TheInstitute for Learning in

An Interactive Learning Experience

Schedule for Spring 2020


9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Current Events with Joel Ivers

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SPOTLIGHT: Arts and Literature

This SPOTLIGHT features six classes with a different speaker each class.  


March 16 

The Great American Musical

Rabbi Richard Polirer, Rabbi and Cantor, M.A. in History, B.A. in English. Lecturer on history, literature, Judaica, Americana and music.

March 23 

Palm Beach Opera

Abbey Ward, Education and Community Engagement Associate, Member of Opera America’s Teaching Artist Training Task Force,  Featured speaker at the Opera America Conference in San Francisco, CA.

March 30 

Art Deco in Argentina

Sharon Koskoff, Artist, Founder of the Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County

Join Sharon and take a tour of Buenos Aires and Mar de Plata through photographs taken at the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies 1 5th Annual Art Deco World Congress held in November 2019. 

April 6


April 13  

Abstract Expressionist II

Fran Mann Goodman, Fine Artist, Art Instructor

Developed in the 1940s and 1950s, abstract expressionism is characterized by emotion

and feelings elicited, splashes of colors and sweeping brush strokes. Fran will talk about

well-known American painters like Helen Frankenthaler, Elaine de Kooning and Joan Mitchell  and

introduce you to the not-so-well-known painters. Come experience this art form for yourself.

April 20 

What Art Tells Us About The Human Brain (and vice versa!) 

Dr. Russell D. Hamer, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

René François Ghislain Magritte  (1898-1967), the great Belgian Surrealist, as “brain scientist!”. Magritte said: “…I decided that all of my paintings would be visual poems…[because] the function of art is to render thought visible.” We will safari through some of his amazing works, focusing on some brain-tricks that underlie the magic, the illusionsin Magritte’s visual poetry. 

1:15 p.m.-2:30



March 16 

The cases on Title VII - Sexual orientation cases

Claudia Humphrey, Esq. is the Coordinator, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice/Legal Studies, Florida Atlantic University. 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. Join Claudia in a discussion of sexual orientation cases.

March 23 

Mark Alan Siegel

Elections, Conventions and Super delegates

March 30 

Should All Recreational Drugs Be Decriminalized?

Mark Schneider/Lenny Gross - ACLU

What are the advantages and disadvantages of decriminalization or legalization? Engage with two Palm Beach County ACLU board members as they debate the merits of the ACLU position. The ACLU supports the decriminalization of all recreational drugs.

April 6 

Supreme Court Cases

Judge David Simon

Join Judge Simon as he discusses current Supreme Court cases that challenge previous rulings including and State Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue (Separation of Church and State), June Medical Services v. Gee (Roe v Wade) and New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York 

April 13 

Supreme Court Justices

The Supreme Court opened for business in 1790. The original six Justices were appointed by President George Washington and confirmed by the Senate. The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., is the 17th Chief Justice of the United States, and there have been 102 Associate Justices in the Court’s history. Join Judge Simon as he discusses a few of our Supreme Court Justices.

April 20 




The Joy of Poetry

with Nan Ganyard and John Gabrielson

2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

SPOTLIGHT: Science and Environment

Hosted by Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College Science. 

This SPOTLIGHT features six classes with six scientists discussing their area  of expertise. Always interesting, always thought provoking.


9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Personal Essay 

Judith Yellen

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cultural and Literary Meanderings

Hosted by the College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University

Doctoral Candidates will present on a range of topics.

12:30-1:45 pm

The Impact of Play Through Our Lives

E. Jane Robinson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and founder of the Center for Child Counseling.

Play changes the brain, creates fun and joyful relationships. Learn about the neuroscience of play; it makes you smarter, healthier and less stressed at any age. 


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Did you Know?


March 19 


Derick Rill, Federal Trade Commission, Combat Fraud Expert

Learn about recent scams and how to recognize the warning signs. Identity theft, imposter scams, sweepstakes and lottery scams, phony text message and email. Have you been asked to buy an Amazon gift card for your friend’s niece? Beware.

March 26 

Public TV

Heather Shirm from Public Affairs

The Channel 20 Division of Public Affairs provides County government information and educational programming to all cable subscribers in Palm Beach County. Why is public television important?

April 2 

Pearl City

Marjorie O’Sullivan, DISC, Developing Interracial Social Change

Ever been to Pearl City? Located between Dixie and Federal highways just south of Glades,

Pearl City was established in 1915. 

April 9  

Guardian Ad Litem:  A powerful voice for Florida's abused and neglected children.

Christie Geltz, GAL Community Relations Manager 

April 16 

Matt Mitchell, Environmental Manager, Environmental Resources Management

April 23 

Motor Vehicle Crashes: Safety Tips, Skill Assessment Tools and Resources for Seniors

Dr. James Cassidy 

We know that aging affects one’s ability to drive safely. Dr Cassidy will discuss a variety of tools and resources including skill assessment tools and free community-based programs.

11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

What Lies Ahead: Relationships in Our Senior Year

Susan LaDuca, Ph,D., Retired Contextual Family therapist and Monica Kramer, MA LPC, psychotherapist

Participants will have the opportunity to raise ever-changing relational issues. We will attempt through class discussion to identify possible modes of resolution. Topics will include: love, friendship, sex, loneliness, parent/child conflicts, health, loss.

1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

ARISTOTLE’S BISTRO with Tony LaDuca, Ph.D.
The ancient Greek philosophers were the great questioners. Aristotle’s Bistro continues the tradition by inviting questioning of our ethical views and those of others in an atmosphere of respectful inquiry. Tony LaDuca has led these ILIR classes for several years. He will formulate guiding questions and facilitate dynamic discussions.



2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Film Club