2019/2020 FALL/WINTER Study Group Descriptions

Programs include new offerings as well as the return of popular ones.
Courses begin October or November and meet once each month, unless otherwise noted.
Classes meet once each month at the Margate Library unless otherwise noted.
Membership is $35 per person or $50 per couple.
Classes are $30 each unless otherwise noted.
Course fees, and special programs raise funds for Stockton University Foundation scholarships.

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS
IS SEPTEMBER 25, 2019.
Register early as some class sizes are limited and will close out.

MONDAY CLASSES

ALISON’S CINEMA SELECTIONS:
ON BECOMING A FAMOUS AUTHOR

Each monthly film depicts a true story of how a book
launched an author into fame and sometimes fortune.

Monday afternoons 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Margate Library
October 21, November 18, December 16, January 13 (second Monday),
February 10 (also 2nd Monday due to holiday closings), March 16

Movie selections for the first three classes:

October: Rebel in the Rye (2017), the story of how the Catcher in the Rye, serialized in 1945-45 and published as a novel in 1951, upended the life of author J.D. Salinger.
November: Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017). Author A.A. Milne’s son inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, published 1926. The movie traces Pooh’s influence on England and the author’s family.
December: The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017). How Charles Dickens’ Scrooge, Tiny Tim and all the characters in A Christmas Carol, first published 1841, shaped holiday celebrations today.

Alison Cozzolino moderates an introduction to each film, followed by a short discussion.

SAVE THE DATE!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
FELS MEMBER MINGLE
CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF FELS
ENJOY AN AFTERNOON OF MUSIC, MUSINGS,
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TUESDAY CLASSES

ELAINE’S EPICS, CONTINUED

Tuesday mornings 10:00 - 11:30 AM at the Margate Library
October 8, November 12, December 10,
January 14, February 11, March 10

Whether tinged with humor, drama, or both, the short stories and easy-reading novels are interesting and intriguing. Join the discussion!

The selection for October:

THE BODY IN QUESTION by Jill Ciment, a new book published June 2019.

Elaine Geller,former English teacher, currently active in charitable organizations, is a rebbetzin, fan of cats and mystery novels, and leads an engaging conversation each month.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Tuesday afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 PM  November – April
November 5, December 3, January 7,
February 4, March 3, April 7
**CLASSES MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
CORNER MELBOURNE AND VENTNOR AVENUES, VENTNOR**

Films for November and December:
November: The documentary Let It Be (1970) presents the final recording session of the Beatles (edited by Phil Spector), culminating with the roof top concert. Not to be missed!
December: Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge(2016) commemorates author Beatrix Potter (of Peter Rabbit fame) on the 150th anniversary of her birth.

Moderator Tom Chin, retired UPS employee, devotes his time to his passion of writing plays, acting and lecturing. He is a member of Players and Playwrights of South Jersey and performs in local theater.

BRITISH FILM AND THEATRE

Tuesday afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 PM  November – April
November 19, December 17, January 21,
February 18, March 17, April 21
**CLASSES MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
CORNER MELBOURNE AND VENTNOR AVENUES, VENTNOR**

The season will include a theatre production from London, Peter Sellers in The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973), the film All Creatures Great and Small (1975) with Anthony Hopkins, and more!



Tom Chin
shares his in-depth knowledge of British film and theater through a variety of visual vignettes, TV shows and films.

TWO BY THE BARD: COMIC DRAMAS BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Three Tuesday mornings 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the Margate Library
October 15, November 19, December 17

This three-session course considers the humor, wit, and drama of the greatest playwright of all time. We will read two Shakespeare comedies, Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night (a perfect December holiday selection!). Read Taming of the Shrew for the October class – don’t worry if you do not complete the play before the October class. Discussion continues in November.

Mary Ann Mahoney, Associate Professor of English at Union Country College in New Jersey, taught ESL for more than twenty years before her retirement.

ISRAELI/MIDDLE EASTERN-THEMED MOVIES

Tuesday afternoons 1:00-3:00 PM at the Margate Library
October 22, November 26, NO December Class,
January 28, February 25, March 24, April 28

Films to be shown each month will be posted on the FELS website and Facebook page.

Moderator Barbara Shapiro currently works part time at the Margate Library, where she also leads a book discussion group. She began her career as a high school English teacher, went on to become the Library Director in Margate (many years ago) and in Cherry Hill, NJ. She enjoys viewing and discussing thought-provoking films. 
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WEDNESDAY CLASSES

PSYCHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY RELATIONSHIPS

Wednesday mornings 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Margate Library
First class November 13 (third Wednesday of the month)
all other classes scheduled second Wednesday of the month:
December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11. April 8

The moderator will guide you through interactive experiences. Practice being a helper to others in the class, share and receive support for your challenges: hone listening skills; become more assertive without pushing other people away; learn tools to overcome stress and healing behaviors to help a grieving or stressed-out friend or family member; enhance conversational skills; discuss when you should be totally honest or when it’s better to tell “white” lies, and more. Discounted copy of Phyliss’ memoir Conversations with Perfect Strangers available; portions will be used in the class curriculum.

Phyliss Merion Shanken, psychologist, author and professional group facilitator, has 40 years experience in private practice and as Co-Director of a psychological/psychiatric center.

ART-THEMED DOCUMENTARIES AND MOVIES

2nd Wednesday of the month, afternoons 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Margate Library
November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8

Peek into the lives of a variety of creative, artistic individuals, many of whom touch our lives with their products, music, and artwork.

Films to be shown each month will be posted on the FELS website and Facebook page.

Shirley Belisky moderates this film series.

SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, MEAN WHAT YOU SAY

Learn about effective communication
Wednesday mornings 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the Margate Library
October 16, November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 18

This program will help you understand how to share information with clarity and confidence. 

WE WILL: Discuss the four types of communication: verbal, non-verbal, written and visual.
Understand the significance of listening. Identify disrupters. Practice various styles: passive, aggressive, and assertive. Our exchange of information will enhance your ability to be a GOOD COMMUNICATOR and use body language, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, and vocal inflection to deliver your message.

For 25 years in a variety of settings, Petie Subin has conducted wellness workshops which combine her psychology background and creative arts skills. Her unique learning environment helps participants discover solutions to life’s challenging problems, enabling them to learn and have fun in a safe atmosphere. As an effective group facilitator, she believes we can learn the most about ourselves from others, and has helped many thrive and feel empowered.

GREAT DECISIONS

Wednesday afternoons 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the Margate Library
October 16, November 20, December 18,
January 15, February 19, March 18

Great Decisions is a program of the Foreign Policy Association, the aim to increase awareness of international issues with the American public. The class will evaluate significant issues facing American foreign policymakers. Each topic considers the historical, current relevance and strategic value to the United States.

Registrants will be contacted when the reading material for each class is available at the Margate Library.

D. William Subin, Attorney, has over 50 years’ experience in the Justice System as a Federal Prosecutor in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., and as a defense attorney. He has represented law enforcement officers and taught as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton University, and is the author of: Closing the Gap – The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee, based on a trial seen on national television.

CURRENT CHANGES AND CHALLENGES:
AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW

Wednesday afternoons 1:00 – 2:30 PM
**CLASSES MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
CORNER MELBOURNE AND VENTNOR AVENUES, VENTNOR**
October 23, December 4, January 22, February 26, March 25, April 22

This course is a continuing interactive discussion of current events and their influence on our individual rights and the Rule of Law. Discussions expand on previous classes but there is no prerequisite, so anyone can join. Depending on developments in our Justice System together with interests expressed by participants, we may cover such topics as: Congressional oversight and leadership responsibilities; Judicial intervention; Executive power; the responsibilities of law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and individual citizens to promote respect for the rule of law; methods to prevent corruption and/or obstruction of the judicial process; trials of public officials, and other similar subjects.

The group’s leader, D. William Subin, Attorney, has over 50 years’ experience in the Justice System. He served as a Federal Prosecutor in New Jersey and in Washington, D.C. and for many years as a defense attorney. He has represented many law enforcement officers and has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton. His book: “Closing the Gap – The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee” is based upon a local trial seen on national television.      
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THURSDAY COURSES

AT THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW CENTURY:
PROVOCATIVE NOVELLAS OF THE
LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURIES

Thursday mornings 10:00 - 11:30 AM at the Margate Library
October 3, NO November class, December 5,
January 2, February 6, March 5, April 2

October’s novella: The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (1898) Additional books to be discussed each month, in the order listed:
The Awakening - Kate Chopin (1899)
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton (1911)
O Pioneers - Willa Cather (1913)
Billy Budd - Herman Melville (1924)
Passing - Nella Larsen (1929)

Meryl Rodgers, docent at the National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia, has organized and moderated numerous book discussion groups.

CREATIVE WRITING: IT’S HOW YOU TELL THE STORY
EDITING, CRITIQUING, AND WRITING

Thursday mornings 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM  at the Margate Library
October 10, November 14, December 12,
January 9, February 13, March 12

Participants will go beyond  submitting work to have others critique it. Participants will work on how to paint a picture with words; write authentic dialogue; condense wordy prose to “tight” descriptions. Learn how to structure your essay or story; decide what to cut and what to include. Develop a respect for grammar, punctuation and word choice, discuss the misuse of pronouns; what it really means to “show-not-tell”; overcome your writer’s block; determine when to use literary license. Use exercises to tap into your creativity; how to make use of feedback; enhance respect for your reader; how to love the editorial process as opposed to avoiding it; how to submit your work, and more. Beginning writers: Please do not feel intimidated. You are most welcome to attend.

Phyliss Merion Shanken is a psychologist, author, and writing consultant. She has won literary and poetry awards, such as the Pennsylvania Poetry Contest. Her w orks include: SILHOUETTES OF WOMAN, PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH, The Joys And Frustrations Of Parenting, screenplays - LOVE ON THE OTHER SIDE won a script reading contest, two novels, EYE OF IRENE, which takes place in Atlantic County during Hurricane Irene, and THE HEART OF BOYNTON BEACH CLUB, a novelization of the movie. Her book, CONVERSATIONS WITH PERFECT STRANGERS: Memoirs of a Psychologist, and a subsequent workbook is available for therapists in training but also for book club reading. Presently, she is working on a collection of short stories dealing with our older population, WISE OLD OWLS: Gray Matters.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thursday afternoons 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM at the Margate Library
October 10, November 14, (no class in December)
January 9, January 23, February 13, March 12

It seems nowadays that communication mediums catch on quickly but often fade overnight. Facebook, twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, e-magazines, mass media...the digital age changed the way information is dispersed, and especially how the news is covered and disseminated. The decline of print media continues while the changing broadcast news picture, along with the increasing influence of digital and social media, surges. Each session will include the latest events in the world of media news, a look at journalistic issues, a voluntary quiz on current events, and a focus on a prominent journalist.

Dick Sheeran is a 44-year veteran of Philadelphia’s news media. He served as a reporter/anchor with CBS3(KYW-TV) for 30 years. Dick began his news career at the Philadelphia Daily News as a reporter, writer, and editor.

TALL TALES, FOLKLORE AND LEGENDS, REDUX

Thursday mornings 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CLASS WILL MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNEX
CORNER BALTIMORE AND VENTNOR AVES, USE BALTIMORE AVE. ENTRANCE
October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 19

This program, first offered this past summer, continues by popular demand. Open to all!
Are tall tales, folklore and legends factual, a lie, or a little bit of both? How are they created and passed on? This entertaining class will illustrate where legends come from, how they apply to our life today, and demonstrate how to tell a tall tale and family legend that delights your crowd – whether your friends and family, grandkids, or a wider gathering. Discover local legends and popular folk tales we all know and may or may not love! 

Instructor John  Alvarez is a former Professor of Theater History and Acting at Atlantic Cape Community College, journalist and editorial columnist under the pen name ‘Johnny Wawa’, and Associate Producer/Manager of Cape May Stage (1992-2008).
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FRIDAY COURSES

SHORT STORIES

Friday mornings – 10:30 AM - 12:OO PM at the Margate Libarary
October 4, November 8,  December 6, January 3, February 7, March 6
The book, Telling Stories, editedby Joyce Carol Oates, will be used in this course.
Used (and new) paperbacks available on amazon.com and abebooks.com.

Be prepared to discuss the following short stories for the October class:
Indian Camp by Ernest Hemingway
That Evening Sun by William  Faulkner
Goodbye, My Brother by John Cleever
The stories for November:
The Judgment by Franz Kafka; Sun and Moon by Katherine Mansfield
The Moths by Helena Maria Viramontes

Sondra Mandel, founder and leader of a local Book Club, is a playwright, thespian, and member of the Players and Playwrights of South Jersey.

POPULAR CULTURE IN AMERICA

Friday mornings 10:30-12:30 at the Margate Library
October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 13

View and analyze films, music, TV shows, advertising and popular literature of today. We will discuss topics such as politics, religion, community, racism, and more. The focus will be on America, but will also view how American popular culture influences and is influenced by world culture.
October: The movie Crash (2004) interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11.
November: – The Front Runner(2018). Gary Hart is the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in1987 – until it all comes crashing down.

Barbara Taylor, now retired, was an adjunct professor, Entertainment Coordinator, and a claims adjuster.

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD

Friday afternoons 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the Margate Library
October 4, November 1, November 22, January 3, February 7, April 3

In the early 1940s, the United States was embroiled in global conflict and no one could predict the outcome. To support the war effort, those on the home front united in helping defeat the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese in the Pacific. Hollywood went "all in" and responded with movies, money and celebrity involvement. Thousands, ranging from the superstars to the everyday employees, joined the movement. Once victory was achieved in 1945, Hollywood began to make films reflecting a post-war America with new societal issues. Nothing would ever be the same. This season will focus on the late war years and its aftermath. Come learn about the part Hollywood played as the war raged, ended and how it portrayed the troops returning home to uncertainty.                                                                                                     

Sharon Harris-Zlotnick, an Atlantic County freelance journalist, relocated from Pennsylvania in 2000. For 26 years, she has written for American and international business magazines, concentrating on the casino and arcade industries. Sharon has written thousands of consumer feature stories/columns for numerous weekly and monthly publications.
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Annual membership: $35 per person or $50 per couple

Study Group are $30 each unless specified otherwise

Class sizes limited, sign up early as some classes will close out.

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THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS IS
SEPTEMBER 25, 2019.

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