Drew Minicourses: Fall 2018

Drew Minicourses: Fall 2018
Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored: Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University
Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 28.

New Jersey Forests: Diversity, Ecology, and Challenges, Dr. Sara Webb;
Tues afternoons:
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Sep 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23

An exploration of New Jersey’s remarkably diverse forests, from red maple swamps to dwarf pine plains. Illustrated lectures will delve into the history, dynamics, and intricacies of these wooded ecosystems, as well as the ecological niches and adaptations of our major trees. Many forces interact to shape the vegetation mosaic, including fire, windstorms, glacial history, and a host of interesting plant-animal interactions. European/American settlers cleared the entire state, and today’s forests face complex challenges that we will examine alongside very promising conservation and restoration efforts.

Sara Webb is Professor Emerita of Biology and Environmental Studies at Drew and director of the Drew University Forest Preserve’s restoration project. Her research and teaching specialties are forest ecology and environmental science.

Mozart: The Creativity of Genius, Dr. Robert Butts;
Wednesday mornings: 10 am – 12 pm, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Everybody knows Mozart from the play and film Amadeus.  While there was a great deal of dramatic license in the story, there was also a great deal of insight.   Mozart was a uniquely creative genius, composing in ways that stretched the boundaries of music as he and his contemporaries understood it.  Mozart’s music and dramatic writing were highly influenced by the ideals of The Enlightenment as well as by the ideals of musical thought.  His music could touch profoundly into the human experience, yet be at the same time extremely enjoyable and fun.    This course will look at Mozart as a person and as a composer, as part of his world and at the same time a voice that continues to speak to audiences everywhere.

Dr. Robert Butts has won acclaim as conductor, composer and educator. He is the director of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He teaches/lectures 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.

Memory and the Brain, Dr. Graham Cousens;
Wednesday afternoons: 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sep 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

This course will examine features of human memory and the neurobiological substrates of memory. The course will explore topics such as memory systems, short-term and long-term memory, habits and procedural memory, brain plasticity, cognition and aging, amnesia, and disease states that affect memory. Discussion will draw on a range of current and historical findings from human neuropsychological and brain imaging studies and from relevant neurobiological studies examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory. The course will address fundamental issues in neuroscience and psychology but assumes no prior coursework or background in these areas.

Graham Cousens, Associate Professor of Psychology at Drew, received his PhD from Rutgers and was a Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine and UCSF. His research involves electrophysiological and behavioral techniques that examine how the brain represents sensory information and how it maintains information over time. Areas include olfactory learning and memory, emotional processes and addiction.

Romantic Poetry-British Romantic Extremes, Dr. Robert Ready;
Thursday afternoons: 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sep 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

The British Romantic Period (roughly 1784-1830) remains remarkable for its many different energies that shaped the foundation of modern literature. In experiencing these energies anew, our examples will include: William Wordsworth’s recreation of the child, nature, and memory; Keats’s great odes and his breakthrough conception of “negative capability”; P.B. Shelley’s radical critique of power, empire, and sexual order; Dorothy Wordsworth’s community of living and writing; and, in general, Romantic writers’ emphasis on imagination as the informing spirit of art and life. We will concentrate on great lyric poetry but also encounter astonishing prose works like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Defense of Poetry.

Robert Ready, Baldwin Professor of Humanities and Professor of English Emeritus, Drew University, received his PhD from Columbia University. A former dean of the Caspersen School, he specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, writing fiction and graduate liberal studies.

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For more information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or go to Drew University or call Drew University at (973) 408-3118.

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Drew Minicourses: Summer 2018

Drew Minicourses: Summer 2018
Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored: Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University
Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 29.

Looking and Thinking Outside the Box: Three exhibits in New York City you might not have experienced  and four artists  working in unconventional areas
Dr. Barbara Tomlinson
– Interior spaces NYC, Hispanic Society, Chinese Scholar’s Garden at the Met
– Artists: 
Kerry James Marshall, Maurice Sendak, Saul Steinberg and Faig Ahmed
Mondays: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; June 25, July 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Note start time of 1 pm)

The Reformation at 500: a study of the Political, Religious and Intellectual Climate from 1500 to The Council of Trent
Dr. David Cowell
Tuesdays: 10 am – 12:00 pm; June 26, ?July 3, 10, 17, 24 and ?July 31 (Note: Students will vote at first class on attending July 3.)

Musicals on Film
Dr. Robert Butts
Week 1 – Show Boat/Oklahoma; Week 2. Carousel/The King and I; Week 3.  West Side Story/Gypsy; Week 4. Fiddler on the Roof/The Sound of Music; Week 5. Cabaret/Phantom of the Opera
Tuesdays: 1:30 – 3:30 pm; June 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7; (Note: No class July 17 or July 24.)

For more information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

Drew Minicourses: Winter/Spring 2018

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

Registration will begin January 5, 2018. Each course is a five-week, two-hour lecture. $95 per course, $65 for each additional course.

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The Great War and Modern Memory
Dr. William Rogers
Five Mondays: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26   1:30-3:30 pm

Natural Beauty and the Appreciation of Natural Environments
Dr. Erik Anderson
Five Tuesdays: Jan 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27   10 am-12 pm

Exploring Beethoven
Dr. Robert Butts

Five Tuesdays: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 1:30-3:30 pm

Great Leaders and Political Ideas from Ancient Greece and Rome
Dr. John Lenz
Five Wednesdays: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28   10 am-12 pm

Music from the Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Dr. Robert Butts
Five Tuesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1   1:30-3:30 pm

Using Poetry as Access to the Universal
Dr. Sean Nevin
Five Wednesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2   1:30-3:30 pm

For more information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

Drew Minicourses: Fall 2017

Registration is open for four fall courses that will begin the last week of September.

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • A New Era for American Foreign Policy, Dr. Douglas Simon (Mondays at 1:30 pm, September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23)
  • Challenges To Democratic Politics in America, Dr. Perry Leavell (Tuesdays at 1:30 pm, September 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31 – No class Oct 17)
  • New Jersey at 350+:  A Survey of New Jersey’s History, Dr. David Cowell (Wednesdays at 10 am, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25)
  • Giacomo Puccini, Dr. Robert Butts (Wednesdays at 1:30 pm, September 27; October 4, 11, 18; November 8 – No class Oct 25 and Nov 1)

For further information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

Drew Minicourses: Summer 2017

Registration is open for three summer courses that will begin the last week of June.

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • “Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises” by Jonathan Golden, PhD (Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 10 am – 12 Noon)
  • “Leonard Bernstein and American Music” by Robert Butts (Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • “Morris County, USA: A Living Tapestry” by Jim DelGiudice (Five Thursdays: June 29, Jul 6, 13, 27, Aug 3; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. No class July 20)

For further information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

Drew Minicourses: Winter/Spring 2017

Drew Minicourses: Winter/Spring 2017

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art by Eric Anderson (Wednesdays, 10 am to Noon; Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22)
  • Va Pensiero – The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi by Robert Butts (Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22)
  • In Search of a Visual Language: Digital Photography and Social Media in the 21st Century by Jim DelGiudice (Mondays, 10 am to Noon; Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 27, March 6)
  • Great Art Exhibitions You Might Have Missed by Barbara Tomlinson (Mondays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27)
  • The Politics of Ireland from Easter Sunday to the Celtic Tiger by David Cowell (Tuesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2)
  • The 60’s & the Vietnam War in America by James Carter (Wednesdays, 10 am to Noon; April 5, 12, 19, April 26, May 3)

For more information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org