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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 3/28/2018, ending 5/9/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2018)

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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 3/28/2018, ending 6/20/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2018)

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Tuition: $225.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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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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What do we know about the Jews living in America at the time of the Civil War?  What were the differences between those living in the South and those in the North?  What was their role in the military and diplomacy?  How did they feel about slavery?  We will also take a fresh look at the controversial life of Judah P. Benjamin, the best-known Jewish leader at that time.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 5/11/2018, ending 5/11/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Andrée Aelion Brooks 



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Does Russia's recent aggressive involvement in American and European politics together with increasing activities in the Middle East and Central Asia present a major new challenge to America?  Can we develop better relations with Russia or is another Cold War beginning?  Is Putin seeking to destabilize the Western World and, if so, how should we respond?  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 5/18/2018, ending 5/18/2018

Tuition: $36.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : Ralph Buultjens 



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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 7/5/2018, ending 8/23/2018

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 7/5/2018, ending 8/23/2018

Tuition: $160.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Alfred Hunt 



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This lecture will review the leading decisions of the 2017-18 Supreme Court term, and explore their likely impact as well as their implications for the direction of constitutional law.  Issues will include the immigration travel ban, anti-LGBT discrimination laws (the wedding cake case), partisan gerrymandering, and international human rights lawsuits.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM; starting 7/10/2018, ending 7/10/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Martin Flaherty 



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