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Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston

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Write on Zoom! A Prose Writing Workshop


with Sue Katz

Calendar Mar 10, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 11 weeks

Schedule: This course will take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM for 10 weeks starting in Session I (3/10/21 - 4/7/21) and continuing through Session II (4/21/21 - 5/19/21). No class will be held on 4/14/21.

Course Description:

This class will be a small group of prose writers who want to take their work to the next level. A variety of approaches to writing and feedback will be used, starting with a short warm-up exercise. Then a longer chunk of time will be devoted to focusing on a piece of writing. For this you can either select (as many as you choose) from the three varied prompts the instructor will provide or you can concentrate on an ongoing piece of writing (book/essay/story/etc.) that you have been working on outside or inside class. Finally, volunteers will read up to 500 words of their work, and we will offer feedback.

Enrollment Limit: 8


Course Leader: Sue Katz

Sue Katz’s business card identifies her as a “wordsmith and rebel.” Her books, short stories, and journalism have been published on the three continents where she has lived and worked, first as a martial arts master, then promoting transnational volunteering, and before the pandemic, teaching fitness and dance to elders. She has taught a plethora of varied writing courses. Her books include Lillian’s Last Affair (six short stories about the love lives of older people), Lillian in Love (novel about a romance between two old women in senior housing), and A Raisin in My Cleavage: short and shorter stories (LGBTQ and aging).

The Future is Now: An Introduction to Key New Technologies


with David Rooks

Calendar Apr 20, 2021 at 10:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

Schedule: This course will take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM for five weeks during Session 2 (4/20/21 - 5/18/21).

Course Description:

Technology innovation seems to increase at an ever rapid pace. Every day we hear about new technologies that promise to revolutionize our lives, yet most of us don’t really know anything about them. This course provides a (very) high-level introductory overview of: 5G Cellular, WiFi 6, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin), and Artificial Intelligence. The course does not assume students have prior knowledge about the technologies covered. The goals of this class include enabling students to: be comfortable discussing these innovations, understand and evaluate related articles in the popular press, and develop a point of view regarding their potential impacts. Please note, since the course is intended to introduce students to new concepts and technologies, instruction is primarily lecture with optional readings provided.

Enrollment Limit:  15


Course Leader:  David Rooks

David studied biology, chemistry and computer science as an undergrad before switching to business, and received an MBA in Information Systems from Bentley University. He started his career with a software consulting company followed by 11 years as VP of Information Services at a national human resources firm, then 20 years as a project management consultant in the Financial Services industry. David has taken a few courses in genetics and molecular biology over the past seven years and has a life-long interest in science and technology. He also has a pathological fear of getting left behind technologically. David is a member of Rainbow’s Board of Directors and taught “Investing Made Simple” during the Spring 2017 semester.

Full Course

Amazon All Stars: Lesbian Plays - Session 2


with Jyl Lynn Felman

Calendar Apr 20, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Schedule: This course will take place on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM for 5 weeks starting in Session 2 (4/20/21 - 5/18/21)

Please note: While this class is scheduled for 10 weeks (Session 1 & Session 2), students may take either one session or both sessions. The second session class is not a repeat of the first one but you must register seperately. 


Course Description: 

The course will include discussion and reading out loud scenes from the assigned plays. We will read one play a week or a play over two weeks, depending on the length. We’ll read ten terrific playwrights including Maria Irene Fornes, Joan Lipkin, Megan Terry, Jane Chambers and Paula Vogel. With brilliant language and cutting-edge scripts on taboo topics, these plays will astound you. We will use the intersecting lens of race, class, gender, and sexuality to unravel these amazing works.

Students should purchase one anthology available online if not already purchased for the class in session 1. "Amazon All Stars: Thirteen Lesbian Plays" edited by Rosemary Keefe Curb, published by Applause Books.

Enrollment Limit: 12


Course Leader: Jyl Lynn Felman

Jyl lynn Felman is a playwright, writer and performance artist. She is the author of Hot Chicken Wings, a collection of short stories; Cravings, a memoir; and Never A Dull Moment: Teaching And The Art Of Performance. She’s performed her one-woman shows, Terri Schiavo, Inc., Burning In Cuba, And Silicone Valley across the USA plus Prague, Czech Republic and Havana, Cuba. If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken aired on C-Span’s Performance series. Productions of her plays include Oh Daddy, Poor Daddy in The Seven Deadly Sins Festival, Concord, NH, And Birdie in the Universal Theatre Festival, Provincetown, Ma.

Full Course

ROMANTIC Plus: A Classical Musical Adventure - Session 2


with Liz Diamond

Calendar Apr 20, 2021 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Schedule: This course will take place on Tuesdays at 3:00 PM for 5 weeks starting in Session 2 (4/20/21 - 5/18/21)

Please note: While this class is scheduled for 10 weeks (Session 1 & Session 2), students may take either one session or both sessions. The second session class is not a repeat of the first one but you must register separately. 

Course Description:

The class is designed to share some of the most beloved pieces of the Romantic period (19th century), with a smattering of selections from Baroque, Classical and 20th century. NO prior musical knowledge necessary for enrollment. The goal is to inspire you to have a better understanding and (thus) more enjoyment of the available treasure trove of Romantic music! We will listen together with specific learnings, giving you tools to be able to find more pieces on your own that you love. Questions and class discussion encouraged! Optional assignment: oral presentation about a piece you love. Musical resources will be provided.

Course Leader: Liz Diamond

Liz received her BA from BU (Concentration: Music) and a Masters from Lesley College in Education/Integrated Arts. She plays flute, guitar and piano, and taught music K-8 in Salem MA. She created Women’s Educational Media, Inc., and produced lesbian educational outreach materials (Straight Talk About Lesbians, The Lesbian Primer, and the video And We Are Family), distributed nationally. Liz happily represented Steinway pianosat M. Steinert & Sons in Boston for fifteen years. Liz is a big fan of Rainbow LLI and enjoys teaching music, taking walks with friends, listening especially to Bach and lately Beethoven, taking photographs, reading Shakespeare with her family on Zoom, Games Nights and Zumba.

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