush (#10 or #12), paper towels, container for water, and one set of water color paints (or bring supplies that you already own).

Instructor will help beginners get started during first session. There are endless benefits to continually pursue your inner artist and develop your individual creativity. Leave your inner critic at home and come join us for a fun painting experience.

Instructor:  Pamela Gilmour

Fall B Dates: 6 Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19 
Time:
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Fee: 
$100 
Location:  
Academic II Building – Room 212 (Biscayne Bay Campus) 

About the instructor: Pamela Gilmour, BEd, MS, ATR—Developed and implemented national award winning art programs along with local achievement recognition Art instructor/art therapist in private practice for 30+years.

 

"Books and Films:  Inside Out"

 

Presented by

 

Ronelle L. Delmont

 

Ronelle Delmont – author, lecturer, revealer of false theories - brings books to life.  Join us in this thought-provoking and entertaining book review lecture series that will explore the profound and often controversial ideas behind America’s most popular best-selling books. Each title became immortalized by acclaimed screen dramatization.  Excerpts of each film will be shown in class.  You need not have read the books to enjoy the reviews in this stimulating lecture series.  

 

Instructor:  Ronelle Delmont
Fall B Dates:  5 Wednesdays:  November 7, 14, December 5, 12, 19
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Course Fee:  $80.00   
Location:  Glenn Hubert Library– Room 255 (Biscayne Bay Campus)

 

The focus of this term’s discussions will be:

 

The Inspector General - by Nikolai Gogol (1832) - 1949 film starring Danny Kaye, directed by Henry Koster

The Great Santini - a novel by Pat Conroy - 1979 film starring Robert Duval, directed by Martin Ritt

Jean De Florette and Manon Des Sources - 1986 film starring Yves Montand, directed by Claude Berri from the novels of Marcel Pagnol

Kes - 1969 film directed by Ken Loach, based on the novel, "A Kestrel for a Knave" by Barry Hines

Zorba - 1964 film starring Anthony Quinn, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, based on the 1946 novel by Nikos Kazantsakis

 

 "Great Jewish Films"

Presented by Ronelle L. Delmont

Each week Ronelle will present the most significant excerpts from a venerated film depicting Jewish life.  The course will be an entertaining experience but thought-provoking and educational just the same. Each movie will portray some meaningful aspect of Jewish lifestyles, cultural beliefs, or dramatic stories of historic relevance.

 

Instructor:  Ronelle Delmont
Fall B Dates:  5 Wednesdays: November 7, 14, December 5, 12, 19
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Fee:  $80
Location:  Glenn Hubert Library– Room 255 (Biscayne Bay Campus)  

 

The Flat - 2011- Autobiographical memoir directed and written by Arnon Goldfinger

Madame Rosa - 1977- Starring Simone Signoret, directed by Moshe Mizrachi, based on 1975 novel "The Life Before Us" by Romain Gary

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg - 2009 - Biography of Gertrude Berg, directed by Aviva Kempner

Radio Days - 1987 - Autobiographical comedy, written and directed by Woody Allen

Remember - 2015 - film starring Christopher Plummer, directed by Atom Egoyan

 

About the instructor:  Ronelle Delmont was raised on the Lower East Side and has often lectured throughout South Florida on the Lower East Side, Jewish immigration, the history of the 2nd Avenue Yiddish theatre district and other Jewish related subjects such as the Catskill Mountains.  She was a newcomer to Florida’s book review and lecture circuit when she began an unexpected career in public speaking in 1994.   In 1995 Ronelle graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a degree in International Relations.   She had also been a staff writer for the Broward Community College newspaper, “The Observer”, and won a 1993 Journalism Award for her coverage of the Ku Klux Klan and the Haitian refugee crisis.   She lives in South Florida with Parisian-born husband, Daniel Delmont, an international singer and talent agent.  They have four children and two grandchildren. 

 

 "All Politics, All the Time"

Dr. Kurt Stone 

Dr. Kurt Stone

Politics is news – all the time.  Groucho Marx once said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”  Dr. Kurt Stone will take us on an insider’s probe of the week’s stories, with an eye toward proving Groucho wrong.  Dr. Stone – best-selling author, lecturer, political operative in Washington and California, “world-class news junky” – takes the stories apart.  The “players” and the “sides” are uncovered, political implications emerge, and solutions may magically appear.

Instructor:  Dr. Kurt F. Stone
Fall B Dates for "All Politics, All the Time": 
6 Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19
Time:
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Course Fee: 
$100 
Location:  
Academic I Building – Auditorium Room 194 (Biscayne Bay Campus) 

 

 Dr. Stone's Hollywood Movie Series continue for Fall A!

Better Than the Original
Cinematic Remakes That Were Better Than the Originals 

 

Ever since the days of the silents, filmmakers have dared remake a classic picture. It takes a lot of guts, talent and a world of self confidence. Rarely are the remakes as well received as their respective originals. After all, the originals are considered "classics" - otherwise why remake them? Then too, in the past, films were only seen in movie theaters. The average movie-goer might see the original once or maybe twice. Today, with DVDs, classic movie cable stations and YouTube, we are far more able to compare older and newer versions of films. In this series we will watch and learn about two remakes which many believe were actually superior to their original "classic" versions. 

 

 

 Dr. Stone's Hollywood Movie Series continue for Fall B!

Making Heroes Out of Humans and Humans Out of Heroes:  Hollywood Hagiography

 

The noun “hagiography” is not on the top of most people’s vocabulary list. Simply stated, “hagiography” is a type of biography that puts the subject in the most flattering possible light. Unlike modern biographies – which more often than not are “warts and all” presentations – hagiographies tend to turn humans into heroes and people into paragons. For countless years, classic Hollywood chose to do precisely this with both the famous and the infamous. And despite the fact that movies about historic characters were, generally speaking, based on at least a modicum of truth, they frequently resorted to more than a modicum of fiction. The films in this series represent Hollywood hagiography at its best – or worst. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS AT LEAST CHECK OUT A BIT ABOUT EACH SUBJECT PRIOR TO THE FILM.

 

Instructor:  Dr. Kurt F. Stone
Fall B Dates: 
6 Wednesdays:  November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19
Time:
3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Course Fee: 
$100 
Location:  
Academic I Building – Auditorium Room 194 (Biscayne Bay Campus) 

 

In this six-week series, we will view and then discuss the following films:

 

The Life of Emile Zola (1937): Paul Muni and Gale Sondergaard

Man of a Thousand Faces (1957): James Cagney in a film about silent actor Lon Chaney

The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944): Starring Frederic March

Lust for Life (1956): Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn. The life of Vincent Van Gogh

The House of Rothschild (1934): George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young

Rembrandt (1936): Charles Laughton   

 

THURSDAY COURSES 

“Foreign and Domestic Events Shaping the International Community”

 

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Dr. Mitra Raheb

Attention students!  Dr. Raheb course is now on Thursday's at the Miami Shores Community Center.

In this course lecture series, Dr. Raheb will examine foreign events that have gripped the international community for the past decade. From Korea to China, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, Dr. Raheb examines the cultural, socio-economic and political issues of emerging and traditional powers, as well as the impacts of these decisions and policies on the international community.

Instructor:  Dr. Mitra Raheb

Fall B Dates:  6 Thursdays:  November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13

Time:  10:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m. 

Course fee:  $90

Location:  Miami Shores Community Center, 9617 Park Drive, Miami Shores, Florida  33138

  

About the instructor:  Dr. Mitra Raheb, Ph.D., is a Professor of International Relations specializing in counter terrorism.  She is an expert in Islamic Fundamentalism Studies on America’s power, history of Islamic powers, banking, BRICS nations; Asia; and the Arab Spring and its failures. 

 

Art Torrid Love Affairs 

Part II

Presented by 

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Dr. Batia Cohen

Art Torrid Love Affairs Part II (Fall B) - Artists are no different from the rest of the people, they are passionate and creative, and their relationships are sometimes complicated.  Many times, through their art they expose their feelings.  Diego and Frieda or Rodin and Claudel show their soul through their masterpieces, others like Picasso or Klimt are known to have loved many women and each time they presented portraits of them in their own style. 

Fall B Dates: 4 Thursdays:  November 8, 29, December 6, 13

Time: 11:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Course Fee: 
$70    
Location: 
Academic II Room 212 (Biscayne Bay Campus) 

 

Dr. Batia Cohen has a Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City.  She was an adjunct professor at Florida International University and today she lectures at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM and FIU, along with other institutions.  Batia has published numerous articles in specialized Art and History magazines.  She is currently a collaborator of a cultural magazine in Spanish on line; LetraUrbana.com.  She is the author of the historical novel "Una Amapola entre Cactus".

               

 Senses of Cinema

Shelly Isaacs

FALL B

 

Theme:  "DAS CINEMA" - Contemporary German Film - Six (6) award winning films that confront both the history and present-day problems of Germany.

Fall B Dates: 6 Thursdays: November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Fee: 
$100      
Location:  
Academic I Building – Auditorium Room 265 (Biscayne Bay Campus)

 

The six (6) films that will be viewed and discussed are:

LABYRINTH OF LIES - 2014 - A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.
13 MINUTES - 2015 - November 1939, an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and a man is arrested.  During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.
HANNAH ARENDT - 2012- A look at the life of the philosopher and political theorist who reported on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann and the nature of evil.
THE WAVE - 2008 -In today's Germany, a high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control.
JERICHOW - 2008 - A dishonorably discharged veteran of Afghanistan returns to his home village and Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, a snack-bar chain owner hires him as a driver.  And then there is Ali's attractive German wife, with plans of her own.
IN THE FADE - 2017 - A German woman's life collapses after the death of her Turkish husband and son in a bomb attack.  Following mourning and injustice, she seeks revenge.

 

About the instructor: Shelly Isaacs is founder, programmer and host for Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs at many venues throughout South Florida.  He enjoyed a 30-plus career as a creative director/writer in advertising with an emphasis in film, TV and radio advertising and production.  Isaacs holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from NYU, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in Cultural Studies.  In 2009, Shelly launched Cinematheque at Sea - film cruises traveling throughout the world.  He also served as the film expert for Celebrity Cruise Lines to Cannes International Film Festival.

 

FRIDAY COURSES  

 
"Books Inside Out"
Brockway Library, Miami Shores

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Ronelle Delmont

Ronelle Delmont – author, lecturer, revealer of false theories - brings books to life.  Join us in this thought-provoking and entertaining book review lecture series that will explore the profound and often controversial ideas behind America’s most popular best-selling books.  You need not have read the books to enjoy the reviews in this stimulating lecture series. 

 

Instructor:  Ronelle Delmont
Fall A Dates:  6 Fridays: November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Fee:  $90      
Location:  Brockway Memorial Library, 10021 NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores, Florida 33138

 

Titles of books for Fall A are:  (Book titles /order are subject to change)

"One Thousand White Woman" by  Jim Fergus

"The Demon Haunted World"  by Carl Sagan

"The Poisonwood Bible"  by Barbara Kingsolver

"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowes"   by Charles Mackay

"The Barbarians are Coming"  by David Wong Louie

"They Always Call Us Ladies"  by Jean Harris

 

About the instructor:  Ronelle Delmont was raised on the Lower East Side and has often lectured throughout South Florida on the Lower East Side, Jewish immigration, the history of the 2nd Avenue Yiddish theatre district and other Jewish related subjects such as the Catskill Mountains.  She was a newcomer to Florida's book review and lecture circuit when she began an unexpected career in public speaking in 1994.   In 1995 Ronelle graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a degree in International Relations.   She had also been a staff writer for the Broward Community College newspaper, "The Observer", and won a 1993 Journalism Award for her coverage of the Ku Klux Klan and the Haitian refugee crisis.   She lives in South Florida with Parisian-born husband, Daniel Delmont, an international singer and talent agent.  They have four children and two grandchildren.  

 Parking information 

Automobile license numbers are required upon registration to provide you with parking on the Biscayne Bay Campus; please have this information available at the time of course registration (not required for the Miami Shores locations).   More information about where to park will be provided at time of registration.  Thank you.

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Registration Refund Policy:

No refunds are offered after classes begin.  Full refunds will be issued for any classes cancelled due to low enrollment. 
Registration fees cannot be pro-rated or transferred to future or other courses. 
Membership fee is not refundable

A big thanks to our OLLI volunteers! 

The OLLI@FIU administration would like to extend warm and heartfelt thanks to our active volunteers (alpha order):  Frida Ben-Hain, Simone Glaswand, Wendelin Heffron, Kathleen Redmond, Grace Russo, Alma Weintraub, and Candy Wisotsky. They help make the OLLI@FIU experience so much more enjoyable for everyone.

A big thanks to our donors! 

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FIU, we want to thank the following students:  Wendy Cinnamon, Berta Edery, Robert Kunzler, Michael and Norma Orovitz.  Thank you for your generous donations! 

 

A big thanks to our off-campus locations

We cannot forget about our Off-Campus locations, the Miami Shores Brockway Library, and the Miami Shores Community Center.  They are helping OLLI to reach out and provide educational, learning, and cultural opportunities for all adult members of the community at their locations. 

A big thanks to our faculty

Thank you for being there for the program! 

Thank you for supporting the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at FIU