SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The Scarsdale Adult School has added more than 20 new instructors to its faculty this fall.
Here is a look at some of the faculty:
Yoel Magid, recently retired as the executive director of Westchester Reform Temple, will teach "Differing Democracies in Disarray," starting Sept. 17. The class will explore the problems and frustrations with American and European democracies and then concentrate on the timely topic of the struggles for democratic governance in the Middle East. Magid earned his academic decrees including a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University and in his earlier teaching career taught at Rutgers University and at Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
Julie Faith Parker will be unveiling her new course, "The Genius of Genesis," starting Sept. 18. An ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, Parker received her doctorate in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Yale University. Her interactive lecture series will combine Biblical scholarship with slides, music, film, costumes and more to examine the roles of Eve, Abraham and Joseph and his siblings.
Adrienne Meyer, recently retired from the drama department at Scarsdale High School, will debut two specially-designed courses for the school. The "Actor's Workshop: Acting for All Levels," beginning Sept. 17, will combine theater games and improvisation activities for aspiring thespians of all levels. "Everyone's a Critic!: Theater Appreciation," beginning Sept. 19, will be devoted to the study of the latest production of "The Glass Menagerie," starring Cherry Jones and coming to Broadway next month.
Donald Gambino, Apple Logo computer artist, consultant, educator and former chaimanr of the Department of Computer Arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, will teach four new technology courses this semester. "iPhone Essentials: Say Hello!" and "iPad Fundamentals" both start in September with "iPhone, iPad, iPod: Apps Apps Apps!" beginning Oct. 1. "Goodbye Digital Cameras . . . Hello iPhone" will meet in December.
Emily Dombroff, video production teacher at Mamaroneck High School, also joins the technology department. In "Introduction to Digital Video Making Using a DSLR Camera," Dombroff will teach you how to make your own home movie without all the fancy equipment. Discover how to shoot video using the digital camera you already have. Then, in "Introduction to Photo Books and Online Photo Storage," Dembroff will lead you through myriad online options for uploading and sharing all of your digital pictures.
Quincy Eggington, in addition to leading day and evening sessions of "Drawing with Mixed Media," will be teaching two courses that blend art appreciation with hands-on artistic creation. The first, "Printmaking and Collage," is an introductory art class in which students will experiment with different print-making techniques and use their practice prints for holiday card collage designs. This hands-on class is a complement to Rick Starr's lecture course, "The Anatomy of a Print." Eggington's other new offering, "Artists Inspire: Matisse, Van Gogh, Monet and O'Keeffe," will pair PowerPoint presentations of each famous artist with workshops to create inspired masterpieces in the same styles.
Also joining the arts and crafts faculty is Mike Teator, teaching "Explore the Beauty of Westchester County with Watercolor."
Returning to the staff after a hiatus are Lisa Feiner, teaching "Soul Collage®" and Maria DeAngelis, teaching "Warm Glass Making."