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Tue 13

12:00 Scrabble (SPB)

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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1:00 Mah Jongg/Social Bridge

November 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 13

1:00 Technology Lab (SPB)

November 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

My head is full of ideas when I leave this class; I can’t wait to come back next week.

Evergreen Forum: Course List

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LEADERS: David Atkin, MD, FAAP, is a retired physician, former chief of staff, and trustee at Princeton Medical Center. John Cotton, MD, FAAP, is a retired physician, and former chief of staff at Princeton Medical Center.
FRIDAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 8 weeks: September 28 through November 16
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

Each session will focus on prevention, treatment options, and recent advances in technology related to conditions affecting older adults. The speakers, who are specialists in their fields, practice at facilities throughout the area including Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Capital Health Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. (Recommended reading for each session will be available the week prior to the scheduled session at no cost.)


LEADER: Michael Lundy, who has led two Evergreen courses on popular music (1950s and 1960s), is a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, and a tour guide for the Historical Society of Princeton.
TUESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: September 25 through November 13
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

The American Songbook consists of popular “standards,” including those written for Broadway, movies, recordings, radio, and other media, from the 1920s through the 1950s. These classic songs continue to be performed and enjoyed in subsequent decades up to the present. We will cover familiar composers and vocalists: Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Frank, Bing, and Ella, plus many worthy but less familiar talents. The course will be conducted as part lecture, part seminar, including class discussions and voluntary presentations by participants. We will closely listen to selected songs, considering composition, lyric, arrangement, cultural and historical context, and the genre’s legacy in the 21st century.


LEADER: Wendy Worth is a graduate of Pratt Institute and a well-known art historian.
THURSDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 6 weeks: September 27 through November 1
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

We will explore Dada and Surrealism, great art movements between the wars. Dada broke boundaries, while Surrealism captured the unconscious. We will discuss the art of Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Magritte, Picabia, and others. This is a story of war and peace. Dada, a reaction to the bloodshed of WWI, used provocation as art, condemning idealism and traditional conventions. Surrealism started in 1924 in Paris at peace and was connected to Freud’s psychoanalytic theories; artists plumbed the dream world of the subliminal mind, visualizing its secrets. Both movements laid the groundwork for the contemporary art of today.


LEADER: Peter M. Smith has been studying sonnets for many years and has written over 100.
THURSDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 6 weeks: September 27 through November 1
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

The sonnet remains one of the most vigorous poetic forms. What gives it its power? We will analyze the basic elements of the sonnet and their importance. We will review the many mysteries surrounding Shakespeare’s sonnets, and we will study the best of these sonnets for content and meaning. This history of the sonnet will be reviewed through some of the greatest examples written: from Donne, Milton, Wordsworth, Browning, and Millay to the modern sonneteers. Finally, class participants will be encouraged to discuss their own favorites, which may be their own originals. The format will be informal and interactive, with participation and readings encouraged.


LEADER: Helen Schwartz is an artist, arts journalist, architectural historian, and the author of The New Jersey House (Rutgers University Press).
WEDNESDAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 6 weeks: September 26 through October 31
LOCATION: Monument Hall

The image has been used as propaganda for thousands of years. This course will survey the use of art as a political vehicle from the days of Darius to the times of Trump. We will consider the ways in which the medium has been able to affect the dimensions of the message—beginning with printmaking and the Protestant Reformation and concluding with the internet and current concerns. We will examine art as both friend and enemy of prevailing powers with special attention to its role in Mexico, Russia, and Germany.


LEADER: Dianne Sadoff is professor emerita of English and former director of cinema studies at Rutgers University; she has also taught at Antioch College, Colby College, and Miami University.
WEDNESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: October 3 through November 21
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

We’ll read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and we’ll watch Cary Fukunaga’s and Andrea Arnold’s film adaptations (2011). We’ll ask how girls grow up on the Yorkshire moors and what their stories tell us about women’s work, marital prospects, and domestic lives in 1840s England. We’ll wonder why both Brontës use first-person or multiple narrators to tell their tales. We’ll ask how the films update the Brontës for 20th century spectators: why Fukunaga changes Jane Eyre’s plot, and how Arnold shoots the moors to create a multisensory experience. We’ll watch selected film clips in our meetings.


LEADER: Stuart Kurtz, whose current interests are in philosophy of science and time, has had a career in both science and engineering, and as a researcher in industry.
THURSDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 27 through November 15

This course is an updated version of the Fall 2017 course on how science and technology can go wrong. We will use the case study approach to learn about scientific and engineering failures because of political control of science, pseudoscience, bad science, and ignoring contradictory evidence. Topics include cold fusion, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster, Lysenkoism on Soviet agriculture, and Velikovsky and catastrophism. There will be selective readings for each of the topics and participants are encouraged to do more extensive reading on at least one of the topics. These are fascinating stories.


LEADERS: Bonnie Galloway, PhD, is an adjunct assistant professor of management, Rider University. Milton H. Grannatt, PhD, is a retired economist and vice president, Global Business Development and Licensing, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Kurt Steiner, PhD, is a retired senior director, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition Research, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
MONDAYS: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 8 weeks: September 24 through November 19 (no class on November 12)

This course is aimed at those who want to explore and extend their understanding of inter-dependent global economies. In particular, the course addresses tariffs and protectionist temptations, disparities in income and wealth, effectiveness of gender quotas in Europe, assessment of the value of education, understanding CEO pay ratios, implications of US tax policy, economic decision making, the concept of value creation, and a variety of other economic concerns in the 21st century. The course is appropriate for students of all levels of economic sophistication. Readings will be from The Economist.


LEADER: Cecilia Rosenblum, born and educated in Bogota, Colombia, worked at ETS developing tests in English, Spanish, and French.
FRIDAYS: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 6 weeks: September 28 through November 2
LOCATION: Monument Hall

This course will focus on aspects of surrealism, realism, symbolism, epistolary writing, romanticism, and suspense in Mexican short stories. The class will read stories by Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Rosario Castellanos, Juan Rulfo, Elana Garro, and Alfonso Reyes. Each week students will be assigned a story to read and then discuss in class.


LEADER: Helen Goddard is a former geography teacher in the United Kingdom.
WEDNESDAYS: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 7 weeks: September 26 through November 7

This course will have similarities with the instructor’s past geographical links courses but with a strong emphasis on the environment. Topics will include urbanization, impacts and causes of climate change, keeping fresh water resources clean and sufficient, protecting wildlife habitats and our much loved landscapes, and keeping the oceans healthy. Please note that the instructor is not a scientist; this is not an environmental science course. Geographers look at how environments affect people and how people affect the environment.


LEADER: Kay Widmer is an award-winning science teacher who has taught environmental and other sciences at all grade levels. She has a passionate interest in the deep past of human history.
WEDNESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: September 26 through November 14
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

Thirty-five thousand years ago, Cro-Magnon humans (modern humans) arrived in Western Europe. Despite incredible hardships of advancing and retreating glaciers and very large mammals such as cave bears, they created extraordinary art deep in the caves of France and Spain. Where did the art come from? What can we learn about the Cro-Magnon people from their art? Why did the creation of the cave art continue essentially unchanged for 25,000 years? Why did this era end 10,000 years ago? The course will explore what we know about this period of human history and how we know it.


LEADER: GH Friedlander, a retired psychologist, began his interest in Hasidim under the guidance of Reb Shlomo. He was a member of a Hasidic congregation for over a decade and has studied Hasidism for more than forty years.
MONDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 24 through November 12
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

The Bal Shem Tov was born to a poor but charitable couple. According to legend, it was prophesied that he would bring a great light into the world. Many traveled to learn his teachings — that life is not all tedium and struggle but rather that the Master of the Universe was most pleased when his people brought joy into their prayers and everyday lives. Thus Hasidism came into the world. In this course we will learn the history of the Hasidic movement, the lives and writings of many of the great Hasidic masters, legends that have been passed down since the 18th century, and the practices and beliefs of the major present day Hasidic groups.


LEADER: Judith Wooldridge is a life-long and enthusiastic reader of novels and short stories in English; she has led three previous Evergreen courses.
THURSDAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 6 weeks: September 27 through November 8 (no class on October 18)
LOCATION: Monument Hall

We will read engaging, literary, and often witty late 20th and 21st century novels drawn from award-winning British, Irish, and Commonwealth writers. We’ll discuss how the writers approach their subjects and structure their work, and the nature of their principal characters and the way they think and talk. The writers and their works are: Graham Swift, Last Orders; J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello; Muriel Spark, Memento Mori; Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture; Robertson Davies, Fifth Business; and Peter Carey, The Tax Inspector.


LEADER: Lee Harrod, professor emeritus at The College of New Jersey, taught James Joyce and modern literature for many years.
WEDNESDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 26 through November 14
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

This course will be an interactive journey through the 20th century’s greatest novel, James Joyce’s Ulysses. We will combine lecture, discussion, and performance to bring alive the joy, humor, pathos, and art of this love song to human nature.


LEADERS: Bob Mehlman taught English at The College of New Jersey for nearly 40 years and worked in psychological counseling services as a psychologist. He plays clarinet in the band Odessa Klezmer and Greek music in the band Baklava. Bill Selden directed the Geology Museum at Rutgers University. Well-versed in Balkan music, he plays accordion with the klezmer band Tzu Fil Dovids, Greek music with Baklava, and Bulgarian and Macedonian gajda and kaval.
WEDNESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: September 26 through November 14

Come on a musical journey in sound, film, and story through one of the earliest kinds of fusion music. Stretching from Istanbul to Ithaca (NY), Haifa to Hollywood, Russia to Roseland, it is a world populated by draft dodgers (from the czar’s army), refugees, financial failures, and geniuses of the bent note rivaling Muddy Waters. In this music we’ll see how sounds can poke a finger in the eye of misery, and we’ll dip into a tradition so rich we’ll have to go on a diet.


LEADER: Irwin Rosenblum has a BS in accounting, an MBA in finance, a BA in music, and a BA in history.
TUESDAYS: 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 25 through November 20 (no class on October 9)

Bel canto in Italian means “beautiful singing”. This genre flourished during the first part of the 19th century and was popularized by Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. Their operas conveyed a wide range of moods, from the dark and foreboding productions of Norma and Lucia di Lammermoor, to the comedic lightness of L’Elisir d ‘Amore and La Fille du Regiment. In this course we will view the major works of these two composers and cover the rise and fall of bel canto. In each session, there will be sufficient time for discussion.


LEADER: Lois Marie Harrod, poet and writer, teaches creative writing at The College of New Jersey and literature at the Evergreen Forum. She has written 16 collections of poetry. To read online poems and stories, see
WEDNESDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 26 through November 14
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

In this discussion course, we will explore short stories from Margaret Atwood’s prolific writing career as well as her well-known novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. We will concentrate on her story-telling techniques, her recurring themes, and her social criticism.


LEADER: Barbara Herzberg has an extensive theatre background, has taught English and drama, and directed plays for many years. She has been a course leader for Evergreen since its inception.
THURSDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: October 4 through November 29 (no class on November 22)

Of playwrights whose names became adjectives, few conjure more wit, satire, social criticism, and downright impishness than “Shavian.” Among other passions, he believed women were stronger than most men and carried the “life force.” Major Barbara is just such a play. Here George Bernard Shaw takes on both the Salvation Army and the munitions industry. “Do you dare to make war on war?” challenges Barbara’s father, Andrew Undershaft. As always with “Off the Page”, we attempt to get the play on its feet and Shaw’s witty words in our mouths. So prepare to get out of your seats to participate in one of Shaw’s as always energizing plays.


LEADER: Dr. Richard Swain has just retired from 50 years as a professor of art history in New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, and Vermont.
TUESDAYS: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 8 weeks: October 2 through November 27 (no class on October 9)

Why are there no landscape paintings in Colonial homes and how did the Hudson River School change all that? Was the Hudson River School really a “school?” How did Winslow Homer assure his privacy in Prout’s Neck, Maine? What was “Christina’s World” and what about Andrew Wyeth’s “secret model?” What did Georgia O’Keeffe say about her sexy flowers? What is the mystery of Edward Hopper? Why did Jackson Pollock say “I am Nature?” — Answers to these questions and many more in eight sessions of talks, discussions, and videos.


LEADER: Philip Carchman is a retired judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
TUESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: October 16 through December 4
LOCATION: Monument Hall

This year’s lectures will focus on past decisions of the United States Supreme Court (and a historical episode) that, while decided decades or centuries ago, remain relevant to the many issues that are front page headlines today. We will concentrate on issues such as immigration and internment, discrimination, patriotism and flag salutes, eugenics, religion, and women’s suffrage. We will discuss the actual decisions as well as provide a historical context for each case. (Four of the lectures are new and four have been previously presented in prior classes.)


LEADER: David Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey who practiced for forty-five years and has long been interested in the intersection of personality and politics.
WEDNESDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 26 through November 14
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

The American presidency has evolved into a role with great domestic and international power. The accompanying pressures on a president can readily expose his strengths and vulnerabilities. We will study the presidencies of Clinton, Obama, and Trump with this in mind. Using a framework created by Dr. Fred Greenstein and insights from psycho-biographers such as Dr. John D. Gartner, we will compare these presidencies to those of Lincoln, Johnson, and Nixon. We will focus on traits like emotional intelligence, cognitive style, political leadership, and interpersonal relatedness.


LEADER: Bob Robinson is a retired chemical engineer who worked in R&D and management in the pharmaceutical industry, and a panel of physicians and scientists with wide experience and interests.
FRIDAYS: 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 8 weeks: September 28 through November 16
LOCATION: Monument Hall

Science News, the magazine of the Society for Science & the Public, presents timely articles in all fields of science, medicine, and health. The biweekly magazine will be the basis for this study/discussion course. Copies will be distributed to class members for approximately $5 for the semester. Topics of special interest from other sources, including The New York Times science section, will also be used. The course is for those who wish to extend their understanding of science and keep abreast of current scientific and medical issues. Class participants of all backgrounds are welcome. Presentations by class members are encouraged. Internet access is required.


LEADER: Bill O’Neal is a retired high school teacher of English, and a semi-professional musician/singer who has regularly performed Irish folk music here and in Ireland for nearly four decades.
TUESDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 25 through November 13
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

This course will examine some recurrent themes of traditional Irish folk ballads and lyrical songs covering the period from medieval times to the present. We will examine songs of the sea, the supernatural, prison and martyrs, immigration/emigration, historical figures, love, rebellion, humor, children, and (of course) drinking. The eight sessions will be a mixture of discussion, listening to CDs, watching videos, hearing live performances by guest musicians, and participating in impromptu singsongs.


LEADER: Dr. Mohammad Ali Chaudry grew up in Pakistan, graduated from the London School of Economics, and has a PhD from Tufts University. He is president of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, co-founder of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition, and is a frequent speaker at interfaith events.
THURSDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 27 through November 15

In this course we will start with considerations of the following topics: divine revelation and primary source of guidance for Muslims; the collection, organization, and preservation of the Qur’an; translations and commentaries on the Qur’an; the main themes of the text and foundational principles; and scientific facts in the Qur’an. We will also explore the ideas of the oneness of God, prophethood and revelation, the people of the book and diversity of religions, man as individual and in society, the Shari’ah, and the concepts of the hereafter, heaven, and hell.


LEADER: Elaine Jacoby is an attorney who leads courses on civil rights, women’s issues, and politics.
TUESDAYS: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 8 weeks: September 25 through November 13
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

In a country where the right to vote tends to be taken for granted, why is “who can vote” even a question? In this course, we’ll examine the history of voting rights in the US and the problems facing whole categories of citizens who may not be able to vote in 2018. We will also look at gerrymandering, which effectively denies many a meaningful vote. We will identify and track the progress of some key races that will likely be affected by attempts to interfere with voting rights. The active involvement of class members will be important to this process.


LEADER: Michael Walzer is professor emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute of Advanced Study. He has written on war and morality, foreign policy, and many topics in political theory.
TUESDAYS: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 6 weeks: September 25 through November 6 (no class on October 9)
LOCATION: Monument Hall

This course will address two questions that political leaders and democratic citizens have had to answer again and again: When should we fight, and when not? How should we fight, and how not? Answering these questions, we will have to think about aggression, self-defense, humanitarian intervention, neutrality, non-combatant immunity, the treatment of prisoners of war, terrorism, and the special problems of asymmetric warfare. Reading assignments will be optional. Each session will consist of lectures and discussion. Veterans of all US wars (and any others) are especially welcome.


LEADER: Judith Zinis has taught film studies at Ocean County College and as a Fulbright Scholar at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece.
TUESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: September 25 through November 13
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville

The phrase “the world is shrinking” is often used, yet many cultures remain foreign to us. Film is one way of familiarizing ourselves with the way life is lived in other parts of the world. This course will explore several national cinemas including Italian neorealism, French New Wave, Indian cinema, Iranian cinema, and Hong Kong cinema.

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