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1774

Wed, Jun. 1, 2022 @ 3:00 PM
Virtual Tours: Ecuador – Galapagos Islands
 

 

Join one of EF's Tour Directors from Ecuador, Ando Alvarez, on a tour throughout Ecuador & Galapagos where he will share his passion for the culture, history, and it's people. Highlights include; Quito, Equator Line, Galapagos, Otavalo, Baños, Tena, and the beautiful coast. Escape to Ecuador and let your mind go where your heart wants to be.

Ando Alavarez, Tour Director

Wednesday       June 1           3:00 PM to 4:30 PM          

1 Session             $15

 

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.

$15.00

Virtual Tour Guide

Zoom Online Class

 
Event/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
1763

Mon, Jun. 6, 2022 @ 3:00 PM
The Magic of Fred Astaire
 

 

Fred Astaire was one of the twentieth century’s greatest magicians—his sorcery depended on making some of the most complex dancing ever seen on the screen seem as effortless as breathing. Whether it was partnering Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse or a hat rack—or dancing on the ceiling or on roller skates, he made everything appear easy and elegant. Revered as a genius by everyone from Balanchine to Baryshnikov, Astaire appeared in a total of 133 dance numbers in 31 films, a significant portion of which are considered timeless classics of movie choreography. This talk will survey the sweep of Astaire’s remarkable career, looking at his work both as a soloist and as the most romantic dance partner in Hollywood history.

Brian Rose, Professor of Film and TV History

Monday             June 6            3:00 PM to 4:00 PM               

1 Session          $20

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.

$20.00

Brian Rose

Zoom Online Class

 
Event/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
1758

Tue, Jun. 7, 2022 @ 10:30 AM
Juke Box Musicals
 

 

Once upon a time you went to  a composer to write music for a story - not any longer. Instead, we go to a composer and use their music to create a biography of their lives or a story about them. “Beautiful” uses the music of Carole King to tell her life story. “Mama Mia “ used ABBA and created a silly story using their music. In any event it all works and the new genre it created is the juke box musical. Join Broadway lecturer Steve Friedman in exploring Juke Box Musicals.

Steve Friedman, Broadway Musical Lecturer

Tuesday           10:30 AM to Noon   June 7

1 Session         $20

This is an online class and you will receive an email one day prior to the class with the link to the Zoom webinar.

$20.00

Steve Friedman

Zoom Online Class

 
Event/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
1775

Wed, Jun. 8, 2022 @ 3:00 PM
The Dead Sea Scrolls at 75
 

 

In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd stumbled upon one of the most remarkable archaeological finds of the 20th century:  seven ancient Hebrew manuscripts housed in pottery vessels and stored inside a cave.  These precious documents led scholars to explore other caves in the area – an effort which eventually yielded 800+ documents, now known collectively as the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Further discoveries and the of these ancient documents has led to nothing less than a revolution in our understanding of ancient Judaism, earliest Christianity, and the relationship between the two religious movements. We begin the lecture with the remarkable story of the initial finds, the explorations of the caves, the excavations at Qumran, and the progress of scholarly work during the past 75 years.  By examining the key documents themselves, we next will uncover the salient features of the Essene community which composed these texts during the last few centuries B.C.E. and the first century C.E. – with a special focus on their unique theological positions, their atypical social and religious practices, their relationship to other Jewish groups at the time, and their connections to early Christianity.

Gary Rendsburg, PhD, Professor, Author

Wednesday         June 8                 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM          

1 Session            $20

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.

 

Gary A. Rendsburg is a professor of biblical studies, Hebrew language, and ancient Judaism at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He holds the rank of Distinguished Professor and serves as the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair of Jewish History at Rutgers University (2004–present), with positions in the Department of Jewish Studies and the Department of History. Prior to teaching at Rutgers, Rendsburg taught for 18 years at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. (1986-2004) and for six years at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. (1980-1986). Rendsburg received his B.A. degree in English and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1975), and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hebrew Studies from New York University (1977, 1980).

$20.00

Gary Rendsburg, PhD

Zoom Online Class

 
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1769

Mon, Jun. 13, 2022 @ 10:30 AM
The Extraordinary Cinematic Genius of Steven Spielberg
 

No filmmaker in the history of cinema has been so successful across such a vast range of story genres for as many decades as Steven Spielberg. The most innovative and technically-dazzling visionary of his or any generation of movie directors, Spielberg has meticulously created a multi-faceted body of work that reveals an inspired artist and virtuoso craftsman obsessed with pushing the boundaries of his cinematic ambitions. From science fiction, fantasy, action-adventure and comedy to hard-edged dramas and searing war films, Spielberg has done it all with exemplary panache, forging a distinguished career that showcases a filmmaker still on top of his extraordinary talent after six decades. Clips from DUEL, JAWS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, SCHINDLER’S LIST, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and other Spielberg classics will be screened and discussed.

Marc Lapadula, Screenwriter, Producer

Monday            June 13     10:30 AM to Noon

1 Session         $20

 

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.

 

$20.00

Mark Lapadula, Screenwriter, Producer

Zoom Online Class

 
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1743

Tue, Jun. 14, 2022 @ 11:30 AM
Qigong/Tai-Chi 24 (TU1)
 

At any age you can learn and become proficient in Tai-Chi, an ancient form of meditative exercise originated in China.  Tai-Chi is recognized by slow and energizing movements practiced by millions of people around the world to improve and maintain good health. This class is designed to improve the skills and knowledge learned in the Beginners Class for continued health and quality of life.  The 24 Forms in Tai-Chi provide an effective exercise boosting the body’s energy while enhancing the mind and inner spirit.  It has been proven that Tai-Chi can energize and heal body, mind and spirit.

Glenn Moy, Tai-Chi Qigong Instructor

Tuesdays           11:30 AM to 12:30 PM       

Apr 5,12,19,26       May 3,10,17,24,31         Jun 7,14,21,28

13 Sessions       $130                                 

This is an online class and you will receive an email one day prior to the class with the link to the Zoom webinar.

 

$130.00

Glenn Moy, Tai-Chi Qigong Instructor

Zoom Online Class

 
Event/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
1777

Wed, Jun. 15, 2022 @ 10:30 AM
New York City's Oldest Bridge and Aqueduct Water System
 

 

New York City's Oldest Bridge and Aqueduct Water System: Join Untapped New York's Justin Rivers for a virtual walk over Manhattan's oldest surviving bridge in Manhattan. In 1848 the High Bridge was built to bring water to the burgeoning city of New York. Aside from transporting much-needed clean water, the bridge connected the metropolitan borough of Manhattan to the lush rural area of the Bronx, so that both city dwellers and those who lived in the country could easily travel back and forth. After being closed for over forty years, the bridge, built in the style of ancient Roman aqueducts, was opened to pedestrians in the summer of 2015.

 

Justin Rivers, NYC Tour Guide, Lecturer

Wednesday         June 15            10:30 AM to Noon

1 Session           $15

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.

$15.00

Justin Rivers

Zoom Online Class

 
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1772

Wed, Jun. 15, 2022 @ 1:00 PM
The Divine Comic, a Novel about Israel and Palestine
 

 

Leslie Simon’s novel The Divine Comic explores the relationship of two Jewish American sisters to each other and to Israel and Palestine. The novel’s main character, Beatrice Rubenstein, a Chicago immigration attorney, is a deeply conflicted Jewish American woman whose partial estrangement from her sister Leah arises from their divergent views on Israel and Palestine. Leah wrote a brilliant doctoral dissertation on Emily Dickinson and now makes her living selling silver and other collectibles at Los Angeles flea markets. Before reading excerpts from her novel, Simon will lecture on the engagement of literature with politics using writer Gloria Anzaldúa’s claim: “Nothing happens in the real world unless it first happens in the images in our head.”

Leslie Simon, Author, Professor Emerita

Wednesday           June 15                1:00 to 2:30 PM      

1 Session             $20

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.

Leslie Simon is the author of Jazz/ is for white girls, too (Poetry for the People), i rise/ you riz/ we born (Artaud’s Elbow), High Desire (Wingbow Press), and Collisions and Transformations (Coffee House Press). She co-authored (with Jan Johnson Drantell) A Music I No Longer Heard: The Early Death of a Parent (Simon and Schuster). She has published essays on film, literature, and politics and taught for many years at City College of San Francisco.

 

$20.00

Leslie Simon, Author

Zoom Online Class

 
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1766

Thu, Jun. 16, 2022 @ 10:30 AM
The Hessians are Coming: Mercenary Soldiers and the American Revolution
 

 

The British government dispatched 20,000 German troops to help the redcoats to put down the American Revolution. The colonists believed these mercenaries were blood-thirsty butchers coming to kill them and the Hessians’ presence spurred many Americans into the patriot ranks to defend their homeland from these foreign invaders. But gradually ordinary Americans’ perception of the Hessians changed. After nearly a thousand Hessian troops were captured at Trenton, their image slowly evolved from thugs capable of “ungovernable brutality,” into objects of pity, and, then, finally, into new neighbors and friends.

 

Richard Bell, PhD, Professor of History

Thursday             10:30 AM to Noon                June 16

1 Session            $20

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.

$20.00

Richard Bell, PhD, Historian

Zoom Online Class

 
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1752

Thu, Jun. 23, 2022 @ 3:00 PM
Why Shakespeare Matters: Rethinking Hamlet, King Lear, & Othello Today
 

 

Why are the works of William Shakespeare still considered “essential” reading today, some four hundred years after they appeared? How can the lessons of his theatrical universe help us understand the major social and political conflicts we face in modern times? Together we will explore the factors that continue to make Shakespeare so vital a force in popular culture, as we focus on his stunning contributions to the English language, his unparalleled grasp of human psychology, and his use of literary form to astonish and enchant. We will center our conversation about “Shakespeare today” on three of his greatest and best-known works: the magnificent tragedies Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear.

Joseph Luzzi, PhD, Professor, Author

Thursday             3:00 PM to 4:00 PM                June 23

1 Session           $20

This is an online Zoom webinar - you will receive an email one day prior to the class with a link to the webinar.