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Discover some of the most intriguing Victorian scandals that affected royalty, artists, writers, politicians, and aristocracy in two self-contained lectures.  The November class covers the first half of Queen Victoria’s reign and includes the history of the railway king and his Ponzi scheme; the Eglinton tournament of 1839; Charles Dickens and his domestic arrangements; the shameful treatment at court of Lady Flora Hastings, a lady in waiting, and a court that scandalously enforced rigid protocols.  The December class covers the latter part of the reign and includes the unpopularity of John Brown, Queen Victoria’s servant; the rivalry between Benjamin Disraeli and Gladstone; the famous 1878 court case between Whistler and Ruskin; the failed career of Lord Randolph Churchill; a stately home gambling fiasco that was allegedly perpetrated in the presence of the Prince of Wales; and the scandal that surrounded the Prince’s circle of glamorous mistresses, one of whom threatened to publish his letters.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 12/1/2017, ending 12/1/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lorella Brocklesby 



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In the past decade or so, East Asia and the Pacific have raised extraordinary political, economic, and strategic concerns.  Is China's advance foreshadowing domination of the Pacific?  How is our key ally Japan affected?  How dangerous is North Korea and what can be done?  Will the Pacific region become America's principal future concern ?  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 12/5/2017, ending 12/5/2017

Please read: Snow Date is Thursday, February 1

Tuition: $36.00

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

Instructor : Ralph Buultjens 



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For the first time in our lifetime—and for one of the few times in modern history—all four major federal institutions of power were in play in the last election.   When the two national conventions met in 2016, Democrats had a real chance to win control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and Supreme Court.  Instead, the Republicans swept the field and now control all four institutions, even though Donald Trump lost the (legally irrelevant) national popular presidential vote.  In this talk, based in part on his recently released book, The Constitution Today, Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar will discuss the constitutional significance of all this and will touch upon a wide range of modern cases and controversies—from gun control to gay rights, from the electoral college to campaign finance to filibuster reform. Come prepared to ask any question you like about America’s constitutional system—past, present, and future.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 12/14/2017, ending 12/14/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : N.A. 



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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 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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Scarsdale Adult School welcomes celebrated author George Saunders whose first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, was the 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner.  Following his revered short story collections with this eagerly anticipated debut novel, Saunders continues to shake readers to the core.  An original and transcendent work, Lincoln in the Bardo unfolds over the course of a single night in a graveyard, narrated by a chorus of dazzling voices. Advanced registration is highly recommended.  Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins.  Credit cards will not be accepted at the door. Books will be available for purchase at the event.  The author will be signing them upon request.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 2/8/2018, ending 2/8/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : N.A. 



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This registration includes one standard admission, plus a paperback copy of Lincoln in the Bardo which will be distributed on the evening of the event. Scarsdale Adult School welcomes celebrated author George Saunders whose first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, was the 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner.  Following his revered short story collections with this eagerly anticipated debut novel, Saunders continues to shake readers to the core.  An original and transcendent work, Lincoln in the Bardo unfolds over the course of a single night in a graveyard, narrated by a chorus of dazzling voices. Advanced registration is highly recommended.  Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins.  Credit cards will not be accepted at the door. Books will be available for purchase at the event.  The author will be signing them upon request.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 2/8/2018, ending 2/8/2018

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : N.A. 



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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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