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The influence of warfare is arguably one of the least understood aspects of human history.  After a brief survey of the historical antecedents, we will examine how and why warfare continues to affect the militarization of American society, from the American Revolution to modern terrorism.  We will screen several documentaries about warfare and discuss the cultural consequences of our wars.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 1/10/2018, ending 2/14/2018

Tuition: $125.00

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; 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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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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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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