Courses – Fall 2022 / Contemporary Issues


The courses listed below, in the general area of contemporary issues, are currently offered at Quest.

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BLACK WOMEN’S VOICES

Coordinators: Ilene Winkler, Barbara Barnes, Susannah Falk Lewis, Penelope Pi-Sunyer

This course discusses a wide range of works by Black women—novels, memoirs, essays, and art. In the past we have presented classes on bell hooks, Faith Ringgold, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Nikole Hannah-Jones.

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH CULTURE

Coordinators: Judy Hampson, Jennifer Jolly, Donna Ramer, Sheryl Harawitz

This course focuses on the global influence of contemporary British culture, including art, music, dance, theatre, literature and fashion.

DISTINGUISHED GUEST LECTURE SERIES

Coordinators: Arlynn Greenbaum, Bob Reiss, Karen Levin, Estelle Selzer

The bimonthly Guest Lecture Series enhances the Quest program experience by inviting recognized experts in their fields to present on varied subjects. Past presentations have included discussions of global policy and political science, literature, theater arts, social science, and music.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Coordinators: Bob Gottfried, Sandy Frank, Ellen Gottfried, Glenn Johnston

In this course we investigate worldwide issues. The presenters will select an issue of importance to discuss. There will be time for class discussion.

LAW & ORDER

Coordinators: Michael Wellner, Bob Gottfried, David Judlowitz

It is not just a TV crime series; it’s a topic that has galvanized virtually every segment of our society. Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, white supremacy, reparations for over 200 years of slavery, statues of Confederate leaders, crime in all its forms.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

Coordinators: Bob Gottfried, Ellen Gottfried

We will examine the lives and accomplishments of outstanding people whose ideas and actions have had a lasting effect on our society, whether for good or evil.

PRESENTER’S SHOWCASE

Coordinators: Joyce West, Steve Allen, Caroline Thompson

Quest members have a wide diversity of interests and experiences. Each session is a chance to encounter something new or an encore of a talk that will be new to many members.