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Course Catalog - Spring 2014

Our courses are always held during the daytime. We have two semesters each year. The spring semester begins in early April and ends in late May. The fall semester begins in early October and ends in late November. (In some years, a few courses are also held in January and February as well). There is a fee for each course which varies, depending on the cost of materials used in that course such as DVD rentals and photocopies.

Course registration is open only to ILR members whose membership is up-to-date. Dues are $20 per calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31) . As noted on your registration form, some courses are more expensive because they include a materials fee. Total fees for each course are listed on the back of the catalog and near the bottom of this page.

Courses for upcoming semesters are posted on this website on the day printed catalogs for that semester are mailed. Class sizes are based on instructors’ preferences and on available classroom capacities.

Both membership and registration forms can be downloaded in the “Downloadable Forms” section of this website.

Please Note: Registration Deadline for the Spring 2014 semester is

March 21, 2014

Click below for ILR Spring 2014 Course Descriptions.

1. IN THE WAKE OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE’S DEMISE

2. CURRENT EVENTS REGARDING THE EU AND U.S.
ECONOMIES AND THEIR POLITICAL CONTEXT

3. THERE IS WEATHER, WHETHER OR NOT!

4. SCULPTURE AND SPIRITUALITY

5. FDR & CHINA

6. * AVIATION HISTORY IN CONNECTICUT I

7. * CONNECTICUT’S ROLE IN ANTI-SLAVERY

8. * AVIATION HISTORY IN CONNECTICUT II

9. EASTERN EUROPE STRUGGLE FOR CIVILIZATION

10. * SYMBOLS OF A JEWISH SANCTUARY, PART II

11. * ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

12. * BACKYARD BIRDING

13. LUNCHING ADVENTURES

14. * THE U.S. CONSTITUTION: ITS ORIGINS, CONNECTICUT’S ROLE AND THE CURRENT DEBATE ABOUT ITS USEFULNESS

15. OBITUARY LESSIONS FROM THE NY TIMES

16. AMERICA’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL ELECTIONS

17. AN INTIMATE GLIMPSE (AND MORE) INTO THE PEABODY
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

18. FILM SERIES – FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIPS

19. MAKING SENSE OF ART – YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART

20. * SPRING RAMBLE

21. A GUIDE TO THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF JEAN SIBELIUS

22. DOWN THE GARDEN PATH

23. SHARING BELIEFS: A DISCUSSION GROUP

24. DREAM WORKSHOP

25. * BOOK DISCUSSION “ME BEFORE YOU” BY JOJO MOYES

26. PLUTARCH’S PARALLEL LIVES OF THE NOBLE GREEKS AND ROMANS.

27. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD IN FICTION AND FILM

28. * THINK, FEEL AND LAUGH IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

29. ELEMENTARY YIDDISH

30. MUSEUM VISITS

31. 19th CENTURY CONNECTICUT

32. INTRODUCTION TO BIRD WATCHING

33. * TURKISH COOKING CLASS

34. * HAVANA, CUBA TODAY

35. SYSTEMIC RACISM AND MASS INCARCERATION IN A “POST RACIAL” AMERICA

36. THE EUROPEAN GARDEN FROM THE VILLA D’ESTE TO DOWNTON ABBEY

37. * WHEN HISTORY MEETS FICTION

38. DRAWING FOR THE COMPLETE BEGINNER

39. WORLD WAR I AND OTHER UPHEAVALS

40. INTERMEDIATE DRAWING – LEVEL II

41. CARDIOLOGY – 3 TOPICS

42. CONVERSATIONAL IRISH FOR THE TOTAL BEGINNER

43. * NUTRITION: WHAT THEY WON’T TELL YOU

44. * THE GROTESQUE SIDE OF YALE UNIVERSITY

45. * EXPLORING OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND WHY PLUTO GOT DEMOTED

46. HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

47. THURSDAY, APRIL 17 - GILDED NEW YORK

48. WEDNESDAY, MAY 7—TRINITY CEMETERY & CHURCH OF THE INTERCESSION WITH JAZZ CONCERT

49. TUESDAY, JUNE 17—GLEBE HOUSE MUSEUM

 

 

ILR Bus Trips for Spring, 2014

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 - GILDED NEW YORK— “Gilded New York” at the Museum of the City of New York explores the city’s visual culture and the end of the 19th century.

See all the details under "Events and Trips".

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7—TRINITY CEMETERY & CHURCH OF THE INTERCESSION WITH JAZZ CONCERT—Those who were on the ILR trip last fall were teased to see a very small part of the Trinity Cemetery. NOW you can see the famous people interred in this famous cemetery and hear their histories. Be entertained in the lovely Church of the Intercession by a well known New York jazz group using the wonderful Aeolian organ, one of the very few remaining working organs in the world.

See all the details under "Events and Trips".

TUESDAY, JUNE 17—GLEBE HOUSE MUSEUM—In Woodbury, CT we visit the Glebe House Museum, the birthplace of the Episcopal Church in the New World, and the Gertrude Jekyll Garden. Come with us to see how the house is graced by the only extant American Garden planned by England’s most venerated designer. This 18th century, 1750, farmhouse will show us CT in the era of the Revolutionary War.

See all the details under "Events and Trips".

Course Fees

Spring 2014 Enrollment

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1. IN THE WAKE OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE’S DEMISE
Study Leader: Mithat Mardin, PhD
Monday 10:30 – 12:00 noon
Four Sessions: May 19; June 2, 9, 16
Orange Congregational Church
No minimum -- Maximum 30
Consequences of the Ottoman Empire’s demise and subsequent colonization of the Middle East.

2. CURRENT EVENTS REGARDING THE EU AND U.S.
ECONOMIES AND THEIR POLITICAL CONTEXT
Study Leader: Mithat Mardin, PhD
Monday 10:30 – 12:00 noon
Two Sessions: April 21, 28
Orange Congregational Church
No minimum – Maximum 30
Recent developments in the EU and U.S. economies; projections vs. reality;
Upcoming free trade agreement negotiations; how do these two largest economic regions of the world compare to the aspiring Asian economies?

3. THERE IS WEATHER, WHETHER OR NOT!
Study Leader: Nicholas Maiorino
Monday 10:30 – 12:00 noon
Two Sessions: May 5, 12
Orange Community Center
Minimum 5 – Maximum 25
This presentation is a non-technical discussion of the phenomenon
affecting all our lives on a daily basis, The Weather.
Topics will include 1) Weather and Climate; Meteorological
Terms; The Changing Seasons; Clouds and How They Influence
Weather; and Forms of Precipitation. 2) Historic Storms; New England and
Connecticut Severe Weather; Weather Forecasting; and Amateur Weather Forecasting.

4. SCULPTURE AND SPIRITUALITY
Study Leader: Wendy Swain, MA
Monday 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Two sessions: May 5, 12
Orange Community Center
The first session will be a personal odyssey into the world of sculpture, how it has infiltrated my life and person. We’ll move on to a consideration
of some major sculptors from the past and present. Readings will be handed out to give a wider focus to the second session and to provide
a basis for discussion and understanding of the topic.

5. FDR & CHINA
Study Leader: Ron Heiferman PhD
Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Three Sessions: April 21, 28, May 12
Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center
No Minimum or Maximum
Franklin D. Roosevelt had a lifelong interest in China. As he told associates: “I know China and China is in my blood.” What did
he mean by this and how did such views inform his foreign policy?
These will be the questions addressed in this series of talks.

6. * AVIATION HISTORY IN CONNECTICUT I
Study Leader: Igor Sikorsky, Jr.
Monday 2:00 – 3:00 pm
One Session – June 2
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
The family and historical background of the world’s leading plane
and helicopter innovator – not only here in Connecticut during WWI
but also in Russia where he built (at that time) the world’s biggest
plane. This will be a fascinating history of planes, amphibians and
helicopters.

7. * CONNECTICUT’S ROLE IN ANTI-SLAVERY
Study Leader: Robert Forbes, PhD
Monday 2:00 – 4:00 pm
One Session: May 19
Orange Congregational Church
Minimum 6 – No maximum
Slavery was legal in Connecticut until 1848, and the state had close ties to the South and had slavery for generations. At the same time, Connecticut produced pioneering abolitionists like Theodore Weld, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown. The course will examine Connecticut’s
complete relationship with slavery and abolition and explore its meaning
for today.

8. * AVIATION HISTORY IN CONNECTICUT II
Study Leader: Andy Kosch
Monday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
One Session: May 12
Orange Community Center
Minimum 10 – Maximum 25
Did Gustav Whitehead fly before the Wright Brothers? The foremost aviation reference in the world – “Jaynes” says he did – and here in Connecticut. Hear what the experts say and find out more about the history of early aviation.

9. EASTERN EUROPE STRUGGLE FOR CIVILIZATION
Study Leader: Bruce Weston PhD
Tuesday 10:30 – 12:00
Five Sessions: April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6
Location: Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center
Minimum 10 – maximum none
This course asks whether there is a significant difference between Western and Eastern Europe and if so – why? We take a broad look and use a reader employing only literary sources.

10. * SYMBOLS OF A JEWISH SANCTUARY, PART II
Study Leader: Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus
Tuesdays: 11:00 – 12:00
One Session – April 1st
Location: Temple Or Shalom
No maximum – minimum
In this delightful and often humorous fashion, the Rabbi will explain all that we see in this sacred space that explains so much of Judaism. Ask as many questions as you wish about things that you may have always wondered! Many items in the sanctuary will be familiar to Christians, and the Rabbi will explain why. All who attend will learn valuable information.

11. * ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET
Study Leader: Laura Litvinoff
Tuesday: June 10
One Session: 10:00- 12:00 noon
Location: Orange Community Center
The anti-inflammatory diet is not a weight loss protocol. It is a way of eating to optimize health while reducing the risk of disease. In the class we will discuss which foods can help boost metabolism and decrease inflammation.

12. * BACKYARD BIRDING
Study Leader: Loretta Smith, BA, MA
Tuesday: June 17
One Session: 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Location: Orange Community Center
Do you enjoy watching songbirds in your backyard? Do you want to attract more? What should you feed them? I’ve been watching and reading about our winged friends for over 40 years. I’d love to share my experience and knowledge with you and hear about yours. Let’s talk birds!!

13. LUNCHING ADVENTURES
Study Leaders: Edith Carlson and Debbie McKeever
Tuesdays – 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Due to the popularity of “Lunching Adventures”, we
will have two sections:
A. April 1, 15, 29; May 13
13B B. April 8, 22; May 6, 20
Locations to be sent upon registration
Maximum – 8 for each section
Before signing up please make sure that you will be able to attend either of the section dates. Once again we are off to experience four interesting and different taste tested restaurants with the emphasis on enjoying good food with old and new friends. Directions to each restaurant will be sent to those enrolled. Your $85.00 check made out to ILR includes the $10 registration fee.

14. * THE U.S. CONSTITUTION: ITS ORIGINS, CONNECTICUT’S ROLE AND THE CURRENT DEBATE ABOUT ITS USEFULNESS
Study Leader: Lawrence J. DeNardis PhD (former
Congressman)
Tuesday: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
One Session – June 10
Location: Whitney Center 6th Floor Conf. Rm.
Minimum – Maximum 30
This session will be an examination of the theories of government underlying the Constitution and the role that Connecticut played. In the current debate, its usefulness is now challenged by critics and strongly upheld by supporters. Let’s discuss!

15. OBITUARY LESSIONS FROM THE NY TIMES
Study Leader: Charlotte Evans, BA, MS
Tuesdays: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Four Sessions: April 22, 29; May 6, 13
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 5 – Maximum 20
What can we learn from the dearly departed whose obituaries ran in the New York Times? This discussion class will explore some of their
love stories, lives of crime, Holocaust shadows, and efforts to figure out what’s right.

16. AMERICA’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL ELECTIONS
Study Leader: Lewis House, PhD
Tuesdays: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Four Sessions: April 8, 22, 29; May 13
Location: Orange Community Center
No minimum or maximum
This course will delve deep to examine how our country grew and changed during election times that were full of controversy.

17. AN INTIMATE GLIMPSE (AND MORE) INTO THE PEABODY
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Study Leader: Barbara Beitch, PhD
Tuesday: 1:30-3:00 pm
Six Sessions: April 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall, last
two sessions at Peabody Museum
Minimum 6 Maximum 20
Natural history can have many meanings. At the Yale Peabody Museum
(a gem in our midst) it covers artifacts, murals, and dioramas
ranging from famous dinosaurs to human prehistory and evolution;
anthropological exhibits including local and national Native Americans
and ancient Egypt; characteristics and evolution of insects, birds and
mammals; minerals and gems; geology and astronomy; and more. This
course will give you the chance to take a close look, via slide and lecture
presentations and guided visits and behind the scenes tours of individual
Peabody exhibits (Including the “Tiny Titans” current special
exhibit). Museum docents, knowledgeable staff members and Yale
faculty members will enhance your experience.

18. FILM SERIES – FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIPS
Study Leader: Marcia Goodman
Tuesdays: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Eight Sessions: April 1, 8, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20; June 3
Location: Whitney Center 6th Floor Conf. Room
Minimum 15 – Maximum 75
A total of 8 new to the course films will be shown and discussed. Films will be mostly American, with one or two foreign. (All films will be subtitled). The films will date from the 1940s to the near-present. All of them have relationships as a primary focus – sweethearts, parent-child, friends, etc. – and all are critically acclaimed. An additional $5 charge for handouts and film rentals is included in the registration fee for this
course.

19. MAKING SENSE OF ART – YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART
Leaders: Docents at Yale Center for British Art
Tuesdays: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Three Sessions: April 8, 22; May 6
Location: Yale Center for British Art
The three sessions at Yale Center for British Art will be led by specially trained docents who will lead in depth discussions and analysis of a few selected paintings in the collection. Participants will be encouraged to enter into the discussion with their own interpretations of the paintings. The aim of the program is to develop and improve observation of art in general, not just for those specific paintings.

20. * SPRING RAMBLE
Study Leader: Barrie Tait Collins
Tuesday: 1:30 pm – 3:30pm - Two miles
One Session: June 3 or rain date June 10
Location: Old Mill Road, Bethany
Led by the co-founder of the Bethany Wanderers, this late spring ramble will be a partial repeat of last spring’s walk on historic dirt road with cascades but with detour to 18th century “old burying ground.” Some uneven footing. Bring water, staff and sunhat, if desired. Meet at Old Mill Rd (off Valley Rd, Bethany), Rt. 63 to intersection with Valley Road. Call leader for Rt. 69 approach.

21. A GUIDE TO THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF JEAN SIBELIUS
Study Leader: William Boughton, Conductor of
NH Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Two Sessions: April 23, 30
Location: Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center
This session series will explore the life of Jean Sibelius, “a National Treasure.” “Whilst others have musical cocktails, I give you pure water”. Finland was ruled by Russia for much of his early life and it was his lone voice that stirred a Finnish National identity.
His very individual voice was not deterred by either the postromantic
music of Strauss or the 2nd Viennese School of Schoenberg.

22. DOWN THE GARDEN PATH
Study Leaders: Experts from the CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:00
Five Sessions: May 14, 28; June 4, 11, 18
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall and

Massaro Farm, Woodbridge, CT

This five week course is designed to provide an overview of organic
farming. Experts from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
will discuss about GMO and vegetable production in organic gardens.
Experts include Greg Bugbee, Dr. Neil Schultes, Dr. Abigail Maynard,

Dr. Kimberly Stoner, and Dr. Yonghao Li.

23. SHARING BELIEFS: A DISCUSSION GROUP
Study Leaders: Spiritual leaders from 4 religions
Wednesday – 10:00 – 12:00
Five Sessions: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
This course will focus on the meaning and influence of the world’s 4 major religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic, and Judaism, The course is intended to educate each of us about the belief systems of others
in a trusting atmosphere. The last class will focus on the differences between spirituality and religiosity.
Recommended Reading List:
Wouk, Herman. This Is My God (April 30) Rabbi Rick Eisenberg
Radcliffe, Timothy. What Is the Point of Being Christian (May 7)
Sr. Ann Kilbride
Ruthven, Malise. Islam: A Very Short Introduction (May 14)
Professor Frank Griffel
Hindu Text to Be Announced Later (May 21) Subhash Choudhary

24. DREAM WORKSHOP
Study Leader: Lee Ireland BH, MDiv
Wednesday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Four Sessions: April 2, 9, 30; May 7
Location: Orange Community Center
The four sessions will help you learn how to listen to the
message that comes through your nightly dreams to guide
you in making decisions.

25. * BOOK DISCUSSION “ME BEFORE YOU” BY JOJO MOYES
Study Leader: Toby Zabinski
Wednesday – 1:00 – 2:30 pm
One Session – April 30
Location: Orange Community Center
“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life, or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window – is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are, or how you might seem to other people” from the book by Jojo Moyes.

26. PLUTARCH’S PARALLEL LIVES OF THE NOBLE GREEKS AND ROMANS.
Study Leader: Marion Winkelman BA, MS
Wednesday: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Four Sessions: May 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
We will be reading and discussing four pairs of the ancients as described
by Plutarch: Pericles and Fabious; Alcibiades and Coriolanus;
Alexander and Caesar; and Demosthenes and Cicero. Plutarch’s goal
was to describe aspects of their characteristics, anecdotes and the times
in which they live. Come to class having read “the Internet Classic
Archive: Pericles by Plutarch” and “Fabious by Plutarch”. Easily accessible
on internet.

27. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD IN FICTION AND FILM
Study Leader: Suzanne Eisner
Wednesday: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Four Sessions: April 16, 23, 30; May 7
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 8 Maximum 20
This four session class will explore the recurring themes of Fitzgerald’s
writing. We will start with four of his most successful short stories;
followed by The Great Gatsby, (Scribner 2004) his most critically
praised novel, and finish the class by viewing selected scenes from the
2013 Baz Luhrmann adaptation of this novel. Participants are encouraged
to rent the movie from their local library, from Netflix or to stream it onto their computers from Netflix or Amazon. If possible, we will arrange an optional group viewing of the movie at a time and place convenient for the majority of participants.

28. * THINK, FEEL AND LAUGH IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
Study Leaders:Annis Fusaris and Pat Donohue
Wednesday: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
One session: June 4
Location: Whitney Center 6th Flr. Conf. Room
Learn how to participate independently, for a week or two, during a September Fringe Festival in Dublin. Experience theater, often in unusual spaces, that may generate conversations after, at quirky pubs
or a proper tearoom.

29. ELEMENTARY YIDDISH
Study Leader: Zuni Zelitch
Wednesdays: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Seven Sessions: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
The course involves learning and practicing Yiddish reading using published stories and articles in current publication We use Sheva Zucker’s “Yiddish” textbooks and supplemental materials, and can accommodate beginners and people with some Yiddish knowledge.

30. MUSEUM VISITS
Study Leader: Nancy Sykes
Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Four Sessions: May 8, 15, 22, 29
Location: Varies each week – directions to be sent
Minimum 5 – Maximum 22
Visits to the Yale Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Peabody West Campus and the Historical Society Museum – all new and different. At the Peabody we will go behind the scenes at the West Campus and see their medical collection including the methods used by Pavlov for his dogs.

31. 19th CENTURY CONNECTICUT
Study Leader: Jon Purmont Ed.D.
Thursday 10:00 – 11:30 am
Four Sessions: April 3, 10, 17, 24
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 20 – Maximum 25
Overview of the significant economic, political, and social developments and reforms that impacted Connecticut’s transformation from a predominantly agricultural state to a major industrial and manufacturing center. Emphasis on immigration, struggle for racial equality, the Civil War, and the post-war emergence of labor unions, women’s rights, educational expansion and the rise of industry which transformed Connecticut into an Arsenal of Democracy.
Dr. Purmont may offer a bus trip to the Prudence Crandall State Historic Site in Canterbury, Connecticut. She is a Connecticut State Heroine. The trip would be open to all ILR members whether enrolled in the class or not. Further details to be announced.

32. INTRODUCTION TO BIRD WATCHING
Study Leader: Tom Parlapiano
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Two sessions: April 24, May 1
Location: Yale West Campus, Peabody Museum
Community Education Center, 117 Frontage
Road (a/k/a 230 West Campus Drive), Orange;
and West Rock Ridge State Park in
Hamden.
Maximum: 20

33. * TURKISH COOKING CLASS
Study Leader: Zeynep Demir
Thursday 11:00 – 1:00 pm
One Session: May 15
Location: Turkish Cultural Center, 727
Campbell Ave., West Haven
Minimum 8 – Maximum 25
Hasanpasa Lofte – Red lentil soup – Baklava. Students are going to
taste 6-7 different dishes and Turkish treats with Turkish tea. $20 materials
fee payable at session

34. * HAVANA, CUBA TODAY
Study Leader: Baxter Walsh
Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 pm
One Session: June 5
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 15 – Maximum None
Recount of recent trip to Havana as part of People to People Cultural
Exchange. How the history of Cuba has affected life in Havana.

35. SYSTEMIC RACISM AND MASS INCARCERATION IN A “POST RACIAL” AMERICA
Study Leader: Doby Hall
Thursday 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Four Sessions: May 22, 29; June 5, 12
Location: Orange Community Center
War on Drugs – Mass Incarceration – Poverty. U.S. has more inmates than the top 35 European Countries combined.
How do these aspects and more interconnect? The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander makes clear the connection between racism, politics, targeted enforcement of drug laws and the poverty it creates. The documentary The House We Live In will be shown.

36. THE EUROPEAN GARDEN FROM THE VILLA D’ESTE TO DOWNTON ABBEY
Study Leader: Judith Colton PhD
Thursday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Three Sessions: April 10, 17, 24
Location: Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall.
No minimum or maximum given
A few great gardens and the people who created them will be discussed. The focus will be on the Italian Renaissance garden, Versailles as the seat of the Sun King, and the creation of the landscape garden in 18th century England

37. * WHEN HISTORY MEETS FICTION
Study Leader: Kathy Leonard Czepiel
Friday 10:00 – 11:00 am
One Session: May 2
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 10 – Maximum 25
Historical fiction is more popular than ever, but it poses special challenges for both its readers and its writers. Join historical novelist Kathy Leonard Czepiel for a talk on what happens when history meets fiction and the different choices writers make when working with history. The talk will conclude with an audience-speaker conversation on history,
writing, and great historical novels you shouldn’t miss! Czepiel is the author of the historical novel A Violet Season, named one of the best books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. She teaches writing at Quinnipiac University and is at work on a second novel.

38. DRAWING FOR THE COMPLETE BEGINNER
Study Leader: Dorie Petrochko, MA
Friday 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Four Sessions: April 4, 11, 25; May 2
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum: 10 – Maximum 12-14
Anyone can draw! Learn the skills needed to draw still lives, landscapes and portraits using traditional methods of the masters. We will work at a comfortable level for all abilities.
Leader teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum
West Campus in Orange, Ct. Registration fee $10 payable in
advance. An additional fee of $65 payable to instructor at first class.

39. WORLD WAR I AND OTHER UPHEAVALS
Study Leader: Ned Ostojic, PhD, PE
Friday 10:30 – 12:00 noon
Four Sessions: April 11, 18, 25; May 2
Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center
No Maximum
A century ago the world “sleepwalked” into World War I, bringing the century-long Pax Britannica to a close.
Around the same time, perhaps less conspicuously, other profound upheavals were also taking place in science, arts and music. We will explore and discuss this intriguing coincidence with an eye on today and the future.

40. INTERMEDIATE DRAWING – LEVEL II
Study Leader: Dorie Petrochko, MA
Friday: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Four Sessions: April 4, 11, 25; May 2
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum: 10 – Maximum 12-14
Continue to develop your drawing skills and hone in on portraying
accurate forms and value. We will work with graphite and colored
pencil and introduce color theory. Leader teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum West Campus in Orange, Ct.
Registration fee $10 payable in advance. An additional fee of $65
payable to instructor at first class.

41. CARDIOLOGY – 3 TOPICS
Study Leader: Lawrence S. Cohen, MD
Friday 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Three Sessions: April 4, May 2, 16
Whitney Center 6th Floor Conf. Room
Minimum 6 – Maximum 100
Three Separate Lectures:
April 4: The Ombudsman: The Canary in the Coal Mine
May 2: Cardiology in the 20th and 21st Centuries
May 16: Current Issues in Cardiology

42. CONVERSATIONAL IRISH FOR THE TOTAL BEGINNER
Study Leader: Sean O’Connor PhD
Friday: 2:00 – 3:30 or 4:00 pm
Eight Sessions: April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 30
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 6 – Maximum 12
This course introduces participants to simple conversation in the Irish language. Each participant must have ready access to a computer, a broad band connection and the ability to play sound files, either through headphones or speakers and to print class notes and word lists. Memorization of songs, sayings and vocabulary are a further requirement, as is the willingness to enter into the simple conversations that will make up the bulk of each class.

43. * NUTRITION: WHAT THEY WON’T TELL YOU
Study Leader: Ned Williams
Friday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
One Session: April 11
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Maximum 25
Much of what you need to know to eat well has been kept from you by special interest groups and our government, the most important of which is how very important diet is to health. Come and hear the truth.

44. * THE GROTESQUE SIDE OF YALE UNIVERSITY
Study Leader: Matthew Dunan
Friday:: April 11
One Session: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 5 – Maximum 45
During this lecture, Matthew Dunan highlights a selection of gargoyles and grotesques found throughout the gothic buildings of Yale University. Using his original photographs, he will explore the artistic, historic, architectural and even humorous significance of this decorative sculpture.

45. * EXPLORING OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND WHY PLUTO GOT DEMOTED
Study Leader: Elske V.P. Smith PhD
Friday: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
One Session: April 11
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 8
We’ll take a pictorial tour of the Solar Sys-tem, with pictures taken from the many planetary space missions. There will be a brief discussion of the several different categories of objects that populate the Solar System. This will include an explana-tion of why Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

46. HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Study Leader: Fred Robinson, PhD, DLit, DHum (hon.)
Friday: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Six Sessions: April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
Albertus Magnus Aquinas Hall
Minimum 6 – No Maximum
We shall consider the origin of English, the development of its gram-matical system and vocabulary and especially the contributions which other languages have made to English.

47. THURSDAY, APRIL 17 - GILDED NEW YORK— “Gilded New York” at the Museum of the City of New York explores the city’s visual culture and the end of the 19th century. Everything was extravagant and proscribed from the fans women carried to their dress to their mansion’s Décor. The exhibition displays portraits, jewelry, decorative objects and much more. Learn how “THE OTHER HALF LIVED” in this dazzling display of wealth between the mid-1870’s and the early 20th century. This was the time when New York became the nation’s corporate
headquarters and had a popular Ladies’ Mile and money was to be spent BIGTIME.
We will then go to the Academy of Medicine for a special “bag lunch,” outside if the weather is good; inside at the unique academy if it is not. From there, we will go to see one of the 100 Charles P.H. Gilbert designed gilded mansions. This gorgeous mansion was built for bank, broker, and railroad investor Isaac D. Fletcher in 1897. The Gothic moldings, high mansard, and giant entryway make the building as much a fantasy as a work of architecture. Cost: $95 all inclusive. Mail check payable
to ILR to Marcia Jamron, 229 Karen Dr., Orange,CT 06477. Tel:203-795-4444.

48. WEDNESDAY, MAY 7—TRINITY CEMETERY & CHURCH OF THE INTERCESSION WITH JAZZ CONCERT—Those who were on the ILR trip last fall were teased to see a very small part of the Trinity Cemetery. NOW you can see the famous people interred in this famous cemetery and hear their histories. Be entertained in the lovely Church of the Intercession by a well known New York jazz group using the wonderful Aeolian organ, one of the very few remaining working organs in the world.. And when did you last hear a jazz demonstration with organ music!! After an exciting lunch with a glass of Sangria, we will visit the United Palace
aka Lowe’s 175th St. Theater. This building is known for its architecture, its gilt Byzantine-Romanesque-Indo-Hindu-Sino-Moorish-Eclectic-Rococo Deco decorations and is why the building has not been torn down. Cost $98 all inclusive. Mail check payable to ILR to Marcia Jamron, 229 Karen Dr., Orange, CT 06477. Tel:
203-795-4444.

49. TUESDAY, JUNE 17—GLEBE HOUSE MUSEUM—In Woodbury, CT we visit the Glebe House Museum, the birthplace of the Episcopal Church in the New World, and the Gertrude Jekyll Garden. Come with us to see how the house is graced by the only extant American Garden planned by England’s most venerated designer. This 18th century, 1750, farmhouse will show us CT in the era of the Revolutionary War. In 1926 the famed horticulturist designer was commissioned to plan an “old fashioned” garden. Here, we will see 600 feet of classic English style mixed border and foundation plantings, a planted stone terrace and an intimate rose
allee. Come discover the meaning of GLEBE. Lunch will follow at Connecticut’s oldest Inn, the Curtis House Inn, built in 1735. The original house included a second story ballroom which also served as a meeting hall and may have been known as the “tea room.” Today it is ranked #1 of 5 Woodbury’s Bed & Breakfast and Inns. Cost $61 all inclusive. Mail check payable to ILR to Marcia Jamron, 229 Karen Dr., Orange, CT 06477. Tel. 203-795-4444.

 

Spring 2014 Enrollment

 On the back page of your catalog, mailed in early March 2014, circle the numbers of the courses for which you wish to enroll.  Cut the form along the dotted line, and enclose it together with your check to ILR in the enclosed pre-addressed envelope to ILR Registrar, 377 Dogwood Road, Orange CT 06477. Please note that only current members can sign up for courses.

 

Course Fees

Course #         Course #           Course #
1 fee $10        18 fee $15 *     35 fee $10
2 fee $ 10       19 fee $10        36 fee $10
3 fee $ 10        20 fee $5          37 fee $5
4 fee $ 10        21fee $10         38 fee $10 +++
5 fee $ 10        22 fee $10        39 fee $10
6 fee $ 5          23 fee $10        40 fee $10 +++
7 fee $ 5          24 fee $10        41 fee $10
8 fee $ 5          25 fee $5           42 fee $10
9 fee $ 10        26 fee $10         43 fee $5
10 fee $5          27 fee $10        44 fee $5
11 fee $5          28 fee $5          45 fee $5
12 fee $5          29 fee $10        46 fee $10
13A fee $85     30 fee $10        47 fee $95
13B fee $85     31 fee $10        48 fee $98
14 fee $5          32 fee $10         49 fee $61

15 fee $10        33 fee $5 ++

16 fee $10        34 fee $5

17 fee $10


* $5 fee added to fee for material
+ Added fee payable in cash or check to instructor at
first class meeting as noted in course description.
++ $20 materials fee payable at session
+++ $65 payable to instructor at first class

 

New Member Application Form

 

If you are not yet an ILR member, you need to join in order to enroll in our courses.  Please give us your name, address, phone and e-mail and enclose the $20 membership fee (this covers calendar year 2013) in addition to the cost of the courses for which you would like to register.

Go to http://www.ilralbertus.org/forms.html and download a copy of the application form.

 

Driving Directions

To Albertus Magnus 700 Prospect St. New Haven

Coming from Hamden.  Take Exit 61 off Route 15 Parkway.  Go South on Whitney Ave., 3.6 miles.  Then go Right at Huntington .4 miles, taking a Right onto Prospect St.  Then a quick Left onto Goodrich St.  Then take an immediate Left into the Goodrich St. Lot.  Our classroom building, Aquinas Hall, is at the base of the hill on which you just parked.

Coming from Orange & other points South:

Take Route 15 Parkway to exit 60 (Dixwell).  Go Right at light onto

Dixwell.  Follow Dixwell to Morse.  Go Left on Morse.  Then go Right onto Prospect and a quick Right again onto Goodrich.  Immediately take another Left onto Goodrich parking lot and walk down the hill to Aquinas Hall. 

 

 

To Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden

Coming from Points South & North: Take the Parkway to exit 60.  AT light, turn Right onto Dixwell in coming from South.  Go Left onto Dixwell if coming from North.  Go .9 miles.  At next light (across from

Executive Cleaners) take Left onto Treadwell.  Go a short way on

Treadwell.  At traffic light, take Right onto Leeder Hill Drive.  Go .7 miles to Whitney Center new building.  Please park on upper level of parking garage.  If you drive to old Whitney Center building, please park on street, not in lot.

To Orange Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd.

 

From New Haven: Take Route 34 West to Orange Center Road (Route 152).  Turn Left and stay on Orange Center Road.  You will pass cemetery, firehouse and a white church.  Keep going.  Orange Community Center (also known as “High Plains”) will be on your left.  Park in the lot and

enter through front door.  Rooms 2 and 4 are on the Right just before the glass door.

Other locations:

Yale Environmental Center, West Campus, 117 Frontage Rd., Orange

Temple Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, 10 Duck Pond Rd., Litchfield

Leitner Planetarium, 355 Prospect St., New Haven

Yale’s Marsh Botanical Garden, 227 Mansfield St., New Haven (on Yale’s Science Hill)

 

 

 

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