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Himan Brown Senior Program

Movie Club

Facilitated by Erica Shein

The first meeting of the HBSP Movie Club will feature a discussion of the film, Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle.

Tue, Oct 23
2:30–3:30 pm
Room: Studio 92 (located in the North Building Basement)

Autobiography and Memoir: Inside the Heart of Another Person, Time and Place

Sara Lukinson

Tuesdays Oct 9-Nov 20
12:20-1:20 pm, S297

Great autobiographies are powerful evocations not just of a person but a time and place. An engagement with the world. These transport us to Van Gogh’s studio and Julia Child’s years in France, the trenches of war, a colorful Jewish childhood in seaside Egypt, James Baldwin growing up Black in America, humorists on growing older, and a NY filmmaker on his life and movies.

Not required, but encouraged to read some of the books, or parts of them. Sara will hand out suggested portions the week before. She will also be reading passages from the books during class.

  • Oct 23: By Sidney Lumet, an autobiographical documentary film
  • Oct 30: Michael Herr, Dispatches
  • Nov 6: James Baldwin’s essay, Notes of a Native Son
  • Nov 13: Andre Aciman, Out of Egypt
  • Nov 20: Humorous Essays by Nora Ephron and Roger Angell
    Ephron: On Maintenance Angell: This Old Man

Sara Lukinson is three-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and writer, known for her biographical films of artists. She made over 150 film portraits for the Kennedy Center Honors, American Masters and HBO. She has published memoir pieces in the New York TimesWashington Post, and Intima. Last spring, she had a great time interviewing 92Y Himan Brown Seniors for her talk, “The Lives We Live, The Stories We Tell.”

Second Childhood: Re-reading Childhood Favorites

Dr. Richard Larschan, English Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth


Wednesdays, 11:30 am–12:30 pm, S101

“Youth is wasted on the young” (George Bernard Shaw)

Aside from reading “chapter books” to grandchildren, it’s unlikely we have read very many so-called “children’s classics” in the last (X!) number of years. At the risk of becoming embarrassed or disillusioned by our childhood taste in literature, viewing such works through adult eyes can afford insights into both formal attributes of the books themselves and workings of children’s imaginations.

  • Oct 24: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Oct 31: Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
  • Nov 7: Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Nov 14: Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Fresh Food for Seniors

Sponsored by the offices of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Speaker Corey Johnson

Seniors pay $8 a bag containing five to six varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables – a retail value of $15 to $18. Orders are pay-as-you-go, one week ahead of each delivery date. Fresh Food for Seniors allows seniors to sign up for just one order at a time so that they can decide how much food they need, when they need it.

Produce is ordered through GrowNYC at wholesale prices from farmers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Please sign up in office.

Delivery Date Pay by
Thu, Oct 11 Wed, Oct 3
Thu, Oct 25 Wed, Oct 17
Thu, Nov 8 Wed, Oct 31

Join us for a day trip to Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

Thu, Oct 25

Check in at 92Y: 8 am
Return to 92Y: 6 pm
Members: $60
Non-members: $70

Includes: admission fees, self-guided visit
Registration for members begins Sep 4
Registration for non-members begins Sep 12

Space is limited. Please register early. No refunds after Oct 10.

Restaurants near the Barnes Foundation

The Garden Restaurant, in the Barnes, barnesfoundation.org
Reservations: 215.278.7070 or online at Open Table

The Rose Tattoo Café, American, rosetattoocafe.com
1847 Callowhill Street
Reservations: 215.569.8939 or online at Open Table

Pizzeria Vetri, Italian, pizzeriavetri.com
1939 Callowhill Street
Phone 215.600.2629—NO reservations

Buena Onda, Mexican, www.buenaondatacos.com
1901 Callowhill Street
Phone 215.302.3530—NO reservations

Book Discussion Group

Facilitated by Erica Shein

  • Thu, Nov 8: Part I – Albert Camus’ The Stranger
    Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd."
  • Thu, Dec 13: Part II – Kamel Daoud’s The Mersault Investigation
    The Meursault Investigation is the first novel by Algerian writer and journalist Kamel Daoud. It is a retelling of Albert Camus 's 1942 novel.

11:45 am-12:45 pm
Room S297

Therapeutic Cinema with Mark Ethan Toporek

A 6-week series of films that explore the psychological challenges of creating and maintaining an identity. Whether the focus is on a patient or a therapist, these movies offer a peek into the myriad workings of the mind. Sessions are on Fridays, 10 am-1 pm.

Each film is introduced by Mark Ethan Toporek, who also leads a post-screening discussion. He is a member of the Actors Studio, who has appeared in films including The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Confession, and Lesser Prophets. He has been presenting the Film Series at the Queens Museum since 1998, and at Manhattan’s 92Y since 2003.

  • Nov 9: Splendor in the Grass (1961), directed by Elia Kazan, 124 minutes. Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood star in William Inge’s lyrical drama about teenage love, desire, and life’s transitions. With Pat Hingle and Barbara Loden.
  • Nov 16: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), directed by Herbert Ross, 113 minutes. Alan Arkin plays Sigmund Freud, enlisted by Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) to treat Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) for his addiction to cocaine.
  • Nov 30: Please Stand By (2017), directed by Ben Lewin, 93 minutes. In this road movie, Dakota Fanning plays an autistic young woman who escapes from her supportive caregiver (Toni Collette) in order to enter a screenwriting competition.
  • Dec 14: Ordinary People (1980), directed by Robert Redford, 124 minutes. An Oscar-winning drama about a family that confronts loss only after a sympathetic psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch) works with their son (Timothy Hutton). Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore are superbly cast as the parents.
  • Dec 21: The Men (1950), directed by Fred Zinnemann, 85 minutes. Marlon Brando made his film debut as a Korean War soldier paralyzed below the waist, struggling with physical and emotional adjustments. With Teresa Wright and Everett Sloane.
  • Dec 28: Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), directed by David Miller, 126 minutes. A dedicated army psychiatrist (Gregory Peck) treats patients and confronts military mentality on a stateside air base during WWII. Also starring Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, and Bobby Darin.

Fall 2018 Healthy Lifestyles Support Series

This is a supportive series designed to enhance your experience in The Nutrition Project by encouraging healthier eating, stress reduction, and exercise. This experience will offer you information and skills to promote ongoing wellness.

Monthly Discussions on Fridays, 1-2 pm, Rm S252

  • Nov 16: Stress Reduction and Relaxation
  • Dec 14: Beat the Winter Blues Away with Exercise

Facilitated by: Elizabeth Flamm, LCSW

Contact Us

For registration information, please contact the Himan Brown Senior Program office: 212.415.5633 / email