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Campus at the cultural Center

The goal of the Campus at the Cultural Center is to support and sustain the life-long love of learning. To that end, we sponsor programs and presentations on topics that engage our members.

$100 membership includes all films and programs 
$50++ optional dinner following each film; reservations required, space is limited

The Film Society is pleased to present its fifth season at the Campus. We will continue to study films and filmmaking styles from around the world together. 

On five Monday evenings, we will view films that have a link to a food theme. Each film will be introduced and followed with a presentation by an expert in the film industry or a selected chef. 

After the event, a special dinner inspired by the film will be served along with the opportunity to discuss the film further and socialize with members. These entertaining evenings celebrate film and exquisite dinners prepared by Ocean Reef Club's outstanding culinary department.

Mondays at 4:30pm

January 8 – Burnt (2015 – French cuisine)  

January 29 – Commanding the Table (2016 – New Orleans cuisine)

February 12 – Today's Special (2009 – Indian cuisine) 

March 12 – NOMA - My Perfect Storm (2015 – Nordic Scandinavian cuisine) 

April 9 – Back to Burgundy (2017 – French cuisine) 

Best Picture Oscar Talk 
Friday, March 2 – 5:00pm 
Complimentary to Film Society Members

Journey into this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees with film critic and Professor Dan Hudak as he discusses why each film was nominated and which is the odds-on favorite to emerge victorious. Clips and background information about all nominated films will be shared, and a discussion of the Academy's voting habits will lend perspective to choosing the likely winner. Oscar history, trivia, and other major categories will also be covered. It's a lively, insightful and fun hour-long discussion that’s not to be missed!
Note: Attendees are encouraged to see as many of the nominated films as possible before the presentation.


$200 for the Series  

Educational, entertaining and energetic - afternoon lectures on a broad variety of subjects, delivered by dynamic speakers who are powerful presenters of their subjects. Each lecture is a full examination enlightening and stimulating a taste of the world around us, past, present and future. 


Thursday, January 11 • 3:00pm
John Lenczowski
 - "China"  
John Lenczowski, PH.D. is a former member of the National Security Council and is currently founder, president and professor at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. Dr. Lenczowski has served and advised presidents since 1985 and his articles and books are widely read by Presidents from Ronald Regan to Donald Trump. 

Thursday, January 25 • 3:00pm 
Sol Gittleman - "The American Immigrant Experience "    
Tufts University professor and noted raconteur who captivated Ocean Reef Club members returns in 2018 to explain the history of immigration in the US. Brilliant and funny, he can fascinate his audiences on wide ranging topics from biblical literature to baseball. It is a privilege and a joy to share an afternoon with Sol Gittleman.

Friday, February 2 • 3:00–6:00pm
One Day University - Music and Literature 

3:00 – 4:20pm - Anna Celenza of Georgetown University on "What Makes Frank Sinatra Great"
Anna Celenza is Professor of Music at Georgetown where she teaches courses in music history and radio journalism. She has served as a writer/commentator for National Public Radio's Performance Today. Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including the BBC’s  “Music Matters” and she is an acknowledged expert on Frank Sinatra.
4:40 – 6:00pm - Joseph Luzzi of Bard College on "Eight Books that Changed the World"
A writer and Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College, Dr. Luzzi is an award-winning author,  teacher, and scholar. His teaching interests range from Dante and comparative European literature to Renaissance Florence and Italian cinema. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Times Literary Supplement.

Thursday, February 8 • 3:00pm
John Lenczowski  - "Russia"     
Back for his second afternoon, John Lenczowski, the founder of The Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. has served States Department, on the National Security Council, and a principal advisor on Russia to President Ronald Reagan. His involvement with United States foreign affairs has been extraordinary as is his understanding of the core concerns of foreign policy. He has been widely published in the media and nationally syndicated by the Los Angeles Times.

Thursday, March 8 • 3:00pm
Ted Talks " AI and the Human Genome"  
Different points of view on the future path of scientific exploration are presented by TED.  " AI and the Human Genome" explores why the first human genome cost billions of dollars and huge amounts of time and how it's now increasingly possible to sequence your DNA for around $1,000. Why is this of any significance – join us for a fascinating afternoon and find out.

Thursday, March 29 • 3:00–6:00pm
One Day University -  Art and Aging

3:00 – 4:20pm - Tina Rivers Ryan of Columbia University on "Modern Art: What It Is, What It Means, and Why You Couldn't Have Done It"  
Dr. Ryan has taught courses on contemporary art at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art. She is currently at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. Early in her career, Ms. Ryan was on the staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

4:40 – 6:00pm - Brian Carpenter of Washington University in St. Louis on "The Art of Aging: What Everyone Should Know About Getting Older
Dr. Carpenter conducts research on the clinical psychology of aging. "You started aging from the moment you were born….But people age differently…and for what reason."

Thursday, April 5 • 3:00pm
Ed Hajim - "Life Passages"   
A Conversation with Yourself, Your Children and Your Grandchildren
A classic Horatio Alger story, Ed Hajim rose from foster homes to the pinnacle success. Earning an MA from Harvard Business School, his career embraced manifold top executive positions in the world of finance. A philanthropist, Ed Hajim gives generously of his wealth and time. An engaging speaker, he is well qualified to comment on Life Passages.