2006-01-20 / Community

Brooklyn College Sets Courses For Seniors

Are you adequately protected against vampires? Perhaps you should join the Brooklyn College Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education (I.R.P.E.) and take the appropriate class. It’s a chance to go back to college without the hefty tuition and the endless hours of homework, and it’s fun, too. And you are guaranteed to meet new and exciting people, according to a spokesperson for the program.

The I.R.P.E. is pleased to announce the start of the Spring 2006 semester of classes on February 6. Members can choose from a program of 65 courses in a wide range of subjects. All classes are held on the Brooklyn College campus from Mondays through Fridays. Courses this spring include favorites like Gilbert and Sullivan, aerobics, yoga, and beginners bridge, as well as the movies and music, and lively arts and literature discussions that I.R.P.E. members have been enjoying since 1977. Here are just some of the courses that will be offered this fall:

Hans Trefousse, distinguished professor emeritus, will give a series of lectures on modern American diplomatic history. 2006 marks the 60th year Professor Trefousse has taught at Brooklyn College.

Charles LaCerra will host a lively class that promises to help you “Catch Up on Your Isms,” which will discuss a different “ism” each week, including communism, fascism, Darwinism, and pragmatism.

Jagajit Singh presents “We the Americans - South Asians,” including discussions of people and culture from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Leslie Jacobson, chair of the Brooklyn College Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, will host a weekly discussion group based around the Science Times section of the New York Times. 

Gene Reiser will answer the musical question “Do I Hear a Yiddish Song?”

Ramon Sanchez will examine that political masterpiece “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli

Dr. Jerome I. Charyn will hold a class on “Alternative Approaches to Healing”

Leo Gerber will preside over the class “Vampires and How to Handle Them,” which will use literature and movies about vampires to illustrate the various ways of detecting, preventing, and destroying these blood-sucking fiends.

All classes will be held in the daylight.

I.R.P.E. is offering a spring membership for $30 (half of the annual $60 fee), which allows members access to all classes, lectures and performances. I.R.P.E., now in its 29th year, is the largest organization of its kind in the country, and is made up of more than a thousand seniors who conduct lectures, workshops, concerts and classes for each other on practically any subject of interest. There are no entry requirements, no exams, no tuition or registration fees.

To find out more about I.R.P.E. and receive a copy of last semester’s catalog (the spring catalog is only available to members), call (718) 951-5647, visit http://irpe.brooklyn.cuny.edu , or stop by the I.R.P.E. office, room 3160 Boylan Hall on the Brooklyn College campus, 2900 Bedford Avenue.

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