(December 31, 2013 – Long Beach, CA) Through collaboration with JFCS of Long Beach/West Orange County, and with the cooperation of the Alpert Jewish Community Center, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State Long Beach will hold one of its upcoming courses at the Alpert JCC.

“The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution” will be led by Joe Ribakoff on Wednesdays beginning January 22, 2014 and concluding March 12, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The course will examine historic judicial decisions that interpret the First Amendment. Some examples of these are the Peter Zenger decision, the reverse Dred Scott decision in Citizens United, and others that seemingly infringe on the basic freedoms outlined in the First Amendment—freedom of speech, assembly, the press, and religious rights.

“We are excited to work with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to create opportunities for rewarding personal fulfillment for Long Beach’s senior community. Thanks to a grant from the Archstone Foundation that provides funding for the Active Adult Community Connections Program for older adults, we are able to cooperate with the Alpert JCC to provide a convenient venue for the course,” says Elaine Porzucki, Care Manager for JFCS’ Older Adult Services program.

This class is offered to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Long Beach, as part of its extensive list of not-for-credit classes for adults 50 and older. Registration for this First Amendment course class requires OLLI membership of $40 for an academic year. Members then have the opportunity to take lecture or computer classes at any of OLLI’s venues, which include Cal State Long Beach, LeisureWorld, and the JCC.

For registration information, contact Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at (562) 985-8237 or visit their website at http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/centers/olli/.