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FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Celebrates 30 Years with Special December Lectures and Winter 2011 Classes

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 30, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (LLS), whose enrollment will exceed  15,000 in 2010-11 and is thought to be the largest LLS program in the country, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in December.  The LLS has expanded over the years, and classes are offered at both FAU’s Boca Raton and Jupiter campus.

A special anniversary lecture series will take place Monday, December 13 through Friday, December 17 at the Barry & Florence Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  The lectures cost $30 a person to attend and will feature some of the most popular LLS speakers on current topics relating to politics, film, history and music. 
            "LLS classes offer intellectual enrichment and entertainment with an academic bent,” said LLS Assistant Provost Herbert Shapiro, Ph.D.  “FAU professors and distinguished national experts in their field from outside FAU give live, exciting lectures in a state-of-the-art auditorium.  Lifelong learners often feel this intellectual exposure helps them stay young.  LLS is giving the community a civic legacy that is an extraordinary way for FAU to give back to those who live in the extended Boca Raton community.”

Special lectures include:

  •          “One Nation, Indivisible--Or Divisive? Making Sense of Today’s Political Nonsense” with Robert P. Watson, Ph.D., professor of American Studies at Lynn University, on Monday, December 13, at 4:30 p.m.

  •          “The Jews in Britain: Act British, Think Yiddish” with Virginia Newmyer, lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution, on Tuesday, December 14, at 10 a.m. 

  •          “Douglas Fairbanks: First Superstar – Movies, Mogul and Macho Men” with Kurt F. Stone, Ph.D., author, lecturer and actor raised in the film industry, on Tuesday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. 

  •          “Lincoln on War and Peace: A Tale of Two Speeches” with David Zarefsky, Ph.D., a leading expert on Abraham Lincoln and a Northwestern University professor, on Wednesday, December 15, at 10 a.m.

  •          “Maverick Muses: Women Who Paved the Way” with Myrna Goldberger, Exploritas and scholar-in-residence lecturer, on Wednesday, December 15, at 2 p.m.

  •          “The Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski: A Quest for Meaning” with Thomas Atkins, FAU drama professor and editor of five books on film, on Wednesday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.

  •          “Klezmer Company Jazz Ensemble Performance,” conducted by Aaron Kula, director of music collections and performance at FAU Libraries, on Thursday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m.

  •          “Future Strategic Threats: From the Middle East to the Middle West” with Walid Phares, Ph.D., director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C., on Friday, December 17, at 10 a.m.        

  •          “The United States and Israel: Shift, Crisis, or Fallout in the Strategic Alliance?” with Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D., FAU associate professor of political science, on Friday, December 17, at 2 p.m.

            The LLS also has announced its Winter 2011 course schedule and one-time lecture series that will take place from Monday, January 10, 2011 through Sunday, March 13, 2011.  The courses and lectures include topics on political and social history, foreign policy, musical history, history of film, politics, sociology, ethics, art, Jewish studies and genealogy, and memory and aging.  To view the course schedule, visit

The LLS on the Boca Raton campus was established in 1980 to provide adults of all ages the opportunity to enrich their lives through non-credit, university-level courses with no homework, grades or tests. FAU recently dedicated the LLS Continuing Education Hall in memoriam of Ely Meyerson.  The LLS executive director who served from 1995 to 2008, Meyerson spearheaded an unparalleled period of growth and a major building campaign for the LLS on both the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses.

            For more information, to register for courses or to receive a free Winter 2011 course catalog, contact the Lifelong Learning Society Office at 561-297-3185 or visit



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