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LIRIC Fall Session 2019

Fall Schedule at a Glance

October 7, 21, 28; November 4, 18; December 2.

News and Views
Every Monday
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Mah Jongg
Every Monday
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

The History Of Medicine
October 7, 21, 28
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

The Human Body
Nov. 4, 18; Dec. 2
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

October 7, 21

2 - 3:15 p.m.

Jazz – In Concert
Oct. 28; Nov. 4, 18; Dec. 2

2 - 3:15 p.m.
October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3.

Tai Chi
Every Tuesday
9 - 10 a.m.

Writer’s Workshop
Every Tuesday
9 - 10:15 a.m.

Every Tuesday
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

I New York
October 8, 15
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Studies in Sociology
Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Fall Cornucopia
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3

India Under the Raj
October 8, 15, 22, 29
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

20th Century Art
Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Every Tuesday
2 - 3:15 p.m.

Art Workshop
Every Tuesday
2 - 3:15 p.m.
LIRIC Special Events

October 23-Trip
Armour-Stiner House and Untermyer Gardens

October 30-Trip
Westchester Broadway Theatre
October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5.

Philosophical Challenges
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Exploring an Invisible World
Nov. 7, 14, 21; Dec. 5
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

The Weimar Republic
October 10, 17, 24
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Kent’s Comments
Oct. 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Drawing and More
Every Thursday
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Literary Discussion
Every Thursday
2 - 3:15 p.m.

Every Thursday
2 - 3:15 p.m.
October 11, 18; November 1, 8, 15, 22; December 6.

Lecture Series: O Canada
Every Friday (except 10/25)
1 - 2:15 p.m.

Film Course: Exploring Canadian Films

Every Friday (except 10/25)
2:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Everyday Excel, Part 1
Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22
Note: Class begins October 18 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Course Descriptions



October 7, 21, 28; November 4, 18; December 2
10:30 a. m. – 11:45 a.m.

Jim O’Neill, whose resumé includes experience in the political arena, will lead provocative discussions of topical and often controversial news.


October 7, 21, 28; November 4, 18; December 2
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Mah jongg, a tile-based game thought to have originated in China several hundred years ago, spread throughout the world during the twentieth century. (Its name is believed to come from the Chinese word for sparrow because the clicking of tiles resembles the chattering of sparrows.) While it involves a degree of chance, it is a game of skill, strategy and calculation – all of which you will learn in this class which is open to everyone, beginners who want to learn the fundamentals and experienced players who wish to refresh their skills.

However, as mah jongg cards need to be purchased, we need to know ahead of time how many people will attend. Please call Linda Levine at (914) 235-9878 before September 1 to register.

Instructors: Linda Levine and Cheryl Millman are both long-time mah jongg players who will share their expertise


October 7, 21, 28.
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Join LIRIC member Bob Casey as he moderates a Great Courses video lecture series on The History of Medicine. Learn about the invention of the stethoscope, the origins of anesthesia, the cellular origins of disease, Lister and germ theory, American medical education, and the development of cardiac surgery.

Presenter: Bob Casey is a graduate of Iona, a businessman who, after many years in sales and marketing, became a partner in The Cake Crusader Dessert Distributor business. He has, however, had a lifelong interest in medical history, hospitals, doctors and research, and has recently joined the New York Academy of Medicine.


November 4, 18; December 2
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

The first lecture will focus on our auditory sense and how it can affect other aspects of life. Following that, we will explore how different muscle-types function: how you move, how your heart beats, how your intestines contract. The concluding talk will explore the microbial organisms that inhabit our bodies.

  • November 4
    • Do You Hear What I Hear?
      Presenter: Dr. Marisa Boyle, Audiologist
  • November 18
    • Muscle Power
      Presenter: Jack Rosenbluth
  • December 2
    • Microbiome: The Last Human Organ
      Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Page


October 7 and 21;
2 – 3:15 p.m.

Joan Mallory, diva extraordinaire and former head of Nyack College’s Music Education Department, returns to LIRIC to discuss Verdi’s Rigoletto (October 7) and Puccini’s Turandot (October 21).


October 28; November 4, 18; December 2.
2 – 3:15 p.m.

The tenth semester of All That Jazz will once again enjoy classic performances filmed in Europe: an incredible 1969 concert by Jimmy Smith, the uncontested king of the jazz organ; a newly-discovered one-hour concert from ’62 by Coleman Hawkins, “the father of Jazz Saxophone”; a one-hour concert from ‘64 by the great flugelhornist Art Farmer in his prime; and two concerts from ’63 and ’64 by Erroll Garner with his classic trio.

Presenter: Gregory Koster has been a Jazz fan since the early 60s, was a DJ in college, contributed Jazz reviews and surveys to The Sensible Sound magazine for over 15 years, and is a Board Member and Past President of the PJS Jazz Society in Mount Vernon.

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Pre-registration and an additional non-refundable fee of $65.00 are required for this class. Register on page 5.
October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3.
9 – 10 a.m.

Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. In Chinese philosophy and medicine, “chi” is a vital force that animates the body; thus one purpose of Tai Chi is to enhance the health and vitality of the practitioner. Tai Chi also fosters a calm and tranquil mind by focusing on the precise execution of the exercises. Learning to do them correctly provides a practical method for improving balance, posture, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, and breathing. Tai Chi has been recommended as an adjunct therapy for chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia, asthma, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

Instructor: Domingo Colon is the owner of the Tai Chi School of Westchester in Bronxville. He has been practicing Tai Chi since he was fifteen, and is the teacher of other Tai Chi masters as well as a frequent judge at Tai Chi competitions.


October 8. 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3.
9 – 10:15 a.m.

All of us have a vast number of stories and experiences within us just waiting to be heard. Here is your chance to release your hidden Hemingway and Tolstoy as the class explores a variety of writing experiences in a relaxed informal setting.

Facilitators: Chuck Miller enjoys writing and is excited about the opportunity to share that joy with others who share the passion. An educator for 48 years, as well as past editor of LIRIC’s newsletter, The Happening, Chuck’s goal is to encourage each participant’s writing aspirations.
Claire Lynch will lead the class on November 5 and 12.


October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

This workshop will provide hands-on instruction of the Italic style of calligraphy. It’s easy to learn and you don't have to be an artist to be good at it! Make your own greeting cards, invitations, and posters; address envelopes, and fill in certificates and your LIRIC name tag.

For the first class, please bring your own calligraphy pen (2.5 mm to 3 mm chisel nib marker or higher #). Some recommended makes are Faber-Castell, Sakura, or Itoya. If you have any questions, contact Eileen Allen (914) 608-2555 or

Instructor: Eileen Allen has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Art Education. She worked creatively in the business world in addition to teaching high school art and abstract art at LIRIC.


October 8 and 15.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Presenter Peter Laskowich returns on Tuesday, October 8 to talk about New York City’s Baseball Dynasties and knocks it out of the park on October 15 with a follow-up talk about Features of Grand Central.


October 22, 29; November 5.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Iona College Sociology Professor Emeritus William Egelman (he of the much lauded spring lecture on The Italian Immigrant Experience) returns to LIRIC for a three-part series.

  • October 22
    • The Asian Immigrant Experience will present an overview of Asian immigration to the United States, examining the differences between historical and contemporary patterns.
  • October 29
    • The Jewish American Experience will present an historical overview of Jewish immigration to the United States and will include a sociological analysis of contemporary Jewish experience.
  • November 5
    • The Development of Modern Urban Culture will examine the factors that contributed to the development of modern urban culture, including, among others, department stores, baseball parks, and apartment buildings.


November 12, 19; December 3.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

  • November 12
    • Planetarium Trip to New Rochelle High School
  • November 19
    • Children of the Living God: Texts, Timelines, and Teachings: Key points of Contact in the Development of Judaism and Christianity
      Presenter: Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College
  • December 3
    • Lirical Musing – Readings from the Writer’s Workshop


October 8, 15, 22, 29.
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

This class begins with the British take-over from the East India Company in 1858 and ends with Indian Independence in 1947. It will include some of the larger than life characters of that period, such as Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah and Mountbatten.

Presenter: Rick Leibert, a retired adjunct professor of marketing at Iona College, is an educator at the Holocaust Museum and Study Center at Rockland Community College and a course leader at Collegium at Westchester Community College. Since becoming involved with LIRIC, he has led book discussions and given us a multitude of courses, most recently on Queen Victoria and the 20th century kings of England.


November 5, 12, 19; December 3.
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

"Art? My grandkids can do that!" How many of us have thought something like that when visiting the Museum of Modern Art? Join one of our most popular presenters as she attempts to understand and to teach us why the experts call the work of post impressionists like Pollack, Warhol, Basquiat, Krasner, Reinhardt, et al. "masterpieces."

Presenter: Shirley Radcliffe taught in the New York City public school system for 38 years, and after retirement at Manhattanville College. Here at LIRIC she has led book discussions, given single lectures, and offered classes on literature, language, dining, clothes, the year 1491, women in art and the infrastructure. One of LIRIC’s two vice-presidents, she also chairs the Humanities Committee.


October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3.
2 – 3:15 p.m.

Old, new, comedy, drama, “the play’s the thing.” You’re welcome to join our group to read selected plays aloud, or simply to listen if that’s what you prefer. The first play we’ll read is J. B. Priestley’s The Inspector Calls. Scripts will be provided, as they will be for the additional plays which will be announced in the fall.

Presenter: Lila Ogman, one of the founding members of LIRIC, has been a member of the play-reading class since its inception.


October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3.
2 – 3:15 p.m.

In spite of the wide range of ability and experience among participants, each person is encouraged to develop his or her own style. All proceed at a comfortable pace while learning the fundamentals of composition, design, color, and painting techniques. Even if you have never painted but have always wanted to try, you will find satisfaction and pleasure in this creative experience. Bring your own materials to the first class. If you have questions, call the instructor, Louise Stern, at (914) 793-6652.

Instructor: Louise Stern has studied art in university settings as well as with known artists. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and is well represented in corporate art collections at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and General Foods, among others. She studied at MOMA’s Peoples Institute with Don Stacy and is a member of Silvermine Guild of artists (New Canaan, CT), the National Association of Women Artists and others.

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Wednesdays are special at LIRIC. Classes are suspended that day to allow for additional intellectual and artistic pursuits off site. The familiar is intertwined with the new in often off-beat adventures. The goal is to expose our members to things and places that enrich and feed the mind as well as the soul. Space is limited, so LIRIC members receive first priority. While information about our trips is generally sent in separate mailings, you will find registration forms for the first two trips (both in October) enclosed with this catalog.

Trip planner Dianne Heim likes to travel far and near. With so many things to see in the world, Dianne would like to share with you some of those in our own backyard.

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November 7, 14, 21; December 5.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

In these lectures we will explore the invisible world of atoms and the tiny but powerful nuclei at their centers. We will review the research that gave us x-rays and radioactivity which revolutionized medicine, and discuss a primitive nuclear reactor created in Africa some two billion years ago. We will learn about the cosmic radiation from the galaxy that continually bombards our planet, and consider what effects radiation might have had on the evolution of life on this earth.

Presenter: Dr. Raymond Peckauskas, emeritus professor of physics at Sarah Lawrence College, received his doctorate in biophysics from Cornell Medical School. We have had the good fortune to hear other stimulating lectures by this erudite scholar, including last spring’s course on From Lifeless Earth to Human Mind.


October 10, 17, 24.
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

The history of Weimar Germany still haunts us today. In the wake of Germany’s defeat in World War I and its subsequent humiliation by the punishing terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany’s first attempt at democracy was confronted throughout by both tumultuous political upheaval and huge economic challenges. This course will examine the republic’s struggles and failures and look at the tremendous artistic creativity that flourished during that period and its lasting impact on our own artistic and intellectual development.

Presenter: Geoffrey Cahn has a Ph.D. in History, with a specialization in Germany, 1918-1945, with a particular focus on Weimar culture. Chair Emeritus of the History Department at Yeshiva University High School in New York City, he has been teaching at both the university and high school level for over forty years.


October 31; November 7, 14, 21.
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Bob Kent will review significant Supreme Court cases decided during the term that ended in June. He will also provide an early look at the 2020 presidential election and the upcoming battle for control of the House and Senate. Beyond that, it all depends upon what happens in the world between now and then.
Stay tuned....

Presenter: Bob Kent is an attorney specializing in health care and human resources. With a JD from Harvard Law School he has, over the years, worked with NBC Universal, Lifetime Entertainment Services and TWA among others. In the last few years he has spoken to LIRIC about such subjects as bioethical issues, supreme court cases, and the presidency.


October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21.
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Like to draw? Dream of taking your stick figures to the next level? Here’s where to start. We’ll cover the basics of design, contour, shading and composition – with in-depth demos to help you draw various types of objects – and have fun while bringing out the artist in you. Newcomers are welcome, as are returning students. No experience or talent necessary – just the desire to learn. Please bring an 11x14 sketch pad, a 2B pencil and a kneaded or white vinyl (Magic Rub) eraser to the first class, where you’ll receive a complete supply list. (You may add color if you wish.) Questions? Call Gail at (914) 961-5661.

Instructor Gail Apfel, a NYC High School of Music and Art graduate with a concentration in Textile Design, studied art at Buffalo State College and the Westchester Art Workshop. She has taught photography and Arts and Crafts and has worked as a custom framing designer. Gail chairs our Fine & Performing Arts Committee.


October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21.
2 – 3:15 p.m

In keeping with the theme of our Friday afternoon lecture series, all of our selections are by Canadian authors, and they reflect the voices of the indigenous people, the French, and the English who make up the population of Canada. Short works (October 17 and 31 and November 14) will be distributed in class the week before they are to be discussed. The last book is extremely difficult to find, but we will work with you to obtain copies (think Amazon) because we simply couldn’t leave it off!

  • October 10
    • Madame Victoria, by Catherine Leroux
      Presenter: Jeanne de Saint Ouen
  • October 17
    • selected short stories by Margaret Atwood
      Presenter: Regina O’Donnell
  • October 24
    • The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields
      Presenter: Beth Hofstetter
  • October 31
    • selected short stories by L.M. Montgomery
      Presenter: Mary Arnone
  • November 7
    • Crow Lake, by Mary Lawson
      Presenter: Harriet Goldberg
  • November 14
    • short stories by Alice Munro
      Presenter: Rick Leibert
  • November 21
    • Green Grass, Running Water, by Thomas King
      Presenter: Kobie Thakar


October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21.
2 – 3:15 p.m.

Canasta, a card game in the rummy family, originated in Uruguay and is the Spanish word for “basket” (you gather a “basket-full” of 7 cards for a canasta!). Popular in the US in the early 1950s, it is enjoying a revival as card players discover/rediscover it. Enmeshed in melding, freezing, baiting and signaling, Canasta engages cognitive activity to analyze, strategize and plan tactical moves - all well rewarded when you “go” Canasta!

Instructor: Marguerite Fredrick, an enthusiastic lover and proponent of puzzles and games, created and taught the interactive experience of PGOFT (Puzzles, Games & Other Fun Things) while teaching at the United Nations International School in Manhattan. Among a myriad of games, Marguerite enjoys Bridge, Carcassonne, Yahtzee and, of course, Canasta!

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October 11, 18; November 1, 8, 15, 22; December 6.
1 – 2:15 p.m.

NOTE: the lecture on December 6 will be in Romita Auditorium in Ryan Library.
All other lectures are in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium

In the past we’ve ranged far afield in our Friday lectures series – to India, China, Russia, Ireland, and last year to Scandinavia – yet somehow we neglected the obvious, our nearest neighbor, Canada. Many of us have been there, but how much do we really know about it? Certainly it was never part of our high school (or college) history classes. In putting together this series, we’ve had to rely largely on LIRIC members willing to do some in-depth research, and on Canadian citizens.

If you want to enrich and enhance your experience of Canada, consider attending our Thursday afternoon Literary Discussion where we’ll be reading works by Canadian authors about life in Canada, or our Friday Film Course (following the lecture) where we’ll be exploring Canadian films.

  • October 11
    • Canada: Its Beginnings
      Presenter: Shirley Radcliffe
  • October 18
    • The Canadian Provinces and Territories
      Presenter: Lois Lovisolo
  • October 25
    • No Lecture
      (No on-campus room available for our use)
  • November 1
    • Canada’s Economy
      Presenter: Nicoleta Iliescu, Iona College Economics Department
  • November 8
    • A Few Acres of Snow: Perception and Self-Perception in Canadian Literature
      Presenter: Scott Cleary, Iona College English Department
  • November 15
    • Environmental Crime in Canada
      Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Spanjol, Iona College Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology.
  • November 22
    • Multicultural and Ethnic Relations, A Canadian Perspective
      Presenters: Dr. Raj Velamoor, Professor of Psychiatry, Western, Lakeshead, and Laurentian Universities; Ms. Suha Velamoor, Librarian & Global Educator, Cross Cultural Learner Center, London, Ontario, Canada
  • December 6
    • Growing Up Canadian
      Presenter: Tripta Velamoor, Iona College

Class Representative: Linda Creary


October 11, 18; November 1, 8, 15, 22; December 6.
2:30 – 4:45 p.m.

NOTE: All classes meet in Romita Auditorium in Ryan Library.

Think “Canada,” think maple syrup and mounties, but certainly not movies, yet the National Film Board of Canada has garnered more Academy Awards in the categories of documentary and animation than almost any other institution. Because Canadian tax laws and incentives from the 70s to date have made filming in Canada cheaper than in the USA, American movie and TV moguls rushed north to cash in. With major film centers in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, and Canadian cities doubling for New York, L.A., and even the “wild west,” Canada has been dubbed “Hollywood North.” These are American films made in Canada, but what characterizes Canadian movies? Book-ending with two documentaries, Being Canadian and Stories We Tell, this course will try to answer that question as we view films with humanitarian values, ones that root for the underdog, search for identity and equality in a multicultural world, and witness natural landscapes emerging from a misconceived historical ethos.

  • October 11
    • Being Canadian, 2015, directed by Rob Cohen
  • October 18
    • Black Robe, 1991, directed by Bruce Beresford
  • October 25
    • No class (No on-campus room available for our use)
  • November 1
    • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, 1974, directed by Ted Kotcheff
  • November 8
    • The Barbarian Invasions, 2003, directed by Remy Girard
  • November 15
    • Eastern Promises, 2007, directed by David Cronenberg
  • November 22
    • Monsieur Lazhar, 2011, directed by Philippe Falardeau
  • December 6
    • Stories We Tell, 2012, directed by Sarah Polley

Instructor: Cheryl Passavanti is a learning facilitator and lecturer on current topics about and through film. A frequenter of film festivals and film clubs, she has brought her expertise to the New Rochelle Staff Resource Center, the Adult Education program in New Rochelle, and, in the last few years, to LIRIC.

Class Representative: Lorraine Rosano


You must register for this course by October 1st using the Computer Registration Form found in the brochure on page 23.

October 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Note that the class begins October 18.
Class Meets at Iona College Murphy Computer Lab Room 122

No students will be admitted to class unless they are confirmed through LIRIC.

LIRIC. Excel is a spreadsheet program that can be used for personal budgeting, monthly expenses, or processing and organizing information.

Topics for Everyday Excel, Part 1 will include:

  • Getting to Know Excel – the Excel Interface including Menus, Ribbons, Cell Formats and Worksheets
  • Creating, saving and retrieving documents.
  • Cell basics and data entry techniques
  • Using Formulas and Functions
  • Completion of a project such as "Keeping Track of Personal Expenses"

Student Requirements:

  1. Working knowledge of windows for PCs
  2. Working email account
  3. Must bring a USB flash drive to every class to save work.


Instructors: Diana Breen, former manager of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Iona College (CELTIC), has a B.S. in computer science and a M.A. in English. She has developed software for IBM and has been an independent hardware/software consultant, a high school teacher and a technology coordinator.

Anna Martone has been an independent computer consultant for over twenty years. Anna has developed training materials and documentation that have been used in various training programs. Her varied clients include government entities, local colleges, and some of the top financial institutions.

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