2019 Summer Study Group Descriptions

Summer courses scheduled June, July, and August. Programs include new offerings as well as the return of popular ones. Classes meet once each month at the Margate Library unless otherwise noted. Membership is waived for Summer Sessions.
Each Study Group is $25 per person unless specified otherwise
Course fees, and special programs raise funds for Stockton University Foundation scholarships.

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS
IS JUNE 1, 2019.
Register early as some class sizes are limited and will close out.

MONDAY COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING
Monday June 10, July 8, August 12 – 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, Margate Library

This course is for the true novice, in it for the fun of it!

Sample acting skills that apply to everyday life. After all, “All the world’s a stage…”

Dambra Sabato works in the arts as a writer, director, producer, performer and consultant. A working career artist with over 30 years teaching experience, he is Founder and Artistic Director for A Saturday’s Child, an arts and entertainment company.

ALLISON'S SELECTIONS" FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
Monday June 17, July 15, August 19 – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, Margate Library

Enjoy three movies about two major sports-related events and one sports scandal that rocked the nation.

Code Breakers (2005) about the 1951 cheating scandal with the West Point football team. 

Borg vs McEnroe(2017) about the most famous rivalry in tennis, 1980 Wimbledon Championship. Shia LaBeouf plays John McEnroe.  

The Greatest Game Ever Played
 (2005) about Francis Ouimet, the first amateur to win the US Open golf tournament in 1913. Shia LaBeouf plays Ouimet. Directed by Bill Paxton, the last movie he directed.

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

DARK HUMOR:
CLASS WILL MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNEX, VENTNOR
BALTIMORE AND VENTNOR AVES, USE BALTIMORE AVE. ENTRANCE
Tuesday June 11, July 9, August 13 – 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Each month we will read a book laden with life’s highs and lows related with humor—dark humor.

For the June 11th class please read This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper. The novel tells the story of the Foxman family, whose members reunite for the first time in years following the death of the patriarch, resulting in a funny, emotional story about life’s complications: love, marriage, divorce, family.

Elaine Geller, former English teacher, currently active in charitable organizations, is a rebbetzin and fan of cats and mystery novels.

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD
Tuesday June 18, July 16, August 20 – 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, Margate Library

For Summer 2019, this popular course looks at different movie themes that have current relevance. As we examine them, we will compare them to earlier Hollywood generations. The course will also discuss actors/actresses who were associated with these niche film categories.

Sharon Harris-Zlotnick
, an Atlantic County freelance journalist, relocated from Pennsylvania in 2000. For 26 years, she has written for multiple American and international business magazines, concentrating on the casino and arcade industries. Sharon has also written thousands

HISTORY OF IMMIGRATION
Tuesday June 25, July 23, August 20 – 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, Margate Library

America is a nation forged by immigrants. George Washington stated, “...America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…” The course reviews the history of immigration and the issues our country has faced—from conquest, colonialism and the slave trade to attempts to restrict immigration today.

Our source is a short (160 pages) book: American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction, by David Gerber,
available on Amazon or abebooks.com (used). Read the first section of the book for the June 25th class.

Meryl Rodgers, docent at the National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia, has organized and moderated numerous book discussion groups.
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MOVIES, MUNCHIES AND CONVERSATION
CLASS WILL MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, VENTNOR
CORNER MELBOURNE & VENTNOR AVES, USE MELBOURNE AVE. ENTRANCE
Tuesday June 25, July 23, August 27 – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Bag of Marbles (2018). This French movie recounts the true story of survival as two brothers, 10 and 12 years old, flee Paris hoping to reach safety in the south of France. Subtitles.

The Cakemaker
(2018). An Israeli film about a German man who travels to Israel to encounter the widow of the man’s ex-boyfriend, an Israeli who often traveled to Germany. Subtitles.

Introduction to an Israeli soap opera, Shtisel. A binge-worthy series about an ultra-Orthodox family living in Jerusalem and dealing with universal human issues of love, loss, and everyday life. Subtitles.

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. Barbara Shapiro moderates this series with assistance from Margate Library Director Jim Cahill. Jim is in charge of munchies!
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WEDNESDAY COURSES

PSYCHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY RELATIONSHIPS
Wednesday June 12, July 10, August 14 – 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Margate Library

This popular class returns for three summer sessions. The moderator will guide you through interactive experiences. You will practice being a helper to others in the class as well as share and receive support for your own challenges: hone your listening skills; become more assertive without pushing other people away; learn tools to overcome stress; learn healing behaviors to help a grieving or stressed-out friend or family member; enhance your 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 of which 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.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS
CLASS WILL MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, VENTNOR
CORNER MELBOURNE & VENTNOR AVES, USE MELBOURNE AVE. ENTRANCE
Wednesday June 12, July 10, August 14 – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Relax on a summer afternoon and view a selection of engaging and compelling films. The three films to be viewed will be announced before the first session on the FELS website and Facebook page.

The first of the summer Documentary series is the Sundance award-winning documentary DARK MONEY. The film examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on elections, our elected officials, and how elections are bought and sold. The story unfolds as a Montana journalist attempts to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

Shirley Bilesky moderates the summer documentary film series.

9. GREAT DECISIONS ($25)
Wednesday June 19, July 17, August 21 – 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, Margate Library

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 three 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.

BOOK AND FILM
Wednesday June 26, July 24, August 28 – 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Margate Library

Each month participants will read a book and then compare it to the film, which will be viewed in class. A discussion will follow. Reading the book is optional. Books available on Amazon or abebooks.com (used).

June – The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a social commentary of the Jazz Age/Roaring 20s, tracks a group gathering at a mansion in a prosperous Long Island town in the summer of 1922.

July – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. The woman, a cervical cancer patient at Johns Hopkins, unknowingly donated cells that produced the first human cell line that could reproduce indefinitely.

August – Black Klansmen, by Ron Stallworth, subtitled Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime, the true story of a detective who goes undercover to investigate the KKK. The movie is titled BlackkKlansmen.

Claire Agostini, former management consultant with over 20 years international experience which includes living in India, is an avid reader and enjoys living and working near the Jersey Shore.

RULE OF LAW: CHALLENGES TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
CLASS WILL MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, VENTNOR
CORNER MELBOURNE & VENTNOR AVES, USE MELBOURNE AVE ENTRANCE
Wednesday June 26, July 24, August 28 – 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

A survey of Representative Democracy in the United States, the course is designed to be an on-going interactive discussion of current events and their influence on our respect for individual rights and the Rule of Law. Depending on developments in our Justice System together with interests expressed by participants, we may cover topics including: 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 related subjects.

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. Mr. Subin is the author of a book: “Closing the Gap – The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee”, based upon a local trial seen on national television.
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THURSDAY COURSES

AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES WITH DOMINIC: SOCIAL JUSTICE FILMS
Thursday June 13, July 11, August 8 – 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, Margate Library

Gentlemen’s Agreement – 1947 film exploring anti-Semitism in mid-20th century America, a topic unfortunately relevant in 21st century America. Directed by Elia Kazan.

12 Angry Men
– 1957 courtroom drama directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda. One young man’s fate rests on the jury deliberation which highlights the individual values and morals of the members of the jury.

To Kill a Mockingbird
– 1962 drama directed by Robert Mulligan, starring Gregory Peck, based on Harper Lee’s novel dealing with the issue of racial injustice in the U.S.

Dominic Maduro
moderates the class.

TALL TALES, FOLKLORE AND LEGENDS
Thursday June 27, July 25, August 22 – 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, Margate Library

How are tall tales, folklore and family legends created and passed on? Are they factual, a lie, or a little bit of both? 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).

Social Media
Thursday June 27, July 25, August 22 – 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, Margate Library

The digital age changed the way news is covered and disseminated. Today communication mediums change, catch on and fade quickly. The decline of print continues while the changing broadcast news picture along with the rise of the influence of digital and social media increases. 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
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FRIDAY COURSES

SHORT STORIES
CLASS WILL MEET AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNEX, VENTNOR
CORNER BALTIMORE AND VENTNOR AVES, USE BALTIMORE AVE. ENTRANCE
Friday June 7, July 5, August 2 – 10:30 AM-12:OO PM

The book, Telling Stories, editedby Joyce Carol Oates, will be used in this course (and the next Short Stories course for those continuing in the fall). Used (and new) paperbacks available on amazon.com and abebooks.com.

Be prepared to discuss the following short stories for the June 7th class:
The Writer in the Family by E. L. Doctorow
No One’s a Mystery by Elizabeth Tallent
Gravity by David Leavitt

The stories for July 5th:

Cutter by C. L. Poverman
Death of the Right Fielder by Stuart Dybek
Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet? By Nadine Gordimer

The stories for August 2nd:

The Burning Baby by Dylan Thomas
Jasmine by Phyliss Shanken – a short story that will be emailed to everyone at a later date.

Sondra Mandel, founder and leader of a local Book Club, is a playwright, thespian, and member of the Players and Playwrights of South Jersey.
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WATCH FOR INFORMATION ON SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS
• AUTHOR'S EVENING IN AUGUST
• FELS 10TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT IN SEPTEMBER
AND MORE

Annual membership - waived for summer classes

Classes: $25 per Study Group unless specified otherwise

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

Please fill out the Registration Form
print and mail with full payment made out to FELS

Please fill out the attached registration form and mail with
Full payment, check payable to FELS to:
FELS
P.O. Box 3380
Margate NJ 08402

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS IS
JUNE 1, 2019.

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