Scheduling Changes to Virtual Spring 2021 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library have organized two virtual minicourses for the Spring 2021 semester, ‘The Romantic Symphony (1820-1910)’ by Dr. Robert Butts, Founder and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of NJ and ‘Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture’ by Dr. Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department, Drew University.  These online Zoom minicourses will be held for five-weeks beginning March 3, 2021 for music and April 29 for art.  Registration will start February 16.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.   The cost of a second minicourse by the same student is $65.  Students may either register by mail or online on our website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org.  Checks made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P.O. Box 1341, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Sylvia Luber, Coordinator, said that “future minicourses will most likely continue to be offered online until it’s completely safe to meet in-person.”    

These virtual non-credit courses are intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at (929) 450-7940.   The minicourses are organized by the Friends and all proceeds go to the Madison Public Library.  

Minicourse Descriptions:  

The Romantic Symphony (1820-1910) by Dr. Robert Butts; Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2021

The Romantic period (1820-1910) was the golden age of the symphony.  The new aesthetics and social changes of the 19th century impacted music in many ways, both in terms of developing the form and style as well as in terms of it becoming the most important public aspect of orchestral creativity.  The period is marked by three distinctive periods, represented by some of the most beloved composers and works.  Early Romantic symphonists included Berlioz, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.  Middle Romantic composers included Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Bruckner.  The leading late Romantic symphonic composers were led by Mahler and Sibelius.  Each generation developed its own definition of the symphony as well as its own meaning.  In the 20th century, many composers were inspired by the aesthetics and ideas of romanticism blended with the techniques and styles of modernism.

Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture by Dr. Margaret Kuntz; Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021

This course will focus on the art and architecture of some of the greatest Italian masters, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Bernini, Borromini, Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi.  Questions surrounding design process, function and meaning, rivalry and gender are just some of the issues Dr. Kuntz will address as she explores individual works of art and well-known urban projects of the 16th-17th centuries.

Virtual Early Spring 2021 Minicourse at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library have organized a virtual minicourse for the Spring 2021 semester, “The Romantic Period (1820-1910)” by Dr. Robert Butts, Founder and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of N.J.  This online Zoom minicourse will be held for five weeks beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Registration will start February 16.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.  Students may either register by mail or online on our website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org.  Checks made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P.O. Box 1341, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Sylvia Luber, Coordinator, said that “spring semester minicourses will most likely be the last offered online.  The Friends hope to return to in-person minicourses, to be held in the Chase Room of the library, during the summer in July and August.”    

This virtual non-credit course is intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at (929) 450-7940.   Minicourses are organized by the Friends and all proceeds go to the Madison Public Library.  

Virtual Winter 2021 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library will conduct two virtual minicourses  for the Winter 2021 semester, ‘Exhibitions Interrupted’ by Dr. Barbara Tomlinson, Professor Emerita, Kean University and ‘Great Thinkers in the History of Western Political Thought’ by Dr. Ian Drake, Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair University.  These online Zoom minicourses will be held for five-weeks beginning January 26, 2021.  Registration will start January 5.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.   The cost of a second minicourse by the same student is $65.  Students may either register by mail or online on our website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org.  Checks made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P.O. Box 1341, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Exhibitions Interrupted by Dr. Barbara Tomlinson; Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm; January 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2021.

2020 saw museums around the world mounting spectacular exhibitions only to have them shut down.  These sessions offer an opportunity to visit some of those exhibitions. 

The Obama Portraits, National Portrait Gallery; The Ghent Altarpiece, Ghent Museum; Snow Scenes: Bruegel to Monet; Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana, the Prado;  Titian Poesie, London National Gallery; Rembrandt/Velazquez, The Rijksmuseum and The Man in the Red Coat, Armand Hammer Foundation.  

Great Thinkers in the History of Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Marx by Dr. Ian Drake; Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 pm; January 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021. 

This five-part series will review the ideas, lives and times of major thinkers in the history of Western political philosophy.  From the ancient Greeks to our own day, political theorists have proposed dramatically different ideas about how and why we should govern ourselves or be governed by others.  This series will review these controversial ideas and how the biographies of their chief proponents affected their proposals.

Sylvia Luber, Coordinator, said that “additional online minicourses will be offered during the Spring 2021 Semester in March and April.  Registration for Spring will begin February 16 with the first day of class on March 3.”  

 “In-person minicourses will not be held until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” added Rose Mary Dinnhaupt, Registrar.  All proceeds will go to the Madison Public Library These virtual non-credit courses are intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com or leave a voice message at (929) 450-7040.

Fall 2020 Minicourse will be Online

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are pleased to offer ‘Gothic Art’ by Dr. Rita Keane, Associate Professor of Art History, Drew University, an online Zoom minicourse for fall 2020.

This five-week course will be held Monday afternoons beginning September 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Registration will begin August 24 at www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org. This minicourse is open to the public. Current students will receive an email with a link to register.

The Friends held their first online Zoom minicourse during the summer, ‘The Story of the Symphony’ by Dr. Robert Butts which was well attended. We plan to offer additional online minicourses in January 2021.

Please Note: In-person minicourses will not be held until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minicourses Cancelled Until Further Notice

The Friends of the Madison Public Library have cancelled all in-person Minicourses until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In-person Minicourses will not be held during the Summer or the Fall Semesters of 2020.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

REGISTRATION FOR THE FREE ONLINE ZOOM MINICOURSE, ‘THE STORY OF THE SYMPHONY’ BY DR. ROBERT BUTTS HAS BEEN CLOSED.  We have reached the maximum number of students.

The Friends are pleased to offer one FREE Zoom online Minicourse  to current students as a thank you for their loyalty and commitment during the past 28 years.  Because Zoom restricts the number of participants, we regret that we were not able to open it to the public .

The Friends will consider offering more online virtual Minicourses.  Updates will be posted on the Minicourse website.