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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; 8 sessions; starting 1/10/2018, ending 3/7/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 2/21/2018)

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 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 8 sessions; starting 1/11/2018, ending 3/8/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 2/22/2018)

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 1/11/2018, ending 3/8/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 2/22/2018)

Tuition: $160.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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Even before Columbus, Spain was a world power and more influential than its rival England in the founding of the Americas.  And yet, Spain is almost invisible to Americans — bullfights, Picasso and tapas notwithstanding.  We will survey Spanish history and culture from ancient to modern times, particularly Spain’s influence on the history and culture of the United States.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM; 6 sessions; starting 3/21/2018, ending 5/2/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2018)

Tuition: $150.00

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 - Wed 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM; 12 sessions; starting 3/21/2018, ending 6/13/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2018)

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; 12 sessions; starting 3/22/2018, ending 6/14/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/5/2018)

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 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 12 sessions; starting 3/22/2018, ending 6/14/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/5/2018)

Tuition: $225.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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What explains the recent rise of so many political strongmen such as Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping, Kim Jung Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Rodrigo Duterte?  How did hyperbolic, threatening, and defensive rhetoric become the new norm in world leaders’ public discourse?  This class will explore the emerging image and apparent acceptance of the strongman as modern day politician and examine what we may expect from this new breed of statesman.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 3/22/2018, ending 4/19/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/5/2018)

Tuition: $100.00

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

Instructor : Marjorie C. Miller 



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Constitutional controversies are on the rise: executive orders, detaining and punishing terrorists, immigration bans, religious objections to same-sex marriage.  Both sides to every case put forth Constitutional arguments as the bases for their positions but only one side can prevail.  This lecture will survey the ways courts, lawyers, scholars, and citizens interpret the Constitution and what types of arguments have worked best.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 4/19/2018, ending 4/19/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Martin Flaherty 



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This seminar examines the rich customs and traditions of selected sub-ethnic groups or tribes from different sub regions and actions being taken by African governments, despite opposition to preserve the rich cultural heritages.  The course will also explore the effects of religion, modernization and the onset of epidemics like HIV/AIDS on these archaic but deeply rooted traditions and cultures.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 4/26/2018, ending 5/10/2018

Tuition: $75.00

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

Instructor : Bob Jalang'o 



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Unprecedented military defeat in Vietnam, a toppled president, charismatic leaders assassinated, the worst riots in U.S. history — all that, and 1968 had barely begun.  This 2-part class covers the most tumultuous year in recent history, in which passionate hopes and searing tragedies alternated on almost a daily basis.  Examine seismic shifts beyond our shores, from the May student-worker protests that drove the French republic to the brink of collapse and De Gaulle into hiding, to the Prague Spring that brought hope for reforming the Communist bloc.  Watch as a Democratic convention is torn apart by protests and violence, just days after Soviet tanks crush Czechs’ freedom.  See how a segregationist candidate shattered the New Deal coalition, and still a bold about-face by a pro-war Democrat led to a photo finish with Richard Nixon.  The course mixes great speeches and classic images with little-known accounts of the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to some of the most shocking events in our time.  Always up for discussion is whether a shift in a single leader’s judgment, a few votes, or a single bullet, might have changed the course of history.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/26/2018, ending 5/3/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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Take an armchair journey of almost eighty miles to travel through Poldark’s Cornwall.  Learn about the history of this exquisitely beautiful area in the West of England that serves as the backdrop for the Poldark stories.  Discover fishing villages that were involved in smuggling, learn the history of Port Isaac famed for the Doc Martin series, hear the reminiscences of Cornwall resident Daphne du Maurier, and delve into the intrigues of Tintagel, renowned for the Arthurian legend.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/27/2018, ending 5/4/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Lorella Brocklesby 



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