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The Marlene and Herb Levin Adult University

Join us for our exciting 2020-2021 season featuring both virtual and live programs. (Our season will begin with virtual programs only, and we will introduce in-person programs later in the season, when it is safe to do so).

Authors, educators, and experts in their field on a wide variety of topics from politics, current events, and historical figures to health and wellness, and entertainment; numerous lectures will be offered.

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Generously underwritten by Marlene* & Herb* Levin, Nina & Martin Rosenzweig and Beverly & David Feiges
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Lecture Series 2020-2021

Monday, December 7, 3:00 pm

It’s Not What You Say … It’s How you Flail your Arms with Andy Greenberg
Your every move is being judged by a silent language that you don’t even know your speaking! Blinking, pupils, lips, fingers, arms, spine, itching and so many more are the alphabet! Be ready to learn the language of the body!

Monday, December 14, 3:00 pm

Grace Kelly: An American Princess with Dr. Rose Feinberg

Monday, December 21, 3:00 pm

The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, The FBI, The Media and Richard Jewel, the Man Caught in the middle with author Kent Alexander
On July 27, 1996, a hapless former cop turned hyper-vigilant security guard named Richard Jewell spotted a suspicious bag in the middle of Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. Inside was a bomb, the largest of its kind in FBI or ATF history. The explosion killed two and injured over 100—the worst Olympics tragedy since Munich 1972. If not for Jewell, scores more would have perished. But the everyman hero soon became the top suspect, trapped in his home for months by the FBI and the media during a viral rush to judgment that presaged the still-years-away social media era. The Suspect unravels the true tale of injustice, perseverance and resilience through the intertwined lives of three main characters: an irreverent female police reporter who broke the hero-turned-suspect news; the unwavering FBI agent who made the case that wasn't; and Richard Jewell, of course. Ultimately, the narrative lens shifts to the real bomber, a virulent anti-Semite who strikes again. Clint Eastwood's 2019 film, Richard Jewell, is based on The Suspect and a 1997 Vanity Fair article.

Kent Alexander was the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. He spent hundreds of hours working with the FBI to find the bomber, and ultimately wrote and hand-delivered Richard Jewell's clearance letter. He has worked as general counsel of Emory University and CARE, and as a King & Spalding law partner. Currently, Kent is president of The Temple in Atlanta.

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Monday, December 28, 3:00 pm

Florida: The Beatles meet Casius Clay; Where Culture Changed in the 1960s with Evan Weiner

Monday, January 4, 3:00 pm

Zoomin’ into Culture 2021: The Challenges & the Opportunities
A ZOOM panel discussion with South Florida’s cultural movers and shakers moderated by Dr. Michael Isaacson including Aaron Kula and others panelists TBA.

Monday, January 11, 3:00 pm

Three Funny Jewish Men: Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Jerry Seinfeld with Rose Feinberg

Monday, January 18, 3:00 pm

The Jews and the Circus with Andy Greenberg
With the closing of the etc Ringling Bros Circus whose CEO was Jewish we will explore the Jewish viewpoint on training animals for entertainment for business and pleasure. Is it legal, is it animal cruelty? This debate goes all the way back to the Roman Circuses and the Torah itself!

Monday, January 25, 3:00 pm

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are with author Libby Copeland
The Lost Family looks at how commercial DNA testing (for ancestry and family history research) is changing how we view our families and themselves. Those who've tested, as well as with bioethicists, psychologists, and sociologists, wrestle with how to define family, race and ethnicity, as well as how much DNA should get to tell us about who we are, as technology clashes with our intimate lives.

Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who has written for The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Monday February 1, 3:00 pm

High Hopes: Marijuana’s Past, Present and Future with Dr. Margery Marcus

Monday, February 15, 3:00 pm

3 Funny Jewish Women: Fanny Brice, Gilda Radner and Joan Rivers with Dr. Rose Feinberg

Monday, February 22, 3:00 pm

9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders with author William H. Groner and Tom Teicholtz
September 11, 2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a day ingrained in the collective memory of those who lived through it. But the story of 9/11 is much more than what happened that one day. It is also about what began the next day on 9/12, when thousands of responders banded together for the benefit of a city, state and nation. Many suffered illnesses and died during and after the nine month cleanup and initially were denied medical care and compensation. Further, the lack of government preparedness resulting in a dramatic increase in the tragedy's toll is an eerie foreshadowing of what transpired during the pandemic of 2020. William H. Groner represented 10,000-plus Ground Zero responders in their near decade-long lawsuit to get redress. He was deeply struck by their selflessness and humanity and teamed up with award-winning journalist Tom Teicholz to write a book about it. 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders is a gripping work of narrative non-fiction that reads like a legal, medical, and political thriller. Reflecting Jewish ethics, chesed, and tikkun olam as well as justice, it reminds us that we are all in this together.

William H. Groner was a successful attorney for 35-plus years before representing 10,000-plus Ground Zero responders exposed to toxins post-9/11. Inspired by this experience, Bill changed his career focus from prosecution and founded SSAM Alternative Dispute Resolution and co-authored 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders to tell the responders’ story of extraordinary selflessness.

Tom Teicholz is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, contributor to Forbes.com, Los Angeles Magazine and The Los Angeles Review of Books. His books include Ivan of the Extermination Camp: How The Trials and Denials of Nazi Collaborator John Demjanjuk added to Our Understanding of the Holocaust, Wilshire Boulevard Temple: Our History as Part of the Fabric of Los Angeles, among others.

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Tuesday, March 2, 3:00 pm

Greek Mythology with Dr. Margery Marcus

Monday, March 8, 3:00 pm

Retirement is Hard Work!
I have no time to myself! I can’t figure out how I was able to work and raise a family because I am busier now than ever before! If this sound familiar you will enjoy learning about the history and complexities of a simple life that everyone can relate that will keep you laughing and smiling!

Monday, March 15, 3:00 pm

Gloria Steinem, Moving Women Forward Dr. Rose Feinberg

Monday, March 22, 3:00 pm

The Conflict Over the Conflict; the Israel Palestine Campus Debate with author Kenneth S. Stern
The Conflict over the Conflict chronicles one of the most divisive and toxic issues on today’s college and university campuses: Israel and Palestine. Some pro-Palestine students call supporters of Israel’s right to exist racist, and disrupt their events. Some pro-Israel students label pro-Palestine students terrorists, and the Jews among them traitors. Lawsuits are filed. Legislation is proposed. Faculty members are blacklisted and receive death threats. Academic freedom is compromised and the entire academic enterprise is threatened. How did we get here, and what can be done? In this passionate book, Kenneth S. Stern examines attempts from each side to censor the other at a time when some say students are being quarantined from, rather than challenged to wrestle with, difficult ideas. He uniquely frames the examination: our ability to think rationally is inhibited when our identity is fiercely connected to an issue of perceived social injustice. According to Stern, the campus is the best place to probe this conflict and our intense views about it. The Conflict over the Conflict shows how this is possible.

Kenneth S. Stern is the director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate and an attorney and award-winning author. For twenty-five years, he was the American Jewish Committee's expert on antisemitism, and he was also the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism." He has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States and testified before Congress, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Forward.

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Monday, April 5, 3:00 pm

Cats, Ladders, Potions Pins and Cracks
The world is full of superstitions since millenniums began to be counted. What is their origin are they real do they impact you do they impact us why have they sustained throughout all these years and what new ones are being developed at this very time. This journey into the occult will leave you wondering whether you should believe or not.

Monday, April 12, 3:00 pm

3 Designing Jewish Men, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors with Dr. Rose Feinberg

Monday April 19, 3:00 pm

Romeo and Juliet: The Play, its Cultural Impact and Many Adaptations with Dr. Margery Marcus

Monday, May 10, 3:00 pm

3 Designing Jewish Women, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Judith Leiber with Dr. Rose Feinberg

Cultural Council Discover The Palm Beaches