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Films and Reality

by Linda Fuchik

Good news! Money magazine predicts that the prices of gold and electric cars will go down in 2014. That doesn’t rock your world, you say? Would you consider it even better news if you learned that healthcare costs would go down? Of course, and who knows
which of these things will prove to be realities in 2014?
naidaUNDERSTANDING CURRENT ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES
will approach the present situation in a different and stimulating
way: film clips will be shown throughout the course. Some are
documentaries and some are fictionalized but in dennisboth cases, they
will address key economic issues and the social problems that
they generate.
Leading the far-reaching discussions are two amazingly wellversed
instructors: Dr. Naida Tushnet and Dr. Dennis Youkstetter.
Both have taught previously at OLLI and bring a wealth of education and experience. Naida Tushnet holds a doctorate in policy analysis and admininistration. She has worked at local, state and federal levels in a variety of positions and is presently active in the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community. Dennis Youkstetter has a doctorate in organization management and has worked in the healthcare field for many years, both with insurance programs and hospitals.
No, “The Wolf of Wall Street” won’t be one of the chosen film clips, but the earlier “Wall Street” with Michael Douglas will provoke an exchange of real issues that are fictionalized. If you missed the movie “Glengarry Glen Ross,” you’re in for outstanding performances from the likes of Pacino, Lemmon,
Arkin, and Spacey---portraying desperate real estate agents. Among the documentaries will be “Walmart: The High Cost of
Living” and “Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story.” Are you acquainted with Robert Reich’s “Inequality For All”?
It’s a good place to find yourself: in a classroom with two discussion leaders, filmmakers’ interpretations of economic and social issues and a room full of students who have experience with the realities.

FREE EDUCATION EVENTS

Long Term Care
Janet Morris, Family Caregiver Attorney,
from Bet Tzedek Legal Services will
discuss the importance of making plans
for future care - wills, trusts, powers of
attorney and advance directives. Part II
will cover home care, day care, assisted
living, nursing home and hospice care
and paying for the care.
Dates: Thursdays, May 1 & May 22
Time: 12:15 – 1:45 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

 

Stroke Prevention
How to prevent a stroke and how to identify the warning signs. Visual aids and discussion are included in this presentation from local professionals in the field.
Class Leader: Vanessa Daniels
Dates: Thursday, May 29
Time: 12:15 – 1:45 PM
Location: CSULB, HS&D, room 101

 

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