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Course Description

What Makes the Sun Shine? Larry Green, Ph.D.: This simple question has challenged human understanding for centuries.  We will see that the answer opened a window onto the composition of the universe as we know it, and that we are made of the stuff of dying stars.

Storytelling and Identity in American Jewish Fiction, Elizabeth Unruh, Ed.D.: Long before the beginnings of a secular Jewish literature, indeed since the earliest days of Hebrew scripture, storytelling served the Jewish people as a means of building community and defining the specifics of Jewish identity.   In this session, we will examine how self-reflective narratives of Jewish American literature over the past century have enabled readers to examine their own identity as Jews.   Through readings and discussion, participants will examine the identity of the Jewish people as presented by several authors and engage in a process of self-examination.

Obstruction of Justice: Home Run or Strikeout? Ellen S. Podgor: What happened to baseball players Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds following an investigation of the illegal use of steroids, and what role did the law of obstruction of justice play or not play in their lives?

The Atomic Nucleus:  Fission, Fusion, and Uranium Enrichment, Stephen R. Cantor:  We shall discuss the structure of the atomic nucleus, including the scientists and their experiments that led to its discovery.  We shall also discuss the concepts of nuclear fission and fusion, what is meant by a nuclear chain reaction, and what is meant by enriched uranium, which will lead into an explanation of why the USA and Israel have been so concerned with the level of uranium enrichment Iran might be pursuing.

Jewish American Composers of the Great Depression, Joan O. Epstein: Most of the up-and-coming Jewish American composer-performers of the 1920s – from George Gershwin, to Aaron Copland, to Irving Berlin, to Marc Blitzstein and a very young Benny Goodman – went on to achieve their greatest and best-known work in the 1930s and early ‘40s at the peak of the Great Depression.  By exploring these musicians’ life stories and music during this period, we’ll consider how Jewish identity and values played out in such works as Porgy and Bess, Quiet City, The Cradle Shall Rock, and even “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

When Your Z-Pak Can Kill You:  How Antibiotic Misuse and Overuse is Causing a World Health Crisis, David Wein, M.D.: Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health globally. The European Union and the United States each estimate between 20,000 and 25,000 deaths annually as the result of antibiotic resistance. We will spend time discussing the threat and its causes, as well some interventions to improve the situation.

Meet Your Professors

Steve CantorStephen R. Cantor
is a teaching lecturer in physical science at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. He is an adjunct faculty member in physics and physical science at St. Petersburg College.  His industrial experience includes that at the MITRE Corporation, where he was Task Leader and Chief Engineer of a Rubidium Standard Foreign Comparative Integrated Product Team.  He was a staff systems engineer at Sypris Electronics and worked on cryptographic devices.  He has been a member of the Technical Review Committee of the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium.  He did his undergraduate work at Tufts University and his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University.

Larry Green, Ph.D.  received his Ph.D. in Physics from Penn State University. Professionally, he worked with Westinghouse conducting research related to Nuclear Power, both fission and fusion. In addition, Larry held appointments as Visiting Professor at Ben Gurion University and Visiting Scientist at Swiss Federal Technical University, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is retired as Fellow Scientist and Manager of Thermonuclear Fusion Programs at the Westinghouse Science and Technical Center.

Joan O. Epstein is Professor of Music and Music Department Chair at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, where she has taught music history, composition and interdisciplinaJoan Epsteinry humanities since 1981.  She is also a trumpeter, composer and American music scholar.  A native of St. Petersburg, Epstein earned degrees at Smith College, Yale University School of Music and University of South Florida-Tampa.  Her research into Yiddish tango began with a composition project and resulted in a presentation at the College Music Society’s June 2013 international meeting in Buenos Aires.

Ellen S. PodgorEllen S. Podgor is a former deputy prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.  She  teaches at Stetson University College of Law in the areas of white collar crime and criminal law. She received her B.S. from Syracuse University, J.D. from Indiana University at Indianapolis, LL.M. from Temple University, and M.B.A. from University of Chicago.  She has authored numerous books and articles and currently serves as the President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools.

Elizabeth Unruh, Ed. D
 received her Ed D. from Hofstra University in Reading, Language and Cognition. Her national study of writing instruction in schools led to a position on the faculty of Hofstra’s Literacy Department. She has presented at both the International Reading Association and the World Congress of Reading’s annual meetings. After working with doctoral students preparing them for leadership in the public schools, she served as both administrator and faculty member in Hofstra’s School for University Studies. She combined her work in thought and language processing to examine how culture impacts on not only the way we think and use language, but also on the way we see ourselves. Most often, she has used narrative literature to enable individuals to understand themselves and their world.

David Wein, MD, MBA, is the Medical Director and Chief of Emergency Medic
ine at Tampa General Hospital as well as a member of the Emergency Medicine Residency Core Faculty and Assistant Professor at the University Of South Florida Morsani College Of Medicine in Tampa. Dr. Wein earned his medical degree from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine in Gainesville. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship in Healthcare Administration with TEAMHealth Southeast in Tampa, where he simultaneously earned an Executive MBA from the University of South Florida.

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