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Himan Brown 60+ Online Program

Lifelong learning, community and connection

Lecture Series

Black Literature Matters: Short Stories and Poems by Major African American Writers with Professor Richard Larschan

Mondays, 2-3 pm ET, through December 7

From Phyllis Wheatley to Ta-Nehisi Coates, African American writers have been providing insights into where their experiences diverge from or resemble those of most Americans. We will analyze poems and prose fiction to enhanced understanding of our shared humanity. Syllabus and links to readings are provided.

American History: America’s Presidential Contests with Doug Brin

Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm ET, ongoing

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.

Shakespeare with Actor Leo Schaff

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm ET, 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.

20th/21st Century Art with Professor Seth Gopin

Thursdays, 2-3 pm ET, through January 14

Dr. Seth Gopin’s history of art class continues exploring art and architecture from the middle of the twentieth century to the present. It considers Abstract Expressionism (Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline), Pop (Andy Warhol and George Segal), Photorealism (Richard Estes and Duane Hanson), Environmental Art (Robert Smithson and Christo), and Minimalism (Richard Serra and Dan Flavin). The art will be both challenging and fun.

Italian Cinema with Sara Lukinson

Fridays, 11 am-12 pm ET, through December 18

This class is about the films, but also about the times, about creating art out of the post war despair of WWII, and artists giving a soul back to the country. And in the process, creating a new kind of film. The class will start with Neorealists, and go up to Cinema Paradiso, and a recent film. Participants will be provided with links to rent the films to watch before class, for about $3/film.

Musings on Music: Explorations in Jazz, Jewish Music and Biography with Rob Silverman

Fridays, 2-3 pm ET, through January 29

Jazz Musician, Rob Silverman, returns for a new series on Friday, November 6. This Jazz series is a music autobiography that focuses on Rob’s story as a musician, the people he worked with and those that inspired him.

Health Talks

Mondays, 12:30-1:30 pm ET, ongoing

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

SAC Meeting: Food Insecurity during COVID with The Food Bank of New York

Monday, 12:30-1:30 pm ET, November 23

Jewish Thought & Culture with Rabbi Laurie Braun

Monday, 12:30-1:30 pm ET, November 30, December 14

This class explores themes from biblical times to the present as well as holidays and their meanings.

Security Talks


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 Art of Listening to Music

Tuesdays, 11 am-12 pm ET, ongoing

Professional musicians 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 Musician/Singer Mark York

Wednesdays, 12:30-2 pm ET, 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!

Interactive Classes and Discussion Groups

Ben Franklin Circles with Erica Shein

Bi-monthly on Tuesdays, 4-5 pm ET, 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.

Book Group with Erica Shein

Monthly on Tuesdays, 4-5 pm ET

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.

Movie Group with Erica Shein

Monthly on Tuesdays, 4-5 pm ET

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

World Events: A Civic Dialogue with Professor Gordon Levin, Lucy Kirk, Susan Scheuer

Thursdays, 11 am-12 pm ET, 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.

The Greatest Plays: Baseball History with Steve King

Thursdays, 12-1 pm ET, 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, 4-5 pm ET, 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 with Elizabeth Flamm, LCSW

Mondays, 11:10 am-12:10 pm ET, 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 with Ellen Love, LCSW

Tuesdays, 12-1 pm ET, ongoing
Wednesdays, 11 am-12 pm ET, ongoing
Sundays, 12-1 pm ET, 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.

Lunchtime Chat with Elizabeth Flamm, LCSW

Fridays, 12:30-1:15 pm ET, ongoing

You provide your own lunch, 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 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 connections and receive support is welcome to join.

Member-led Discussion Groups

The Virtual Lounge

Wednesdays, 5-6 pm ET, ongoing
Thursdays, 5-6 pm ET, ongoing
Saturdays, 5-6 pm ET, ongoing

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

Saturday Morning Trivia and Games

Saturdays, 11 am-12 pm ET, ongoing

Join former College Bowl Trivia coach Joanne Bernstein for a fun and engaging morning of trivia and games. Test your skills!

Mini-Series/Movie Group

Saturdays, 2-3 pm ET, ongoing

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

Short Story Group

Sundays, 2-3 pm ET, ongoing

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

Writing Workshops

Poetry Writing Workshop with poet, Fran Richey

Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 pm ET, 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, 12:30-2 pm ET, 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, 1-2:45 pm ET, 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 ET. Weekly prompts are given to take writers in new, sometimes surprising, directions. Writers at all levels are welcome!

Studio Art

Studio Art

Wednesdays, 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm ET, 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.


Multi-level Yoga

Mondays and Fridays, 10-10:50 am ET, 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.

Balance and Stability

Mondays, 3:30-4:20 pm ET, ongoing
Thursdays, 10-10:50 am ET, 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.

Cardio and Strength

Tuesdays, 10-10:50 am ET, 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, 3-3:50 pm ET, ongoing
Fridays, 3:30-4:20 pm ET, 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, 10-10:50 am ET, 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 ET, 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.

Folk/Israel Dancing

Thursdays, 12-1:15 pm ET, 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