Fall 2019 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are sponsoring  five fall minicourses  beginning September 23 to be held in the Chase Room of the Madison Public Library for five weeks.

Registration forms are now available in the library or posted on the website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.orgThe tuition for one course is $95. Additional courses are $65 each. Checks payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P. O. Box 1341, Madison NJ 07940.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at 929-450-7940.  All proceeds will go to the Madison Public Library.

Dr. Daniel Cassino, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Experimental Research for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s survey research group, PublicMind; Mondays, 10 am to 12 Noon; Sep 23, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 (no class Sep 30) “Nice Presidents Finish Last: The Evolution of Presidential Power”

With renewed interest in the powers of the US Presidency, and their limits, it is important to examine how the powers of the President have changed over time. Starting with Washington, we will examine the development of Presidential powers by focusing on the chief executives who have done the most to shape the conception of what Presidents can, and cannot do. For each President, we will try to understand how their life experiences shaped the way they approached the Presidency, and, in turn, how that set precedent for all of the Presidents that came afterwards. Throughout, we will also be talking about how the public, the courts and Congress have pushed back on expansions of Presidential power by impeachment, laws and Supreme Court decisions. 

Dr. David Cowell, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Drew University; Tuesdays, 10 am to 12 Noon; Sep 24, Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class Oct 1) “Alienation and Civic Culture in America and Europe:  From Kennedy Campaigning to 2020″

An analysis of political alienation and civic culture focused upon contemporary American and European experiences since World War II.  Alienation will be presented as an idea and social value in the political culture and its impact on democratic politics and campaigning in America and Europe.  Topics include the social acceptance of alienation in speech and behavior, the expanding role of social media and access to public space and their impacts on politics and thought in modern democracies. 

Dr. Bruce Peabody, Professor of Political Science, Prelaw & Legal Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the director of Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (FILL); Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 Noon; Sep 25; Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class Oct 9)

“Supreme Court of the United States: ‘Top Ten’ Cases You Need to Know and Understand”

This course will use a selection of ten landmark Supreme Court cases to learn about the substance of the case, the legal, political, and social issues at hand, and the broader lessons about the Court’s power, importance, and limitations.  My choices include familiar cases and some that are more obscure but no less dramatic and vital.

Sep. 25:           Introduction and the Roots of the Court’s Power: Marbury and McCulloch

Oct. 2:              Civil Rights and the Limits of the Judicial Impact: Brown and Baker

Oct. 16:           The Warren Court Revolution: Sullivan and Miranda

Oct. 23:           The Burger Court Counter-Revolution? Roe and Nixon

Oct. 30:           The Future of the Court: Buckley and McDonald

Dr. Robert Butts, Director of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and teacher at Montclair State University, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the College of Saint Elizabeth; Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm; Sep 25; Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class Oct 9)

“Music in America”

1, Music Grows in America – 1750-1860

2. The Civil War and After – 1860-1890

3. Time of Transition – 1890-1920

4. American Music Becomes American Music – 1920-1945

5. American Music Since World War II

Dr. Nicole Yanoso, Assistant Professor of History and the Director of Political Science and American Studies, the College of Saint Elizabeth; Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm; Sep 26, Oct 10, 17, 24, 31 (no class Oct 3) “Slavery and the Founding Fathers”

This course will explore the paradoxical reality of the United States founding.  The Founding Fathers changed the world by building a lasting democracy based on the natural rights of man, and yet allowed for the continuation of human bondage.  In this course we will explore the men who made America and also the times in which they operated.  Moreover, we will delve into the motivations and forces that drove their ideologies and actions (or for some lack of action) concerning slavery.  Beyond that, we will explore whether the framers allowed the Constitution to enshrine slavery or if they purposely fell short of legitimizing slavery at the national level, refusing to validate property in man.