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May 2017

Thursday, May 25 | 10 a.m.

 

A moderated discussion with:

Benny Morris, Professor at Ben Gurion University

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director of Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Do you remember the Six-Day War? What does 1967 mean for you looking back now? How have your thoughts changed over the last half-century? For the younger generation, how have Six Day War stories shaped your relationship to Israel? Join renowned Israeli historian, Benny Morris, and moderator Brian Amkraut as they engage your reflections.

We encourage you to submit your own thoughts in advance to have them included in the conversation with Professor Morris. Please send to Alanna Cooper with subject header Six Day War at alanna.cooper@case.edu

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Thursday, May 25 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

T. Kenny Fountain, Associate Professor of English, CWRU

 

What is fake news? How can we distinguish it from the real thing? What makes fake news so persuasive and so appealing? How is fake news shaping our daily lives? though the issues of persuasion and belief at the heart of fake news have existed since ancient Greek and Roman times, our current political landscape highlights the urgent need to understand these old problems. T. Kenny Fountain explores the features and consequences of fake news by analyzing a few popular examples through the lens of classical rhetoric and contemporary research.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, May 30 | 5:30 p.m.

 

Mike Martens, Professor of Physics, CWRU

 

The answer is both in the MRI machine and in your body! Learn about the giant magnets in the MRI scanner, the tiny magnets in your body, and how they interact with each other to form the beautiful images we see today.

 

Program Schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Coffee and Sign-In
6 p.m. – Lecture
7 p.m. – Dinner with OSS faculty and fellows
7:30 p.m. – Q&A and Dessert

 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Members: $40; Nonmembers: $48 | REGISTER >

 

June 2017

Saturday, June 3 - Tuesday, June 6 | Times vary, see below

Saturday, June 3:       10 am – 12 noon    Preview ($20 fee)

                                   12 noon – 5pm       Free admission

Sunday, June 4:         12 noon – 5 pm      Shoppers with Postcard or Internet coupon $5 off first $15

Monday, June 5:         12 noon – 5 pm     Reduced Pricing

Tuesday, June 6:        10 am – 1 pm         Box Sale $5

 

Books on all topics and covering a wide range of interests such as:

Fiction, Literature, the Performing Arts

Rare and Antiquarian Books
Large psychology collection

Books written in many foreign languages

Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology

Fine Arts: all periods of art, catalogs, photography

Cookbooks, Craft and Needlework, Sports, Interior Decorating, Gardening

Textbooks on all topics

Science: anthropology, archaeology, medical, natural and physical sciences

Technology: computers and engineering

Business: law, investing, economics

History and Politics

Travel

Children’s books

Ephemera

Multi-media including CD’s, DVD’s, and vinyl records

 

Adelbert Gym, 2128 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland | Prices vary | For more information, call 216-368-2090 or visit acesite.org/book-sale/

 

Sponsored by the Association for Continuing Education (ACE) at Case Western Reserve University

Thursday, June 8 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director of Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

In June 1967, Israelis and Jews around the world were first petrified of imminent destruction followed by euphoria over a tremendous military victory. Half a century later, those six days in 1967 still help shape the geopolitics of the Middle East. This brief analysis unpacks contemporary perspectives on the 6-Day War.

 

Judson Park | Lifelong Learning Members: $25; Nonmembers: $30 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

Monday, June 12 | 7 p.m.

 

Menachem Z. Rosensaft, General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress

 

Menachem Rosensaft, a friend, student, disciple and colleague of Elie Wiesel for over 55 years, will discuss the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's writings and teachings to our generation and those to come.

 

The Temple-Tifereth Israel (26000 Shaker Blvd.) | Lifelong Learning & Temple-Tifereth Israel Members: free; 

Nonmembers: $5 | Advanced registration recommended | REGISTER >

 

Co-Sponsored by The Temple-Tifereth Israel with support from The Debra Hartzmark Jacobs Book Talk Fund and The Isidore & Toby Helfand Torah Study Fund

Tuesday, June 13 | noon-1:30 p.m.

 

Menachem Z. Rosensaft, General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress

 

Drawing on the experiences and reactions of a wide range of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors – including theologians, scholars, authors, artists, media personalities and community leaders – Menachem Rosensaft will speak about the ways that Holocaust memory is transmitted to future generations. And reflecting on his own experiences as the son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, he explores how these memories can and must be perpetuated.


Landmark Centre | Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

Wednesday, June 14 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists:

  • Derek Bauman, Vice Chairman, All Aboard Ohio
  • Grace Gallucci, Executive Director, NOACA: Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
  • Hunter Morrison, Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
  • Akshai Singh, Member, Clevelanders for Public Transit

Moderator: Ginger Christ, Reporter, Plain Dealer

 

This panel will discuss the role transportation plays in creating more equitable communities. It will tackle how to offer affordable public transit and structure infrastructure to meet the needs of residents throughout the region and examine the funding challenges in doing so.

 

Co-sponsored by the Urban Community School, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com, plus Lakewood, Heights and Cuyahoga County Library Systemsand corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Urban Community School (4909 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102) | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

Friday, June 16 | 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.

 

Historic Movie Theaters of Downtown Cleveland  

Alan Dutka, Local Historian


The first movie theaters in Cleveland consisted of converted storefronts with sawed-off telephone poles substituting for chairs and bed sheets acting as screens. In 1905, Clevelanders marveled at moving images shown at Rafferty's Monkey House while they dodged real monkeys and raccoons that wandered freely through the bar. By the early 1920s, a collection of marvelous movie palaces like the Stillman and Euclid Theaters lined Euclid Avenue, but they survived for just two generations or less. Clevelanders united to save the State, Ohio, Allen, Palace, and Hanna Theaters as wrecking balls converged for demolition. Those that remain now compose one of the nation's largest performing arts centers. Alan Dutka shares the remarkable histories of Cleveland's downtown movie theaters and their reemergence as community landmarks.

 

Cleveland Skating Club (2500 Kemper Rd.) | ACE members: $35; Nonmembers: $40 | REGISTER >

 

Monday, June 19 | 7 p.m.

 

David Schlitt, Director of the Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives at the Heinz History Center

 

What can we learn about Elie Wiesel from his letters sent and received in his ‘mother tongue’? How do language and medium shape the way we perceive, understand and remember him? In this lecture, David Schlitt, Director of the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Sen. John Heinz History Center, discusses his experience as the Yiddish-language archivist for Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Archives, and the lessons he learned from the ‘kleyne pitshevkes’ – the seeming minutiae of the collection.


Landmark Centre | Members: free (advanced registration recommended); Nonmembers: $5 | REGISTER >

Monday, June 26 | 7 p.m
 

Nehemia Polen, Professor of Jewish Thought, Hebrew College

 

Most widely known for his Holocaust writings, Elie Wiesel’s engagement with Biblical, Rabbinic, and Hasidic texts were also central to his life’s work. Through study, teaching and writing, he dedicated himself to lifting up the classical Jewish tradition that was shattered in the wake of the Holocaust. Wiesel captured the central messages of these texts, repositioned them, and made them widely accessible. Join Nehemia Polen, student of Elie Wiesel, who explores Wiesel’s influences and his impact.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free (advanced registration recommended); Nonmembers: $5 | REGISTER >

 

 

July 2017

Tuesday, July 11 | 7 p.m.

 

Robert Watson, Professor of American Studies, Lynn University

 

Alexander Hamilton’s life reads like a Shakespearean play–it is both triumphal and tragic. Few people had more of an impact on the development and course of America than Hamilton. Learn about his difficult upbringing in the West Indies and his Jewish roots, his meteoric rise to become George Washington’s chief aide during the Revolution and later Secretary of Treasury, the intimate details of his scandalous downfall and duel, and the phenomenon that is the hit Broadway musical.

 

Maltz Performing Arts Center (1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland) | General Admission Tickets (additional parking fees apply for self-park): Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $20/Nonmember cost: $30 |

Premium Tickets (includes valet parking and preferred seating): Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $40/Nonmember cost: $60

 

To buy tickets online, go to case.edu/maltzcenter/calendar/. You can also email the Maltz Performing Arts Center at mpacinfo@case.edu for more information or call 216-368-6062 to buy tickets by phone.

Thursday, July 13 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, CWRU

 

Long before President-elect Trump's victory, Congressional Republicans endorsed radical reforms to the government's role in financing health care: repeal of the Affordable Care Act, block-granting Medicaid, and turning Medicare into a voucher program with all insurance provided by private insurance companies, instead of the government itself being the primary insurer for most beneficiaries. In this session, participants will discuss the achievements of, prospects for, and possible consequences of those changes, as of the date of the discussion.

 

Judson Park | Lifelong Learning Members: $25; Nonmembers: $30 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

Thursday, July 13 | 2-3:30 p.m.

 

Susan Bond, Facilitator by Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

Ramona Charles, Certified Facilitator by Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

 

Guided Autobiography as developed by Dr. James Birren at the University of Southern California is a structured opportunity for people to share stories from their life experiences. This lecture will describe the background, structure and benefits of participating in a Guided Autobiography group. Selected exercises will provide an experience of the Guided Autobiography process. (This lecture also serves as a preview of the Telling Life Stories Through Guided Autobiography class, taking place July 27-August 31, led by Susan Bond and Ramona Charles.)

 

Landmark Centre | Members & Nonmembers: free |  REGISTER >

Friday, July 14 | 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.

 

Best of One Tank Trips: Great Getaway Ideas In and Around Ohio 

Neil ZurcherTV Travel Reporter

 

Discover the best and most unusual getaway ideas in and around Ohio!

 

Cleveland Skating Club (2500 Kemper Rd.) | ACE members: $35; Nonmembers: $40 | REGISTER > 

Monday, July 17 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Don RosenbergEditor of EMAg, the Magazine of Early Music America, and author of The Cleveland Orchestra Story, Second to None

 

Music is a language of mysterious and wondrous qualities. What a composer sets down in a score only comes to life when artists lift the notes and markings from the page and transform them into something individual and compelling. It is why no two performances are ever the same and why so many can be valid, even when they are completely different.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

 

Monday, July 24 | 10 a.m.

 

Shari Lowin, Associate Professor, Stonehill College

 

When Muhammad first began preaching in Arabia, he and those around him insisted that he was a prophet on par with Moses, and even exceeded Moses. For the Jews among whom the early Muslim community lived, this posed a particularly problematic claim. After all, according to Judaism, the Bible insists there will never be another prophet like Moses. In this session, we will investigate the Jewish reaction to the Muslim claim of Muhammad’s superiority over Moses. We will look at the Jewish arguments against Muhammad presented to Muhammad himself, later midrashic accounts of Moses’ life as anti-Muhammad polemics, and the writings of medieval Jewish scholars in Muslim lands, such as Maimonides and Ibn Kammuna. We will see the ways in which the Jewish perception of Muhammad shifted (or not) through the centuries. 

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended)| REGISTER >

Monday, July 24 | 7 p.m.

 

Shari Lowin, Associate Professor, Stonehill College

 

Both Judaism and Islam trace their religious (and biological) origins to the same forefather, Abraham, whom both traditions credit with founding monotheism in an age of paganism. Interestingly, the Muslim and Jewish traditions on how this happened frequently resemble each other so closely that, at points one can hardly tell which tradition one is reading. Yet despite this similarity, Judaism and Islam are not clones of one another. In this session, we will investigate the ways in which the Jewish and Muslim narratives of Abraham’s discovery of God both shared and departed from one another. Importantly, we will discuss what ultimate lessons about being Muslim or Jewish arose from these different depictions.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

August 2017

Wednesday, August 16 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Michael Weil, Gallery Owner and Instructor, Cleveland Institute of Art

 

Smartphone cameras have initiated a radical increase in the number of pictures and picture-makers around the world. We will consider how this proliferation has enhanced, redefined, or ruined the idea of photography as a medium of creative expression.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

 

Friday, August 18 | 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.

 

Kindertransport: A Rescued Child 

Mimi Ormond, Author

 

Mimi Ormond's autobiographical book Kindertransport: A Rescued Child, deals with her escape from the Nazis on the lifesaving trains.

 

Cleveland Skating Club (2500 Kemper Rd.) | ACE members: $35; Nonmembers: $40 | REGISTER >  

Tuesday, August 29 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: TBD

Moderator: Leila Atassi with Cleveland.com

 

This lecture will discuss the election for Mayor and the future of Cleveland.

 

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, CWRU Campus | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

September 2017

Wednesday, September 6 | 7 p.m.

 

Samuel Freedman, award-winning author, columnist, and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism

 

Never before has religion been a more significant and controversial part of public life in America— the most religious nation in the Western world. So why have journalists so often struggled to knowledgeably and incisively report on the role of faith in politics, education, foreign policy, and other areas? Are America’s newsrooms anti-religious, innocently ignorant of religion, or what else?

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Thursday, September 7 | 10 a.m.

 

Samuel Freedman, award-winning author, columnist, and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism

 

In Jew vs. Jew (2000), award-winning author and journalist Samuel Freedman addressed American Jews’ battles with each other around questions of identity, authenticity, politics and ideology. Now, American Jews remain divided more than ever, with Israel as a particular flashpoint of contention. Join Freedman as he reflects on where we have come and where we are headed.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

Monday, September 11 | 7 p.m.

 

Matt Goldish, Samuel M. and Esther Melton Chair of History, The Ohio State University

 

Many of us know that there was a very important circle of kabbalists in the Galilean town of Safed during the sixteenth century. Together we will learn a little more about some of the leading figures in this group, how they ended up in Safed, and what some of the ideas were which they studied and taught. We will be aided by tales in Shivhei ha-Ari, stories collected about Rabbi Isaac Luria and his colleagues.

 

Landmark Centre | Members & Nonmembers: Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, September 19 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: TBD

Moderator: Brie ZeltnerThe Plain Dealer

 

This panel will examine the health issues and obstacles faced by women in Ohio.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cuyahoga County Public Library-Bay Village | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

October 2017

Tuesday, October 17 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: TBD

Moderator: Tom Beres, WKYC-TV emeritus

 

Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities. Should it be stronger or weaker?

 

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Location TBD | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

November 2017

Thursday, November 16 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists:  TBD

Moderator: Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com


A look at the political crystal ball for 2018

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cuyahoga County Public Library | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >