March 25, 2017

Study Groups

BEHIND WORLD HEADLINES

4th TUESDAY                                               10:00 A.M. – NOON                     MEET AT SEACREST

Headlines rush by so fast in this digitalized world of constantly “breaking news” that we need to catch our breath to make sense of it. Together we can sort out what events may mean for us, and how they fit into a larger picture—especially on the issues you care most about. We are invited to bring in any news items or raise a topic to express your concerns to find out what the rest of us think. Whatever our differences on any issue, a spoonful of humor helps the sticky stuff go down!             Coordinator: Roxanne Fand

BETTER PHOTOS…IT’S A SNAP! – NEW

1st MONDAY            (3 sessions)                            10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

Do you want to learn how to use your camera to the fullest?  Take better photos?  This 3-month class, starting in October, will provide you with the knowledge you need to get great shots. This may not be for you if you are using your smart phone to take photos although you will learn the basics of taking good shots. Bring your camera and your manual with you to class.             Coordinator: Sue Berger

BETWEEN OUR EARS – NEW

3rd TUESDAY                                              10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

From the moment we are born and throughout our lives, the most incredible, most important, most scientifically challenging things take place right between our ears. The brain is the portal to everything we perceive, do, think and remember. Indeed, our brains make us who we are and make each of us unique. Yet rarely are we conscious of its existence. We see a beautiful sunset, learn complex languages and music, carry memories, yet never think that all this and more is made possible by something between our ears. In this workshop we will take a look at this amazing organ, not from a technical viewpoint, but from a perspective we can all relate to. We will see how the brain ages along with us, how these changes affect our quality of life, and what we can do to affect and improve the aging process. So come along and be part of this fascinating journey.          Coordinator: Herschel Kaufman

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE – FICTION

2nd MONDAY (begins in September)             10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.            MEET AT SEACREST

Contemporary Literature participants are serious readers who regard their fiction choices as a challenge. Often the    books are by prize-winning authors, and they are sometimes on difficult subjects, but we find those often make for the best discussions. Members take turns serving as facilitators. Starts in September, meets all year long.   Coordinator: Elaine Eisenberg

DAYTIMERS WITH CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL

3rd THURSDAY (dates below)                      1:00 P.M. (new, earlier time)     MEET AT TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL

Our upcoming partnership with Congregation Beth Israel has great news! A time change to 1:00pm will allow those from North County to travel more efficiently! Please join us to hear:

Sept.15: James McElroy of the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center speaking on Hate Crime in America

Dec.15: Kenny Goldberg of KPBS speaking on Health and Wellness in San Diego

Jan.19, 2017: Beth Accomando of KPBS on the state of the Arts in San Diego.
As always, we are welcome to attend any and all programs at CBI as individual events, including Dr. Sandy Lakoff, Brandeis ’53, Dr. James Dimsdale, author of Explaining Evil, and Guri Stark, artist, musician and true Renaissance man. Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact me @ GWise2@aol.com          Coordinator: Gayle Wise

EXPERIENCING AMERICA: A SMITHSONIAN TOUR THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY

4th WEDNESDAY                                         10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

The Great Courses has partnered with the Smithsonian Museum to create unique and fascinating educational experiences via DVD. This rich visual history is told using the Smithsonian’s one-of-a-kind collection of iconic and symbolic American artifacts.             Coordinators: Mike and Sharon Kroopkin

GREAT AMERICAN BESTSELLERS: THE BOOKS THAT SHAPED AMERICA – NEW

1st THURSDAY                                           10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

We’ll look at what bestsellers reveal about the American cultural climate at the time. Bestsellers range from early works such as Little Women, The Jungle, and Gone with the Wind to more recent books such as The Catcher in the Rye, Catch-22 and even How to Win Friends and Influence People.  It is not necessary to read the books discussed since the emphasis will be on the social and cultural currents found at the time the books were bestsellers.  Coordinator: Stan Schatt

GREAT DECISIONS – NEW

3rd WEDNESDAY (begins in February)        10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

Have you ever wished you really had an in-depth understanding of the major global political issues of the day such as ISIS, the Middle East, North Korea, etc.? We’ll use materials from the Foreign Policy Association as the basis for our lively discussions. Your material fee covers an incredible briefing book full of valuable information. The course includes a short DVD session each meeting. Participants may read as little or as much as they wish and still find the sessions very stimulating.                  Coordinator: Stan Schatt

HEROES AND LEGENDS: THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CHARACTERS OF LITERATURE – PART TWO

1st TUESDAY                                               10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

Heroes and Legends is about storytelling and the creation of the heroes and heroines stories are centered about. The DVD course considers 24 characters at the core of these great tales, which constitute the most universal human art form. We will pick and choose the lectures that most interest us. Lectures are 30 minutes long, leaving us plenty of time to engage in our own discussion of the material and our reading experiences. It isn’t necessary to have attended the first part to enjoy the second season.        Coordinator: Llyn Mallen

HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE TUDORS TO THE STUARTS – NEW

2nd THURSDAY                                          10:00 A.M – 11:30.                    MEET AT SEACREST

The course will survey the history of England during the early modern period, from 1485 to 1714. During this time, the             country transformed itself from a feudal and relatively minor European state into a constitutional monarchy, the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. The backbone of the course will be a narrative of high politics, but it will incorporate works in social, economic, and cultural history of that period. It’s more than a series of wars and revolutions, laws and treaties, but equally the story of how the English people were born, reared, worked, played, worshipped, fell in love and died. The course is for those who find themselves fascinated by England and its history and wish to know more. It will be conducted over a number of years, roughly six months at a time.        Coordinator: Joel Kayne

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT 

1st WEDNESDAY                                         10:00 A.M. – 11:30                    MEET AT SEACREST

This course will be a series of lectures approximately a half hour each given by a widely respected authority on the Supreme Court, Professor Peter Irons. These lectures will trace the Court’s development from its initial meeting in 1790 to the present with a focus on the landmark cases that have significantly shaped our way of life. This is a three   phase course: where Phase I will cover from 1790 to end of World War One. We’ll also discuss present day cases and  the individuals that make up today’s Court. In addition, little known tidbits about the various members of the court will be presented.

Coordinator: Joel Kayne

ISRAEL TODAY: MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC GROUPS IN JEWISH HISTORY- with Dr. David Barzalai

2nd WEDNESDAY                                                    10:00 A.M. – 11:30                    MEET AT SEACREST

We will focus on a variety of Jewish groups starting from Second Temple groups like the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes through the Hasidic movement and Kabbalah to the current Chabad.  Each session starts with a discussion on current affairs involving Israel and the mid-east.  Dr. Barzilai has taught Judaic studies and Political Science in various universities for over twenty-five years.  He has an M.A. in Jewish History & Holocaust Studies and a Ph.D.in Political Science and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is a published author in Hebrew and English and a frequent essayist in Israel media. Six sessions.  Coordinator: Lorna King

JEWISH KNOWLEDGE: HOT BUTTON TOPICS

3rd THURSDAY                                            10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

Come join as we explore what Judaism and Jewish thinkers tell us various philosophical, theological, ethical, and political issues! This study group is again facilitated by Rabbi Joshua Burrows from the Jewish Collaborative of San Diego.         Coordinator: Sherrie Hunninghake

MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR EVERYONE – NEW

 2nd FRIDAY                                                10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SECREST

The doctor is in! Here’s your chance to improve your health by becoming an active, informed patient. Dr. David Guff, a  retired emergency room physician, will use a DVD as a starting point and offer an opportunity for an interactive  exchange.      Coordinator: Sherrie Hunninghake

MOVIE TALK

4th TUESDAY                                                 10:00.A.M.                              MEET AT SEACREST

We choose a movie. We see the movie independently, then meet for a lively and interesting discussion. Refreshments         and socializing, too. We are a fun group!          Coordinator: Joyce Spiegel

MUSIC – HIDDEN GEMS AND BURIED TREASURES – with David Lewis

3rd MONDAY                                               10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

Once again, by popular demand, David Lewis will bring music and understanding music into our lives. We will hear works that are often neglected, although written by great composers, as well music composed by folks we’ve never heard of. We’ll be on a mission of discovery.          Coordinator: Rita Boskin

TUESDAY AT THE MOVIES – ‘DEIS FLICKS

2nd TUESDAY                                              10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

Join us for the sixth year of this popular group.  Each month we will view and discuss a movie with a Jewish theme. Whenever possible I invite guest speakers to augment the film and the discussion. I try very hard to find films which are interesting and informative. Join us for fun, education and pleasure!  Cost includes a one-time $5 fee on top of the study group fee to cover purchase of the films.          Coordinator: Sue Berger

UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERIES OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

1st FRIDAY                                                  10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

We continue to examine some puzzling aspects of human nature.  We are capable of the most magnificent personal and cultural accomplishments, yet we sometimes behave in ways that are not only irrational but that also harm ourselves or others.  Relying on the latest theories and research from psychology and other behavioral sciences, each lecture addresses a provocative question about human behavior.         Coordinator: Linda Epstein

YOU CAN BE A TECHIE, TOO – NEW

1st MONDAY (begins in January)                 10:00 A.M.                                MEET AT SEACREST

These are three separate subjects and NOT a study group of three sessions. Take one or all workshops.

ALL ABOUT THE CLOUD       You’re always hearing about “the cloud,” want to learn what it is and how it can benefit you? We’ll look at some examples of the cloud and see how to use it.

GET SMART! PHONE FEATURES AND PLANS      A smartphone is a phone, a camera, a mini computer and lots more. This workshop will help you understand what a smartphone can DO, not actually teach HOW to take photos, send emails, make groups, etc. You will learn about the various types of phone plans and how functions impact your fees.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR ANDROID TABLET     Have an Android tablet (e.g. Samsung, Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, and more) and not sure how to use it?  Learn to navigate the tablet, change settings, set up email accounts, download apps and customize its look. Even if you’re already using your Android tablet for some basic functions, this course will fill in the gaps.               Coordinator: Joan Kushinoff

Almost all Study Groups will begin in October unless stated above. Coordinators will notify participants of the dates by e-mail, phone only if necessary. Be sure to notify Financial Secretary Barbara Schwartz of any e-mail changes, all during the year.

Most groups meet at Seacrest Village,211 Saxony Road, Encinitas (just east of I-5, between Encinitas Blvd. and Leucadia Blvd.) at 10:00 A.M.

Enter at main entrance, off Saxony Lane. Additional parking is available at Silverado and doctors’ offices lot just north of Saxony Lane.

For calendar, please see Bulletin for July-August 2016.

 

 

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