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Himan Brown 60+ Online Program

Lifelong learning, community and connection

Lecture Series

Health Talks

Mondays, 12:30-1:30 pm, bi-weekly

Physicians, nutritionists, fitness trainers and a healthy cooking chef present information on a wide variety of important health issues.
 

Security Talks

Monday, 12:30-1:30pm, quarterly

Law enforcement officers join us quarterly to update members on the latest and most prevalent scams as well as provide information on safe banking, mail and cyber security. Officers are also available to answer questions from participants.
 

The History of Taiwan, from the Shanghai Communique to the Present Day with Roy Sheldon

Mondays, 2:00-3:00 pm, August 3-10
The recent civil unrest in Hong Kong, with its pending return to the full authority of Beijing in 17 years, has renewed attention to the policies of China and the United States toward Taiwan and its future. In this two-part lecture series, historian Roy Sheldon cover the history of Taiwan, from early colonization to its current status as a nation independent of China, its possible future and the ramifications of those outcomes on PRC-US relations in Asia.
 

Shakespeare with Actor Leo Schaff

Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm, ongoing

Join charismatic actor and teacher Leo Schaff as he breathes life into Shakespeare’s words, acting out portions of the play and offering illuminating insights into the Bard’s language, plot lines, historical context and eternal relevance, all with a generous sense of humor.
 

The Evil Eye, Amulets, Ghosts and Demons: Exploring Jewish superstitions and mystical practices through the ages with Andree Brooks

Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 pm, July 16-30

From biblical times to the present time, Jews have had their superstitions. Where and how did these beliefs originate? How did the rabbis react? Have they changed over the centuries? Where does Kabbalah fit in? And, by the way, what exactly is Kabbalah? An excursion into the world of Jewish mystical ways.
 

20th-Century Art and Architecture with Professor Seth Gopin

Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 pm – ongoing, begins August 6

Explore the major artistic movements of the 20th century — Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and more — and their expression through painting, sculpture and architecture.
 

American History With Doug Brin
America’s Presidential Contests

Fridays, 11:00-12:00 pm, July 10-31
Class switches to Mondays, 2:30-3:30 pm, August 17-September 21

As we head into another presidential election, historian and journalist Doug Brin analyzes presidential contests from 1789 to the present day, covering the issues, personalities and diversions that have molded a nation.
 

Iconic Entertainers with Sara Lukinson

The Great Ones: Artists from the Kennedy Center Honors

Fridays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, August 7-September 25

Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Sara Lukinson has produced film biographies for the Kennedy Center Honors for thirty years. Join her for a fascinating deep dive into the honorees’ worlds as she shares video clips insights of their lives and work.

Music

Musicians on Music

Tuesdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, ongoing

Professional musicians — concert pianists, an opera aficionado, and musicologists — illuminate classical music and enhance your appreciation of the great works. Listen to live and recorded classical music and deepen your knowledge of the works and those who composed them.
 

Musical Theater Sing-a-Long with Cabaret Singer Mark York

Wednesdays, 12:30-2:00pm, ongoing

Explore classic Broadway shows as Mark York shares anecdotes and insights about the musicals, stars, lyricists and composers — and enjoy a sing-along of your favorite tunes!
 

Jazz for the Soul with Robert Silverman

Fridays, 2:00-3:00 pm, through August 28

Delve into jazz with musician Robert Silverman, who will perform live and share recorded music to illustrate this lively lecture. Rob will focus on Jewish and African American Jazz connections and the work of pioneers like Duke Ellington and other great songwriters in the American tradition.

Interactive Classes and Discussion Groups

World Events: A Civic Dialogue

Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm through July 28
Class switches to Thursdays, 11:00 am, ongoing

A weekly forum on world events, focusing on issues both domestic and international. Two co-hosts lead off each session with a brief overview of the latest, most compelling news stories, followed by animated discussion amongst the attendees. A key element of these sessions is to create a safe and welcoming space for divergent viewpoints.
 

Point/Counterpoint
Moderated by Eric Alterman and Robert A. George

Tuesdays, August 11-September 15, 1:30-2:30 pm

Return to the days of 60 Minutes with Shana Alexander when she and a guest would debate two sides of an issue. During this class, two experts on national and international current events debate the liberal and the conservative sides of a topical issue. Participants will then be divided into smaller groups to discuss.
 

Book group with Erica Shein

First Tuesday of the month, 4:00-5:00 pm, ongoing

This monthly book group covers fiction and nonfiction. Animated, facilitated discussions focus on theme, characters and plot. Information about the book to be discussed will be provided in advance.
 

Ben Franklin Circles with Erica Shein

Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month, 4:00-5:00pm, ongoing

Facilitated discussion around the 13 virtues by which Benjamin Franklin chose to live his life. Circles explore the idea of civic virtue – using discussion topics like justice, order, generosity and empathy as windows into improving our individual lives and the world. Each class focuses on a different virtue.
 

Movie group with Erica Shein

Third Tuesday of the month, 4:00-5:00 pm, ongoing

Join our lively discussion group on movies currently available to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime and more.
 

The Greatest Plays: Baseball History with Steve King

Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, ongoing

Share your passion of this sport with Steve King as he discusses the greatest teams, players, and plays of all time.
 

Shoot the Breeze with Erica Shein

Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm, ongoing

Lively, informal discussion about what’s happening in New York and beyond. Class ends with lighter news and jokes.

Supportive/Self Reflective Discussion Groups
Facilitated by licensed clinical social workers

Women’s Zoom Group

Mondays, 11:10 am-12:10 pm, ongoing

The purpose of this group is for 60+ women to connect over Zoom to discuss current topics, events and life changes, asking questions and sharing life experience that will help each other. This group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who initiates different topics to motivate the group discussion. Any woman who is looking for direction, guidance, looking to share and empower is encouraged to join.
 

Drop-in Discussion Groups

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, ongoing
Wednesdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, ongoing Sundays, 12:00-1:00 pm, ongoing

The drop-in discussion groups cover a wide range of subjects animating thoughts and encouraging self-reflection. Our long-running group has stimulated members to observe and consider their attitudes and beliefs with the objective of a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. Sharing the experiences and ideas with peers in an inclusive and welcoming environment often normalizes and universalizes feelings of “I must be the only one who feels this way.” The weekly gathering has been a valued source of new friendships and new participants are always welcome.
 

Morning Coffee Chat

Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, ongoing

You provide your own coffee, but we will provide the ability for you to connect. You can join our call from a smartphone, regular cell phone, or landline. The purpose of this group is for 60+ members to chat together by conference call and share life experiences that can help and motivate each other. This group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who initiates different topics to encourage the group discussion. Anyone who is looking to build connection and receive support is welcome to join.

Member-led Discussion Groups

Short Story Group

Sundays, 2:00-3:00 pm, ongoing

This group meet every Sunday afternoon to discuss a short story or article which is shared in advance.
 

Virtual Lounge

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm, ongoing
Saturdays, 5:00-6:00 pm, ongoing

These evening meetings offer open time for visiting, discussing and sharing with fellow members via Zoom.
 

Mini-Series Group

Saturdays, 2:00 -3:00 pm, ongoing

This group meets every Saturday afternoon to discuss a miniseries or movie that everyone watches in advance via streaming services.

Writing

Poetry Writing Workshop with poet, Fran Richey

Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 pm, ongoing

Work on your own poetry during the week, then join our warm, supportive class to read and discuss your work. We’ll also explore the work of well-known poets from different eras, focusing on the art of form, style, revision and craft.
 

The Personal Essay with writer Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Wednesdays, 12:45-2:15 pm through July 30 Returns September, ongoing

Come and enjoy the writing of your fellow Himan Brown members in a workshop setting where you learn to hone your personal essay writing skills. Each week a different essay topic is assigned though students are free to write about whatever they chose.
 

Memoir Workshop with writer, Theresa Burns

Thursdays, 1:00-2:45 pm, ongoing

Join us for weekly sessions in which we write and share stories about our lives — in all genres. Whether you work in poetry, creative nonfiction or fiction, you'll find honest, supportive feedback and a community of accountability every Thursday at 1 pm. Weekly prompts are given to take writers in new, sometimes surprising, directions. Writers at all levels are welcome!
 

What’s Your Story? Memoir Reading and Writing with Susan Stein

Transform your life experience into a work of art. Through a series of writing prompts and exercises, participants identify their original voices and writing styles. This workshop guides writers in the quest to discover what story to tell and how to tell it. Class discussions of work in progress and of exercises written in response to excerpts from other memoirs explore elements of craft such as character, description, dialogue and pacing. Participants gain a clearer understanding of the art of memoir and a variety of tools to explore and express their own voices and stories in their writing.

Studio Art

Drawing & Painting

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am and 1:00-2:00 pm, ongoing

Join artist Zach Seeger for drawing and painting tutorials over Zoom! Students are encouraged to work alongside Zach as he answers questions about process, materials and art history. Ideal for all levels, from beginner to advanced.
 

Fitness

Multi-level Yoga

Mondays and Fridays, 10:00-10:50 am, ongoing

Stretch and strengthen your body while you calm and focus your mind. Each class includes centering, gentle warm-ups, posture exploration and deep relaxation. Chair and/or standing; for students of all levels.
 

Cardio and Strength

Tuesdays, 10:00-10:00 am, ongoing

This class begins with a joint mobilizing warm-up and continues with 20 minutes of aerobic movements to build cardiac stamina. Class ends with a series of stretches for the whole body.
 

T’ai Chi Chih

Tuesdays, 3:00-3:50 pm, ongoing
Fridays, 3:30-4:20 pm, ongoing

A standing class designed to improve balance, improve strength and relax your mind and body. Includes easy warm-ups, Qigong movements for balance and the 20 movements of the T’ai Chi Chih form.
 

Group Fitness Training

Wednesdays, 10:00-10:50 am, ongoing

This class is designed to encompass everyday functional movement with integrated strength patterns to induce muscular endurance, enforce proper posture, balance and total body control.
 

Guided Meditation and Relaxation

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:40 pm, ongoing

This audio-only class includes a brief introduction for new members followed by breathing techniques (Pranyama) and a silent meditation (Mindfulness/Metta/Mantra) with teacher cues for awareness of breath and physical sensations as an anchor. Each session concludes with a guided relaxation.
 

Balance and Stability

Thursdays, 10:00-10:50 am, ongoing

This class focuses on proper anatomical alignment, safe practices for compromised joints and understanding the balance between building strength and maintaining range of motion and adequate stretch in the muscles.
 

Folk/Israel Dancing

Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 pm, ongoing

In our 92Y folk dance classes, we experience and celebrate the beauty of countries and cultures from around the world, through dance and music. Dance styles include Israeli, Greek, Macedonian, Serbian, Romanian, Russian, Latin, and American dance. Our class begins with a warmup and stretch, and all dances in our Zoom sessions are taught or reviewed, before doing the dances with music. Come and enjoy!

Contact Us

For registration information, please contact the Himan Brown 60+ Program office: 212.699.7261 / email

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