2021 Special Winter Program Course Descriptions

FELS is offering three additional courses this winter. Courses meet on Zoom.

These special Winter Program courses are $15 per person
Course fees, and special programs raise funds for Stockton University Foundation scholarships.

2020/2021 Virtual Fall/Winter Program Course Descriptions

Our South Jersey community, and the world, has faced unprecedented challenges this year. The health and safety of our members are of primary consideration. Therefore the FELS Board has decided to offer only virtual classes this fall. The Board hopes that, as the coronavirus situation improves, in-person classes can be added to the schedule.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES WE CURRENTLY EXPE RIENCE, CHANGES MAY HAVE TO BE MADE TO THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE.

WE WILL KEEP OUR FELS COMMUNITY INFORMED. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT A FELS BOARD MEMBER
WITH YOUR QUESTIONS, CONCERNS AND COMMENTS.

Special Winter TUESDAY COURSE

THE ACTOR PREPARES (FOR ZOOM)

Three sessions: Tuesday afternoons 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM – January 19, February 16, March 16

Instructor: John Alvarez
This is the class for the person who, after seeing a person perform on stage or speak to a crowd, says, "I could do that." Well, now you can! This class will explain, demonstrate, and allow students to perform basic acting techniques. Normally, a class would be held with other students in the room, intimidating to folks who may fear "acting" (speaking / reading) in front of people. However, due to Covid-19, you will be home in front of your computer, giving you a fourth wall between you and your fellow classmates.  Build confidence and learn basic tricks of the acting trade, including proper breathing to support your voice and a few theater terms, like "Break a Leg," and the term "Fourth Wall," two sentences ago. Fun exercises will help you understand why actors do what they do.

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Special Winter WEDNESDAY COURSES

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: CRIME DOES PAY…IN HOLLYWOOD

Two sessions: Wednesday afternoons 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM - February 3, March 3

Instructor Sharon Harris-Zlotnick returns to discuss how Hollywood’s movie studios portrayed crime on the big screen. Stars like James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, and Al Pacino got their big breaks playing iconic villains on film. Learn how censorship codes of the early 1930s changed crime movies, and enjoy clips from some great films over multiple decades. We may be able to discuss actors who were allegedly affiliated with organized crime.

RULE OF LAW 2021: RELEVANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF SOME OF OUR U.S.CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Three sessions: Wednesday afternoons 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM - Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 24

Instructor Bill Subin, a Retired Attorney with over 50 years of experience, former Federal Prosecutor in N.J. and Washington, D.C., and former Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton, will lead discussions on 2021 Constitutional controversies affecting all of us, and the history and interpretations of Constitutional Amendments by the Supreme Court:
  • “Due Process of Law”
  • “Equal Protection of the Law”
  • those who come within our borders as Immigrants
  • the extent to which Courts are bound by previous cases or “precedent”
  • literal interpretation of the words of our Founding Fathers
  • “Free Exercise of Religion”
  • “Right to Bear Arms”
  • “Freedom of Speech or of the Press”
  • “Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble”
  • “What Amendments apply to the States?”

We always promote a civil exchange of viewpoints
and try to include timely and relevant controversies within the topic.

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TUESDAY COURSES

NOT FOR WOMEN ONLY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Tuesday mornings 10:00-11:30 AM
October 6, November 10, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2

Join Elaine Geller’sbook discussion group that examines intriguing, sometimes humorous, sometimes dark, always provocative prose. Books are available on amazon and abebooks.com. The Margate Library also has books available as well as kindle editions.

October’s book:
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
by Erik Larson

FABLES: OLD AND NEW

Tuesday mornings 10:00-11:30 AM
October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9

Delve into the art of storytelling and tall tales – a story that may or may not be true, with elements of truth and fiction interwoven into the tale and often incorporates elements that are hard to believe. The stories, passed down through generations, not only entertained listeners, but taught lessons of life. Genres such as superstition and Gothic horror frequently fall into this category.

Moderator 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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WEDNESDAY COURSES

Stepchildren of the Shtetl:
The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe 1800-1939
book by Natan M. Meir

Wednesday mornings 10:00-11:30 AM
October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3

The course is based on the book, Stepchildren of the Shtetl, by Natan Meir. Shining a light into the darkest corners of Jewish society in Eastern Europe - from the often squalid poorhouse of the shtetl to the slums of Odessa, “Stepchildren of the Shtetl reconsiders the place of the lowliest members of an already stigmatized minority” (Stanford University Press Back Cover Quote). Meir evokes the experience of Jewish society’s outcasts and reveals the central role they came to play in the transformation of Jewish life. A copy of the book is not necessary to participate in lively class discussions, but books will be available for a discounted price of $24. The Margate Library also has copies of the book.

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

PSYCHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY RELATIONSHIPS

Wednesday mornings 10:30-12:00 PM
October 14, November 11, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10

Moderator Phyliss Merion Shanken will guide you through interactive experiences. Practice being a helper to others, share and receive support for your challenges, hone listening skills, become more assertive without pushing people away, learn tools to overcome stress and healing behaviors, enhance conversational skills, discuss when to be totally honest or when it’s better to tell ‘white’ lies, and more

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THURSDAY COURSES

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

Thursday mornings 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM 
October 15, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11

Instructor Phyliss Merion Shanken will help participants 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; 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.

GREAT DECISIONS

Thursday mornings 10:00 - 11:30 AM
October 8, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4

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. Everyone is encouraged to participate in a spirited discussion of the month’s topic. Each month a YouTube link to a 25-minute video about the month’s topic will be emailed to class participants. The video can be previewed before class. It will not be viewed during the Zoom class.

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

Discussion moderator Steven Baer participated in Great Decisions courses over the past few years and brings a unique perspective to discussions from his experience traveling for business in Europe and Asia.

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FRIDAY COURSES

SHORT STORIES

Friday mornings 10:30-12:00 PM
October 9, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5

The book 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor will be used in this course. New and used books available on amazon.com and abebooks.com. Meryl Baer will moderate discussions October, November, and December, and Sondra Mandel will lead discussions January, February, and March.

The following stories will be reviewed at the October class:

I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen (1957) Pg. 173
The Girl On The Plane by Mary Gaitskill  (1993) Pg. 472
By the River by Joyce Carol Oates (1969) Pg. 287

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