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FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Hosts Spring Events

BOCA RATON, FL (March 12, 2010) - FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) in Boca Raton will kick off its spring 2010 term with a calendar of special, one-time events.  The week will include live performances with music, film and special lectures on historical and current issues. 

The following events will take place at FAU’s Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus:

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Holocaust and the Jews”

Presented by Dr. David Dalin

Monday, March 15, from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Dr. David Dalin will explore the ongoing controversy and debate over the role of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his administration during the Holocaust.

“Prosper or Wither Democracy”

Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Morton

Monday, March 15, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Dr. Jeffrey Morton will examine the phenomenon of democracy and its role in American foreign policy.  He will discuss the strategic interests in trying to export democracy.

“Laugh ‘til You Plotz IV, a Retrospective”

Presented by Dr. Stephen Cohen

Tuesday, March 16, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Dr. Stephen Cohen will explore Jewish humor, explaining what it is and is not, and how it relates to the unique Jewish experience.

“FDR’s Women”

Presented by Myrna Goldberger

Wednesday, March 17, from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

“FDR’s Other Women”

Presented by Myrna Goldberger

Wednesday, March 17, from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Dr. Myrna Goldberger will use costumes, prose, verse and visuals to portray the women in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life.  “FDR’s Women” deals with Sara Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt, while “FDR’s Other Women” portrays Lucy Rutherford, and three other women who figured importantly in Roosevelt’s life.

“Genius of Buster Keaton”

Presented by Dr. Tom Atkins

Wednesday, March 17, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Dr. Tom Atkins will explore the life and work of Buster Keaton as not only a great comic actor, but also a brilliant filmmaker.

“Music and the Movies”

Presented by Dr. Heather Coltman

Thursday, March 18, from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Heather Coltman will play musical excerpts from “Rhapsody in Blue,” “The Pianist,” “The Accompanist,” and “Madame Sousatzka.”  She also will connect the threads of four different pianists and their tales.

“A Jazz Tribute to American Musicals”

Presented by Joe Scott Trio

Thursday, March 18, from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

The Joe Scott Trio performs a jazz tribute to American musicals.  They will play selected songs from Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers, Styne, Bernstein and others.

“Oscar Goes to Hollywood”

Presented by Dr. Oliver Buckton

Thursday, March 18, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Dr. Oliver Buckton will take a critical look at recent films based on Oscar Wilde’s life and work.

“A Violin, Background Tracks and a Performer”

Presented by Sammy Weber

Friday, March 19, from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

Violinist and trumpeter Sammy Weber explores and demonstrates how a solo instrument, recorded background tracks and a live performer combine to create a performance.

“The Broadway Musical Rogers and Hammerstein”

Presented by Ian Nairnsey

Friday, March 19, from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Ian Nairnsey will explore the back-story of three Rogers and Hammerstein musicals that were not successful and why.

“Who Done It?” Mysteries of Doyle and Christie

Presented by Virginia Newmyer

Saturday, March 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This is a two-part lecture on the most popular fictional detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes and the characters put forth by Agatha Christie.  Virginia Newmyer will explore the two authors and the ways in which their work reflects the British environment of their times.

Documentary Film – “A Tree of Life”

Presented by Dr. Ilaria Serra

Sunday, March 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The film, “A Tree of Life”, uses animation and marionettes to document the filmmaker’s search for her roots in the Italian Jewish community after the death of her Italian-born father.  Dr. Ilaria Serra will lead a discussion following the film with the filmmaker.

For more information, contact Dr. Herbert Shapiro at 561-297-3171 or For the full week of events, visit


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