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Skyline of Prague

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

July 15 @ 10:00 am11:30 am
| Cost: $65 | Cost for Members: $55

This is an online class!

Dr. Simon Sibelman will lecture about three of his favorite things providing an eclectic, personal reflection on a life of teaching, travel, and research. This dynamic series will feature wonderful images with insightful, engaging discussions on the following:

Prague, the Paris of Central Europe -Situated on the Vltava River in the Czech Republic, Prague has been called “the city of a hundred spires” and also “the Paris of Central Europe.”

Krakow, The Royal City – Unlike other cities in Poland, Krakow survived the Second World War virtually unscathed. The city represents a remarkable fusion of medieval, Renaissance, and classical styles of architecture as well as reflecting Polish and Jewish cultural preferences.

How Societies Remember: What They Tell About France’s Relationship to the Second World War – This lecture will analyze two monuments, one in Troyes (Champagne in Eastern France), the other in Paris on the Île de la Cité behind the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

 Co-sponsored by Life Lessons: The Wm. & Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning at the Springfield JCC.

Instructor: Dr. Simon Sibelman
Wednesday, 10-11:30 am
Three classes: July 15, 22, 29

Online Class Instructions

The day before the first class you will receive an invitation from Simon to join the online lectures in the (free) Zoom application.

Watch this orientation video if you are new to Zoom: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ. You may download and install the Zoom application at any time. We recommend you do this at least one day prior to your first online class. Choose the download option that best fits your technology. Unless you will be using an iPad or mobile device, the first option is most likely the one you’ll need.

The Day of Class

  1. Class will begin at 10 AM. Simon will be on Zoom 15 minutes before the class starts.
  2. You may login early, but if you step away from your computer before class starts leave Zoom open.
  3. Connection is better if you close all web browsers on your computer while on Zoom.
  4. Due to high volume on Zoom, connection may be imperfect at times.
  5. If you have technical issues during class, quit Zoom and then login again. If you still have trouble, shut down your computer, wait 2-minutes, and then try again.
  6. We encourage you to have your camera on during class, as this helps with feeling connected, however, camera mode is optional. Once you have logged in and are connected, we ask that you mute your microphone.
  7. You may want to add a photo to your profile; see these instructions. This is optional.
  8. Wear a headset or earbuds or close a door to help limit background noise during class.
  9. Plan ahead so that you will not be multi-tasking during the program.


July 15
10:00 am–11:30 am


Zoom App
MA United States


Museum School
413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382


Cost for Members: