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THE OBSERVER APRIL 22, 2019

NEWS

Relations with The New School

The New School Senior VP and Dean of Open Campus Helen Wussow and Executive Dean Mary Watson of the Schools of Public Engagement requested a meet- ing with the IRP Executive Committee (EC) (Harold, Eileen, Michelle, Miriam) on Monday April 15 to discuss IRP staff- ing. Dean Wussow elaborated on the plan she described at the GMM: she will hire a full-time IRP director who reports directly to her. The director will help with our finances, contracts, scheduling, and planning; will have a private office and a student assistant; and will work with the Open Campus team on budgeting and scheduling and with TNS teams on marketing and development. The job description, which has been developed, and shared, with the Advisory Board, will re- quire that the director be tech savvy and willing to travel between campuses. Dean Wussow is forming a director search committee with six voting members, including two selected by the IRP, one from the Executive Committee and one from the membership. After discus- sion with the EC, the dean agreed that the short-listed candidates for the direc-tor position will give “a job talk” to the Advisory Board. She hopes to have the di- rector in place by the start of the fall term.

In discussing her plans for the IRP, Dean Wussow emphasized that she had no intention of changing the IRP’s essential mode of operation, including our Advisory Board and Executive Committee and our processes for admitting new members and developing curriculum.

When asked about the 50% tuition reduction for courses taken at Open Campus by IRP members, Dean Wussow responded that Open Campus was formed as a revenue generating division and no plans for the tuition reduction are in place. The New School alumni (holders of four year or graduate degrees) will receive a 25% discount. Dean Wussow will ask Dean Watson if SPE will continue to honor IRP 50% discounts for courses in that division.

Summer School

IRP 2019 Summer School will be held at TNS on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for six weeks beginning on May 30 and ending on July 11. Because of the July 4th holi- day, Thursday study groups will run from May 30 to July 11. Tuesday study groups will run from June 4 through July 9. The grid for summer will be posted as close to May 1 as possible. Assignment to study groups must be reported to the Dean’s office by May 10, so the registration period will be short.

Changing of the Guard – Curriculum Committee

Jonathan Gaines will take the helm as Chair of the Curriculum Committee as of May 15. The committee also wel- comes new members Susan Herman, Michael Kessler, and Tom Sear. All three applied through the open process an- nounced in The Observer. They will join Jan Adler, Linda Anstendig, Mary Con- nelly, Lenore Cooney, Ted Dreyfus, Mar- cia Hearst, Miriam Lawrence, Sheila O’Connell, and Judy Siegel. Our thanks to retiring members, Barbara Marwell, Chair; Michael Hill, and Arlyne LeSchack for four years of diligent and productive work, resulting in a series of excellent study groups, some of it during turbulent times.

NEW EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Active Listening Workshop

Date & Time: Wednesday May 8, 2PM

Place: Room 910

Improve your listening skills, and your new and old relationships, by attending this workshop, sponsored by the Diver- sity Outreach Committee. Facilitated by Ron Russo, the workshop will help you identify strategies to improve your com- munication skills with family, friends, and colleagues. Attendance is limited to 25. To register, click here.

Mentors

Now that we have begun our admissions process for the Fall semester, the Mentoring Committee is seeking mentors, both experienced and new, to share the IRP experience and culture with our newest entering class. Here is a chance to participate in building the IRP community in these challenging times and also get to know one of our terrific new members. The Mentoring Committee provides guidelines and workshops for mentors to help them succeed in this important process. If you are interested, please email Susan Belkin at scbelkin@gmail.com.

Centennial

Julia Foulkes, Professor of History at The New School is working on aspects of adult learning. She has written asking to interview people who took TNS classes prior to joining the IRP.

“What we’re trying to get just a bit of au- dio about is people talking about continu- ing education courses that they took at The New School from the 1960s to 2000 (before joining the IRP). I wonder if it would be possible to gather a few IRP people (3-4?) who might have done this? We’d love to be able to record a few folks speaking together on Friday April 26, per- haps between classes that day.”

If you qualify and are interested, contact Julia at foulkesj@newschool.edu.

REMINDERS: EVENTS

Curriculum Workshops

Topic: The Art & Science of Leading Discussions

Dates & Times: April 22 & 24, 2-4PM Place: Room 909

Are you planning a study group for Sum- mer or Fall, 2019? Are you looking for ways to stimulate discussions in your study group? Do you want to sharpen your questioning techniques? Will you share successful techniques with your colleagues? If you answered yes to any of these questions, sign up for this work- shop, designed for both new and experi- enced coordinators. If you are a new co-ordinator, this program does NOT dupli- cate Ron Russo’s workshop. RSVP to Adam at irp@newschool.edu or 212- 229-5682.

Our Stage Of Life Workshop

Topic: Feeling Alone
Facilitators: Renee Solomon and Myriam Bucatinsky
Date & Time: Saturday April 27, 9:30-11:30AM
Place: 79 Fifth Avenue (between 15th & 16th Streets), Room 1618
The workshop is limited to 25 participants; click here to sign up.

Anyone can feel alone even when in relationships with friends, families, and others. Come to this workshop to discuss ways to strengthen meaningful connections, a key to physical and mental well-being at all stages of life, though perhaps more challenging as we grow older. The workshop is facilitated by two IRP members who have wide experience educating people in strategies to feel better in their personal, social, and civic lives.

  

IRP @Waterside Lecture

Topic: The Innocence Project: Develop- ment & Implementation of Policy

Date & Time: Monday, May 6, 2-3:30PM Speaker: Rebecca Brown, Director of Policy, The Innocence Project Place: Waterside Plaza, Lewis Davis Pavilion (East River at 24th Street, accessible via the M34 and M23 bus. Details available in the office.)

To register, go to: https://newschool-innocenceproject.splashthat.com/

The IRP, in coordination with The New School and Waterside Plaza, will host a talk and discussion on The Innocence Project for IRP members and residents of the complex. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law to free the staggering number of innocent people who are incarcerated and to re- form the system to prevent such injustice in the future. Thus far, the Project has exonerated 364 prisoners through DNA testing.

Rebecca Brown is IRP member Susan Herman’s daughter. Rebecca, who joined the Innocence Project in 2005, now directs its federal and state policy agenda. She has had a distinguished ca- reer in the criminal justice field, having held research, planning, and policy positions in the NYC Mayor’s Office, the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), and the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board. A Barnard graduate, she has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the Wagner School at New York University, where she received the Public Service Scholarship. Please join us in making this inaugural lecture in the IRP/Waterside collaboration a smashing success.

REMINDERS: COMMITTEES AND SIGs

Community Building: LunchMate

The new Community Building Committee, chaired by Jan Adler, is asking all IRP members to join in the effort to strengthen our communal bonds. As a first step, ask a new or recent member you met in your study group or in the hallways to join you for lunch, starting in September. It can even be someone you don’t usually talk to who has been here awhile. If you’re interested, sign up in the office as a LunchMate so we can get an idea of how many people will participate. We trust you to honor your promise. That’s it!

If you have other ideas about the focus of this committee, email Jan Adler at: adlerjan@optonline.net.

Theatre

The Theatre SIG will meet on Friday, April 26, at 2PM in Room 910 to discuss “Ink”, currently playing at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre at 261 W 47th Street. The play, a Manhattan Theatre Club import of the award-winning London production, portrays the early days of the Rupert Murdoch newspaper empire and his “collusion” with his unorthodox editor, Larry Lamb. Discount tickets are available on Playbill.com and TheaterMania.com.

Women’s Group
The Women’s Group will meet at 3:30PM on Friday, April 26 in Room 910 following the Theatre SIG.

Travel

The committee announces two trips.

Berkshires Theater Tour, July 18-21, un- der the auspices of Carew Travel. The trip itinerary includes tickets to 4 performances: Tanglewood Music Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group, and Music Mountain. Visits to local museums and historic sites are also included. Carew provides transportation from midtown Manhattan to and from the Berkshires, handles hotel reservations at the Pittsfield Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield, MA, and provides a tour direc- tor. The price is $1,499 per person, with a single supplement of $300.

Canadian Theater Festival, August 13- 17, includes performances of “Brigadoon” and “Getting Married” at the Shaw Festival and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and a world premiere imagining of “The Front Page” at the Stratford Festival. Fly to Toronto on Air Canada and spend two nights in charming Niagara on the Lake, then spend two nights in lively Stratford, Ontario. The cost is $2,300, in- cluding air fare from NYC/JFK with a sin- gle supplement of $400.

You can sign up for these trips by calling Carew Travel Consultants at 1-800-621- 1113.

For more information, contact Bob Gerace of the Travel Committee at rge- race234@yahoo.com.

Reminder Michael Markowitz Memorial

Date & Time: Sunday, May 5th, 4PM Place: Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue (between East Sixth and East Seventh Streets).

Michael’s spouse, Sam Turn, has ex- tended a special invitation to members of the IRP to attend the memorial, as IRP played such a singular role in Michael’s life, and occupied such a significant place in Michael’s heart. The memorial will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

CORRECTION: The April 16 email to all members expressing the IRP’s sorrow at the death of Shirley Hellenbrand misstated her years in the IRP; she was a most valued member for 22 years, not 12. Several members who knew Shirley pointed out this error to us.

COMING UP THIS WEEK

Curriculum Committee—Leading Discussion Workshop

  • Our Stage of Life—Feeling Alone Workshop
  • Theatre SIG Meeting
  • Women’s Group Meeting

NEW SCHOOL RESOURCES

NEW SCHOOL RESOURCES EVENTS CALENDAR
Click here to learn more about upcoming events at The New School.

TNS MOBILE APP
The New School official mobile app offers one-stop access to the latest University information. For instructions on how to download the app, go to: https://www.newschool.edu/mobileapp/.

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THE OBSERVER APRIL 15, 2019

NEWS

ADMISSIONS ACTIVITY RETURNS: FROM BARRY AND LAINI

After a hiatus of almost one year, the Admis- sions Committee is thrilled to be back in busi- ness. The Advisory Board has secured agree- ment from TNS that we can admit up to 15 new members for Fall 2019. So, on April 10th, we hosted our first information session of the year for people who have expressed interest in join- ing the IRP. The previous information session for potential new members, which was sched- uled for last semester, was cancelled when the IRP decided to halt the admissions process until our space issues were more settled. Although notice was short, 22 people attended the new session; they included lawyers, doctors, busi- ness persons, architects, a director of admis- sions, a violinist, and a writer.

Members of the committee provided overviews of our program, maintaining our traditional agenda for the most part: A history of the IRP, the definition of peer learning, the importance of community building, study group schedules, tui- tion and, of course, the application process. As always, we stressed the importance of eventu- ally coordinating a study group. The biggest change in the agenda was the introduction of our two campus program. The people in attend- ance did not ask questions or raise any con- cerns about location.

At the end of the session, individual committee members met with the attendees to answer their specific questions. Applications for membership are due by April 18th and interviews begin on April 29th.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

The IRP 2019 Summer School will be held at TNS on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for six weeks

beginning on May 30 and ending on July 11. Be- cause of the July 4th holiday, Thursday study groups will run from May 30 to July 11. Tuesday study groups will run from June 4 through July 9. The grid for summer will be posted as close to May 1 as possible. Assignment to study groups must be reported to the Dean’s office by May 10, so the registration period will be short.

EVENTS

OUR STAGE OF LIFE WORKSHOP

Topic: Feeling Alone
Facilitators: Renee Solomon and Myriam Bu- catinsky
Date & Time: April 27, 9:30-11:30AM
Place: 79 Fifth Avenue (between 15th & 16th Streets), Room 1618

Our society is facing what some commentators have termed a “crisis of connection”. Americans are now less likely to volunteer, participate in an organization, know their neighbors, and host or attend parties than they have been in the past. Even at the IRP, where we weave such rich con- nections, some members are concerned that re- cent changes are testing the strength of our communal bonds.

Come to this workshop, facilitated by two very experienced members, to consider the question of social connection as it affects us personally, as IRP members, and as citizens. The workshop will be limited to 25 participants; click here to sign up.

 

CURRICULUM WORKSHOPS

Topic:The Art & Science of Leading Discussions Dates & Times: April 22 and 24 from 2-4PM Place: 6 E 16 Street, Room 909

Are you planning a study group for Summer or Fall, 2019? Are you looking for ways to stimulate discussions in your study group? Do you want to sharpen your questioning techniques? Will you share successful techniques with your col- leagues?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, sign up for this workshop, designed for both new and experienced coordinators. If you are a new coordinator, this program does NOT duplicate Ron Russo’s workshop. RSVP to Adam at irp@newschool.edu or 212-229-5682.

In Spring 2017, Colette Siegel and I co-coordi- nated a study group on American Women, using the Great Books Foundation’s On Her Own Ac- cord: American Women–Identity, Culture and Community. The book is a collection of essays written by a diverse group of American women. The 20 women in the Study Group had wonder- ful discussions around these essays and we sensed there was a lot more to talk about. We formed the IRP Women’s Group in 2017 and since then, about 30 women have attended our meetings. The topics range from the personal to the political—everything from what makes us aware of “women’s issues,” to gender issues in the IRP, to the Kavanaugh hearings, and other political issues in our nation. All IRP women are invited to our meetings, which have been sched- uled this semester on Mondays or Fridays.

The remaining meetings are Monday May 6 at 3:30PM in room 909, Friday April 26 at 3:30PM, and Friday May 17 at 2PM, both in room 910. Hope to see you there.

IRP@WATERSIDE LECTURE
Save The Date! Monday, May 6, 2-3:30PM

Topic: The Innocence Project: Development and Implementation of Policy
Speaker: Rebecca Brown, Director of Policy, The Innocence Project

Location: Waterside Plaza, Lewis Davis Pavilion (East River at 24th Street, accessible via the M34 and M23 bus. Public transportation details available in the office)

The IRP, in coordination with The New School and Waterside Plaza, will host a talk and discus- sion on The Innocence Project for IRP members and residents of the complex.

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law to free the staggering number of innocent people who are incarcerated and to re- form the system to prevent such injustice in the future. Thus far, the Project has exonerated 364 prisoners through DNA testing.

Rebecca Brown is IRP member Susan Her- man’s daughter. Rebecca, who joined the Inno- cence Project in 2005, now directs its federal and state policy agenda. She has had a distin- guished career in the criminal justice field, hav- ing held research, planning, and policy positions in the NYC Mayor’s Office, the Center for Alter- native Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), and the NYC Civilian Complaint Re- view Board. A Barnard graduate, she has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the Wagner School at New York University, where she was the recipient of the Public Service Scholarship.

Please join us in making this inaugural lecture a smashing success. To register, go to: https://newschool-innocenceproject.splashthat.com/

 

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S GROUP: FROM ARLYNE LESCHACK

In Spring 2017, Colette Siegel and I co-coordinated a study group on American Women, using the Great Books Foundation’s On Her Own Ac- cord: American Women–Identity, Culture and Community. The book is a collection of essays written by a diverse group of American women. The 20 women in the Study Group had wonder- ful discussions around these essays and we sensed there was a lot more to talk about. We formed the IRP Women’s Group in 2017 and since then, about 30 women have attended our meetings. The topics range from the personal to the political—everything from what makes us aware of “women’s issues,” to gender issues in the IRP, to the Kavanaugh hearings, and other political issues in our nation. All IRP women are invited to our meetings, which have been sched- uled this semester on Mondays or Fridays.

The remaining meetings are Monday May 6 at 3:30PM in room 909, Friday April 26 at 3:30PM, and Friday May 17 at 2PM, b

 

THEATRE SIG MEETING

The Theatre SIG will meet on Friday, April 26, at 2PM in room 910 of the 16th Street building to discuss “Ink”, currently playing at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre at 261 W 47th Street.

The play, a Manhattan Theatre Club import of the award-winning London production, portrays the early days of the Rupert Murdoch newspa- per empire and his “collusion” with his unortho- dox editor, Larry Lamb. Discount tickets are available on Playbill.com & TheaterMania.com.

OPPORTUNITIES

COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE: REQUESTS

The Advisory Board has asked Jan Adler to organize and chair a new committee to focus on maintaining and strengthening community bonds within the IRP. The committee will seek ways to knit us together through study groups, SIGs, activities, and social events, as well as through smaller groups who get together around a common interest.

As a first step, the committee is asking all IRP members to help welcome and integrate new members into our community. The only commit- ment is to ask a new or recent member you met in your study group or in the hallways to join you for lunch, starting in September. It can even be someone you don’t usually talk to who has been here awhile. If you’re interested, sign up in the office, so we can get an idea of how many peo- ple will participate. We trust you to honor your promise. That’s it!

If you have other ideas about the focus of this committee, email Jan Adler at: adlerjan@optonline.net.

 

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE: SEEKS MEMBERS

The Curriculum Committee will have openings for new members beginning in Fall 2019. Appli- cants must have successfully coordinated at least one study group in recent years and be prepared to attend weekly two hour meetings, most likely on Thursdays. Initial membership is for two years, renewable for a second two-year term. Committee members have three basic re- sponsibilities: (1) to recruit and encourage IRP members to coordinate study groups; (2) to sup- port potential coordinators in the development of proposals, as needed and (3) to participate in the review of all submitted proposals. In addi- tion, members may be asked to participate in one or more of the workshops that CC offers in support of potential and current coordinators.

Applications for membership on the CC are available on the ZINE. If you are interested, please notify Barbara Marwell bemarwell@gmail.com and Jonathan Gaines jegaines@att.net that you will be submitting an application. Applications may be delivered to the office or sent to Barbara and Jonathan by email. Applications are due by April 18.

 

TUESDAYS WITH FRIENDS: SEEKS MEMBERS

This committee seeks new members.
• Who we are: On three Tuesday afternoons each semester, the Tuesdays With Friends, a committee of six, sponsors small-group get-togethers featuring talks presented and hosted by IRP members. These casual events are an opportunity for members to meet off-site, discuss subjects of interest, and enjoy light refreshments.
• What we do: Plan and schedule three events each semester, which involves finding speakers and hosts, assisting speakers with their presentations and welcoming and introducing members at the events.

• What we look for in members: Ability to re- cruit speakers and host, help speakers de- velop their talks, use simple on-line software and spreadsheets, attend events and help members connect to one another.

How to apply: We encourage those interested to look on the ZINE for more detailed information about the committee; click here to read the com- mittee description.

If interested, contact Carolyn Preiss at preic920@newschool.edu by the end of April please. Applicants will be interviewed by current committee members.provided overviews of our program, maintaining our traditional agenda for the most part: A history of the IRP, the definition of peer learning, the importance of community building, study group schedules, tuition and, of course, the application process. As always, we stressed the importance of eventually coordinating a study group. The biggest change in the agenda was the introduction of our two campus program. The people in attend ance did not ask questions or raise any con- cerns about location.

At the end of the session, individual committee members met with the attendees to answer their specific questions. Applications for membership are due by April 18th and interviews begin on April 29th.

 

TRAVEL COMMITTEE

Berkshires Theater Tour

The IRP Travel Committee announces a Berkshires Theater Tour for this July 18-21, under the auspices of Carew Travel. The trip itinerary includes tickets to 4 performances: Tanglewood Music Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group, and Music Mountain. Visits to local museums and historic sites are also included.

Carew provides transportation from midtown Manhattan to and from the Berkshires, handles hotel reservations at the Pittsfield Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield, MA, and provides a tour director. The price is $1,499 per person, with a single supplement of $300.

You can sign up by calling Carew Consultants at 1-800-621-1113. Contact Bob Gerace for more details: rgerace234@yahoo.com.

Canadian Theater Festival
Arranged by the IRP Travel Committee, TDF’s popular theater tour to Canada is scheduled for August 13-17. The trip includes performances of Brigadoon and Getting Married at the Shaw Festival and The Merry Wives of Windsor and a world premiere imagining of The Front Page at the Stratford Festival. Fly to Toronto on Air Can- ada and spend two nights in charming Niagara on the Lake, then spend two nights in lively Stratford, Ontario. The cost is $2,300, including air fare from NYC/JFK with a single supplement of $400.

For more information, contact Bob Gerace of the Travel Committee: rgerace234@yahoo.com. To register for the trip call: Carew Travel Consult- ants at 1-800-621-1113.

REMINDERS

MICHAEL MARKOWITZ MEMORIAL

A memorial for Michael will be held on Sunday, May 5th at 4PM at Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue (between East Sixth and East Seventh Streets). Michael’s spouse, Sam Turn, has extended a special invitation to mem- bers of the IRP to attend the memorial, as IRP played such a singular role in Michael’s life, and occupied such a 3 significant place in Michael’s heart. The memorial will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

 

TNS MOBILE APP
The New School official mobile app offers one- stop access to the latest University information. For instructions on how to download the app, go to: https://www.newschool.edu/mobileapp/.
The New School official mobile app offers one- stop access to the latest University information. For instructions on how to download the app, go to: https://www.newschool.edu/mobileapp/.

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THE OBSERVER APRIL 8, 2019

NEWS

Relations with TNS

The New School continues its negotiations with SPS for the two classrooms they are making available to us Monday through Thursday for the Fall semester while we remain at TNS for Friday classes. As Dean Watson said at the GMM, TNS would like to negotiate the rental arrangements for more than one semester at a time. In the meantime, members of Advisory Board Task Forces are exploring other options for the future, especially at the various branches of CUNY. The Executive Committee will meet with Senior VP and Dean of Open Campus Helen Wussow and with Mary Watson Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement on Monday April 15 to discuss Dean Wussow’s plans for IRP staffing.

Report on Our Stage of Life Committee’s IRP/Community Event

On Saturday April 6, Bruce Vladeck, the nationally recognized expert in health care policy and former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, spoke to an audience of about 90 people from the IRP and the community at an event sponsored by the Our Stage of Life Committee, chaired by Aileen Gitelson.

Introduced by IRP’s Dr. Renee Solomon, Dr. Vladeck summarized the data showing that the US spends more on health care than other wealthy countries only to produce inferior outcomes. He debunked some of the usual explanations—we have too many doctors, we seek too much medical care, we do expensive but necessary basic research—and focused on the charges levied, and profits made, by doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies. In a lively Q & A session, IRPers as well as members of the community, including several officials from the public health sector, explored the political and ideological changes that might fix the broken system.

Summer School

The IRP 2019 Summer School will be held at TNS on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for six week sessions beginning on May 30 and ending on July 11. Because of the July 4th holiday, Thursday study groups will run from May 30 to July 11. Tuesday study groups will run from June 4 through July 9. The grid for summer will be posted as close to May 1 as possible. Assignment to study groups must be reported to the Dean’s office by May 10, so the registration period will be short. Please note these registration dates if you are planning to register for summer school.

EVENTS

Curriculum Workshops

Topic: The Art and Science of Leading Discussions

Dates and Times: April 22 and 24 from 2 to 4 PM

Place: TNS 16th Street

If you are planning a study group for Summer or Fall, 2019:

Are you looking for ways to stimulate discussions in your study group?

Do you want to sharpen your questioning techniques?

Will you share successful techniques with your colleagues?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, sign up for this workshop, designed for both new and experienced coordinators. If you are a new coordinator, this program does NOT duplicate Ron Russo’s workshop. RSVP to Adam at or 212-229-5682.

Our Stage of Life Workshop

Topic: Feeling Alone

Facilitators: Dr. Renee Solomon and Dr. Myriam Bucatinsky

Date and Time: April 27, 9:30-11:30AM

Place: 79 Fifth Avenue (between 15th & 16th Streets), Room D1618

Our society is facing what some commentators have termed a “crisis of connection”. Americans are now less likely to volunteer, participate in an organization, know their neighbors, and host or attend parties than they have been in the past. Even at the IRP, where we weave such rich connections, some members are concerned that recent changes are testing the strength of our communal bonds.

Come to this workshop, facilitated by two very experienced members, to consider the question of social connection as it affects us personally, as IRP members, and as citizens. The workshop will be limited to 25 participants; sign up in advance at irp@newschool.edu.

TNS, IRP, Waterside Plaza: Inaugural Lecture

Topic: The Innocence Project: Development and Implementation of Policy

Speaker: Rebecca Brown, Director of Policy, The Innocence Project

Date and Time: May 6, 2-3:30PM

Location: Waterside Plaza, Lewis Davis Pavilion (East River at 24th Street, accessible via the M34 and M23 bus. Public transportation details available in the office).

In coordination with The New School and Waterside Plaza, the apartment complex that has approached TNS seeking life-long learning opportunities for its residents and neighbors, the IRP will host a talk and discussion on The Innocence Project for IRP members and residents of the complex.

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law to free the staggering number of innocent people who are incarcerated and to reform the system to prevent such injustice in the future. Thus far, the Project has exonerated 364 prisoners through DNA testing.

Rebecca Brown, who joined the Innocence Project in 2005, now directs its federal and state policy agenda. She has had a distinguished career in the criminal justice field, having held research, planning, and policy positions in the NYC Mayor’s Office, the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), and the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board. A Barnard graduate, she has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the Wagner School at New York University, where she was the recipient of the Public Service Scholarship. Rebecca Brown is also the daughter of IRP member Susan Herman.

To register for the event, go to:

https://newschool-innocenceproject.splashthat.com/

Women’s Group

The next meeting of the Women’s Group is Monday, April 15, at 3:30PM in Room 909 in the 16th St building. All IRP women are welcome.

OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesdays With Friends Committee

This committee seeks new members.

Who we are: On three Tuesday afternoons each semester, the Tuesdays With Friends, a committee of six, sponsors small-group get-togethers featuring talks presented and hosted by IRP members. These casual events are an opportunity for members to meet off-site, discuss subjects of interest, and enjoy light refreshments.

What we do: Plan and schedule three events each semester, which involves finding speakers and hosts, assisting speakers with their presentations and welcoming and introducing members at the events.

What we look for in members: Ability to recruit speakers and host, help speakers develop their talks, use simple on-line software and spreadsheets, attend events and help members connect to one another.

How to apply: We encourage those interested to look on the ZINE for more detailed information about the committee; click here to read the committee description.

If interested, contact Carolyn Preiss at: preic920@newschool.edu by the end of April please. Applicants will be interviewed by current committee members.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee will have openings for new members beginning in Fall 2019. Applicants must have successfully coordinated at least one study group in recent years and be prepared to attend weekly two-hour meetings, most probably on Thursdays. Initial membership is for two years, renewable for a second two-year term.

Committee members have three basic responsibilities: (1) to recruit and encourage IRP members to coordinate study groups; (2) to support potential coordinators in the development of proposals, as needed and (3) to participate in the review of all submitted proposals. In addition, members may be asked to participate in one or more of the workshops that CC offers in support of potential and current coordinators.

Applications for membership on the CC are available on the ZINE. If you are interested, please notify Barbara Marwell, bemarwell@gmail.com and Jonathan Gaines jegaines@att.net that you will be submitting an application. Applications may be delivered to the office or sent to Barbara and Jonathan by email. Applications are due by April 18.

Start-Up: Community Building Committee

The Advisory Board has asked Jan Adler to organize and chair a new committee to focus on maintaining and strengthening community bonds within the IRP. The committee will seek ways to knit us together through study groups, SIGs, activities, and social events, as well as through smaller groups who get together around a common interest. If you have ideas about the focus of this committee, email Jan at adlerjan@optonline.net.

REMINDERS

Michael Markowitz Memorial

A memorial for Michael will be held on Sunday, May 5th at 4PM at Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue (between East Sixth and East Seventh Streets). Michael’s spouse, Sam Turn, has extended a special invitation to members of the IRP to attend the memorial, as IRP played such a singular role in Michael’s life, and occupied such a 3 significant place in Michael’s heart. The memorial will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

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THE OBSERVER APRIL 1, 2019

NEWS

General Membership Meeting, March 26, Wollman Hall

A standing room only crowd of members attended the General Meeting, testifying to our steadfast commitment to the IRP through difficult times. Harold began by noting the significant attendance, and reporting some very good news. First, the IRP will have a summer school of six to eight study groups at TNS 16th street, starting on May 30. Second, TNS has agreed that we will admit up to 15 new members for the fall semester. Third, CUNY SPS has agreed to rent us two classrooms for the fall semester for daytime hours Monday through Thursday. This will allow us to implement the plan agreed to at the Executive Committee’s meeting with President Van Zandt and TNS executive staff—TNS will rent space at SPS for four days a week, using our tuition monies, and we will hold Friday classes at TNS, thus fielding our usual number of study groups for the fall. We will also continue to have access to TNS library and meeting rooms throughout the week. With this arrangement, we have settled our space issue for the fall semester and probably for the spring as well, and can turn our attention to securing our long term future.

Harold then welcomed Mary Watson, Executive Dean Schools of Public Engagement, and our new dean, Helen Wussow, Senior Vice President and Dean of Open Campus, to the GMM. He thanked Dean Watson for her support over the years, listing her work in securing TNS library cards for our members, integrating the IRP into TNS activities, and her more recent help in advancing our relationship with CUNY SPS. He noted that with her extensive experience in adult education, Dean Wussow will bring new ideas to enhance the IRP’s program and its relationship to TNS. Each dean then addressed the meeting, took questions from the audience, and remained after the meeting to talk to individual members.

Dean Watson began by expressing her sorrow at the death of Michael Markowitz and acknowledging his long years of devoted service to TNS and the IRP. TNS, she said, would follow the wishes of Michael’s spouse regarding the place and time of his memorial service. Continuing, Dean Watson said she was grateful for her experiences with the IRP, regretted the recent space crisis, and admired the IRP and its leadership for their ability to face the problem and find a creative solution. Reiterating the arrangement with SPS, she hoped it might cover more than one semester eliminating the need to negotiate every six months. She said that one option on the table, not yet decided on, is to locate the IRP office at a central location, such as the University Center but, in response to a member’s question, acknowledged that the best placement of the office would be where the IRP classes are taking place.

Dean Wussow spoke of her strong background in university administration and adult education, her plans for Open Campus, and her ideas about the IRP’s role within her division. She plans to appoint a director for each program within Open Campus, including for the IRP. In response to a question, she agreed that IRP would be represented on the search committee for its director. In response to several comments from the audience, both deans took note of the need for a strong administrative officer for the IRP and of the members’ hope that Adam would continue in that role.

Summer School 2019

IRP 2019 Summer School will be held at the 16th Street TNS building on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for six weekly sessions beginning on May 30 and ending on July 11. Because of the July 4th holiday, Thursday study groups will run from May 30 to July 11. Tuesday study groups will run from June 4 through July 9.

The grid for summer will be posted as close to May 1 as possible. Assignment to study groups must be reported to the Dean’s office by May 10, so the registration period will be short. Please note these registration dates if you are planning to register for summer school.

Curriculum Committee Openings

The Curriculum Committee will have openings for new members beginning in fall 2019. Applicants must have coordinated at least one study group and be prepared to attend weekly two-hour meetings, most probably on Thursdays. Initial membership is for two years, renewable for a second two-year term.

Committee members have three basic responsibilities: (1) to recruit and encourage IRP members to coordinate study groups; (2) to support potential coordinators in the development of proposals, as needed and (3) to participate in the review of all submitted proposals. In addition, members may be asked to participate in one or more of the workshops that CC offers in support of potential and current coordinators.

Applications for membership on the CC are available on the ZINE.

If you are interested, please notify Barbara Marwell, bemarwell@gmail.com and Jonathan Gaines jegaines@att.net that you will be submitting an application. Applications may be delivered to the office or sent to Barbara and Jonathan by email. Applications are due by April 18.

Michael Markowitz Memorial

A memorial for Michael will be held on Sunday, May 5th at 4PM at Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue (between East Sixth and East Seventh Streets). Michael’s spouse, Sam Turn, has extended a special invitation to members of the IRP to attend the memorial, as IRP played such a singular role in Michael’s life, and occupied such a significant place in Michael’s heart. The memorial will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

REMINDERS

Special Saturday Morning Lecture and Discussion: Fixing Broken Health Care System

• Topic: How to Fix Healthcare in America with Dr. Bruce Vladeck

• When: Saturday, April 6, 9:30-11:30AM

• Where: Theresa Lang Auditorium, Room 202, second floor (55 W 13th St.)

The Our Stage of Life Committee presents Bruce Vladeck, senior vice president for policy at Mount Sinai-NYU Health, who will speak on the challenges America faces in the vitally important area of healthcare, an issue that affects all of us. Join us early for breakfast.

Committee members, in collaboration with members of the Marketing Committee, have advertised this event widely throughout TNS and the NYC social justice community. We are attracting a large audience of New Yorkers so please register in advance to secure your place. Click Here To Register.

Coming Up This Week:

April 1 Deadline For Voices: contact Charles Troob at ctroob@verizon.net or Tom Ashley at thisdayin@aol.com.

April 5 Women’s Group meets at 2PM, Room 910. Meeting will continue past 3:20PM for those with classes.

To learn more about upcoming events at The New School, click here.

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THE OBSERVER MARCH 25, 2019

NEWS

Michael Markowitz Memorial

A memorial for Michael will be held on Sunday, May 5th at 4PM at Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue (between East Sixth and East Seventh Streets). Michael’s spouse, Sam Turn, has extended a special invitation to members of the IRP to attend the memorial, as IRP played such a singular role in Michael’s life, and occupied such a significant place in Michael’s heart. The memorial will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

General Membership Meeting – Meet Our New Dean

Tuesday, March 26 at 3:15PM

65 W 11th St., Wollman Hall, room 500 (fifth floor)

As previously reported, IRP is being moved from the Schools for Public Engagement, headed by Executive Dean Mary Watson, to the Open Campus division, headed by Senior Vice President and Open Campus Dean Helen Wussow. Both deans will speak at the GMM and take members’ questions about our relationship with TNS and the ongoing negotiations with SPS. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet our new dean. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the business portion of the meeting.

Workshop: Preparing A Study Group Proposal

Today, Monday March 25, and Wednesday, March 27 from 2:00-3:15PM in room 910, members of the Curriculum Committee will present a workshop offering suggestions for preparing a successful study group proposal and will meet with you after the presentation to explore your ideas. Please RSVP to irp@newschool.edu.

Special Saturday Morning Lecture and Discussion: Register at Link Below

• WHAT: How to Fix Healthcare in America

• WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 9:30-11:30AM

• WHERE: Theresa Lang Auditorium, Room 202, second floor (55 W 13th St.)

The Our Stage of Life Committee presents Bruce Vladeck, senior vice president for policy at Mount Sinai-NYU Health, who will speak on the challenges America faces in the vitally important area of healthcare, an issue that affects all of us. Join us early for breakfast. We are expecting to attract a large audience of New Yorkers to this event, so please secure your place by registering here. Click here to register.

April 1 Deadline For Voices

You may submit up to five poems, two prose pieces, and/or three photos to Voices Online. See previous issues of the Observer for instructions or contact Charles Troob at ctroob@verizon.net or Tom Ashley at thisdayin@aol.com.

Revolving Art Show

The third round of our revolving art exhibit is located opposite the IRP office and also inside the office. Exhibitors are John Becker, Adam Blaton, Jonathon Gaines, Carol Grant, Iz Greenwald, Peter Houts, Sara Petitt, David Sarlin, Michael Shapiro, and Denise Waxman.

MEETINGS

Conversation Partners

A meeting with New School ESL teachers from will be held Thursday, March 28 at 2:15PM in room 904. This is your chance to ask questions about the ESL program and get suggestions for working with students. Although the meeting is intended for new volunteers, experienced volunteers are welcome to share their stories and offer their suggestions.

Women’s Group

Today, Monday, March 25 at 3:30PM in room 909.

Travel SIG

Information session about the Washington DC trip, Thursday, March 28 at 2PM in room 910. RSVP to irp@newschool.edu.

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THE OBSERVER MARCH 18, 2019

NEWS

Follow-Up to Meeting with TNS President and Deans

As reported in last week’s issue, the Executive Committee and Bernie Belkin met with TNS President, his executive assistant/chief of staff, as well as Deans Wussow of Open Campus and Watson of the Schools of Public Engagement on March 5. The purpose was to propose that, going forward, TNS provide the IRP with classroom space on Fridays (and Saturdays if we choose), rooms for large and small meetings, and a full-time administrative officer, and for the remaining four days of each week, rent two rooms at CUNY SPS, using our tuition dollars. On Thursday March 14, the two Deans each sent an email to the EC informing them that Open Campus had sent a request to SPS to rent the space for both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. In the words of Dean Watson, TNS “is proceeding with a plan as we discussed at our meeting.” Although agreements are still in process, this is encouraging news. Once the plan is implemented, we can proceed to field our usual schedule of study groups for the full year ahead.

General Membership Meeting March 26

WHEN: day after we return from break: Tuesday, March 26, 3:15PM

WHERE: 65 W 11 St., Wollman Hall, Room 500 (fifth floor)

Dean Mary Watson has confirmed that she will attend the meeting. As previously reported, IRP is being moved to the portfolio of Open Campus. We have invited Dean Helen Wussow and hope that she, too, will attend and give us the opportunity to meet our new dean.

Come for the latest news about the IRP at the business portion of the meeting and meet old and new friends at the wine and hors d’oeuvres reception that will follow.

Special Saturday Morning Lecture and Discussion: Register at Link Below

• WHAT: How to Fix Healthcare in America

• WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 9:30-11:30AM

• WHERE: Theresa Lang Auditorium, Room 202, second floor (55 W 13th St.

The Our Stage of Life Committee presents Bruce Vladeck, senior vice president for policy at Mount Sinai-NYU Health, who will speak on the challenges America faces in the vitally important area of healthcare, an issue that affects all of us. Join us early for breakfast.

2We are expecting to attract a large audience of New Yorkers to this event, so please secure your place by registering here. Click here to register.

Workshop: Preparing A Study Group Proposal

Immediately upon return from the break, on Monday March 25 and Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00-3:15PM, members of the Curriculum Committee will present a workshop offering suggestions for preparing a successful study group proposal and will meet with you after the presentation to explore your ideas. Please RSVP to Adam at irp@newschool.edu. The workshops will be at 16th Street, Rooms to be posted.

Women’s Group Meeting March 25

Also immediately upon our return, on Monday, March 25, we will hold our next meeting at 3:30PM in room 909, 16th Street building.

April 1 Deadline For Voices

You may submit up to five poems, two prose pieces, and/or three photos to Voices Online. See previous issues of Observer for instructions or contact Charles Troob at ctroob@verizon.net or Tom Ashley at thisdayin@aol.com.Revolving Art Show

Revolving Art Show

The third round of our revolving art exhibit located opposite the IRP office and also inside the office is now up. This is impressive work; don’t miss it. Exhibitors are John Becker, Adam Blaton, Jonathon Gaines, Carol Grant, Iz Greenwald, Peter Houts, Sara Petitt, David Sarlin, Michael Shapiro, and Denise Waxman.

Travel SIG: African American Museum Tickets

The Travel SIG has four free passes (one ticket per person) for May 14 at 11AM to the African American Museum in Washington, DC. Send requests to Robert Gerace at rgerace234@yahoo.com. The SIG will also offer an information session about the DC trip on Thursday, March 28 at 2PM in room 910. RSVP to irp@newschool.edu.

Musical Production for Purim

Carol Sterling invites all IRP members to a free musical production of “Purim Goes Pop: A Top 40 Spiel” on this Wednesday, March 20 at 6:15PM at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue at 30 W. 68th St. Hum along to pop music as lyrics tell the story of Queen Esther written by Jewish a cappella sensation Six13. Carol, a member of the chorus, has loved being in this amateur show for the past 13 years. Arrive by 6PM for best seats. For more information, contact Carol at csterling646@gmail.com or 646-241-9595.

Note Again: New Zine Access Policy

At the direction of the Advisory Board, access to the Zine, except for the Directory and Faces tabs, no longer requires a username and password. To sign on, use https://www.irpzine.org. The Directory and Faces tabs remain password protected because this is private information. Username IRPNewSchool and password Fall2018.

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THE OBSERVER MARCH 11, 2019

NEWS

Message from Harold Berkowitz, Chair of the Advisory Board

At the request of the IRP Advisory Board, Dean Mary Watson arranged a meeting with David Van Zandt, President of The New School, on Tuesday March 5. Attending for the IRP were the Executive Committee (Harold Berkowitz, Eileen Sullivan, Michelle Harris and Miriam Lawrence) and Bernie Belkin. Representing The New School were President Van Zandt, Executive Dean Mary Watson of the Schools for Public Engagement; Helen Wussow, Senior Vice President and Dean of Open Campus; Rebecca Hunter, Associate Vice President and University Registrar; and Lindsey Warford, Executive Assistant to the President-Chief of Staff. Dean Watson had informed the Executive Committee that the IRP would soon become part of Dean Wussow’s Open Campus division, which explains the presence of the two deans. The Registrar is responsible for the identification and allocation of classrooms on TNS campus.

Following opening remarks by the President and Dean Watson, Rebecca Hunter presented a new plan that she and Dean Watson thought would meet the needs of TNS and the IRP. Called “later IRP term start and space-available scheduling,” the plan proposed that the IRP adopt a 10 week term beginning several weeks after the “degree semester.” The IRP schedule would not be made final until after the add/drop period for degree students, at which point TNS would assign locations to study groups in available classrooms. Rebecca Hunter said that this arrangement will “accommodate some study groups during Monday-Thursday peak hours and will require sessions at 8:30AM weekdays and sessions on Fridays (and Saturdays if desired.)

The IRP representatives said that this plan definitely did not meet the IRP’s needs for planning or implementing our study groups. Coordinators need assurance that the classes they so carefully plan will be run at appropriate hours, and members need to plan their schedules for the semester.

Discussion turned quickly to the IRP proposal. In his opening statement, Harold said that the Fall schedule proposed by TNS last year (only early morning classes Monday through Thursday plus all day Friday and Saturday) was not acceptable to our members and would destroy the IRP as it has flourished over more than 50 years in association and collaboration with TNS. The IRP’s purpose in requesting the meeting with the President was to find a solution acceptable to its members and to the university. If such a solution could not be found, Harold said, TNS would leave the IRP with no choice but to find another home.

Harold proposed that if TNS could not provide a sufficient number of classrooms for us to field our full complement of study groups on campus at agreeable times, but could provide the rooms for Friday, TNS should make provision for us to rent the additional required space at SPS Monday through Thursday, using our tuition moneys to pay the rental costs. He also stressed that a full-time administrative assistant continue to be made available to the IRP.

Discussion ensued as the IRP representatives emphasized the valuable service the organization provides to its members and potential members, a growing demographic group too often overlooked within both TNS and the metropolitan area. IRP representatives also clarified that the tuition we would continue to pay to TNS would more than support the costs of the overhead for Friday classes, the full time administrative assistant, and the rentals, and also allow TNS to fill the classrooms Monday through Thursday with degree-seeking and tuition-paying students.

President Van Zandt readily agreed with both points, saying that the IRP was clearly a valuable and valued institution and that our proposal seemed like “a win-win” all around. He and the deans would have to “go through the financials” and they will get back to us with their decision by March 15. If the decision is to accept the IRP proposal, TNS will draw up a memorandum of understanding about this agreement in principle, and then we will negotiate the details. Dean Watson suggested that TNS might then negotiate the terms of the contract with SPS (including duration and rent) on our behalf, and all agreed that in that case, the IRP would see the draft of any contract before it was signed.

At a subsequent meeting of the Advisory Board, the members were informed about the meeting with TNS, and they were encouraged by the President’s response and the overall positive tone of the remarks made by the executive staff. We all eagerly await TNS decision later this week. More to come.

Spring Break 2019

As a reminder, the Spring Break is next week—Monday, March 18-Friday, March 22.

Office Arrangements

Adam continues to work at 12th Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the IRP office remains closed on those two days. We have arranged that calls made to the IRP office at 212-229-5682 are forwarded to Adam’s phone at 12th Street so he can answer them. Adam also will receive and respond to emails sent to irp@newschool.edu. You can also call Scott Amen at 212- 229-5615, extension 1480 and ask for Adam.

Zine Access

The best access to the IRP Zine is https://www.irpzine.org (note the “s”). Username is IRPNewSchool and password is Fall2018. Once logged in, bookmark or re-bookmark the site.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Special Saturday Morning Breakfast Lecture and Discussion

WHAT: How to Fix Healthcare in America

WHEN: April 6, 9:30-11:30AM

WHERE: Theresa Lang Auditorium, Room 202, second floor (55 W 13th St.)

The Our Stage of Life Committee presents Bruce Vladeck, senior vice president for policy at Mount Sinai-NYU Health, who will speak on the challenges America faces in the vitally important area of healthcare, an issue that affects all of us. Email irp@newschool.edu or visit First Desk to sign up.

April 1 Deadline For Voices

You have until April 1 to submit your prose, poetry, and photography to Voices Online. We would like to have representation from as many IRP members as possible. You may submit up to five poems, two prose pieces, and/or three photos. The full submission guidelines are included in the last pages of this issue of the Observer. If you have any questions, please contact Charles Troob at ctroob@verizon.net or Tom Ashley at thisdayin@aol.com.

Nuts and Bolts Workshop Today

If you are thinking about coordinating, the Curriculum Committee’s popular Nuts and Bolts workshop has been rescheduled for today, Monday March 11, at 2PM in room 909. We will work with you to develop your idea, suggest resources, help you to find a co-coordinator if you want one, and answer your questions about the Study Group proposal process. Refreshments will be served.

Women’s Group to Meet Friday

The Women’s Group will meet on Friday March 15 at 2PM in Room 910. In case of conflict, please come to the meeting when your study group finishes and we’ll extend the meeting. All IRP women are welcome!

Travel SIG: African American Museum Tickets

The Travel SIG has obtained four free passes (one ticket per person) for May 14 at 11AM to the African American Museum in Washington, DC. We also will offer suggestions for transportation, hotels, restaurants, and other museums in the area for a one- or two-night stay in DC. Please RSVP to Robert Gerace at rgerace234@yahoo.com if you are interested in obtaining a pass.

We will offer an information session about the DC trip on Thursday March 28 at 2PM in room 910. Please RSVP to irp@newschool.edu if you are interested in attending.

Marketing Committee Openings

The IRP’s Marketing Committee is seeking new members. The committee works to publicize the IRP within the group and to outside media outlets. If you are interested, please contact the chair, Tom Ashley, at thisdayin@aol.com.

Virtual Senior Center Webcasts

On February 13 the IRP kicked off its current cycle of webcasts for homebound seniors. The sessions take place on Wednesdays at 3PM in the IRP office and last about 50 minutes. Members interested in exploring participation in a webcast should contact Fran De Lott at francesditt@gmail.com or 212-362-9807.

2018-19 OPEN CALL FOR VOICES ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2019

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

• Writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir) that uses any voice, style, theme, or form

• Photographs on any subject

• Voices will not request art submissions for this issue. The work shown in the IRP art show will be displayed in Voices.

Previously published work should not be submitted.

THE FINE PRINT:

• You may submit one or two prose pieces. Short pieces are particularly appropriate to the on-line format. There is no minimum length; the maximum length is 2500 words.

• You may submit up to five poems, a maximum of ten pages.

• You may submit up to three photographs, in JPEG (digital) format.

• All submissions will be reviewed by several judges. Judges will not have access to identifying information about the creators of the pieces they are judging.

• If your submission is being considered for publication, an editor may contact you with comments or suggestions. The writer has the opportunity to review and agree to the final edited version.

TECHNICAL GUIDELINES:

• All submissions should be attached to an email that includes your name, phone number, e-mail address, the title(s) of the piece or pieces, the submission category, and the date of submission.

• For prose submissions, please use Word format (.doc or docx) and 14-point type. Files in pdf format cannot be used and will be returned to sender.

• For poetry, please use Word format and start each poem on a new page.

• Your poems or prose pieces should not contain any identifying information. If the text of your piece includes your name (e.g., a memoir) delete the name and replace it with “(author)”.

• Your photographs should be in JPEG format, large size; submit a title either as the file name or in the body of your email submission. When transmitting photos from a phone or a computer, your email software may ask you what size photo you wish to send. Choose “large” or “actual size” rather than “small” or “medium.”

TO SUBMIT: send via email to irpvoicesonline@gmail.com

All submissions will be acknowledged to verify that they have been received. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within two weeks of your submission, please contact Charles Troob by email at ctroob@verizon.net. If you have technical questions or difficulty in submitting your entry, please contact us at irpvoicesonline@gmail.com, and we will make every effort to help you.

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THE OBSERVER MARCH 5, 2019

NEWS

IRP at TNS and SPS

The meeting the Executive Committee requested with TNS President and Provost has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 5. Adam continues to work at 12th Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the IRP office remains closed on those two days. We have arranged that calls made to the IRP office at 212-229-5682 are forwarded to Adam’s phone at 12th Street so he can answer them. Adam also will receive and respond to emails sent to irp@newschool.edu. You can also call Scott Amen at 212- 229-5615, extension 1480 and ask for Adam.

ZINE ACCESS

The best access to the IRP Zine is https://www.irpzine.org (note the “s”). Username is IRPNewSchool and password is Fall2018.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

SPECIAL SATURDAY MORNING BREAKFAST SEMINAR

WHAT: How to fix Healthcare in America

WHEN: April 6, from 9:30 to 11:30AM

WHERE: Theresa Lang Auditorium, Room 202, second floor (55 W 13th St.)

The Our Stage of Life Committee presents Bruce Vladeck, senior vice president for policy at Mount Sinai-NYU Health, who will speak on the challenges America faces in the vitally important area of healthcare, an issue that affects all of us. Email irp@newschool.edu or visit First Desk to sign up.

NUTS AND BOLTS WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED

If you are thinking about coordinating in summer or fall, 2019 or into the future: Given the cancellation of Monday’s Curriculum Committee’s popular Nuts and Bolts

with The New School closing, the meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 11 at 2PM. The room will be announced later and will be posted at the IRP office.

OR, bring your ideas to the Nuts and Bolts Workshop on Wednesday, March 6 from 2 to3:15PM in Room 902.

• Whether you have just the germ of an idea or one that is already well developed, this workshop is for you.

• We will work together to develop your idea, suggest resources, help you to find a co-coordinator if you need one and answer your questions about the Study Group proposal process.

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

WOMEN’S GROUP MEETING CHANGED

The Women’s Group Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 4 was cancelled due to New School closure. Our next Women’s Group meeting is Friday, March 15, at 2PM in Room 910.

ARTSIG EVENT BRANT FOUNDATION

WHERE: 421 E 6th St.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27 at 4PM

Join us to see the exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings and drawings at Peter Brant’s new museum. Housed in a remodeled 100-year-old Con Edison building, the exhibit promises to be one of year’s most important art events. On view are 70 works drawn from Brant’s collection supplemented by loans from other prominent collectors. There are no docents, but Carol Millsom will give a brief overview of Basquiat’s life and art. In accordance with IRS regulations, admission to this private museum is free. We thank Nancy Small for reserving a block of tickets for us. To reserve a ticket, email Dick Kossoff at (chemkos@aol.com). For questions, contact Carol (carolmillsom@aol.com).

MARKETING COMMITTEE OPENINGS

The IRP’s Marketing Committee is seeking new members. The committee works to publicize the IRP within the group and to outside media outlets. If you are interested, please contact the chairman, Tom Ashley, at thisdayin@aol.com.

VOICES COMMITTEE SEEKS MEMBERS

Submissions to IRP Voices are due by April 1. After that date, IRP members will evaluate the submissions and prepare the selected material for inclusion in the next issue. There are a few openings on the committees (prose, poetry, photography) that perform these tasks. If you are interested in joining the effort, please contact the appropriate editors for additional information.

• Prose: Mary Houts houtsmary@hotmail.com, Eric Roper eric@ericroperesq.com

• Poetry: Mark Fischweicher fishwords@earthlink.net

• Photography: Peter Houts psh2@psu.edu, Jerry Vogel gerald.vogel@gmail.com

VIRTUAL SENIOR CENTER WEBCASTS

Virtual Senior Center on February 13 the IRP kicked off its current cycle of webcasts with Selfhelp Community Service’s Virtual Senior Center, which serves homebound seniors. Peter Houts hosted a popular webcast on Ansel Adams, the iconic photographer of the American West. Over a number of years many IRP members have participated in this program and found it meaningful and, yes, a lot of fun. Members select their own topics and facilitate lively discussions with homebound seniors from diverse backgrounds. This cycle the webcasts will take place on Wednesdays at 3PM in the IRP office. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. Members interested in exploring participation in a webcast should contact Fran De Lott at francesditt@gmail.com or 212-362-9807.

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THE OBSERVER FEBRUARY 25, 2019

NEWS

REPORTS ON TWO TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Summary of IRP Town Hall Meeting at TNS, February 19, Room 910

Twenty-seven “veteran” members of the IRP, including five members of the Advisory Board attended. The meeting was called as part of a regular series of meetings to keep members abreast of the latest developments and concerns with our relationship with The New School, to sound out the thoughts of the members and to let members know how the Advisory Board is addressing concerns.

Harold Berkowitz, chair of the Advisory Board, asked for a show of hands to see how many are taking classes as CUNY’s School for Professional Services. A majority of the members raised their hands and expressed satisfaction with the classrooms, the modernity and how quickly they were made to feel welcome by the SPS administration and how rapidly they responded to a request for Wi-Fi access. Some wished there was more gathering space, but most stated that it was adequate and that they quickly found places to socialize outside of the building. There was general agreement that the spaces were commodious and the reception by SPS very encouraging.

Harold explained that the Advisory Board had unanimously voted to freeze their positions on the board until the affiliation or space situation is resolved, whichever comes sooner. Everyone in the room agreed to that decision and expressed their gratitude toward the Advisory Board for investigating and working out solutions.

Most of the meeting was devoted to questions regarding our future: where were we are and where may we go. Concerns can be listed as follows:

• What was the cost of the rental, and who paid for it? The semester cost is $17,000 for the two classrooms from 9:30AM to 2:45PM twice a week. With that configuration 12 study groups a week are accommodated. Payments are being made from the IRP member-raised funds. Harold explained that in order to keep the IRP whole and vibrant the Advisory Board authorized the payment even though the thinking among everyone was that payment should come from tuition since we had in fact paid full tuition in the fall with the understanding that a full complement of study groups would be held on The New School campus.

• What will happen to the balance of our funds? The IRP thinks it is our money, and if a separation occurs we intend to claim it. All participants enthusiastically approved this approach.

• What is the purpose of the new corporation, the Institute for Education in Retirement (IER) and is it a 501(c)(3)? Tax exempt status 501(c)(3) is being filed for by a pro bono attorney. Harold and Michelle Harris explained that for now it is a vehicle to raise money for our purposes, but if necessary it will be our new legal entity for negotiations and legal agreements.

• Is there space for SIGs and other programs at SPS? Currently no, except that one classroom is vacant on both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 to 2:45PM, allowing for two committee meetings a week. There are other rooms available for rent on an ad-hoc basis. Harold stated that the heart and soul of the IRP is study groups and that other activities are generated because of the excellence of classes, so members should continue to actively plan to give study groups. Barbara Marwell light-heartedly commented that Harold’s remarks about study groups were unsolicited by her but much appreciated.

• Some asked what did the prospect of TNS classrooms look like in the fall. Harold said Monday to Thursday from 8:30 to 10AM, most of the day Friday and all day Saturday. No one was happy with that offer.

• Are we looking for other space for the fall? The answer is yes and that Michael Hill and Aileen Gitelson are pursuing space possibilities at Hunter College and other institutions. There seems to be a willingness on the part of other institutions to establish a relationship with the IRP.

Harold announced that a meeting is scheduled with the president and provost of The New School for March 5th where the Executive Committee hopes to have a constructive discussion of the IRP’s future at the New School. He stated that everyone from the Advisory Board wants a fair resolution to the tuition situation and that they will make that case to New School officers.

The overwhelming sentiment of the attendees was very supportive of all the efforts the Advisory Board has taken in the past year, and they enthusiastically support the idea that the IRP has to protect itself, by raising its own money and making sure that any future agreement with regard to classroom space must be agreed to in a binding contract.

Denise Waxman suggested that members be polled to gain their thoughts regarding future possibilities. All agreed. The meeting lasted for an hour.

Summary of IRP Town Hall Meeting at SPS, February 19

A roomful of “newish” IRP members met with Advisory Board members to discuss how they were faring during the transition period. The new members said they felt welcomed and described how veteran members had invited them to lunch or coffee, spoken with them in their study groups and approached them to come to an event or participate in some activity. In general, members were enthusiastic about their IRP experience. Even with the uncertainty over the future, they felt a strong sense of community and engagement in the organization.

There was criticism from some that their mentors had not been helpful in providing guidance or in creating a sense of community; others had the opposite experience of mentors discussing their choice of study groups with them and inviting them to various events. Members were very forthcoming with suggestions about how mentors could do a better job, including a check list for mentors to be developed by the mentor committee.

In addition, some members described the ways in which they committed themselves to become active members of the community: attending events, volunteering for First Desk and Voter Registration, and asking other members out for coffee. For the most recent incoming class, one member organized a get-together in the summer even before classes started. The group continues to meet regularly. Suggestions also included making better use of the Zine by promoting the information that is already there (on committees, their function, members and requirements for joining) and the directory, which is zip code searchable.

Members were very satisfied with SPS classrooms but would like more communal space. Some liked the idea of more time slots and fewer study groups per slot. Others didn’t. Those who attended Friday classes were enthusiastic about the choices. Very few would be willing to attend Saturday classes.

On IRP’s future, Eileen Sullivan explained ongoing negotiations, which include waiting to find out whether SPS will have enough rooms for us in the fall (which we should know very soon), scheduling a meeting with the New School President, Provost and Dean of Continuing Education (on March 5), as well as looking at other real estate. When asked why we were meeting with the New School, Eileen explained that it gives us time while we negotiate our future.

Eileen then explained the decision to extend the Advisory Board’s term for another year and not hold elections. She also described the creation of the Institute for Education in Retirement (IER), the not-for-profit entity created so that we would have legal status to negotiate and to raise money. The group was supportive of these actions because of the need for stability in this period of transition.

Members asked whether the Admissions Committee would hold information sessions. Committee Co-Chair, Laini Gerald, stated that there was a hiatus for now, although at least 40 people have called Adam for information.

Zine Access

Quite a few IRP members have reported problems accessing the IRP Zine. Historically there have been problems with Zine access using different browsers. This is not the case with this malfunction. Our Zine consultant Matt Nadelson is working on the problem.

Without getting too technical, here is what is happening: When a person visits https://www.irpzine.org they are basically going to a page that simply redirects them to https://www.irpzine.org (the secure version of the website, notice the s after http). So they are forced to login twice – once for the regular version of the site (the http version) and once for the secure version of the site (the https version). If a person were to go directly to https:// irp.org, they would face only one password prompt.

When you attempt to log on and the system kicks back, keep trying three to four times. This usually works. You may run into the same problem once on the Zine and you try to access the IRP Members tab. Repeat the same method, and you should meet with success. We know this is not the way to run a website, but be patient while we attempt to fix the problem. In the meantime, if you are having difficulty, please contact Adam at 212-229-5682. He may be able to offer some tips that could be of help.

As a reminder, the current login credentials for the Zine are:

Username: IRPNewSchool

Password: Fall2018

The Summer Program

The IRP will have a summer program, location to be determined. Deadline for proposals is April 16. Summer study groups are six weeks long, so if you have an idea that works best in a six-week format or want to try your hand at coordinating in a shorter format, please let one of the Curriculum Committee members know. Our names and pictures are on the bulletin board in front of the IRP office. Nuts and Bolts Workshops on March 4 and 6 are a friendly setting in which to try out your ideas. We want to hear from you! More to come!

IRP at TNS and SPS

The meeting the Executive Committee requested with TNS President and Provost has been scheduled for March 5.

Adam continues to work at 12th street on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the IRP office remains closed on those two days. We have arranged that calls made to the IRP office at 212-229-5682 are forwarded to Adam’s phone at 12th street so he can answer them. Adam also will receive and respond to emails sent to irp@newschool.edu. You can also call Scott Amen at 212-229-5615, extension 1480 and ask for Adam.

Study Groups at SPS are proceeding smoothly, and members seem to be using the communal space on both ends of the third and fourth floors to socialize and eat. There is communal space on the fourth floor as well, which members are starting to use. Members of the Executive Committee met with SPS Associate Dean Washington Hernandez to view a larger room (capacity 60) on the fourth floor that we can rent in future for larger classes and also for events.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Women’s Group Meetings

The first Women’s Group meeting for this semester is Monday, March 4 at 3:30PM in room 909 in the 16th Street Building. All women members of the IRP are welcome. The second meeting will be Friday, March 15 at 2PM in Room 910.

Theatre SIG This Friday

The Theatre SIG will meet this Friday, March 1, at 2PM, in room 910 in the 16th Street building, to discuss “Merrily We Roll Along.” “Merrily” is playing at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre on West 46th Street. Discount tickets are available on www.Playbill.com.

Participants are urged to watch a fascinating documentary about the original production titled “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.” This documentary has footage of the original production and very interesting interviews with many of the original cast members and creators including Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, and Adam Guettel and was directed by original cast-member Lonny Price. The documentary is available on Netflix streaming (as well as Prime Video and Vudu).

Marketing Committee Openings

The IRP’s Marketing Committee is seeking new members. The committee works to publicize the IRP within the group and to outside media outlets. If you are interested, please contact the chairman, Tom Ashley, at thisdayin@aol.com.

Voices Committee Seeks Members

Submissions to IRP Voices are due by April 1. After that date, IRP members will evaluate the submissions and prepare the selected material for inclusion in the next issue. There are a few openings on the committees (prose, poetry, photography) that perform these tasks. If you are interested in joining the effort, please contact the appropriate editors for additional information.

Prose: Mary Houts houtsmary@hotmail.com, Eric Roper eric@ericroperesq.com

Poetry: Mark Fischweicher fishwords@earthlink.net

Photography: Peter Houts psh2@psu.edu, Jerry Vogel gerald.vogel@gmail.com

Virtual Senior Center

On February 13 the IRP kicked off its current cycle of webcasts with Selfhelp Community Service’s Virtual Senior Center, which serves homebound seniors. Peter Houts hosted a popular webcast on Ansel Adams, the iconic photographer of the American West. Over a number of years many IRP members have participated in this program and found it meaningful and, yes, a lot of fun. Members select their own topics and facilitate lively discussions with homebound seniors from diverse backgrounds.

This cycle the webcasts will take place on Wednesdays at 3PM in the IRP office. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. Members interested in exploring participation in a webcast should contact Fran De Lott at francesditt@gmail.com or 212-362-9807.

Men’s Group Meetings

The IRP Men’s Group meets in Room 901 from 9:15 to 9:50AM every Wednesday in the 16th Street building. All male members of the IRP are invited. There are no obligations or requirements. Feel free to try us out.

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THE OBSERVER FEBRUARY 18, 2019

NEWS

Continuity and Elections

From Harold Berkowitz, for the Advisory Board

In light of the uncertainty about the IRP’s future, the Advisory Board at its February 12 meeting voted unanimously to postpone elections to the board until stability is restored. Once our future is settled, we will have elections in the usual manner—the full membership will elect the Advisory Board and then the board will elect the Executive Committee.

In the meantime, the existing Advisory Board and Executive Committee will remain in place for the immediate future, not to exceed 12 months. As such, Barbara Marwell, the current representative of the Curriculum Committee, will remain on the board and Jonathan Gaines, the incoming chair of the committee, will join the board in that capacity. In addition, Michael Hill, who has been the prime mover in locating space for the IRP, will join the board as this work is ongoing and critical to our future.

As we have reported before, we have formed a not-for-profit corporation, currently named the Institute for Education in Retirement (IER), to ensure that we have legal status to raise funds and enter into agreements as appropriate. We are also in the process of applying to the IRS for 501(c)(3) status that will allow contributions to the IER to be tax deductible. By a majority vote, the board decided to make the current IRP Advisory Board also the Board of the IER. The officers of the IER are the current Executive Committee (Harold Berkowitz, Eileen Sullivan, Michelle Harris, and Miriam Lawrence) plus Bernie Belkin and Colette Siegel to cover legal and financial/accounting issues. In future, the IER will report on its activities separately and the Observer willcover only IRP issues.

Currently we are waiting to hear from Executive Dean Mary Watson about a promisedmeeting with President David E. Van Zandt and Provost Tim Marshall to discuss theIRPs future with TNS.

As always, we will keep members informed about our progress and will afford them theopportunity to voice their concerns and recommendations at Town Hall and General Membership meetings. We count on your understanding and cooperation. If you have questions or wish additional information, please don’t hesitate to email me atberkh335@newschool.edu.

Town Halls: Two Sessions

Date: Tuesday February 19

For Newer Members:

Place: SPS Room 303

Time: 1-2:45PM

For All Other Members:

Place: TNS Room 910

Time: 1:15-3PM

At both sessions, members of the Advisory Board and Executive Committee will discuss with members all of the issues related to our future; the session for newer members will also consider issues particularly relevant to them, such as mentoring and integration into the IRP community. We have reached room capacity at SPS so those registering today and tomorrow will be placed on a wait list. If you already have registered and now realize you cannot attend, please let Adam know by email so that we can tell those on the wait list. Registration for TNS session is still open so if you are interested, please email Adam at irp@newschool.edu.

We will be having more Town Halls in the coming weeks.

More Good News from the Curriculum Committee: A Summer Program

The IRP will have a summer program, location to be determined. Deadline for proposals is April 16. Summer study groups are six weeks long, so if you have an idea that works best in a six-week format or want to try your hand at coordinating in a shorter format, please let one of the Curriculum Committee members know. Our names and pictures are on the bulletin board in front of the IRP office. Nuts and Bolts Workshops on March 4 and 6 are a friendly setting in which to try out your ideas. We want to hear from you! More to come!

IRP at TNS and SPS

Adam continues to work at 12th street on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the IRP office remains closed on those two days. We have arranged that calls made to the IRP office at 212-229-5682 are forwarded to Adam’s phone at 12th street so he can answer them. Adam also will receive and respond to emails sent to irp@newschool.edu.You can also call Scott Amen at 212-229-5615, extension 1480 and ask for Adam.

Study Groups at SPS proceeded smoothly for the second week of classes. Coordinators appreciate the equipment and the movable chairs, which allow flexibility in seating arrangements. Members seem to be using the communal space on both ends of the 3rd floor to socialize and eat, since we can bring only coffee, tea and water into the classrooms. There is communal space on the 4th floor as well, which members are starting to use.

Members of the Executive Committee met with SPS Associate Dean Washington Hernandez to view a larger room (capacity 60 with tables, more without tables) on the 4th floor that we can rent in future for larger classes and also for events. We are exploring other larger spaces that we can use in future.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Virtual Senior Center

On February 13 the IRP kicked off its current cycle of webcasts with Selfhelp Community Service’s Virtual Senior Center, which serves homebound seniors. Peter Houts hosted a popular webcast on Ansel Adams, the iconic photographer of the American West. Over a number of years many IRP members have participated in this program and found it meaningful and, yes, a lot of fun. Members select their own topics and facilitate lively discussions with homebound seniors from diverse backgrounds.

This cycle the webcasts will take place on Wednesdays at 3PM in the IRP office. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. Members interested in exploring participation in a webcast should contact Fran De Lott at francesditt@gmail.comor at 212-362-9807.

Men’s Group Meetings

The IRP Men’s Group will meet in Room 901 from 9:15 to 9:50AM every Wednesday in the 16th street building. All male members of the IRP are invited. There are no obligations or requirements. Feel free to try us out.

New Shows For Theatre SIG

Each semester, the leaders of the Theatre SIG select at least three plays that members attend independently and then meet for a discussion of the play and the production. The SIG is open to all IRP members and we particularly encourage new members to join. This semester the SIG shows are: “Merrily We Roll Along” at Roundabout’s Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theater at Steinberg Center; “The Mother” at the Atlantic Theater; and “Ink” at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman Theatre. If you want to be added to the Theatre SIG mailing list, send an email to Bruce Smith at smitb434@newschool.edu. He will then send complete information about this semester’s plans.

Procedures for Observer

The Observer is published every Monday morning during the semester. If you have notices you want to appear, please send them to Leslie Davis (ldavis7104@yahoo.com) and Adam Blaton (irp@newschool.edu) by the previous Friday at 12 noon. Notices that come in later than this deadline will appear in the following week’s issue. Also, a hard copy of the Observer will be posted on the IRP bulletin board outside the office, and copies will be available at First Desk.

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THE OBSERVER FEBRUARY 11, 2019

NEWS

Relationships with TNS

Executive Dean Mary Watson has agreed to arrange a meeting of IRP’s Executive Committee with the President and Provost of TNS. The EC will set forth the historical and current importance of the IRP to TNS’s mission and operations and emphasize our desire to work out solutions to the space issues that will allow us to maintain the affiliation with TNS and also field our full complement of study group each semester.

The Executive Committee is also sending a letter to Joseph R. Gromek, Chair of TNS Board of Trustees, bringing the current space crisis to their attention and outlining our requirements, our contributions to the university—including diversity, mentoring, and voter registration—and our desire to work with TNS to find creative solutions to the present difficulties.

As of now, Adam is working at 12th street on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the IRP office is closed. The EC has asked that the office be open so that one of our First Desk Volunteers can be present to respond to member calls and visits. Until that happens, if you need Adam on Tuesdays and Thursdays, email irp@newschool.edu or call Scott Amen at 212-229-5615, extension 1480.

Getting to Know CUNY SPS

The Executive Committee met with Dean John Mogulescu, Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Senior University Dean of Academic Affairs, and with Associate Dean Washington R. Hernandez, Associate Dean of Administration and Finance, to discuss some details about scheduling for this semester and, more important, possibilities for space in the Fall and beyond.

As the note from the Curriculum Committee below reports, classes proceeded very well at SPS during the first week of classes. There are some issues regarding noise levels as we meet and greet one another on floors that also include SPS offices. Two suggestions: when at all possible, congregate inside the two classrooms assigned to us (303 and 318) with the door closed, and when taking advantage of the communal space at the end of each floor, be mindful of the noise level and the location of SPS offices.

Dean Mogulescu visited the Justice study group to welcome the IRP to the university and to express his admiration for our members and his determination to use our skills to the benefit of SPS as well as the IRP.

IRP Annual Appeal

Within the next few weeks, members will be receiving the IRP’s annual appeal for funds to support our operations. This year, the appeal will come from our newly formed not-for-profit corporation, the Institute for Education in Retirement (IER). Currently, TNS controls our Annual Fund. This change will enable us to control our own money. As you know, the annual appeal supports activities such as honoraria for speakers, microphones and other devices necessary for coordinators of our study groups, catering for events such as the General Membership Meetings, etc. In addition, we will have the flexibility to use funds for other needs that may arise that are outside the purview of TNS. We encourage everyone to support IER generously.

TOWN HALLS: TWO SESSIONS

Date: Tuesday February 19

Time: 1-2:45PM

Because of the enthusiastic response of members interested in attending the first Town Hall of the semester, the Advisory Board and Executive Committee have scheduled two sessions for Tuesday February 19, starting at 1PM.

A session for ‘newer’ members who have joined the IRP within the last 18 months to consider issues particularly relevant to newer members, such as mentoring and integration into the community, as well as the issues about our future at TNS and SPS. This session will be held at SPS in Room 303.

A session for ‘veteran’ members to discuss the challenges of maintaining our community in two locations and options for our future. This session will be held at TNS 16th Street in Room 910.

Space is limited in both locations, so if you wish to attend, please email Adam at irp@newschool.edu.

FROM THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

Now that the first week of classes has ended, we hope you are all enjoying your study groups and finding the venues, new and familiar, comfortable. As some of you have study groups in both TNS and SPS, you are probably reminded of college, when a student had classes in different buildings or of a joint custody arrangement where the kids spend one week at mom’s and one week at dad’s.

The Curriculum Committee has already had our first meeting of the semester. We are working on assembling a wonderful set of study groups for Fall 2019. Members of the committee will be visiting classes during this week to remind you that we are always looking for proposals and have many strategies, including workshops, to help you develop your ideas for an outstanding study group.

Workshops:

Our first workshop, Nuts and Bolts, is a way to share ideas that are in an early stage and get reactions from fellow IRPers. Nuts and Bolts workshops will be held on Monday March 4 and Wednesday March 6.

Our Developing a Proposal workshop, to be held on Monday March 25 and Wednesday March 27, helps prospective coordinators organize their proposal and syllabus. We will be announcing the locations of these workshops as soon as rooms are confirmed.

The deadline for Fall 2019 Study Group proposal submissions is April 16. In the meantime, enjoy your Spring study groups and use your creative imagination to join the roster of coordinators for Fall.

PROCEDURES FOR OBSERVER

The Observer is published every Monday morning during the semester. If you have notices you want to appear, please send them to Leslie Davis (ldavis7104@yahoo.com) and Adam Blaton (irp@newschool.edu) by the previous Friday at 12 noon. Notices that come in later than this deadline will appear in the following week’s issue. Also, a hard copy of the Observer will be posted on the IRP bulletin board outside the office, and copies will be available at First Desk.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Men’s Group Meetings

The IRP Men’s Group will meet in Room 901 from 9:15 to 9:50AM every Wednesday in the 16th street building. All male members of the IRP are invited. There are no obligations or requirements. Feel free to try us out.

Tuesdays With Friends Spring ’19 Sign-Up

The Tuesdays With Friends Committee (Ruth Clapper, Lesley Herrmann, Carolyn Preiss, and Denise Waxman) invites you to sign up for our Spring program of small-group get-togethers featuring talks presented and hosted by IRP members. Take advantage of these special opportunities to spend time with your colleagues.

Use the link below to access the Sign-Up Form. You can read about the sessions there. Select your first choice and, if you wish, a back-up second choice, but remember that you may only attend ONE of the three sessions, and that space limitations apply. If more than 15 people register for a session, a lottery will be held.

Please register by Friday, February 15th. We will let all who have signed up know whether they are confirmed to attend or been placed on a wait list by February 19.

Click here to go to the Sign-Up Form. Problems completing the form? Contact dcwaxman@gmail.com.

New Shows For Theatre SIG

Each semester, the leaders of the Theatre SIG select at least three plays that members attend independently and then meet for a discussion of the play and the production. The SIG is open to all IRP members and we particularly encourage new members to join.

This semester the SIG shows are:

“Merrily We Roll Along” at Roundabout’s Off-Broadway Steinberg Theater;

“The Mother” at the Atlantic Theater; and

“Ink” at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman Theatre.

If you want to be added to the Theatre SIG mailing list, send an email to Bruce Smith at smitb434@newschool.edu. He will then send complete information about this semester’s plans and scheduling to you.

Introducing International Dining Get-Togethers

Join fellow IRP members to enjoy a Brazilian lunch in New York.

Where: Berimbau Do Brasil, 43 Carmine Street

Date/Time: Saturday, February 23 1PM

Price Range: $13 to $18 plus tax and tip

Sign up at the office first desk by February 15. We can accommodate only 15 people for this first outing. Address any questions to Myriam Bucatinsky at Myriambuca@gmail.com, Susan Herman at susanhphoto@aol.com or Susan Winston at suswinston@aol.com.

Claude Samton’s New Book

IRP member Claude Samton recently published his fourth book of fables, entitled Formidable Fables: Wisdom for Grownups Because it’s Never too Late. The book is available on Amazon, as are the other five books Claude has published over the past six years.

Centennial Events at TNS

In connection with its centennial celebrations, TNS is scheduling many interesting events. To find out about them, check https://events.newschool.edu/. While on TNS site, connect to IRP’s contribution to the centennial celebrations, if you have not already done so, at http://newschoolhistories.org/institute-for-retired-professionals/.

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THE OBSERVER FEBRUARY 4, 2019

NEWS

SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS TODAY
On Friday, February 1st, we learned that The New School (TNS) and CUNY’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) had signed the rental agreement allowing us to hold study groups on Tuesday and Thursday at SPS at 119 W 31 Street between 6th and 7thAvenues. We begin the semester with 32 study groups—23 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at TNS/16th Street and 9 on Tuesday and Thursday at SPS.

NOTE HOURS OF STUDY GROUPS
The times of study groups are different from our past schedules at both TNS and SPS. With these changes, we are conforming to TNS’s new required scheduling. See chart below for starting and ending times.

 

ADD/DROP PERIOD

We thank the more than 60 IRPers who responded in a timely manner to the short add/drop period that preceded the start of classes. And, as always, the add/drop period continues through the first three weeks of classes. We will publish shortly the list of study groups that still have some remaining places. If you wish to add and/or drop a study group, please send an email to Adam at irp@newschool.edu. Please write ADD/DROP in the subject line. Note that requests are to be made by email only. We cannot accept verbal requests, phone calls, or handwritten notes. Additionally, all requests should be made through the IRP office and not directly to coordinators. Thank you all—members and coordinators alike—for respecting these requirements.

FIRST TOWN HALL OF SEMESTER

The first in our series of town hall meetings for this semester will be held on Tuesday February 19 at SPS from 1:15 to 2:45PM. The purpose is to assess our initial experience at SPS and to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various options available to us for the Fall. Since room capacity at SPS is limited to 28, please RSVP to Adam at irp@newschool.edu if you intend to come. If more than 28 reply, we will schedule additional sessions for subsequent weeks.

PROCEDURES FOR OBSERVER

The Observer is published every Monday morning during the semester. If you have notices you want to appear, please send them to Leslie Davis (ldavis7104@yahoo.com) and Adam Blaton (irp@newschool.edu) by the previous Friday at 12 noon. Notices that come in later than this deadline will appear in the following week’s issue. Also, as of this issue, a hard copy of the Observer will be posted on the IRP bulletin board outside the office and copies will be available at First Desk.

MORE ON OUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD

SPS is close to many subway and bus lines. You can take the 6th or 7th Avenue bus. You can also take the 1, 2 and 3 trains to 34th Street/Penn Station, or the N, Q, R, W, B, D, and F trains to 34th Street/Herald Square. Both Herald Square and Penn Station have entrances and exits on 32nd, 33rd and 34th Streets. Additionally, the PATH station is at 33rd Street and 6th Avenue with an exit at 32nd Street. The 6 train stops at 33rd Street and Park Avenue South. 31st Street is a busy, midtown street with a different vibe than the Village we are used to. As you discover new aspects of the neighborhood during this first week of classes and thereafter, please let Leslie Davis (ldavis7104@yahoo.com) and Adam Blaton (irp@newschool.edu) know, so they can be posted in the Observer.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

SAVE THE DATE
The Our Stage of Life Committee is planning an event on Saturday, April 6, at 10AM on Medicare and the Future of Health Care in the United States. The speaker will be Bruce Vladeck, Senior Vice President for Policy of Mount Sinai-NYU Health, and a former Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He serves as Director of Mount Sinai-NYU Health, and of Senior Health Partners and has also held positions on the faculty of Columbia University and at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Vladeck received his BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
EVENTS AT TNS
In connection with its centennial celebrations, TNS is scheduling many interesting events. To find out about them, check into https://events.newschool.edu. While on TNS site, connect to IRP’s contribution to the centennial celebrations, if you have not already done so, at http://newschoolhistories.org/institute-for-retired-professionals/.

INTRODUCING INTERNATIONAL DINING GET-TOGETHERS
Join fellow IRP members to enjoy a Brazilian lunch in New York
Where: Berimbau Do Brasil, 43 Carmine Street
Date/Time: Saturday, February 23 1PM
Price Range: $13 to $18 plus tax and tip
Sign up at the office first desk by February 15. We can accommodate only 15 people for this first outing. Address any questions to Myriam Bucatinsky at
Myriambuca@gmail.com, Susan Herman at susanhphoto@aol.com or Susan Winston at suswinston@aol.com.
TRAVEL SIG PLANS
The Travel SIG is considering a trip to New Orleans during IRP’s spring break as well as a June trip to either Cuba or Washington D.C. to visit the African American Museum and other tourist attractions. Please let us know if you are interested in either of these options and send questions to Susan Winston (suswinston@aol.com) and Robert Gerace (rgerace234@yahoo.com).
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO 2019 VOICES ONLINE
The Voices Committee urges all IRP writers, photographers, and artists to submit their work to our Voices Online. We would love to have your work represented in the next issue. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019—but we encourage you to submitas early as possible. Note that this year there will be no art submissions; instead, Voices Online will display photos of the art works that have been shown on the ninthfloor during the 2018-19 school year. The full text of the Submissions Guidelines was included on the last page of the January 21 issue of the Observer. If you have questions, contact Charles Troob at ctroob@verizon.net, Tom Ashley at
thisdayin@aol.com, or Lorne Taichman at lorne.taichman@sbumed.org.

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THE OBSERVER  JANUARY 28, 2019

NEWS

UPDATES ON REGISTRATION AND SPACE

Registration: As of today, 293 members have registered for our 35 Spring study groups (SG). Registration was well distributed among the days, indicating that the 31st Street location was not an impediment to the selection of a SG. In addition, everyone who registered by the priority deadline will be admitted to the SG they identified as their first choice. Members should receive a list of their SGs by Friday, February 1st at the latest.

Space: Since our last issue, CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) has sent the rental agreement for our classroom space on Tuesday and Thursday to The New School, which has conducted the necessary security checks of the SPS facility and is now in the final stages of the legal review. TNS has, obviously, authorized us to proceed with registration for our full complement of study groups, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at TNS’s 16th street and Tuesday and Thursday at SPS at 31st Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).

For Those Attending Study Groups at SPS: There is a security check at the entrance of the SPS building so until we are issued SPS IDs, please bring both your TNS ID and a State ID, if you have one. A member of the IRP Advisory Board will be at the entrance on Tuesday and Thursday to assist the security guard in identifying us. Also please come 10 or 15 minutes early for your study group to ensure that the entry process goes easily. There is ample elevator space, we are happy to say, but you should probably bring your usual patience and good humor along with your ID.

For this Spring semester, we are new tenants of SPS and there are some rules we should note and respect. Most important, SPS does not allow students to eat food in their exceptionally well-appointed classrooms; water, coffee, and tea are permitted. There are tables and chairs for about 20 people on three floors of the building to accommodate those who bring their own lunch or just want to socialize. (For other lunch spaces in the neighborhood, see below) SPS will provide tech support to coordinators and, we anticipate, space for meetings after classes.

Our New Neighborhood

This is the first installment of a new feature to help all of us become more familiar with SPS and its environs. First, as Aileen Gitelson pointed out to us, the section of 31st street where SPS is located has an important connection to NYC’s recent history. It is also known as Father Mychal F. Judge Street in honor of the priest who was killed on 9/11 ministering to the injured at the World Trade Center. There is a replica of the iconic photo of him being carried to a nearby church by a group of firemen on the wall of the firehouse across the street from SPS.

Second, the street has many restaurants and stores as well as a parking lot, for those who might want to drive. The restaurants include an international food center right next door that looks like it could seat a cast of thousands, a bagel restaurant, a ramen restaurant, a Starbucks, and two more upscale bar/restaurants, one inside the Stewart Hotel. There is also a famous odd lot store called Jacks that seems to sell everything and at a discount as well as a Nordstrom Rack on the corner. And this is just on the one block.

From The New School

Development: The New School’s Development Office wrote to our IRP Development Chair to clarify that their recent communication to IRP and other members of TNS community was a thank you to donors and not a solicitation. In their 4-year campaign, TNS raised $164 million and the university is grateful to all who contributed.

Centennial and the IRP: The IRP’s essays and photos commemorating our role in TNS history are part of the TNS Centennial website. Check out the essays by Judith Meyerowitz, Rita Silverman, Mary Connelly, and Carolyn Preiss, as well as photos by Susan Rauch, Jerry Vogel, Marshall Marcovitz, and Lesley Herrmann—all produced under the leadership of Maureen Sullivan with expert editing by Leslie Davis—at http://newschoolhistories.org/institute-for-retired-professionals/.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Introducing International Dining Get Togethers

Join fellow IRP members to enjoy a Brazilian lunch in New York

WELCOME- VIM VIDA – VAMOS COMER – LET’S EAT

Restaurant: Berimbau Do Brasil

Date/Time: Saturday, February 23 1PM

Address: 43 Carmine Street

Price Range: $13 to $18 plus tax and tip

If interested, sign up at the office first desk by February 15. We can accommodate only 15 people for this first outing so please don’t delay. Address any questions to Myriam Bucatinsky at Myriambuca@gmail.com, Susan Herman at susanhphoto@aol.com or Susan Winston at suswinston@aol.com.

Travel SIG Plans

The Travel SIG is considering a trip to New Orleans during IRP’s spring break as well as a June trip to either Cuba or Washington D.C. to visit the African American Museum and other tourist attractions. Please let us know if you are interested in either of these options and send questions to Susan Winston (suswinston@aol.com) and Robert Gerace (rgerace234@yahoo.com).

Call for Submissions to 2019 Voices Online

The Voices Committee urges all IRP writers, photographers, and artists to submit their work to our Voices Online. We would love to have your work represented in the next

There is also a link on the Zine.

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THE OBSERVER JANUARY 14, 2019

NEWS

Updates on Space, Grid, and Registration for Spring Semester

Space: On January 10, TNS informed us they had received the contract from the School of Professional Studies (SPS) of CUNY for our rental of two rooms at SPS for Tuesday and Thursday study groups. TNS has told us they will expedite their review process. TNS has also pledged to inform us early this week if any additional classrooms are available to us now that their credit earning students have registered. We have specified that the additional classrooms must be Monday to Thursday starting at 10AM and ending by 3:20PM.

Grid: Two minor changes have been made to the SG schedule. They are:

• The SG Folk Music has been cancelled

• Mary Rowan’s SG, Prelude to Modernity: Culture and Society in 17th Century Paris and Amsterdam, has been moved from Thursday afternoon to Wednesday from 12-1:30PM

Adam has attached the revised grid with links to each study group to this email.

Registration: Because we do not know exactly when TNS will complete its review of the SPS contract or what additional classrooms they will identify, we cannot yet set a registration date. We hope to be able to send out the registration forms in a separate email by the end of this week or shortly thereafter. Since the deadline for submitting your choices will be tight, please decide now as best you can what SG you are interested in requesting. Also, since we may not have access to large classrooms at either TNS or SPS, we anticipate having to use our lottery system to accept members into the more popular SGs, so please consider as many alternate preferences as you can. While the developments on the part of TNS and SPS are good news for our ability to offer our full complement of SGs, there is still uncertainty about exact timing so we continue to rely on your patience. We will inform you—including in special issues of the Observer—of all further developments.

Update on New Years’ Day Open House

Many thanks again to Dolores Seiler for making her lovely apartment available to us on New Years’ Day. We estimate that about 80 members attended, a sign that we greatly appreciate these chances to get together.

For those many members who brought bowls, plates, knives, forks, and tote bags to transport, prepare and serve their food, Adam now has the items that need to be returned to you. Just contact him to arrange pickup.

For Crossword Puzzle Fans

“We’re In It Together,” a crossword puzzle developed by members of the Fall 2018 study group “A Way With Words,” is posted on our bulletin board and a hard copy for you to complete is available in the office. Thanks to all our creative puzzle makers.

EVENTS AND REMINDERS

Open Call for 2019 Voices Online Submissions

The Voices Committee urges all IRP members to use their free time over the winter break to prepare a submission to IRP Voices Online. In this publication, we celebrate writers, photographers, and artists. We would love to have your work represented in the next issue. Create something new, or select a treasure from your archives.

You may view the 2017-18 issue of Voices at www.irpvoicesonline.com. There is also a link on the Zine. The deadline for 2018-19 submissions is April 1, 2019—but we encourage you to submit as early as possible. Note that this year there will be no art submissions; instead, Voices will display photos of the art works that have been shown on the ninth floor during the 2018-19 school year.

The full text of the Submissions Guidelines is included on page 4 of this Observer.

The Voices Committee includes Charles Troob, Publisher; Tom Ashley and Lorne Taichman, Associate Publishers; and editors: Mark Fischweicher (Poetry), Mary Houts and Eric Roper (Prose), Peter Houts and Jerry Vogel (Photography), and Carol Millsom (Art). If you have questions, contact Charles at ctroob@verizon.net, Tom at thisdayin@aol.com, or Lorne at lorne.taichman@sbumed.org.

Revolving IRP Art Show

Attention: Photographers, Water Colorists, Painters, Sculptors, Block Printers, and Collage Artists

The time has come for the third round of our rotating art show. We urge you to participate by submitting one piece of your work that is new to the IRP, that is, has not been exhibited in previous IRP shows or in Voices. Send Adam a photo of your entry with title and dimensions by Friday, January 18 and drop the work off at the IRP office by Friday, January 25.

All work submitted will be shown in rotation. The committee will choose the art to be exhibited in each rotation based the works’ size, media, color, and content. All two-dimensional entries must be framed and prepared for hanging with a wire or D ring. If you have questions about how to prepare your artwork for hanging or display, please contact Adam at irp@newschool.edu.

Salmagundi Club Photography

Works by IRP Members Susan Rauch and Robin Sacknoff have been accepted for an exhibit in the Salmagundi Club Open and Members’ Photography Show, a real honor for them. The show runs from January 7-24, on Monday to Friday from 1-6PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5PM at the Salmagundi Club, Upper Gallery, 47 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street). A reception will be held on the closing night, Thursday, January 24, from 6-9PM.

Rosalie Frost Photo Exhibit

IRP member Rosalie Frost is exhibiting her work, Monet’s Water Garden, Shadows and Light, at the Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, from January 2 to February 2. The gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1-8PM.

Robin Sacknoff Photo Exhibit

IRP member Robin Sacknoff’s work will be exhibited on Saturday and Sunday January 26 and 27 from 1-5PM in the Board Room of the Vermeer at 77 Seventh Avenue (between 14th and 15th Street).

ArtSIG Tour of Winter Antiques Show

When: January 23, 3PM

Where: Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street

Join us for our annual tour of the Winter Antiques Show led by Alice Macadams. Many of you will remember Alice as the appraiser at the IRP Antique Roadshow last year. As an appraiser with many years’ experience in the fine art and antiques world, she will introduce us to dealers at the show and ask them to talk about special objects in their booths.

The tour is free, but admission to the show is $25. To sign up, contact Dick Kossoff at chemkos@aol.com. For questions, contact Carol Millsom carolmillsom0@gmail.com.

Calling IRP Musicians — Jam Session Band

Do you, or did you, play sax, bass, drums, clarinet, recorder, trombone, trumpet…? IRP Member Howard Seeman, a former pianist, has played at restaurants, weddings, and talent shows. Just for fun, he would love to get a group together for a little jam session once a month. The group can meet at Howard’s home (20 minutes from IRP) or rotate homes. Interested? Email Howard Seeman at ProfSeeman@gmail.com.

2018-19 OPEN CALL FOR VOICES ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2019

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

• Writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir) that uses any voice, style, theme, or form

• Photographs on any subject

Voices will not request art submissions for this issue. The work shown in the IRP art show will be displayed in Voices.

Previously published work should not be submitted.

THE FINE PRINT:

• You may submit one or two prose pieces. Short pieces are particularly appropriate to the on-line format. There is no minimum length; the maximum length is 2500 words.

• You may submit up to five poems, a maximum of ten pages.

• You may submit up to three photographs, in JPEG (digital) format.

• All submissions will be reviewed by several judges. Judges will not have access to identifying information about the creators of the pieces they are judging.

• If your submission is being considered for publication, an editor may contact you with comments or suggestions. The writer has the opportunity to review and agree to the final edited version.

TECHNICAL GUIDELINES:

All submissions should be attached to an email that includes your name, phone number, e-mail address, the title(s) of the piece or pieces, the submission category, and the date of submission.

For prose submissions, please use Word format (.doc or .docx) and 14-point type. Files in pdf format cannot be used and will be returned to sender.

For poetry, please use Word format and start each poem on a new page.

Your poems or prose pieces should not contain any identifying information. If the text of your piece includes your name (e.g., a memoir) delete the name and replace it with “(author)”.

Your photographs should be in JPEG format, large size; submit a title either as the file name or in the body of your email submission. When transmitting photos from a phone or a computer, your email software may ask you what size photo you wish to send. Choose “large” or “actual size” rather than “small” or “medium.”

TO SUBMIT: send via email to irpvoicesonline@gmail.com

All submissions will be acknowledged to verify that they have been received. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within two weeks of your submission, please contact Charles Troob by email at ctroob@verizon.net.

If you have technical questions or difficulty in submitting your entry, please contact us at irpvoicesonline@gmail.com, and we will make every effort to help you.

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SPECIAL ISSUE

THE OBSERVER DECEMBER 21, 2018

HOLIDAY SPECIALS

New Year’s Day Party

IRP member Dolores Seiler has graciously offered to host our annual New Year’s Day Open House at her lovely apartment in Zeckendorf Towers, just a few steps from Union Square. As always, the party will be potluck so please bring food of all description—appetizers, entrees, and desserts—as well as wine and beer. Also, please bring thefoods in their serving dishes and with any cutlery needed to cut or carve it before serving.

We will also need volunteers to help set up the food and to clean up after the party ends at 4PM. (Steve Reichstein has offered to chair the clean-up group and he will need assistance.)

The party will be from 1:30 to 4PM and Dolores’ address is: 1 Irving Place, Apt. G10F.

The entrance is on 15th street a few seconds east of Union Square East.

If you can attend, RSVP to Eileen at esullivan@rcn.com or Miriam at miriamiar@aol.com. Also, we will need volunteers for preparation and cleanup. If you can help with either or both of these, email Eileen or Miriam.

We hope to see many of you there to toast our past and future years.

Ticket Opportunity – Jerome Robbins Broadway Program

Date and Time: Sunday February 24, 3PM

Place: Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets)

Ed Brill, who is coordinating a study group on Jerome Robbins in the Spring, has arranged for a block of tickets to be held for purchase by IRP members to a program commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tony award winning show Jerome Robbins Broadway. The program is being presented on February 24-25 as part of the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum and features a panel discussion with a number of original cast members as well as live performances.

The IRP tickets are being held for the matinee performance on Sunday, February 24 at 3PM. While the program will be of particular interest to members planning to sign up for the Jerome Robbins study group, tickets are available for purchase by all IRP members as long as the allotment lasts. The Works and Process programs typically sell out quickly and the IRP block of tickets can be held only for a limited time. Members who are interested in attending are encouraged to purchase a ticket promptly by following the directions below. Please limit your purchase from the block being held for IRP members to one ticket to give as many members as possible an opportunity to attend.

Additional tickets can be purchased for the Sunday matinee or Sunday or Monday evening performances while they are available to the general public. Please contact Ed Brill by email at ebrill300@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Purchase information: Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 212-423-3575 and accessing the allocation by using code word NEW SCHOOL. The tickets are $45 + $6 ticketing fee. Note that these tickets cannot be purchased online.

NEWS

IRP in New School History

In connection with The New School’s centennial celebration in 2019, the History Department has created a website to illustrate people and events over those 100 years. The IRP’s section of the website went active this week, and you can go to it at http://newschoolhistories.org/institute-for-retired-professionals/. TNS Professor of History Julia Foulkes invited the IRP to contribute to the centennial commemorations, and the IRP formed a committee headed by Maureen Sullivan to provide the content for our site. That content consists of four articles: Judith Meyerowitz on the history of the IRP, Rita Silverman on peer learning, Mary Connelly on running a volunteer organization, and Carolyn Preiss on collaborating with the New School and serving the larger community. Photos are by Susan Rauch, Jerry Vogel, Marshall Marcovitz, and Lesley Herrmann. Leslie Davis was copy editor. The entire TNS History website is at http://thenewschoolhistory.org. IRP is in Histories, on the left.

Update on GMM and Space

A standing room only crowd (estimated as 200+) attended the GMM on December 14 at Wollman Hall. Brief reports were given by several committee chairs (Ajit Kumar for Waterside Plaza initiative, Tom Ashley for Marketing, Charles Troob for Voices, Mary Elwood for Diversity, and Aileen Gitelson for Our Stage of Life). Barbara Marwell then described both the study group grid that had been sent to members and the flexible process she and the curriculum committee followed to develop the grid in the changing circumstances we faced over the past months. Most of the meeting was given over to the issues of space for the Spring and Fall as members of the Executive Committee reported on the latest developments, already familiar to Observer readers, and answered members’ questions. Significant items are:

• TNS is awaiting the contract from CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) for our rental of 2 classrooms to hold Tuesday and Thursday Spring study groups to supplement the groups held at TNS on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

(Since the meeting, SPS has written to assure TNS that the classrooms are available, and they are preparing the contract for TNS review.)

• With the space at TNS and SPS, we will be able to offer our full complement of study groups.

• The Spring semester begins on February 4th and the Spring break will be one week, from March 18 to 24.

• For the future beyond the Spring, all options are on the table and, in order to be ready for all eventualities, we have become incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in New York State.

Given the holiday schedules at TNS, we don’t expect further developments until after the first week of January. The IRP relies, as always, on its members’ patience and flexibility.

Calls for Volunteers: Hosts for Tuesday with Friends 2019

The Tuesday with Friends Committee is currently planning six exciting programs for the coming year. We have the speakers for a variety of subjects. All we need now are the venues!!!

TWF events are unique because they take place in members’ homes (from 3:30–6PM), making each event a pleasant occasion for socializing. And that’s where we reach out to you. If your apartment can accommodate 18 guests, we are there to arrange refreshments to be delivered to your door, set up the refreshments, arrange chairs, and help clean up when the party is over. You, the host, will have fun and our sincere gratitude for making the party possible.

If you would like to volunteer your home, or have any questions, please contact Carolyn Preiss at preic920@newschool.edu.

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THE OBSERVER DECEMBER 10, 2018

NEWS

General Membership Meeting

Date: Friday, December 14

Time: 1-3PM

Place: Room 500, Wollman Hall at 65 West 11th Street

In a Town Hall style format, discuss the latest developments in our quest for rental space for the Spring semester and receive the tentative schedule—the grid—for the Spring, including the study groups scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at The New School and those planned for Tuesday and Thursday at our rental space at CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS). Here is what is on the agenda:

• Negotiations with TNS and CUNY SPS regarding rental space for the Spring

• Negotiations with TNS regarding payment of rent for the Spring

• Establishing the IRP as a legal entity

• The tentative grid for the Spring, with full complement of study groups

The social portion of the meeting to start our holiday celebrations will follow immediately after the Town Hall session.

GMM – Volunteers Needed

Adam will need five volunteers to work with him on logistics before the GMM this Friday, from 12 noon to 1PM. Please email Adam at irp@newschool.edu if you are available.

EVENTS

Tuesday with Friends 2019 – Hosts Needed

The Tuesday with Friends Committee is finalizing plans for six exciting programs for the coming year. We have the speakers for a variety of subjects. All we need now are the venues!!!!

As most of you know, TWF events are unique because they take place in members’ homes (from 3:30 – 6PM), making each event a pleasant occasion for socializing. And that’s where we reach out to you. If your apartment can accommodate 18 guests, we are there to arrange refreshments to be delivered to your door, set up the refreshments, arrange chairs, and help clean up when the party is over. You, the host, will have fun and our sincere gratitude for making the party possible.

If you would like to volunteer your home, or have any questions, please contact Carolyn Preiss at preic920@newschool.edu.

Rosalie Frost Photo Exhibit

IRP member Rosalie Frost will exhibit her work, Monet’s Water Garden, Shadows and Light, at the Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, from January 2 to February 2, 2019. The gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1-8PM. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 3, 6-8PM.

Calling IRP Musicians — Jam Session Band

Do you, or did you, play sax, bass, drums, clarinet, recorder, trombone, trumpet…?

IRP Member Howard Seeman, a former pianist, has played at restaurants, weddings, and talent shows. Just for fun, he would love to get a group together for a little jam session once a month. The group can meet at Howard’s home (20 minutes from IRP) or rotate homes.

Interested? Email Howard Seeman at ProfSeeman@gmail.com.

REMINDERS

New Art Show

The second group of IRP artists is now exhibiting work on the wall opposite the IRP office. Izzy Greenwald, Susan Herman, Peter Houts, Patti Kaplan, David Sarlin, Jerry Vogel and Ken Witty are all included in this terrific new exhibit. Stop by; it’s worth it!

Poetry Reading

IRP member Mireya Perez will be among the poets reading their work at the Third Brownstone Poets 2018 Anthology Book Event on Saturday, December 15 from 3- 4:30PM at Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas. Admission is free.

Surviving Dying

Howard Seeman, PhD, is not only a pianist, but also a professor emeritus at CUNY, a certified life coach, and a pancreatic cancer patient. He will lead this session, urging us to cultivate a wise attitude to death and take some of the ‘dying’ out of dying. IRP members are welcome to attend on Tuesday, December 18 from 5-7PM at Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson Street. Please rsvp to events@judson.org.

Holiday Choral Concert

Please come to the free Holiday Concert given by Encore Chorale, a choral organization for adults over 55. Carol Groneman joined the Chorale this semester without previous experience and is having a wonderful time singing. The concert is on December 19 at 7PM at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Kirkland Chapel, 7 West 55th Street.

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THE OBSERVER DECEMBER 3, 2018

NEWS

Space and Negotiations with TNS

There are no new proposals to report on this front; the Advisory Board and Executive Committee are in the midst of negotiations with the CUNY School for Professional Studies and The New School for space to supplement the Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule we will have at TNS for the Spring. The CUNY site at West 31st Street is the preferred supplementary site for Spring Tuesday and Thursday classes because of its excellent classroom and other educational facilities, its location, and its reasonable cost. More to come, especially at the General Meeting.

General Membership Meeting

Date: Friday, December 14

Time: 1-3PM

Place: Room 500, Wollman Hall at 65 West 11th Street

Get the latest news from the Advisory Board on our space issues and negotiations with The New School for the Spring and Fall semesters. Most of the business portion of the meeting, with its Q and A and discussion session, will be devoted to this subject. The social portion of the meeting to start our holiday celebrations will follow immediately.

EVENTS

Women’s Group Meeting

The Women’s Group will meet at 2PM on Tuesday, December 4 in room 704. It is the group’s final meeting of the semester.

Fridays@One Hawking Tribute Now Online

The recent Fridays@One program on the life and work of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, featuring IRP members John Gillespie and Reuven Opher, is now accessible on YouTube. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNsM2bEqvtY.

REMINDERS

Last Call: Our Stage of Life Committee Workshop

Relationships over the Life Cycle

Date: Saturday, December 8

Time: 10-11:30AM

Place: University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 202

Act now; only a few places remain. IRP member Jan Adler will facilitate this discussion of strategies to cope with the inevitable changes in our relationships with family and friends as we grow older. Begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions to enhance the relationships central to your happiness and wellbeing. Sign up with Adam at irp@newschool.edu or with the First Desk.

New Art Show

The second group of IRP artists is now exhibiting work on the wall opposite the IRP office. Peter Houts, Jerry Vogel, David Sarlin, Ken Witty, Susan Herman, Patti Kaplan, and Izzy Greenwald are all included in this terrific new exhibit. Stop by; it’s worth it!

Poetry Reading

IRP member Mireya Perez will be among the poets who are reading their work at the Third Brownstone Poets 2018 Anthology Book Event.

Date: Saturday, December 15

Time: 3-4:30PM

Place: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas Admission is free

Surviving Dying

IRP member Howard Seeman, PhD, a professor emeritus at CUNY and certified life coach, will talk and lead this discussion. Howard is also a pancreatic cancer patient and he urges that we cultivate a wiser attitude to death to take some of the ‘dying’ out of dying.

Date: Tuesday, December 18

Time: 5-7PM

Place: Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson Street

IRP members are most welcome to attend. Space is limited so please rsvp to events@judson.org.

Holiday Choral Concert

Please come to the free Holiday Concert given by Encore Chorale, the largest and fastest-growing choral organization for adults over 55. Carol Groneman joined the Chorale this semester without previous experience and is having a wonderful time singing.

Date: December 19

Time: 7PM

Place: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Kirkland Chapel, 7 West 55th Street

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THE OBSERVER NOVEMBER 26, 2018

NEWS

Update on Spring Semester

On the Friday before the Thanksgiving break, the IRP Executive Committee received word from the New School (TNS) that 24 classrooms suitable for our Spring study groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays have now been identified. Only one of the 24 study groups will be held at the 8:20AM time slot. (Other classrooms TNS identified are not suitable for our purposes, because they are free only at the 8:20/8:30AM time slot when coordinators are not available, or they are on Fridays when we are already planning as many study groups as coordinators are willing to lead.) The Advisory Board, having decided to pursue alternate sites for Tuesdays and Thursdays to house the remaining study groups planned for the Spring semester, is awaiting final confirmation on availability and cost for the three sites under consideration. As reported in a previous Observer, the sites are CUNY School for Professional Studies on West 31st Street, First Presbyterian Church on West 12th Street, and SUNY Global Conference Center on East 55th Street. The Advisory Board has decided that once this confirmation is in hand, it will propose to TNS that we rent the site for classrooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 or 9:30AM to 2 or 3PM. The Board will keep members informed as the negotiations develop. Moreover, the Spring semester will be a topic for discussion at the General Membership Meeting.

General Membership Meeting

Date: Friday, December 14

Time: 1-3PM

Place: Wollman Hall, Room 500 at 65 West 11th Street

The meeting is vitally important now more than ever. Get the latest news during the business portion of the meeting and enjoy one another’s company over refreshments afterward.

EVENTS

Fridays@One

Date: Friday, November 30

Time: 1PM

Place: University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U L105

Topic: Climate & Population: Two Crises 8,000 Years In The Making

Speaker: Eugene Linden, expert on environmental issues, author of several books and also articles in Time, Foreign Affairs and National Geographic.

Will Malthus prove to be correct? Will human beings outrun the resources they depend on to survive? This lecture recounts the threats of overpopulation, famine, and climate change as well as the US and international community response. As famine spreads, for example, the US has cut its annual contribution to the UN Population Fund and withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement.

New Art Show

The second group of IRP artists is now exhibiting work on the wall opposite the IRP office. Peter Houts, Jerry Vogel, David Sarlin, Ken Witty, Susan Herman, Patti Kaplan, and Izzy Greenwald are all included in the new exhibit.

Women’s Group Meetings

Dates and Places:

• Monday, November 26 — Room 1006

• Tuesday, December 4 — Room 704

Time: 2-3:30PM

Poetry Reading

IRP member Mireya Perez will be among the poets who are reading their work at the Third Brownstone Poets 2018 Anthology Book Event.

Date: Saturday, December 15

Time: 3-4:30PM

Place: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas

Admission is free.

Holiday Choral Concert

Date: December 19

Time: 7PM

Place: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Kirkland Chapel, 7 West 55th Street

Did you ever want to sing in a choral group? ENCORE CHORALE, the largest and fastest-growing choral organization for adults over 55, might be the answer. Please come to the free Holiday Concert. Carol Groneman joined the Chorale this semester without previous experience and is having a wonderful time singing. You might like it, too.

REMINDERS

Our Stage of Life Committee Workshop on Relationships over the Life Cycle

Only a few places remain, so register now for what is sure to be a stimulating discussion of issues central to our happiness and wellbeing.

Date: Saturday, December 8

Time: 10-11:30AM

Place: University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 202

IRP member Jan Adler will facilitate this discussion of strategies to cope with the inevitable changes in our relationships with family and friends as we grow older. How are your relationships changing? Do some changes make life better? How do you deal with changes that make life more difficult? What seems to work? Sign up now with Adam at irp@newschool.edu or with the First Desk.

Leading a Discussion Workshop

Dates: TODAY Monday, November 26, and Wednesday, November 28

Time: 2-3:50PM

Place: Room 1618, which is accessible via the 79 Fifth Avenue entrance

Please join the Curriculum Committee to learn more about techniques and strategies for leading a good discussion. While Spring 2019 coordinators are specifically encouraged to attend, these workshops are open to the entire IRP community. If you are thinking about coordinating a study group, this workshop is for you. RSVP to Adam including the date you plan to attend: irp@newschool.edu or 212-229-5682.

Surviving Dying

Date: Tuesday, December 18

Time: 5-7PM

Place: Judson Church, 239 Thompson Street

IRP member Howard Seeman, PhD, a professor emeritus at CUNY and certified life coach, will talk and lead a discussion on “Surviving Dying.” Howard is also a pancreatic cancer patient and he urges that we cultivate a wiser attitude to death and take some of the ‘dying’ out of dying. IRP members are most welcome to attend. Space is limited so please rsvp to events@judson.org.

ArtSig Exhibits: Painting Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

Date: Wednesday, November 28

Time: 3PM

Place: Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

Cost: Modest fee, to be determined.

Coming up this Wednesday, the exhibit, organized jointly with the Musée d’Orsay, follows black models from Paris to Harlem and back. The new gallery, part of Columbia’s recent development on West 129th Street, is a short walk from the No. 1 subway stop at 125th Street. Sign up with Dick Kossoff at chemkos@aol.com.

Theatre SIG Meets

Date: Tuesday, November 27

Time: 2PM

Place: Room 1618, accessible via 79 Fifth Ave, around the corner from the 16th Street Building

The group will discuss The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui currently at the Classic Stage Company. The first part of the meeting will focus on the selection of plays for the Spring semester and participants will express their preferences.

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THE OBSERVER NOVEMBER 12, 2018

NEWS

Update on Space

The Advisory Board continues its search for space to supplement the classrooms The New School is providing for the Spring semester (full schedule Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 8:20/8:30AM; only early morning slot on Tuesday and Thursday).

More than 50 IRP members have submitted suggestions for suitable space to the Board, and some have submitted several suggestions. The Board gratefully acknowledges this support from members and has been following up on the suggestions, focusing first on our immediate needs for the Spring and on spaces in universities and in the vicinity of 16th Street.

At present, the leading candidates are First Presbyterian Church on 12th Street and 5th Avenue, CUNY School of Professional Studies on 31st Street just west of 6th Avenue, and SUNY Global Center on 55th Street just west of Lexington Avenue. All have acceptable classroom space with AV/WiFi, some communal space, locations convenient to public transportation and restaurants, and reasonable prices. As would be expected, the universities provide superior rooms and equipment as well as a university connection, while the church is closest to TNS and 16th Street. The Executive Committee with its task force on real estate is currently assessing all of these factors and has met with TNS deans and registrar before making its recommendation to the Advisory Board.

No Classes or Observer Next Week

There will be no Study Group meetings or Observer next week as we all celebrate Thanksgiving.

EVENTS

Surviving Dying

IRP member Howard Seeman, PhD, will give a talk and lead a discussion on “Surviving Dying” at the Judson Church, 239 Thompson Street, from 5 to 7PM on Tuesday, December 18. Howard, a professor emeritus at CUNY and certified life coach, is also a pancreatic cancer patient. He urges a wiser attitude toward death, to take some of the ‘dying’ out of dying.

IRP members are most welcome to attend. Space is limited so please rsvp to events@judson.org.

Jazz Brunch On Sunday

The Jazz SIG thanks IRPers for their enthusiastic support of the upcoming jazz brunch on Sunday, November 18 at 12PM at Cafe Loup (105 W. 13th Street). There is still one available seat at the IRP table. If you are interested in participating, please email Rica Fujihira at ricafuji160@gmail.com to be placed on the guest list.

The music will be provided by the talented Steve LaSpina Trio. Steve is a renowned bassist who has collaborated with such jazz giants as Stan Getz, Benny Carter, and Jim Hall. The cost is approximately $45. Rica will send a confirmation email to those who have already signed up.

Women’s Group On Wednesday

The Women’s Group will meet at 2PM on Wednesday, November 14, in Room 1004.

REMINDERS

Our Stage of Life Committee Workshop

Topic: Relationships over the Life Cycle

Who: IRP member Jan Adler will facilitate the discussion

When: Saturday, December 8, 10-11:30AM

Where: University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 202

Jan will facilitate this workshop on coping with changes in our relationships with family and friends as we grow older. Having troubles with partners or siblings? Losing contact with old friends? Children or grandchildren not calling, emailing, texting enough or is it too much? Come and discuss, help to identify successful strategies to enhance our relationships. Enrollment will be limited to 25 IRP members, so sign up now with Adam at irp@newschool.edu or with the First Desk.

The Our Stage of Life Committee is also seeking new members to plan events like this one for both IRP and the community. One topic currently under discussion is ageism as experienced by men and women. If interested, contact Aileen Gitelson at aileengitelson@icloud.com.

ArtSig Exhibits

Painting Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

Where: Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

When: Wednesday, November 28, 3PM

Cost: Modest fee, yet to be determined

This exhibit has received a lot of media attention; see Roberta Smith, in NY Times, November 2 and Hilarie Sheets, NY Times, October 28. Organized jointly with the Musee d’Orsay, the exhibit begins with the maid in Manet’s Olympia and follows black models from Paris to Harlem and back. The gallery is new and located amid Columbia’s recent developments on West 129th Street, a short walk from the No. 1 subway stop at 125th Street. To save your place, sign up now with Dick Kossoff at chemkos@aol.com.

“Six Lenses,” an exhibition of six photographers curated by IRP member Sara Petitt

Where: The Carter Burden Gallery, West Gallery 548 West 28th Street

When: November 15 through December 6

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-5PM; Saturday 11AM-6PM

The reception will be held on Thursday, November 15, 6-8PM.

Theatre SIG Discussion

Topic: “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”

When: November 27, 2PM Room 1618 (accessible via 79 Fifth Ave, around the corner from the 16th Street Building)

Staged Reading

Play: Waiting for Father by IRP member Zuzana Justman

Where: Czech Center at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd St

When: Friday, November 16, 8PM

Admission is free. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stagedreadingwaiting-forfather-tickets-51434391650.

Make Your Retirement Experience Count

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), an economic research and policy center within The New School’s Economics Department, is launching a retirement podcast through its Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab). Seeking to help people save, avoid predatory fees, and manage market risk, the podcast will focus on the experiences of currently retired people. If you feel comfortable talking about these issues, ReLab wants to hear from you. Submit your information at http://www.bit.ly/retirementstory and the ReLab team will follow up. SCEPA is located on the 11th floor within the Economics Department, so you can also stop by at any time.

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THE OBSERVER NOVEMBER 5, 2018

NEWS

Second Town Hall Wednesday, October 31

More than 75 IRPers, including Advisory Board (AB) members Harold Berkowitz (Chair), Eileen Sullivan (Vice Chair), Jane Case Einbender, Dick Kossoff, Barbara Marwell, Carolyn Preiss, and Colette Siegel, attended a second Town Hall meeting on Wednesday October 31. The AB members updated the audience on our search for space for the Spring to supplement the classrooms The New School (TNS) will provide (i.e., full schedule starting at 8:20/8:30AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; only the 8:20/8:30 slot on Tuesday and Thursday).

Harold said that so far, the best choice for the supplementary space, in his opinion, is First Presbyterian Church on 12th Street and Fifth Avenue, although IRP members are still visiting other sites. The advantages of the church are its proximity to 16th Street, its classrooms, AV and WiFi equipment, kitchen, community space, and reasonable cost.

Harold also said in response to questions that the AB’s Real Estate Committee is chaired by Michael Hill, its Legal Committee by Bernie Belkin, and the Executive Committee (EC)—Harold, Eileen, Michelle Harris, and Miriam Lawrence—is functioning as the “Guiding” Committee. The next steps are to tell TNS Executive Dean Mary Watson what we want to do and then begin negotiations about using a portion of our tuition and/or annual fund monies to pay for the supplementary space.

Barbara Marwell, Curriculum Committee chair, spoke about the results of the committee’s coordinator and member surveys, reporting that very few coordinators would give their study groups at the early morning time “without falling on their swords.” According to the member survey, 40 percent of us would take an 8:20AM study group if we were interested in the topic. Working with the rooms provided by TNS for the Spring, 26 of the planned study groups are accommodated, but eight remain “orphans.” To conform to its usual schedule for issuing the semester’s grid, the Curriculum Committee would need a decision about space by November 15.

Here are questions and suggestions raised during the Q and A session.

Do we control our name? Harold answered that we don’t know.

Do we control our finances? No, as Dick Kossoff, chair of the Development Committee, explained, emphasizing the information provided in last week’s Observer.

Can we, and should we, become a legal entity? Harold said that the legal committee is looking into this.

Why did the member survey not ask about willingness to take Saturday classes? Barbara explained that this question was not included after some IRP members objected on religious grounds to offering classes on Saturday. The decision about offering Saturday classes will, in the end, be made by the AB.

IRP members may well know people on TNS Board of Trustees and we should have a system to contact these Board members. Eileen said that the EC has started this process; see the next underlined item below.

TNS system for recording classroom assignments is not reliable; rooms listed as occupied are actually free. Harold replied that the AB is arranging a meeting with TNS Registrar to clarify this subject. Rita Silverman noted that in university settings, department chairs usually control classrooms. Lorne Taichman also made this point at the first Town Hall meeting.

The AB should provide members with information about the spaces that have been suggested as well as the one-page description of what we are seeking. Harold and Eileen said the spread sheet and description will be made available.

We should prepare a package of publicity materials about the IRP to use in our negotiations with TNS (for example, the video on channel 5, newspaper articles about our voter registration drive, our website, brochures, etc.) Eileen said this process is under way with the assistance of several AB members.

Are we going to give 6-week SGs? Barbara explained that TNS administrators require lots of advance notice before approving any changes in schedule. The Curriculum Committee hopes to field the 6-week groups in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

Should we try to generate a public outcry about TNS actions? And a related question: Are we contemplating a break with TNS? Many of the AB members present commented on these questions, all answering No. The AB is focused now on retaining our connection to the university, which offers many advantages—university affiliation, library, office, and overhead. Our goal is to find suitable rental classroom space to supplement TNS classrooms so that we can offer our full panoply of study groups in the Spring and Fall, five days a week. Harold said he is hoping that TNS will work with us on this. There was general agreement when Michael Kessler said we should give the EC the opportunity to use their intelligence and experience to negotiate the best deal for the IRP’s benefit.

Let AB Know About Your Contacts At TNS Board

As we deal with the current space crisis, we are capitalizing on all of our relationships, particularly those with TNS. As mentioned above, members at the recent Town Hall suggested that we reach out to TNS leadership to be sure they are aware of both the IRP’s contributions to the University over the past 56 years and the crisis we are currently facing. Here is a link to the Board of Trustees of The New School: http://tinyurl.com/y7o73azm. Check out the site and if you know or have a connection to any of the men and women listed as board members, please let Eileen know atsulle684@newschool.edu. We will then get together to agree on the best way to coordinate efforts to take advantage of our contacts.

Response to Member Survey

The Curriculum Committee and the AB extend a big thank you to all members who responded to the survey about time schedule preferences. With an extraordinary response rate of 82 percent, the survey will provide crucial information to the AB as it plans our study groups for the Spring and Fall. A full analysis of the data will be available within the next few weeks but here is the result of one question that measured members’ commitment to our organization. When asked How important is the IRP to your retirement activities, 77 percent of respondents said “Very Important. I structure my weekdays around IRP activities.” Another extraordinary response!

EVENTS

ArtSig

Painting Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

Where: Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

When: Wednesday, November 28, 3PM

Cost: Modest fee, yet to be determined

Join us for a tour of an important exhibit that has received a lot of media attention (See Roberta Smith, “The Faces of an Enlightened Age,” NY Times, November 2 and Hilarie Sheets, “New Attention for Figures in the Background,” NY Times, October 28). Organized jointly with the Musee d’Orsay, the exhibit begins with the maid in Manet’s Olympia and follows black models from Paris to Harlem and back. You will also see Columbia’s new gallery and the developments on West 129th Street, a short walk from the No. 1 subway stop at 125th Street.

To save your place, sign up now with Dick Kossoff at chemkos@aol.com.

“Six Lenses,” a group exhibition of six photographers curated by IRP member Sara Petitt

Where: The Carter Burden Gallery, West Gallery 548 West 28th Street

When: November 15 through December 6

Gallery hours: Tuesday—Friday, 11AM—5PM; Saturday 11AM—6PM

The reception will be held on Thursday, November 15, 6—8PM.

REMINDERS

Make Your Retirement Experience Count

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), an economic research and policy center within The New School’s Economics Department, is launching a retirement podcast through its Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab). The podcast will highlight retirement stories and experiences to help figure out a new system that will help people save, avoid predatory fees, and manage market risk. If you feel comfortable sharing your retirement experience, whether you have saved enough or are struggling, ReLab wants to hear from you. You can visit http://www.bit.ly/retirementstory to submit your information, and the ReLab team will follow up from there. SCEPA is also located on the 11th floor within the Economics Department, so stop by any time to say hello or ask questions!

Our Stage of Life Committee

Workshop on Relationships over the Life Cycle

When: Saturday, December 8, 10—11:30AM

Room: Room 202, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

IRP member Jan Adler will facilitate this workshop on coping with changes in our relationships with family and friends as we grow older. Having troubles with partners or siblings? Losing contact with old friends? Children or grandchildren not calling, emailing, texting enough or is it too much? Come and discuss, help to identify successful strategies to enhance our relationships.

Enrollment will be limited to 25 IRP members, so sign up now with Adam at irp@newschool.edu or with the First Desk.

The Our Stage of Life Committee is also seeking new members to plan events like this one for both IRP and the community. Topics currently under discussion include ageism as experienced by men and women. If interested, contact Aileen Gitelson at aileengitelson@icloud.com.

Theatre SIG

Discussion session

Topic: “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” shown at the Classic Stage Company

When: November 27, 2PM

Room: TBD

Staged Reading

Play Waiting for Father by IRP member Zuzana Justman

Place: Czech Center at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd St

When: Friday, November 16, 8PM

Admission is free. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staged-readingwaiting-forfather-tickets-51434391650.

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THE OBSERVER OCTOBER 29, 2018

NEWS

Please Complete Survey of Your Time Preferences for Study Groups

If you have not yet completed the IRP TIME SCHEDULE SURVEY, please do so now. The information from the survey about members’ preferences for study group scheduling is crucial to the board’s planning in the current space crisis. Average time to complete is 5 minutes, 18 seconds.

If you have not seen the survey in your email, search by survey title—IRP TIME SCHEDULE SURVEY—in your regular mail AND in your SPAM or JUNK (on mac) folders. Some members report that the survey went into their SPAM or JUNK folders in their New School or personal accounts, so be sure to check these folders.

We will be sending a follow-up reminder later this week to members who have not yet responded. The Advisory Board is aiming high—90 to 100% response rate—so we want your input.

IRP Finances Explained

As requested by members attending the Friday, October 19 Town Hall meeting, the Executive Committee is circulating this brief description of IRP’s finances: the money currently available to us, what it can be used for, and who authorizes the expenditures. The description was researched, with expert input from Miriam Lawrence and Colette Siegel, and drafted by IRP member Lynn Brenner.

Note: All spending of the funds listed below must benefit the IRP and is subject to the approval of The New School Executive Dean.

The General Fund (aka the Annual Fund): $194,000. This is IRP members’ annual contributions, plus past deposits of the interest paid on realized bequests. That interest is now paid into a separate account. (See below.) Realized bequests are money left to The New School (TNS) for the benefit of IRP. IRP is not a legal entity and therefore cannot receive contributions or direct bequests. The Fund pays expenses like office equipment and supplies, honoraria for our guest speakers and catering for IRP meetings, parties, and early classes.

The Quasi Fund: $5,296. This is annual interest on realized bequests, which by law must be distributed every year. We have used it for projects like enhancing the IRP web site.

The Ruth and Mortimer Epstein Endowment: $68,000 in available accumulated interest. This fund was created to provide need-based IRP scholarships. It also covers partial tuition for IRP members who take TNS classes to help them prepare to coordinate study groups.

The Tolkien Fund: $12,500 in available accumulated interest. This is a gift in memory of Estelle Tolkien by her husband, Marvin Tolkien. It pays for Fridays@One and other events that are open to the community.

IRP members’ tuition payments: About $300,000 a year. Tuition goes directly to TNS and is used to cover the salaries and benefits of IRP staff (our director and Adam), and overhead expenses such as classrooms, lights, maintenance, and telephone.

The ‘Endowment’ Fund: $14,000. This fund isn’t legally an endowment unless it reaches $100,000 by 2021. If that happened — and if IRP became a legal receiving entity — we could take the fund with us if TNS could no longer house us.

 

Update On Space

In the search for classroom space to supplement the rooms that TNS will provide for Spring and Fall 2019, the Space Committee, chaired by Michael Hill, has prepared a list of potential sites, identified contacts, and arranged visits by IRP members. For the Spring, the committee is seeking two or three classrooms to house study groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM to about 2PM. Suitable spaces identified and visited so far are First Presbyterian Church (12th St. & 5th Ave.), Ethical Culture Society (64th St. & Central Park West), Players (Gramercy Park South at 20th St. & Lexington) and the various branches of CUNY including the Graduate Center at 34th St & 5th Ave. The committee is grateful to all the members who suggested sites and reached out to contacts and will provide regular updates on progress.

 

IRP on TV

Channel 5 local news featured a story about the IRP on October 23, focusing on our contribution to the intellectual and social lives of retired people in the metropolitan area. IRP member Michael Hill functioned as our producer as the channel 5 team shot scenes of study groups and interviewed members Dan Hertzberg, Meera Kumar, and Eileen Sullivan at our 16th street site. Then Ernie Anastos, the news program host, conducted a live studio interview with IRP’s Michelle Harris. Features like this confirm the reputations of the IRP and The New School as leaders in progressive adult education. Here is the link to the story: https://www.fox5ny.com/news/368138981-video.

 

OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS

Make Your Retirement Experience Count

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), an economic research and policy center within The New School’s Economics Department, is launching a retirement podcast. Americans are often told that if they cannot save enough for retirement, it’s their own fault. But SCEPA’s Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab) documents how our retirement system is broken, leaving people on their own to figure out how to save enough, avoid predatory fees, manage market risk, and avoid retiring during a downturn.

According to SCEPA’s research, people at all income levels struggle with retirement. ReLab’s podcast seeks to highlight retirement stories and experiences to help figure out a new system that works for real people. If you feel comfortable sharing your retirement experience, whether you have saved enough or are struggling, ReLab wants to hear from you. You can visit http://www.bit.ly/retirementstory to submit your information, and the ReLab team will follow up from there. SCEPA is also located on the 11th floor within the Economics department, so stop by any time to say hello or ask questions!

 

Save the Date: Jazz Brunch

Who: Steve LaSpina Trio

Date: November 18

Time: 12 noon-2PM

Place: Café Loup, 105 W 13 Street

Cost: Approximately $45 per person

Seating at the IRP table is limited. To RSVP, contact Rica Fujihira at ricafuji160@gmail.com.

 

Save the Date: Workshop on Relationships Over the Life Cycle

Who: Our Stage of Life Committee and Jan Adler

Date: Saturday, December 8

Time: 10 – 11:30AM

On behalf of the Our Stage of Life Committee, Jan Adler will facilitate this workshop on coping with changes in our relationships with family and friends as we grow older. Having troubles with partners or siblings? Losing contact with old friends? Children or grandchildren not calling, emailing, texting enough or is it too much? Come and discuss, help to identify successful strategies to enhance our relationships.

Note: Enrollment will be limited to 25 IRP members, so sign up now with Adam at irp@newschool.edu.

The Our Stage of Life Committee is also seeking new members to plan events like this for both IRP and the community. Topics currently under discussion include ageism as experienced by men and women. If interested, contact Aileen Gitelson at aileengitelson@icloud.com.

 

Women’s Group Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 30

Time: 2PM. Room TBA

Topic: Communication in the classroom

REMINDERS

Name Badges Please remember to wear them!

 

Fridays@One

Topic: A Tribute to Stephen Hawking

Date: November 2

Speakers: IRP Members John Gillespie, astrophysicist, and Reuven Opher, cosmologist

Place: 65 W 11 St., Room 500 Wollman Hall.

 

Theatre SIG Dates for Discussions

Open to all IRP members

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2PM Room 1004

Topic: “Days of Rage,” currently at the 2nd Stage Theatre.

Final session for Semester: November 27, 2PM

Topic: “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” shown at the Classic Stage Company

 

Staged Reading of Member’s Play

Play: Waiting for Father by IRP member Zuzana Justman

Place: Czech Center at the Bohemian National Hall (321 E. 73rd St)

Time: 8PM, Friday, November 16.

Admission is free. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staged-reading-waiting-forfather-tickets-51434391650.

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THE OBSERVER OCTOBER 22, 2018

NEWS

IRP On TV Tuesday, October 23 at 6PM

Channel 5 WNYW will conduct a live studio interview with IRP’s Michelle Harris, Secretary of the Advisory Board, on Tuesday October 23. To be aired on the Ernie Anastos News Program, which begins at 6PM, the interview will focus on the importance of learning and community in the lives of retired people. For background to the interview, on Monday October 22, a crew from the program will shoot footage of study groups and talk to a few IRP members for sound bites. Be sure to watch and tell your friends and neighbors to watch!

Town Hall on Space Issues

About 60 IRP members attended the Friday October 19 Town Hall meeting with members of the Advisory Board (AB) about the increasing problem of classroom availability at The New School (TNS). The mood of the members ranged from sadness to anger at TNS but with a commitment to use our talents and resources to ensure our survival and vitality.

The AB representatives filled in some details of decisions they have made and the members made many suggestions about how to proceed. Here are some highlights:

TNS has made clear that realistically, we cannot expect any change in the schedules they have given us, and we must plan accordingly. Details are in the October 17 email sent to all members. While we plan, we have halted the admissions process for the time being.

We are proceeding on two levels: Finding a supplementary space in the neighborhood for next semester, and looking for a longer-term solution either with The New School or with another institution. There seemed to be a consensus that the best outcome would be to continue our relationship with The New School. The Board members again requested that all IRPers join the search for space, using their connections to friends, family, and institutions.

The AB will conduct a survey of members to ascertain their willingness to take classes in the 8:30AM and later time slots. A quick show of hands at the meeting indicated that about a third of those present would not attend classes at the early hour.

Many in attendance suggested ways to make the 8:30AM study groups more attractive, including giving those who sign up for those classes preference for the study groups later that day; scheduling events after the early morning classes, such as brunches, trips, seminars in members’ homes as in Tuesdays with Friends; and securing auditing privileges for TNS courses that day.

Members made many suggestions for alternative classroom spaces in universities, religious institutions, and community groups, which are to be forwarded to the Advisory Board chair at berkh335@newschool.edu. There seemed general agreement that the Board should develop a one-page description of the space we are looking for (in terms of square footage, tech support, and—if possible—cost per sq ft) that can be used by members as they approach various locations.

There was considerable confusion about IRP finances – not just how much money we have but who owns it, what it can be used for, and who authorizes the expenditures. Members recommended that the Board give them a brief, clear, written description of our finances.

The Board is setting up task forces to deal with finding space. Anyone interested in working on this should contact the AB chair.

There will be more Town Hall meetings and we will update members regularly through the Observer.

EVENTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Women’s Group Meeting

The Women’s Group will meet at 2PM on Tuesday, October 30. Room TBA. We will continue our discussion on communication in the classroom.

Our Stage of Life Committee Welcomes New Members

This committee, which is planning events both for IRP members and for the community, seeks additional members. Events planned for this year include a seminar on the evolution of relationships with family, friends, and others over the life span. Other topics under discussion are the legal and financial risks of aging, and ageism as experienced by older men and women. If interested, contact Aileen Gitelson at aileengitelson@icloud.com.

Staged Play Reading

A staged reading of Waiting for Father, a play by IRP member Zuzana Justman, will take place at the Czech Center located at the Bohemian National Hall at 321 E. 73rd St.at 8PM on Friday, November 16. The play is partly based on Zuzana’s life. Admission is free. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staged-reading-waiting-for-father-tickets-51434391650.

REMINDERS

Name Badges

Please remember to wear them!

Fridays@One

November 2 at 1PM

A Tribute To Stephen Hawking

Speakers: IRP Members John Gillespie, astrophysicist, and Reuven Opher, cosmologist

Location: 65 W 11 St., Room 500 Wollman Hall.

Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018, is the renowned English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Gillespie and Opher are our own distinguished scientists— come and hear them.

Brecht For Theatre SIG

The Theatre SIG’s final show for the fall semester will be The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht at the Classic Stage Company. Previews begin October 30; the production opens November 14. The discussion session will be Tuesday, November 27 at 2PM, room TBA. For complete information on this play, see “Theatre in Performance SIG” on the Zine. The SIG will be meeting on Wednesday, October 31, at 2PM, room TBA, to discuss Days of Rage, playing at 2nd Stage Theater at their original 43rd Street theater.

MUSIG Seeks Members

The Music SIG is eager for additional members to help plan events such as attending opera, concerts, lectures, and discussions on a variety of music-related topics. If you would like to join fellow IRPers in planning, attending, and discussing such events, contact Mark Dichter at markdichter@nyc.rr.com.

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THE OBSERVER OCTOBER 15, 2018

NEWS

KUDOS TO VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECT

Press Alert: Be sure to check out the latest issue of The New School Free Press, which devotes page 1 to an admiring account of the IRP’s Voter Registration Project. Congratulations to all IRP members who made the project such a success.

NEW SANCTUARY COALITION

The Our Stage of Life Committee is starting to participate in The New Sanctuary Coalition, a project that has supported people navigating the immigration system since 2007. The Coalition works through several programs; the IRP will participate in the “accompaniment program”, which recruits and trains volunteers to accompany people to immigration hearings and required check-ins. The New School will be hosting training for Coalition volunteers on Wednesday, October 17. If you are interested in finding out more about the program and/or volunteering, contact Aileen Gitelson at aileengitelson@icloud.com.

NAME BADGES

The Diversity Committee is pleased to announce that name badges are now available for all IRP members. Coordinators will be distributing them in study groups this week. The badges are an important way for us to get to know members we don’t already know and to remember names we have forgotten. They are also a way for new members to become acquainted with our community. We ask that you please wear the badges!

CALLING IRP ARTISTS

To have your work considered for the next installment of the IRP Art Show, email Adam (irp@newschool.edu) a photo of your work by Wednesday, October 17. Be sure to include a title and framed dimensions. If you want to submit, but aren’t ready now, there will be other deadlines.

All work submitted will be displayed in one of the installments. Artwork must be framed and equipped for hanging with a wire or preferably with D rings.

BRECHT FOR THEATRE SIG

The Theatre SIG’s final show for the fall semester will be The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht at the Classic Stage Company. Previews begin October 30; the production opens of November 14. The discussion session will be Tuesday, November 27 at 2 pm, room TBA. Arturo Ui is rarely professionally produced, and this production has a strong cast, headed by Raul Esparza in the title role. It’s directed by John Doyle, whose recent revival of another rarely produced show, Carmen Jones, was a major hit last season. For complete information on this play, see “Theatre in Performance SIG” on the Zine.

Reminder: The SIG will be meeting on Wednesday, October 31, at 2 pm, room TBA, to discuss Days of Rage, playing at 2nd Stage Theater at their original 43rd Street theater.

REMINDERS

FRIDAYS@ONE

Friday, November 2, 1PM

A TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HAWKING

Speakers: IRP Members John Gillespie, astrophysicist, and Reuven Opher, cosmologist

Location: 65 W 11 St., Room 500 Wollman Hall

Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018, was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. He was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death and the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.

MUSIG SEEKS MEMBERS

The Music SIG is eager for additional members to help pn such events as attending operas and concerts as well as lectures and discussions on a variety of music-related topics. If you would like to join fellow IRPers in planning, attending, and discussing such events, contact Mark Dichter at markdichter@nyc.rr.com.

ADDITIONS TO ITALY TRIP

Additions to Italy Tour Three new events have been added to the IRP’s trip to Italy during the Spring Break. The tour, Verdi’s Tuscany, will be March 19-28, 2019. The new events are:

• A tour of Verdi’s house in Milan

• Additional opera at Teatro Reggio

• A violin audition in Cremona

The itinerary and tour application can be obtained in the IRP Office or downloaded from the Zine, Activities, Travel Committee information.

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THE OBSERVER OCTOBER 8, 2018

DEVELOPING AND ENHANCING STUDY GROUPS

Want To Co-Coordinate Or Find A Co-Coordinator? Take This Short Survey!

Many IRP members who are interested in coordinating a study group would like to find a co-coordinator. Other IRP members have indicated an interest in co-coordinating, and are willing to consider a wide range of topics. The Curriculum Committee can help. Let us know your interest by clicking the link to a survey: https://goo.gl/69FE4Y and follow the instructions.

Thinking about Submitting a Study Group Proposal?

Following on the heels of the Nuts & Bolts workshops, please join members of the Curriculum Committee for a workshop designed to help you develop your study group idea into a study group proposal. If you’re contemplating submitting a proposal for the spring semester, or any time over the next year, this workshop is for you. Learn more about developing a successful proposal, including how to find appropriate resources on your topic, organizing a working syllabus, and more.

As noted in last week’s Observer, two dates are offered for your convenience:

• Today, Monday, October 8, 1:45-3:30PM o Room 1006

• Wednesday, October 10, 1:45-3:30PM o Room TBA

Please RSVP to Adam at irp@newschool.edu or 212-229-5682.

PowerPoint Lesson

On Tuesday, October 9 at 2PM, Bernie Belkin will help an IRP member learn how to do a PowerPoint presentation. Any member who is interested is welcome to attend and learn as well. Room TBA.

IRP ARTISTS AND POETS

Art Show Is Up

We are showcasing works by IRP artists again. The first installment of the rotating art show is now on display for your viewing. Works by sculptors Dick Kossoff and Carol Sterling are in the office. On the wall diagonally across from the office are photographs by Phyllis Holloway, Richard Herrmann, Susan Rauch, Arlette Sanders, Rosalie Frost, Robin Sacknoff, and Susan Yellin. Paintings by Phyllis Kriegel, and Mary Padilla, and a collage by Istar Schwager are also on display.

The current exhibit will continue through the end of October. Deadline for submissions for the next rotation is October 15. Send a photo of your work, with its title and framed dimensions, to Adam at irp@newschool.edu.

Rosalie Frost Show

Rosalie Frost has a photography exhibit on the 8th floor in the vitrines by the List Library sponsored by The New School Archives and Collections Department. The exhibit, which closes on Thursday, October 11, celebrates old library catalog cards and transforms them through unique transfer film techniques. Each print becomes distorted and unique. The exhibit is meant to be an appreciation of a lost tradition.

Mireya Perez Poetry Reading

On Thursday October 11, Mireya Perez will be reading her work as part of the Poetry Festival of the Americas at the Argentine Consulate, 12 West 56th St. Mireya invites IRP members to the 6PM event.

IRP EVENTS

Additions to Italy Tour

Three new events have been added to the IRP’s trip to Italy during the Spring Break. The tour, Verdi’s Tuscany, will be March 19-28, 2019. The new events are:

• A tour of Verdi’s house in Milan

• Additional opera at Teatro Regio

• A violin audition in Cremona

The itinerary and tour application can be obtained in the IRP Office or downloaded from the Zine, Activities, Travel Committee information.

REMINDERS

Fridays@One – Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, November 2, 1PM

A TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HAWKING

Speakers: Accomplished scientists and IRP members, John Gillespie (astrophysicist) and Reuven Opher (cosmologist)

Location: 65 W 11 St., Room 500 Wollman Hall

Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018, was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. He was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death and the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.

Friday, November 30, 1PM

THREATS TO MANKIND: OVERPOPULATION, FAMINE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Speaker: Eugene Linden, author of books and articles on environmental issues, whose work has appeared in Time, Foreign Affairs and National Geographic

Location: University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., Room U L105

As many as 18 African nations are suffering from overpopulation at a time of severe drought and erosion. As famine spreads, the U.S. response has been to cut its annual contribution to the U.N. Population Fund and withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Will Malthus prove right in the 21st century? Will human numbers outrun the resources they depend upon to live?

*For all Fridays@One events, please RSVP by email (irp@newschool.edu), phone (212-229-5682), or sign up in IRP office.

Virtual Learning Center – Volunteers Needed!

IRP members have been providing webcasts from the IRP office to homebound seniors throughout the metropolitan area for the last five years. They take place on Tuesdays at 3PM, last between 45 and 55 minutes, and involve the active participation of the seniors. Presenters develop the topics and the presentations and Adam provides technical assistance both before and during the webcasts. We need your help to continue this program.

If you can participate, please email Steve Kalinsky (stephenkalinsky@gmail.com) with your topic and two or three dates when you are available.

Women’s Group Meets October 9

The next Women’s Group Meeting will take place on Tuesday October 9, at 2PM, Room TBA. Our topic is Communication in the Classroom.

ARTSIG Tour

What: Art Collection of Sculptor Chaim Gross in his Greenwich Village studio and family home

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2:50PM

Where: Meet at 526 LaGuardia Place

Admission: $15, payable at the door.

Sign up: Dick Kossoff (chemkos@aol.com)

Questions: Carol Millsom (cmillsom@aol.com)

MUSIG Call For Members

The Music SIG is eager for additional members to help plan such events as attending operas and concerts as well as lectures and discussions on a variety of music-related topics. If you would like to join fellow IRPers in planning, attending, and discussing such events, contact Mark Dichter at markdichter@nyc.rr.com.

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THE OBSERVER OCTOBER 1, 2018 

THINKING ABOUT SUBMITTING A STUDY GROUP PROPOSAL? 

Following on the heels of the Nuts & Bolts workshops, please join members of the Curriculum Committee for a workshop designed to help you develop your study group idea into a study group proposal. If you’re contemplating submitting a proposal for the spring semester, or any time over the next year, this workshop is for you. Learn more about developing a successful proposal, including how to find appropriate resources on your topic, organizing a working syllabus, and more. 

Two dates are offered for your convenience: 

Monday, October 8 or Wednesday, October 10, 1:45-3:30PM (Room TBA) 

Please RSVP to Adam at irp@newschool.edu or 212-229-5682. 

EVENTS 

THEATRE SIG MEETS TUESDAY 

The Theatre SIG will meet this Tuesday, October 2 at 2 PM, Room 704, to discuss “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” currently playing at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street. All IRP members are welcome. 

WOMEN’S GROUP MEETS OCTOBER 9 

The next Women’s Group meeting will take place next week on Tuesday October 9 at 2PM. Room TBA. On the agenda: Communication in the Classroom. 

IRP NEWS 

WANT TO CO-COORDINATE OR FIND A CO-COORDINATOR? TAKE THIS SHORT SURVEY! 

Many IRP members who are interested in coordinating a study group would like to find a co-coordinator. Other IRP members have indicated an interest in co-coordinating, and are willing to consider a wide range of topics. The Curriculum Committee can help. Let us know your interest by clicking the link to a survey: https://goo.gl/69FE4Y and follow the instructions. 

VIRTUAL LEARNING CENTER – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 

The IRP has been partnering with Self Help (a community social services agency) to provide webcasts to homebound seniors for the last five years. The webcasts originate from the IRP office on Tuesdays at 3PM. They are in real time with active participation from the homebound seniors and last between 45 and 55 minutes. We attempt to provide eight or nine programs each semester.

Presenters select their topics and develop their presentations and Adam provides technical assistance both before and during the sessions. We need your help to continue this program, which provides a much appreciated service to seniors throughout the city and beyond. If you can participate, please email Steve Kalinsky (stephenkalinsky@gmail.com) with your topic and two or three dates when you are available. 

REMINDERS 

FRIDAYS@ONE – MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 

Friday, November 2, 1PM 

A TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HAWKING 

Speakers: IRP Members John Gillespie, astrophysicist, and Reuven Opher, cosmologist 

Location: 65 W 11 St., Room 500 Wollman Hall 

Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018, was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009. 

 

Friday, November 30, 1PM 

THREATS TO MANKIND: OVERPOPULATION, FAMINE AND CLIMATE CHANGE 

Speaker: Eugene Linden, writer on environmental issues in a series of books and articles for Time, Foreign Affairs and National Geographic 

Location: University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., Room U L105 

As many as 18 African nations are suffering from overpopulation at a time of severe drought and erosion of agricultural lands. As famine spreads, the U.S. response has been to cut its annual contribution to the U.N. Population Fund and withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Will Malthus prove right in the 21st century? Will human numbers outrun the resources they depend upon to live? 

*For all Fridays@One events, please RSVP by email (irp@newschool.edu), phone (212-229-5682) or sign up in IRP office. 

 

ART SHOW EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND 

Attention IRP Artists: Photographers, Water Colorists, Painters, Sculptors, Block Printers, and Collage Artists Because the response to the biannual art show was so positive, we are arranging a rotating display of work by IRP artists so that their efforts can be enjoyed throughout the year. 

We urge you to participate by submitting one work new to the IRP (that is, not shown in previous IRP shows or in Voices). Email Adam (irp@newschool.edu) a photo of your entry with the title and framed dimensions by October 15. If you can’t make this deadline, we will have additional deadlines later in the semester. To be exhibited, all work must be framed and prepared for hanging either with a wire or D ring.

ARTSIG TOUR 

Visit sculptor Chaim Gross’s Greenwich Village studio and family home; view his art collection. 

Date: Wednesday, October 10 Time: 2:50PM Meet: 526 LaGuardia Place 

Admission: $15, payable at the door 

Step back in time and visit a Greenwich Village sculptor’s studio and family home. You will see Chaim Gross’s studio, the family’s living quarters as they used them, and their art collections including gifts from friends—Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Raphael Soyer, and Willem de Kooning. The Chaim Gross Foundation, which maintains the home and studio, is a Village treasure all too often overlooked. 

Sign up: Dick Kossoff (chemkos@aol.com) 

Questions: Carol Millsom (cmillsom@aol.com)

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THE OBSERVER, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

Special note to Fall Coordinators: As there were some unusual last minute changes to our study group start times and locations, if a member has informed you that s/he has withdrawn from your study group, please notify Adam via email at irp@newschool.edu. We want to make sure we are keeping track of all changes.

EVENTS

FRIDAYS@ONE THIS FRIDAY

Friday, September 28, 1PM

UNEASY PEACE: THE DECLINE OF CRIME IN AMERICAN CITIES

Speaker: Patrick Sharkey, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Sociology, NYU Location: 55 W 13th St., Room 202 Theresa Lang Student Center

Over the past 20 years, American cities have experienced a dramatic decline in crime. Professor Sharkey in his new book Uneasy Peace explains how this occurred, how it has revitalized urban life particularly for poor citizens, and how to prevent another crime wave.

Mark your calendars for upcoming Fridays@One events:

Friday, November 2, 1PM

A TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HAWKING Speakers: IRP Members John Gillespie, astrophysicist, and Reuven Opher, cosmologist Location: 65 W 11 St., Room 500 Wollman Hall

Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018, was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.

Friday, November 30, 1PM

THREATS TO MANKIND: OVERPOPULATION, FAMINE AND CLIMATE CHANGE Speaker: Eugene Linden, writer on environmental issues in a series of books and articles for Time, Foreign Affairs and National Geographic.

Location: University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., Room U L105

As many as 18 African nations are suffering from overpopulation at a time of severe drought and erosion of agricultural lands. As famine spreads, the U.S. response has been to cut its annual contribution to the U.N. Population Fund and withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Will Malthus prove right in the 21st century? Will human numbers outrun the resources they depend upon to live? 2

*For all events, please RSVP by email (irp@newschool.edu), phone (212-229-5682) or sign up in IRP office.

TRAVEL INFORMATION SESSION

Date: Wednesday September 29

Time: 11:00-12:00PM

Place: Room 807

Italy, Land of Verdi Tour – March 16-26, 2019. If you cannot make this session, pick up an itinerary and application either in the IRP Office or download it from the Zine, under Activities, Travel Committee Information.

IRP NEWS

PROGRESS REPORT ON VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECT

If you wander into the University Center on any Wednesday afternoon from 12-4PM, you will notice a set of tables staffed by a somewhat older generation than is generally seen in the lobby. That little corner of the lobby is buzzing with activity generated by the relatively new IRP/The New School Voter Registration Project. The Project is composed of IRPers, working as fast as they can to help TNS students register to vote. Students are often lined up waiting for help, and the four IRPers assisting at any one time are in constant motion trying to accommodate all those who want to vote in November.

At this point, we have registered close to 400 students. One fourth to one third of them are from out-of-state. Thanks to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, we are able to help them register in their own states. We are also helping students figure out their registration status, get absentee ballots, find their polling places, and ensure that their names are correctly recorded on the rolls.

This phase of the project will end on Election Day, November 6, when our tables will be supplanted by a polling station for the area. Many thanks to our 24 dedicated, hard-working volunteers. You have been great!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – VIRTUAL LEARNING CENTER

The IRP has been partnering with Self Help (a community social services agency) to provide webcasts to homebound seniors for the last five years. The webcasts originate from the IRP Office on Tuesdays at 3PM. They are in real time with active participation from the homebound seniors and last between 45 and 55 minutes. We attempt to provide eight or nine programs each semester and hope to begin this semester on Tuesday September 25 or Tuesday October 2 and continue through the middle of December (except Thanksgiving week). 3

Presenters select their topics and develop their presentations and Adam provides technical assistance both before and during the sessions. We need your help to continue this program, which provides a much appreciated service to seniors throughout the City. If you can participate, please email Steve Kalinsky (stephenkalinsky@gmail.com) with your topic and two or three dates when you are available.

REMINDERS

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE NUTS & BOLTS WORKSHOPS THIS WEEK

Dates: Tuesday September 25 OR Wednesday September 26

Time: 1:45-3:00PM

Place: Room 1618 (enter through 79 Fifth Ave. entrance)

Thinking about Coordinating a Study Group for Spring 2019 or Later? Bring your ideas to the Curriculum Committee’s popular NUTS & BOLTS Workshop. Whether you have just a germ of an idea or one that is almost fully developed, this workshop is for you! We will work together to support the development of your ideas, suggest resources, help you to find a co-coordinator [if you want one], and answer your questions about the Study Group proposal process. Please let Adam know if you will attend at irp@newschool.edu or 212-229-5682

TUESDAYS WITH FRIENDS SIGN-UP REMINDER

The Tuesdays With Friends Committee sent invitations to the three afternoon small-group get-togethers being held on October 9th, November 6th and December 4th. If you are interested and have not already signed up, don’t forget to respond to Carolyn Preiss at preic920@newschool.edu no later than Tuesday, September 25th.

Following the close of the sign-up period, you will receive an email letting you know your status.

WOMEN’S GROUP RECONVENES TOMORROW

Date: Tuesday September 25

Time: 2PM

Place: Room 704

Last semester, Colette Siegel and Arlyne LeSchack co-coordinated a study group on American Women—Identity, Culture and Community. During the course of their discussions of 27 works on the subject, they discovered they all had their own stories and experiences to share and the Women’s Group was born, meeting twice last semester. If you are already a member, or are interested in signing on, please join them for the first meeting of this term on September 25th. 4

THEATRE SIG MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY

Date: Wednesday September 26

Time: 2PM

Place: TBD

The Theatre Special Interest Group participants will discuss the coming season on- and off-Broadway—what looks interesting, how do I decide what to see, what might surprise me.

Subsequent Meetings:

Date: Tuesday October 2

Time 2PM

Subject: The play “Bernhardt/Hamlet” at the Roundabout American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street

Date: Week of October 29

Subject: The play “Days of Rage” at the 2nd Stage Theatre on 43rd Street.

Discount tickets are currently available for both plays on www.Playbill.com and www.Theatermania.com.

The Theatre SIG is open to all IRP members. Participants arrange their own tickets to see the plays prior to the scheduled discussion. For rooms, check the bulletin board outside the office on the day of the discussion. If you would like to be on the Theatre SIG email list or have questions about the SIG, send your name and email address to Bruce Smith at smitb434@newschool.edu.

ART SHOW EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Attention IRP Artists: Photographers, Water Colorists, Painters, Sculptors, Block Printers, and Collage Artists Because the response to the biannual art show was so positive, we are arranging a rotating display of work by IRP artists so that their efforts can be enjoyed throughout the year.

We urge you to participate by submitting one work new to the IRP (that is, not shown in previous IRP shows or in Voices). Email Adam (irp@newschool.edu) a photo of your entry with the title and framed dimensions by October 15. If you can’t make this deadline, we will have additional deadlines later in the semester. To be exhibited, all work must be framed and prepared for hanging either with a wire or D ring.

ARTSIG TOUR

Visit sculptor Chaim Gross’s Greenwich Village studio and family home; view his art collection.

Date: Wednesday, October 10

Time: 2:50PM

Meet: 526 LaGuardia Place 5

Admission: $15, payable at the door

Step back in time and visit a Greenwich Village sculptor’s studio and family home. You will see Chaim Gross’s studio, the family’s living quarters as they used them, and their art collections including gifts from friends—Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Raphael Soyer, and Willem de Kooning. The Chaim Gross Foundation, which maintains the home and studio, is a Village treasure all too often overlooked.

Sign up: Dick Kossoff (chemkos@aol.com)

Questions: Carol Millsom (cmillsom@aol.com)

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THE OBSERVER SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

EVENTS

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE NUTS & BOLTS WORKSHOP

Date: Tuesday September 25 OR Wednesday September 26

Time: 1:45-3:00PM

Place: TBD

Thinking about Coordinating a Study Group for Spring 2019 or Later?

• Bring your ideas to the Curriculum Committee’s popular NUTS & BOLTS Workshop

• Whether you have just a germ of an idea or one that is almost fully developed, this workshop is for you

• We will work together to support the development of your ideas, suggest resources, help you to find a co-coordinator [if you want one], and answer your questions about the Study Group proposal process

• Please let Adam know if you will attend at irp@newschool.edu or 212-229-5682

WOMEN’S GROUP RECONVENES

Date: Tuesday September 25

Time: 2PM

Place: TBD

Last semester, Colette Siegel and Arlyne LeSchack co-coordinated a study group on American Women—Identity, Culture and Community. During the course of their discussions of 27 works on the subject, they discovered they all had their own stories and experiences to share and the Women’s Group was born, meeting twice last semester. If you are already a member, or are interested in signing on, please join them for the first meeting of this term on the 25th.

THEATRE SIG MEETING AND PLANS

Date: Wednesday September 26

Time: 2PM

Place: TBD

The Theatre Special Interest Group participants will discuss the coming season on- and off-Broadway—what looks interesting, how do I decide what to see, what might surprise me.

Subsequent Meetings:

• Date and Time: Tuesday October 2, 2PM

Subject: The play “Bernhardt/Hamlet” at the Roundabout American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street

• Date: Week of October 29

Subject: The play “Days of Rage” at the 2nd Stage Theatre on 43rd Street.

Discount tickets are currently available for both plays on www.Playbill.com and www.Theatermania.com.

The Theatre SIG is open to all IRP members. Participants arrange their own tickets to see the plays prior to the scheduled discussion. For rooms, check the bulletin board outside the office on the day of the discussion. If you would like to be on the Theatre SIG email list or have questions about the SIG, send your name and email address to Bruce Smith at smitb434@newschool.edu.

ART SHOW EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Attention IRP Artists: Photographers, Water Colorists, Painters, Sculptors, Block Printers, and Collage Artists

Because the response to the biannual art show was so positive, we are arranging a rotating display of work by IRP artists so that their efforts can be enjoyed throughout the year. Work will be displayed on the walls above the small tables near the IRP office in two-month rotations. Three-dimensional work can be displayed in the office. Depending on size, seven, eight or more works will be displayed for two months, followed by a new group of seven or eight. With five rotations in the course of the school year as many as 40 art works can be shown.

We urge you to participate by submitting one work new to the IRP (that is, not shown in previous IRP shows or in Voices). Submissions that meet this criterion will be shown in one of the rotations. Because some works fit together better based on size, media, color, or content, the committee will decide which work will be displayed in which rotation. Email Adam (irp@newschool.edu) a photo of your entry with the title and framed dimensions by October 15. If you can’t make this deadline, we will have additional deadlines later in the semester. To be exhibited, all work must be framed and prepared for hanging either with a wire or D ring.

ARTSIG TOUR

Visit sculptor Chaim Gross’s Greenwich Village studio and family home; view his art collection

Date: Wednesday, October 10

Time: 2:50PM

Meet: 526 LaGuardia Place. (Subway: #6 to Bleecker; walk west, turn right on LaGuardia Place. Or, A, C, E, F, M, D, or B to W. 4th St. Take W. 3rd to La Guardia Place and walk south toward Bleecker.)

Admission: $15, payable at the door.

Step back in time and visit a Greenwich Village sculptor’s studio and family home. You will see Chaim Gross’s studio, the family’s living quarters as they used them, and their art collections including gifts from friends—Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Raphael Soyer, and Willem de Kooning. The Chaim Gross Foundation, which maintains the home and studio, is a Village treasure all too often overlooked.

Sign up: Dick Kossoff (chemkos@aol.com)

Questions: Carol Millsom (cmillsom@aol.com)

IRP NEWS

PROGRESS REPORT ON IRP/TNS VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECT

If you wander into the University Center on any Wednesday afternoon from 12-4PM, you will notice a set of tables staffed by a somewhat older generation than is generally seen in the lobby. That little corner of the lobby is buzzing with activity generated by the relatively new IRP/The New School Voter Registration Project. The Project is composed of IRPers, working as fast as they can to help TNS students register to vote.

Students are often lined up waiting for help and the four IRPers assisting at any one time are in constant motion trying to accommodate all those who want to vote in November. Contrary to what has been said about the sad voting record of millennials and Gen X in previous elections, these students are enthusiastic about voting and their energy is inspiring and buoys our spirits. At this point, we have registered close to 400 students. One fourth to one third of them are from out-of-state, from places like Texas, Tennessee, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Thanks to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, we are able to help them register in their own states.

In addition to registration, we are also helping students figure out their registration status, get absentee ballots, find their polling places, and ensure that their names are correctly recorded on the rolls.

This phase of the project will end on Election Day, November 6, when our tables will be supplanted by a polling station for the area. That is when we will see the fruits of our labor. Many thanks to our 24 dedicated, hard-working volunteers. You have been great!

CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

The IRP has been partnering with Self Help (a community social services agency) to provide webcasts to homebound seniors for the last five years. The webcasts originate from the IRP Office on Tuesdays at 3PM. They are in real time with active participation from the homebound seniors and last between 45 and 55 minutes. We attempt to provide eight or nine programs each semester and hope to begin this semester on Tuesday September 25 or Tuesday October 2 and continue through the middle of December (except Thanksgiving week). Presenters select their topics and develop their presentations and Adam provides technical assistance both before and during the sessions. We need your help to continue this program, which provides a much appreciated service to seniors throughout the City. If you can participate, please email Steve Kalinsky (stephenkalinsky@gmail.com) with your topic and two or three dates when you are available.

IRP GOVERNANCE

USE OF MEMBERS’ EMAIL

It has been reported that some members areusing the email addressesfrom the IRPDirectory on the Zine,or the email lists of the participants in their study groups,fornon-IRPpurposes.Please be advised that this is strictly prohibited.Use of thispersonal information may be used for IRP purposesonly. Thank you for yourcooperation.

REMINDERS

NO CLASSES –THISWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

In observance of YomKippur.

FIRST GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF SEMESTER THIS FRIDAY

Date: Friday, September 21 Time: 12:45PMPlace: University Center, 63 Fifth Ave

The businessportion ofthe meeting will take place in the Starr Foundation Hall(room U L102, lower level),with a reception to follow in the Event Café (room UL103, lower level).

PLEASE NOTE: Adam will need five volunteers to work with himon setup and logisticsfrom 11:45 AM to 3:30 PMon the 21st. Email Adamatirp@newschool.eduif you areavailable.

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THE OBSERVER SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

DEAR MEMBERS: WELCOME BACK FOR A NEW YEAR!

ALERT: To catch up on the latest news of the IRP, meet old friends, and start to make new ones, please attend the first GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING of the year on Friday, September 21 at 12:45PM in the University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue. The business portion of the meeting will take place in the Starr Foundation Hall (room U L102, lower level), with a reception to follow in the Event Café (room U L103, lower level).

NEW MEMBERS

We have a little homework for you before classes begin. Twenty-four new members are joining us this term, and here are brief biographies to help you get to know them.

NAOMI COOPER. Brooklyn College, BA; University of Maryland, MLS; LIU, MA. Naomi was librarian at the New York Public Library and teacher at John Jay High School, where she was also UFT chapter leader. She served as secretary and president of the Park Slope Civic Council and now volunteers in the Central Synagogue Breakfast Program. She is the wife of IRP member Barry Cooper.

ARTHUR FEFFERMAN. Concordia University, Montreal, BA; University of Chicago, MBA. Born in Canada, Arthur was a real estate developer in New York City, where he served on Mayor Giuliani’s transition team and was chair of the Economic Development Privatization Committee. Arthur is an avid skier and adventure traveler and studies at the Art Students League.

ANDREA FREUD. Clark University, BA; University of Wisconsin, MA; Sussex University (UK), PhD in British literature. During a career as Associate Professor at Medgar Evers College, Andrea published several books, including a novel, a memoir, and a study of post-war British novelists. She is now working on a poetry collection and a young adult novel. She is active in the lesbian feminist/gay community and has volunteered in a day program for people with mental illness.

SONYA FRIEDMAN. University of Pennsylvania, BA. Sonya was a writer, documentary filmmaker, and translator from French and Italian as well as other languages. Based on her experience, she has lectured on the craft of writing film subtitles and opera supertitles. She is a member of the West Side Community Garden and is interested in travel, swimming, and cross-country skiing.

MARY-JOAN GERSON. Cornell, BA; NYU, PhD in clinical psychology and certificate in psychoanalysis. Mary-Joan has taught at The New School and NYU, and led various training programs. She served in Nigeria in the Peace Corps and has published several multi-cultural books for children. More recently, she has taken multi-media classes.

PHYLLIS GINSTLING. Finch College, BS; NYU, MBA. Phyllis was a senior manager at the accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick and served on official boards in Scarsdale. She has also studied fiber arts and is skilled in the use of knitting machines, spinning wheels, looms, and electric drum carders. A skier and licensed pilot, she flew in the first-ever flight between Israel and Jordan in 1995.

GERALD GLINE. Rutgers, BA, MS, JD. Gerald practiced law in New Jersey, was active in the New Jersey Bar Association in the field of bankruptcy, and served as chair of the Bergen County Ethics Board. His interests include travel, music, and gardening.

EILEEN HANLEY. Hunter College, RN, BS; Baruch College, MBA. A nursing administrator in critical care and community-based programs, Eileen was at St. Vincent’s Hospital on 9/11 and helped set up a temporary crisis center. She also worked in the largest home care program in the early days of the AIDS epidemic and now volunteers helping parolees prepare for job interviews.

THOMAS HARDY. University of Sydney; Wharton School, MBA. A partner in the management consulting firm McKinsey and Co, Tom helped develop younger consultants. He was also chair of the board of the American University of Paris for five years. He now mentors students at La Guardia Community College about career plans and enjoys playing chess.

ALICE KONOREZOV. Concordia University, Montreal, BS. Born in Iran, Alice completed a 20-year career at the UN that included serving on a military observer mission to war-torn Georgia and disputed Abkhazia. She also volunteered in a sister cities program between Atlanta, Georgia and Tbilisi, Georgia, interpreting for President Jimmy Carter and Russian officials.

SHARON LEWIN. University of Toronto, MD. A physician, Sharon began a private practice in Greenwich Village in 1982 and was one of the first doctors in the city to treat HIV, when little was known about the disease. She has trained medical residents in infectious diseases and served on humanitarian missions to New Orleans in 2006 and Cuba in 2012.

DEBORAH MARKOW. Antioch College; NYU, PhD in art history. Deb has been adjunct associate professor at NYU, teaching Medieval and Italian Renaissance art. She has also lectured and led tours at American and European museums. She is interested in food, French, and social service, having developed a volunteer corps at Perlmutter Cancer Center of NYU/Langone Hospital.

JONATHAN MILLER. CCNY, BA; MA, Columbia University Teachers College. A software developer and database consultant, Jonathan is active in the New York Guild of Handweavers. He has a floor loom and is exploring weaving, dyeing and spinning. His interests also include English history and literature as well as Buddhism; he is a longtime meditator.

JUDITH MONSON. Cornell, BS; Harvard, MBA. After a 23-year career in management positions at Seagram Co, Judith served as a Foreign Service officer for the State Department. She has studied at the Art Students League, was a trustee of Cornell University, and a board member of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. She has lived abroad and is an avid traveler.

MARY PADILLA. University of Chicago, BA, PhD in microbiology; Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM. Mary is a veterinarian in private practice and as a volunteer, she devotes time to wildlife rehabilitation. She has taught the Alexander Technique for improving people’s neuromuscular efficiency to enhance their performance and daily living. She has also studied classical singing, visual arts, dressage, dance, stagecraft, and writing. She also enjoys hiking.

ROCHELLE PECK. University of Wisconsin, BA; Cornell, MD. Shelly, a physician at Montefiore Hospital and in private practice, has volunteered with Good Shepherd Service and SCAN NY, organizations devoted to NYC’s poor children, youth, and families. She is a member of two Muslim-Jewish sisterhoods and recently traveled to Azerbaijan, where the two groups have lived together for hundreds of years.

RICHARD RESNIK. Fairleigh Dickinson University; George Washington Law School. Richard was a lawyer, specializing in real estate, and head of litigation for his firm. He has been on his condo board for 28 years and also was a board member for The Animation Project, a non-profit organization helping at-risk youth build job skills. He subscribes to the NY Philharmonic and Jazz at Lincoln Center and is a sports fan.

HELENE SCHIFFMAN. Rutgers, BA; Stevens Institute, MS. In addition to an IT career at Bell Labs, IBM, and Oracle, Helene taught classes in artificial intelligence and volunteered at various NYC organizations including New York Cares. She is interested in film, ping-pong, bead weaving, and learning to play the recorder.

BILL SIEGEL. Syracuse, BA; Columbia, JD. A lawyer for 55 years, Bill was a member of a NYS commission on real property taxation. He is a national and NY board member of the American Jewish Committee and was president of its Long Island region. Together with his wife—IRP member Colette Siegel—Bill has traveled to 75 countries.

GARY STEINKOHL. SUNY-Buffalo, BS, BA, MBA. A corporate controller for Citibank, Gary then became a corporate training consultant. He was vice-chair of Marriage Equality New York and gives arms and armor tours at the Metropolitan Museum. Gary plays bridge and is interested in English History; he studied the Tudors and interned for a member of the British Parliament.

ERIC TARLOW. Johns Hopkins; Boston College, JD. During a career as general counsel for the Industrial Bank of Japan and for Mizuho Securities USA, Eric also volunteered as a mentor for younger professionals and was on the board of Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC. He reads four newspapers daily, satisfying his interests in foreign affairs and tennis.

RENA TOBEY. University of Delaware, BA; Hunter, MA. Pursuing a career in the arts, Rena taught art history at Connecticut State University, George Washington University and, more recently, the 92nd St. Y. She has helped collect oral histories, narrates for broadcasts to the blind, conducts Gracie Mansion tours, and is “addicted” to the theater.

SANDRA WILDE. Carleton College; University of Toronto, MEd; University of Arizona, PhD in elementary education. A professor at Hunter College, Sandra wrote or edited 12 books in her field. She also volunteered with middle school students in Central Harlem. She is an avid reader and has taken classes at MOMA and the Whitney Museum.

ARNOLD WINSTON. University of Chicago; SUNY Downstate Medical Center, MD. A psychiatrist, Arnold was professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. He also has volunteered with community agencies, including for the homeless, and has worked on election campaigns. He enjoys reading novels and biographies and is interested in astronomy and climate science

NOTE ABOUT CLASS SCHEDULES

On August 27, Dean Mary Watson informed the Executive Committee that because of an unexpectedly high undergraduate enrollment, and The New School’s judgment that for-credit classes have priority over non-credit classes, space was no longer available for three of our study groups meeting on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The affected study groups are:

• Financial Bubbles

• What is a Nation?

• Artificial Intelligence

The Executive Committee has made arrangements that all of these three study groups can still meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at our 16th Street building. However it may be that the schedule will change to sometime between 8:20 and 9:50AM. Members enrolled in these three study groups will—or already have—heard from their coordinators about the specific rooms and times to meet. We will provide coffee and bagels for these early morning classes.

The day and time for ALL other study groups will remain as originally scheduled.

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