2022 Fall/Winter Program Course Descriptions

Friends of Encore Learning of Stockton (FELS), in conjunction with the Margate City Public Library, offers a unique selection of entertaining, interactive, and educational courses for lifelong learners. Browse our fall/winter catalog and find programs that spark your interest, class favorites plus new offerings. Classes are held once a month for three or six months.

Programs are held at the following venues:

Margate City Public Library
8100 Atlantic Avenue, Margate NJ

Stockton University Atlantic City Campus
3711 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ

Join a program from the comfort of your home.

FELS is a non-profit whose mission focuses on education.
We offer several annual scholarships to Stockton University students,
and have proudly contributed more than $90,000
in scholarships over 10+ years.
FELS charges a $35 annual membership ($50/couple),
plus a nominal charge for each class,
to support our instructors and scholarship program.     



Alfred Hitchcock: the Master of Suspense
Wednesday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Stockton Atlantic City Campus
October 26, November 30, NO DECEMBER CLASS,
January 25, February 22, March 22
John Lynskey, Instructor

Explore the work of a genius moviemaker in film and discussion. The first class is an introduction to
Hitchcock’s work with special attention accorded to Hitchcock’s style, techniques, themes, plot devices, and
leading ladies.
John Lynskey is an adjunct professor at Atlantic Cape Community College and Holy Family University in
Philadelphia. He leads a writing group at Northfield Public Library, where he has also been working on
developing a film program. He received his PhD in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2021
and spent many years living and working abroad before returning to his native South Jersey.

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Atlantic City: Viewed From the Cinema World
Wednesday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Stockton Atlantic City campus
October 12, November 9, December 14,
January 11, February 8, March 8

Atlantic City has played a role – at times small, in other films an important feature – in movies over the past decades. Instructor John Lynskey presents films with Atlantic City as a backdrop, a significant location, or simply displaying a familiar landscape, in a series of attention-grabbing cinema productions.

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Book & Film Discussion Group
This class has become so popular we are offering two time slots this fall. Class size limited.
Monday morning 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Margate Library
Monday afternoon 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Margate Library
Both classes held the same days: October 3, November 14, December 12

Instructor: Barbara Coleman Giorgio
Read a classic novel and watch a movie based on the book in the comfort of your home, or schedule to view the movie at the Margate Library. Come to class for a discussion of the book, followed by conversation about the film and its ability, or inability, to convey the themes of the book.

The three books and films to be discussed:
October: To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
November: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
December: The Firm – John Grisham

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Documentary Films
Wednesday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Stockton Atlantic City Campus
November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1

Shirley Belitsky, Instructor
Documentaries offer a fascinating lens with which to understand our world. Explore interesting, provocative topics through films and discussion.

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Elaine’s Book Group
Tuesday 1:30 pm - 3 :00 pm – Margate Library
October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 21, March 21

Instructor Elaine Geller brings her years of work experience, teaching expertise, and sense of humor to
discussions embracing a variety of topics, famous and infamous individuals, and the world we live in.
October selection: The Spy Who Knew Too Much: An Ex-CIA Officer's Quest Through a Legacy of
Betrayal, by Howard Blum

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Flash Fiction
Tuesday 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Margate Library
October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7

Instructor: Meryl Rodgers
Flash fiction are very short stories, usually 1,000 words maximum. Participants read and discuss several
stories each session. The flash fiction anthology we will use: Flash Fiction Forward, 2006, Robert
Shapard, editor.
Read the following stories for the October class:
SLEEPING, Katherine Weber, p. 40
THE VOICES IN MY HEAD, Jack Handey, p . 85
THE WALLET, Andrew McCuaig, p. 130
CRAZY GLUE, Etgar Keret, p. 149
PARROT TALK, Kit Coyne Irwin, p. 173

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Tuesday evening 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Margate Library
October 11, November 8, December 13

Jeff McGranahan, Instructor
Want to get serious about your family history? Join Margate Public Library's Jeff McGranahan, as he shows you the ups and downs of climbing your family tree. The three sessions will cover what you need to get started and build confidence in exploring genealogy. Using the Library's access to Ancestry.com Library Edition and other internet resources, you'll learn something new about your family history. This class will be hands-on requiring basic computer literacy. Held in the Library's Computer Center, the number of participants will be limited; if participants wish to share they can register together.
Jeff McGranahan has more than 15 years’ experience doing genealogical research
professionally. While he is looking forward to sharing his passion with you, he warns it may cause
sleepless nights as you pour over countless internet resources stalking that elusive ancestor.

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Great Decisions
Friday 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Margate Library
October 21, November 18, December 16, January 6, February 3, March 3

Steve Baer, Moderator
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 to pick up the reading material at the Margate Library.
Steve Baer has over 50 years international business experience in manufacturing, management, and
environmental consulting. Previously adjunct professor at University of Pennsylvania.

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Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
Monday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Margate Library
October 17, November 21, December 19,
January 23, February 6, March 20

Instructor: Rabbi Gordon Geller
This award-winning PBS series, narrated by Abba Eban – Israeli diplomat, politician and scholar – spans three millennia of Jewish history. The first three installments were shown during the summer. We continue with the final six segments of the series. If you missed the summer series, please join us for the remaining episodes.

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The Holocaust in Films
Wednesday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm –
Margate Library
October 19, November 16,
December 21

Mary Maudsley, Instructor
Holocaust films are about faith, justice, the nature of God, the nature of man, and the possibility of redemption. This three-session course will consider major movies that consider the Holocaust in their historical context, and in their continuing moral implications.
Mary Maudsley
is a recently retired lawyer. She has taught in Atlantic Cape Community College’s paralegal program, and Stockton University’s Holocaust studies program.
October movie: The Pawnbroker

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The Holocaust in Literature
Wednesday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm –
Margate Library
January 18, February 15, March 15

Mary Maudsley, Instructor
Holocaust literature has been defined as: all forms of writing, both documentary and discursive, and in any language, that have shaped the public memory of the Holocaust and been shaped by it. This three-session course will explore various works relevant to the Holocaust.
January’s selection:
Maus, by Art Spiegelman
A nonfiction, graphic-style novel. In 1992, Maus became the first and so far only graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize.
FYI: The book has been banned in many school districts and states because of inappropriate language, illustrations, and a Holocaust theme.

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Hooray for Hollywood
Thursday 1:30 pm – 3:00 PM – Stockton Atlantic City Campus
October 6, November 3, December 1

Sharon Harris-Zlotnick, Instructor
Post-WWII America changed, and the late 1940s ushered in the return of many traditional values. Couples married, bought homes and began the Baby Boomer generation. Millions of children were born into a society that only wanted a brighter future. However, there was also an underlying fear of hidden Communist threats, which had overtaken numerous European nations. Many in Congress, aiming to prevent that, launched the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The Committee’s years of investigations and public hearings destroyed the lives and careers of countless people, including many in Hollywood. Come learn about this controversial issue, in this three-session series, whose roots dated back to the 1930s, through film clips, lecture and discussion.

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Short Stories
Tuesday 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – ZOOM ONLY
October 11, November 8, February 14

Will Shanken, Instructor
Join Will Shanken in a mutual path of discovery. Participate in a stimulating, dynamic discussion of some
of the best writing by many of the premier American writers of the 20th century.
The anthology of short stories for this course:
The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike and Katrina Kenison, 1999
Stories for October:
Four stories for October, as two are short, total 57 pages.
A Jury of Her Peers, Susan Glaspell, p. 18
The Killers, Ernest Hemingway, p. 68
Double Birthday, Willa Cather, p. 77
Wild Plums, Grace Stone Coates, p. 100

Classes are $30 per 3-Session Class. All other classes are $40.
Please see the Registration Form for All Class Prices.

Volume Discount! Register for 4 or more classes and each class is $30.

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

Please fill out the Registration Form
print and mail with full payment, check payable to FELS to:
P.O. Box 3380
Margate NJ 08402

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