Scarsdale Adult School E-News
March 2022
In Celebration of Women
In recognition of Women's History Month, this edition of Scarsdale Adult School's newsletter highlights the many classes this semester that pay homage to women.
Next week, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the day after International Women's Day, Rick Evans discusses the top twelve female trailblazing architects who shattered glass ceilings in an historically male-dominated field. Breaking Ground: 12 Female Architects Designing the Future (10950) examines their countless outstanding achievements in changing skylines around the globe. Later this month, on Thursday, March 24, 2022, Nicholas Birns introduces Book Discussion: Shadi Bartsch’s 2021 Translation of the Aeneid, a Refugee By Fate (11141), the first major translation into English of Vergil’s great epic by a woman. Then on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, Viviane Silvera launches a new course devoted to Artistry Behind the Series, beginning with a focus on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (11129), Amazon's extremely popular production with a focus on a fictional female comic.
April showers even more attention on females and their accomplishments. Acclaimed author Elizabeth Strout's most recent bestseller, Oh William! (2021) is the subject of BookTalk with Harriet Sobol (11107) on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Then on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, John King introduces a new four-session course about the Emergence of Women Composers in the Nineteenth Century (11234), where students will learn about the lives of and listen to the compositions by the talented Louise Ferrenc, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, and Florence Price.
On Monday, April 25, 2022, Jeffrey Mishur spotlights pioneering artist Mary Cassatt, An American Impressionist in Paris (11153), famous for her portraits of ordinary mothers with their children. Tuesday, April 26, 2022, offers a double feature, starting with Knitting Hope: How Knitting Helped Women Resist, Remember, and Renew Life after the Holocaust (11093) with knitting enthusiast Tanya Singer, and then, after a short lunch break, Riva Blumenfeld offers Quilting Stories (11053) with a focus on contemporary quilting artists. Faith Ringgold: American People at the New Museum (11054) is Blumenfeld's natural companion class, scheduled for two weeks later on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
May promises more than flowers with multiple classes that pay tribute to women in arts, architecture, and leisure, as well as those who are real or fictional protagonists in film and on the small screen. On Monday, May 2, 2022, Jeffrey Mishur celebrates the Art of Georgia O'Keeffe (11154), the mother of American modernism. On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Francis Morrone devotes the Architects of America class to the works of Julia Morgan (1872–1957) of California (11078), the first woman ever to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Ginny Poleman meanders down Fifth Avenue on Thursday, May 26, 2022, for Walking Tour: Ladies' Mile: Shopping During the Gilded Age (11167) for a look at the magnificent architecture and history of the original department stores frequented by high society women.

Viviane Silvera turns her focus in Where Film and Painting Meet to Julie Taymor and Frida Kahlo (11127), for an exploration of how Taymor's biographical film Frida uses imagery of Kahlo's art. Silvera also continues her Artistry Behind the Series with classes covering The Queen's Gambit (Netflix) (11132) about a fictional female chess prodigy, Unorthodox (Netflix) (11133) about a woman's life after leaving Hasidic Judaism and her arranged marriage, The Crown (Netflix) (11134) about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and My Brilliant Friend (HBO) (11135), the miniseries rendering of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels that chronical the lives of two young women.

More female-centric classes are in store for the summer, include Page Knox's Female Perspectives on the Unfinished, with Part I on July 13, 2022 (11071) and Part II on July 20, 2022 (11072).

Register now to celebrate the women of today and yesteryear!
Hot Topics
This semester's installment of World Politics with Ralph Buultjens (10973) will turn its attention to Ukraine and the current warfare's implications for the United States. Buultjens, a leading analyst of world affairs, will examine critical issues and current international politics. The program will be recorded and available to all registered students to view at your convenience for one week after the event.
Changes and Additions
From Carson to Oprah to Stephen Colbert: A History of the TV Talk Show (11170) will meet on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, instead of Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Walk 15® (11191), originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 14, 2022, has been postponed until Monday, March 21, 2022, and will have skip dates of April 25, and May 30, 2022.

Emergence of Women Composers in the Nineteenth Century (11234), originally scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 25, 2022, has been postponed until Tuesday, April 19, 2022. In the original time slot, John King will lead Felix Mendelssohn and the Formation of the Mendelssohnian Style (11233).

Finding Your Voice through Memoir Writing (11210) now has skip dates of April 26, 2022, and May 3, 2022, and will end on May 24, 2022. The start of the subsequent session of Finding Your Voice through Memoir Writing (11211) has been postponed until Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Newly added to the catalog:
  • Watercolor Painting (11239), starting Thursday, March 31, 2022
  • Watercolor Painting (11240), starting Thursday, May 4, 2022
Classes Starting in the Next Two Weeks
All class listings are for the Eastern Time Zone. Course numbers appear in parentheses.
Week of March 6, 2022
  • Breaking Ground: 12 Female Architects Designing the Future (10950)
  • Architects of America: Thomas U. Walter (1804–87) of Philadelphia, Architect of the Capitol Dome (11022)

Current Events and Politics
  • World Politics with Ralph Buultjens: Ukraine and the Consequences for America (10973)

  • Bridge: Keeping Up with Conventions and Strategies for Play of Hand: Taking More Tricks in Suit Contracts (11012)

Literature, Film, and Television
  • BookTalk with Harriet Sobol: The Unseen (2016) by Roy Jacobsen (10898)
  • From Carson to Oprah to Stephen Colbert: A History of the TV Talk Show (11170)
  • HBO’s Gilded Age, Fact and Fiction (11232)

  • Personal Essay Writing: A Way to Make Meaning of Your Life (10967)
Week of March 13, 2022
  • History of the New York Public Library and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (10986)
  • Architects of America: Richard Morris Hunt (1827–95), the Man Who Gilded the Gilded Age (11023)

Art Appreciation
  • Art of Mark Rothko (10959)
  • Armchair Tour: Contemporary Galleries of New York City (10907)
  • Artists of the Non Finito: James McNeill Whistler (10895)
Fitness and Dance
  • Fit Blast: Cardio, Strength and Abs (11158)
  • Sit and Be Fit: Chair-Based Body Sculpting (11159 and 11160)
  • Body Sculpting (11161 and 11162)
  • Basic Yoga (11174)
  • Gentle Yoga (11175 and 11176)
  • MELT Method® Hand and Foot Treatment (11230)
  • Total Body Workout with Bands (11163)

  • Bridge: Keeping Up with Conventions and Strategies for Play of Hand: Weak 2 and 3 Bids (11011)

  • Beginner Italian (11199)
  • Advanced Beginner Italian (11200)

Literature, Film, and Television
  • Film Discussion: Casablanca, Eighty Years Later (11172)

Music Appreciation
  • Felix Mendelssohn and the Formation of the Mendelssohnian Style (11233)
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Catalog of Spring/Summer Classes
All upcoming classes are listed in our Printer-Friendly, Interactive Version of our Spring/Summer 2022 Catalog. New classes are added regularly.

Class times are for the Eastern Time Zone. Please check regularly for additional options to keep you engaged and learning, whether from the comforts of home or through our expanding number of in-person options.
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