Lyceum Course Catalog

Winter 2016


Affiliated with Binghamton University and national Elderhostel, this “institute for learning in retirement” has 600+ local members. They are men and women aged 50 and over who want to join a community of lifetime learners. Some daytime courses, which typically run four weeks, are designed primarily for listeners, while the majority allow for and encourage discussion and participation. Our course leaders are usually retired specialists, members who have pursued interests in some depth, or knowledgeable community members.

Lyceum sponsors day trips. In addition, themed or ethnic dinners provide opportunities to socialize and sample foods. We encourage members to help keep Lyceum a participatory organization by sharing in policy making, proposing courses,and assisting in class setup.

We hope you find our program intriguing and that we may welcome you to membership in Lyceum. Please refer to the registration form for membership fees.

Please note: Classes, unless otherwise specified, are held at St. Vincent de Paul/Blessed Sacrament Church, 465 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY. Call the Lyceum office (777-2587) if you have any questions or need additional  information.  Or send e-mail to:  Afternoon classes will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Codes: [$] = fee; [NC] = no charge;
= Lyceum member

In case of inclement weather, please call the Lyceum Office at 607-777-2587 after 8:00 a.m. to hear a message regarding cancellation of Lyceum classes.

To register for these courses please download and complete the registration form. All checks must be made out to Lyceum. You will also be able to view/download a complete listing of fall course offerings.below.Codes:  [$] = fee; [NC] = no charge

Welcome to Our Winter Program

Jan., Feb., 2016           

Kick-Off Luncheon [$17.00]
Wednesday, Jan. 14; noon
Old Union Hall, Room 130
Binghamton University Student Union
Guest Speaker: Diane S. Butler, Director, Binghamton University Art Museum

Luncheon – Choice of
Roasted Chicken Florentine
Portobello Mushroom Napoleon
Registration Deadline : January 6

Please register early since space is limited.
Separate Check

Sonnets [$20]
Tues., Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Two main kinds of sonnets, Petrarchan and Shakespearean, will be explained, and we will write a virtual group sonnet together in each format. Examples of variants on the forms will be demonstrated. Class will be asked to write a sonnet and we will study them together. We will study pairs of poems from a book compiled with my sonnet dialogues and Shakespeare's and discuss the relationships. Suggested reading: Shakespair: Sonnet Replies to the 154 Sonnets of William Shakespeare.
Leader: Martin Bidney, professor emeritus, BU

Anatomy of a Scientific Revolution [$20]
Tues., Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
"Sea Floor Spreading" is one of the very few scientific revolutions of the 20th century. This course will explore the wide range of talents and variety of motives behind successive key steps in a century's development of this theory.
Leader: Nick Donnelly, professor, geology retired, BU

Family Photography [$5]
Wed., Jan. 20; 10:00 a.m. – noon
This course offers tips on taking great images of your family in various locations, indoors/outdoors, groups and individual portraits. Also this course will talk briefly on how to get the most of your camera's flash and where to find the best lighting conditions.
Leader: Jonathan Cohen, university photographer, BU

Women of the Third Reich [$20]
Wed., Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10; 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The emphasis in almost all accounts of Nazism from 1933 to 1945 has focused primarily on the men of the third Reich. Phil's fifth course related to the Holocaust and Nazism will highlight the part German women played in this infamous time of history. He will address many aspects of the topic, including the role of the dutiful Aryan wife and mother as prescribed by the Nazis, the bravery of those women who dangerously resisted National Socialism, and the cruelty of those who were significant members of the women's wing of the SS. The role of the German Jewish woman both prior to and during the Holocaust will also be discussed. Scenes from relevant films will be shown and audience participation is heartily encouraged.
Leader: Phil Cali, Holocaust student, film buff

Magazine Francophile [$10]
Thurs., Jan. 21, 28; 10:00 a.m. – noon

Four topics: Three villages d'art near Paris (Barbizon, Auvers sur Oise, Giverny); Joan and the English (and the Burgundians); Normandy and England: the Vikings, the Conquest, Kent, Chilham; French travelers to the U.S. after the Revolutions (Layfette, Chateautbriand, Tocqueville)
Leader: Richard Boswell, professor emeritus, French, BU

Four Poets [$20]
Thurs., Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11; 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
To analyze and appreciate poetry we will study "the black women's poet laureate", the 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate, an insurance executive, and a Pulitzer Prize Winner. We will read the poetry of Maya Angelou, Juan Filipe Herrera, Wallace Stevens and Mary Oliver.
Leader: Donald Blake, adjunct assistant professor, BU


Jane Eyre: A Reconsideration [$20]
Fri., Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12; 10:00 a.m. – noon
We will look again at a classic work of Victorian literature. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is both more and less than she has been made out to be. We'll consider how Jane changes over her life, the misconceptions that frequently haunt the character, and the different ways she has been perceived historically. Read chapters 1-12 for first class.
Text: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Leader: Mary Donnelly, assoc. professor, English, SUNY Broome

Current Events [$10]
Fri., Jan. 22; Feb. 5: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
We discuss items in the news: local, state, national and international. Express your opinion and hear other points of view.
Leader: Gene Burns

Mass Shootings [$5]
Mon., Jan. 25: 10:00 a.m. – noon
The national conversation around mass shootings has focused primarily on prevention and security, rather than on what it says about contemporary American culture, in which young people, mostly white and male, decide to commit mass murder and suicide. This talk will focus on mass shooting as a public performance and asks if we can encourage more young people to choose non-violence.
Leader: Josh Reno, asst. professor of anthropology, BU


The Theory of Everything [$5]
Mon., Jan. 25: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The hit movie, The Theory of Everything, profiled Steven Hawking's life and hinted at his scientific accomplishments. We will discuss these in layman's terms. No mathematics will be used but audience participation is a must.
Leader: Bob Pompi, retired physicist

What's So Funny? [$15]
Wed., Jan 27; Feb. 3, 10: 10:00 a.m. – noon
A quick look at wit, farce and laughter in general in three different western cultures using little known comedies as examples: Drole de Drame (French), The White Sheik (Italian) and The Naked Truth (British).
Leaders: Rosemarie Snyder, Cheryl Richter

Science Discussion [$10]
Fri., Jan. 29; Feb. 12: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This group welcomes old and new members. Join us for a lively discussion on a variety of scientific topics. Neither politics nor religion will be discussed.
Leader: Alan Jones

Current Trends in Global Financial Markets and Implications for Investors [$5]
Mon., Feb. 1: 10:00 a.m. – noon
By the end of the class, students should be able to understand recent trends in global financial markets and the underlying phenomenon thus enabling them to make informed financial decisions.
Leader: Upinder Dhillon, Dean School of Management, BU

Japanese Woodblock Prints [$5]
Mon., Feb 1: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Japanese Woodblock Prints were first developed in the 1600s to answer a need from the newly emerging middle class in Japan. They rapidly developed from basic black on white "cartoons" to rich, full-color beautiful pictures. Starting with a brief history of Japan during the period, I'll follow with some definitions, the sequence of making a print, then a history of a particular school of printers and one print artist in that school whose work I collect
Leader: Tony Antes 

Developing the Birth Control Pill, 1950 – 60 [$10]
Thurs., Feb. 4, 11: 10:00 a.m. - noon
How Margaret Sanger, Gregory Pincus and other colorful figures develop the birth-control pill in the 50s and how "the pill" has changed our society. By the end of this course, students should have a better understand of the challenges facing its developers and the societal effects resulting from their success.
Leader: Stan Masters

Armchair Travel- Spain and Portugal [$5}
Mon., Feb. 8: 10:00 a.m. – noon
During the Fall of 2015, Karen and Bob Pompi traveled to Spain and Portugal. They will be sharing their photos, cultural impressions, and experiences with the audience.
Leaders: Karen and Bob Pompi, Retired pharmacist and retired physicist, BU

Wolverines [$5]
Mon., Feb. 8: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The wolverine is a misunderstood creature with almost mystical status. Come learn about this amazing animal based on Horvath's experience with the Wildlife Conservation Society wolverine research project.
Leader: Dylan Horvath, Steward of Natural Areas, BU








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