21346 St. Andrews Blvd, #142, Boca Raton, FL 33433, US
The Institute For learning In Retirement


Schedule for Winter 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.  


January 13

Title:  DANCE !

Clarence Brooks, MFA, CMA, CET, RDE, RYT-200, Associate Professor, Director of Dance, Florida Atlantic University

January 27

Title: The Timba Revolution: Unparalleled Explosion of Musical Creativity in Modern Cuban Music!

Russell Hamer, Visual Neuroscientist and Cuban Music/Dance Expert Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Florida

February 3

Heart Beats, Drum Beats

Maria Nhambu

February 10

Title: What is African about Jazz and Rock?

Mark Gridley, Ph.D., Jazz Historian, Author of Jazz Styles

February 24

The Blues

Mark Telesca, American Songwriter / Singer /

Guitarist and Bassist

March 2 TBA

1:15 p.m.-2:30

Points of View with Fritz Aufdencamp



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. 

Human Mission to Mars

January  13              Ata Sarajedini: Why go to Mars?

January    27           Tony Abbate: Extraterrestrial architectural issues

February    3          Nwadiuto Esiobu: Microbiomes on Mars

February  10         TBA

February   24        Robin Vallacher: Psychological and group dynamics challenges

March         2         Salvatore D. Lepore, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry :  

                                To Mars and Back: A Live-off-the-land Strategy 


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

The News: A Journalist's Perspective

Jacobo Goldstein


Short Stories

Bari Attis & 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 including The question of The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Golden Age of The Hollywood Movie Musical and how the Musical is represented in Contemporary Cinema, South America politics, Southern Literature, China and Democracy in the Modern World and more.

12:30-1:45 pm

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.


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

Mind Odysseys and more with Geoffrey Kashdan

A retired educator, Geoffrey Kashdan believes that education can also    

be recreation. Similar in sophistication to programs on the Discovery and History Channels, these talks are presented with visuals, sometimes accompanied by short video clips. Your body sits while your mind goes on a fascinating trip. 

Presented by Geoffrey Kashdan

January 16      Small

January  23     Big

January 30      The First Modern War: The American Civil War

February 6       TBA

Presented by others

February 13      Drew Martin, The Native Americans of Florida

February 20    Art Polacheck, Nostalgia: See the USA in Your Chevrolet and remembrance of things past

February 27    Leah Polin, From Ghetto to Ghetto: Demographics and migration patterns of Jews

March       5     Saundra Rothenberg Lurie, Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

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

Government in Action

January 16    Sandra Goodman, U.S. Census Representative 

January 23    Dave Aronberg, State Attorney of Palm Beach County & Cookie 

January 30   Major Christopher Keane, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office 

February 6   Andy Thomson, Boca Raton City Council 

February 13   Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender, Carey Haughwout.

February 20  Karen Brill, Palm Beach County School Board District 3 

February 27   Sharon Bock, Chief Financial Officer, Palm Beach County 

March 5          Officer Bart Galletta, Boca Raton Police Department 

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