Lectures and Events

Special Events

Iran, the Middle East and ISIS
Topics in American History-America and the Middle East
Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Return to Iwo Jima
Broad Street Stroll
Historic Haddonfield
Fishing Expo


Iran, the Middle East and ISIS

Course Number: IDY-209-71    
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Civic Hall, inside the Connector Building, Blackwood Campus

Iran, the Middle East and ISIS

This series will address the continuing crisis in the Middle East by examining it historical origins, by examining attitudes of the United States in the region as well as focusing on the challenges posed by Iran and the terrorist group ISIS. Visiting scholars will evaluate potential threats to the United States and the world along with prospects for the future.  Because of rapidly changing conditions in the Middle East the lecture topics are subject to change.

March 2  
What They Think of Us
Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research Pew Research Center
Dr. Wike will discuss the results of Pew Foundation studies regarding attitudes of Middle Eastern nations and people of the United States.

March 23
How Much of the Middle East is a Terrorist Problem?
Ian Lustick, Professor, Bess W. Heyman Chair, Department of Political Science University of Pennsylvania
This lecture will explain the extent we can learn what we need to know by focusing on terrorism and its role in the region and to what extent the focus on terrorism leads us astray.  
Specific questions will be considered about the important long-run consequences of the War on Terror?  What international relations theory has to say about Iran, Hezbollah, and nuclear weapons?  Is ISIS an Islamic Movement or is it a cross between the mafia and the Gestapo?

March 30
Isis’s Global Strategy and Operations
Harleen Gambhir, Counterterrorism Analyst, Institute for the Study of War
ISIS is exporting a global strategy and is becoming more deadly and resilient each day.  What is ISIS doing outside of Iraq and Syria” What threat does ISIS post to the United States? How has ISIS changed the face of terrorism?

April 6
Ancient Persia in Modern Iran: Nationalism, Nation-Building, and National Identity
Mahyar Entezari ,Lecturer and Coordinator of the Persian Language Program, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
This talk examines the role that the historical memory of pre-Islamic Persia has played in Iranian politics and society from the late nineteen to the early twenty-first century.

April 13 Iran’s Place in the Modern World
Brian Spooner, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
This lecture will focus on how Iran became one of the states of the Modern Middle East, how it differs from the rest of the Islamic world, why it had a revolution when it did, and how the post-revolutionary regime is changing.

April 20
A Contradiction in Terms? :Women, Politics, and Revolution in Iran
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Robert T. Williams Term Professor of History University of Pennsylvania
Revolution, war and politics have transformed the ways in which Iranian women have grappled with questions of empowerment, inclusion and identity.  Through a discussion of popular culture in post-revolutionary Iran, this talk will address the seeming contradictions and challenges in the lives of contemporary Iranian women.

All Six lectures are free and open to the public and will be on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.


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Topics in American History-America and the Middle East image
Course Number: HIS-150-51  
Instructor: J. Pesda
Location:  Madison Hall, room 210

Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m. 

Dates: Wednesdays,  1/20-5/4

This course will consider recent developments in the Middle East in historical context with emphasis on terrorism – especially al Qaeda and ISIS – as well as the impact of Iran and the perception of the United States by the people of the region.
Note: Registration for this 15-week course will also constitute registration for the lecture series.  On the nights of the lectures the class will meet at 7 p.m. in Civic Hall in the Connector Building.


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Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Course Number: CE.IDY-210-90
Day: Tuesday, April 5
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Camden Campus, room CTC 201

Jennifer Hoheisel is a professor at Camden County College and has been a teacher for the past 20 years. She is the parent of a son with autism who has been in private, public and home school settings. She is currently the President of the Autism Society Affiliate 532, SW New Jersey and has conducted multiple presentations on autism. This lecture will provide an overview of the symptoms and behaviors commonly exhibited by individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Emphasis will be on understanding the strengths and challenges for these students and on equipping teachers and families with curricula and strategies to meet some of the educational needs of these individuals. This will be a very general session that both introduces autism and provides a few “take home” strategies for teachers and families.


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Return to Iwo Jima

Course Number: CE.IDY-210-73
Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus

On February 19, 1945, the first of an eventual 70,000 U. S. Marines landed on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, to face over 20,000 determined Imperial Japanese defenders. By the time it was over, thirty-six days later, Americans had suffered over 26,000 casualties, of which more than 6,800 were killed. Japanese losses were staggering: of the nearly 21,000 defenders, only 216 were captured alive.

In March 2015, as part of the joint American-Japanese 70th anniversary “Reunion of Honor” ceremonies, independent historians Steven J. Wright and William C. Holdsworth visited the island with more than fifty veterans of the battle – including one Japanese survivor, Tsuruji Akikusa – and the last surviving Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams.  Holdsworth and Wright will present their experience in the program: Return to Iwo Jima.

Steven J. Wright has authored 2 books and over 300 articles and reviews on the American Civil War. He holds advanced degrees in American History and American Indian Studies, and Library and Information Science. He is a member of the faculty of the Civil War Institute of Manor College, and is a member and past President of the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table of Philadelphia.   

William C. Holdsworth attended Montgomery County Community College, and has made a successful career in Sales & Marketing in the record business, working for RCA Records, PolyGram Records, and the Universal Music Group. He and his wife have three sons, one of whom is a U. S. Marine. Bill is a member and former Vice President of the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table of Philadelphia.  


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Broad Street Stroll


Date: Tuesday, May 3rd
10:00 a.m.
$20 per person
25 people

Enjoy a unique stroll along Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 3rd, starting at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Academy of Music at Broad and Locust Streets. Long-time architecture guide, Joe Haro (former CCC professor) will offer another in his series of enlightening tours of Center City, Philadelphia.  

Special treats along the route will include the Bellevue Stratford  Hotel and its long history; a look at the one-of-a-kind  Union League building, and  a view of the Ritz Carlton Hotel that was once the Girard Bank based on Byzantine architecture.

Philadelphia's City Hall, still one of the largest concrete reinforced buildings in the world with its decorative arts motif will be seen from four sides, each with a different theme. Another special part of the tour will be the former Wanamaker's Grand Court (now Macy's), among other treasures in the department store and its history.

We will also discover a clothes pin sculpture along the way that has a "kiss" incorporated in it. Be ready for other special surprises as we continue down Broad Street.

Directions: Take the PATCO Speed line to 15-16th and Locust. Walk back to the front of the Academy of Music at Broad and Locust (one block) and we'll meet there at 10 a.m. for our next venture

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Historic Haddonfield

Date: Thursday, June 23rd
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person
Limit: 25 people

Enjoy an inviting architecture walking tour of Historic Haddonfield being offered Thursday, June 23, starting at 10 a.m. in front of the Haddonfield Historic Society, 345 King Highway East, Haddonfield. (Plenty of parking on Kings Highway).

 Joe Haro, former CCC professor and long-time Haddonfield and Philadelphia tour guide, will show the group the many unique aspects of Haddonfield that make it "a village” in the middle of urban sprawl!  The tour will include tree-lined streets and a sample variety of homes dating from the 1700s through the 20th century. 

In the early 1700's it was a Quaker community; Then Colonial, Federal and Victorian styles added to the uniqueness of Haddonfield.  One will see retailing, a Boro Hall, a tavern, and other such treasures that make Haddonfield such an important town visually and historically.

Reminder: Meet at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Historical Society at 345 Kings Highway East. Cost of the tour is $20, and is limited to 25 participants. 

Tour reservations under $40 are non-refundable (unless the event is canceled). If you wish to receive a credit for a future CCL&R event, you must notify the CCL&R 15 days prior to the scheduled event that you cannot attend. We will provide you with a credit to be used on a future tour.


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Fishing Expo

Join us at CCC for the first ever Fishing Expo Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Dennis Flyer Theater 1-4 p.m. The show is hosted by Capt. Christopher Shinn, one of the founding members of "Team Shinn", a saltwater fishing team. Topics that will be featured are boating safety, "rules of the road", first aid, the "science" of different species, weather, fishing techniques, fishing equipment and much, much more.

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