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America and the Middle East: Prospects for Peace
Topics in American History: The World of Islam

Walking Tours

Exciting New Walking Tour for CCC


Texas, Our Texas: Characters of the Texas Revolution


Special Events


America and the Middle East: Prospects for Peace

DAY: Wednesdays
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus

While there is no single solution nor set of solutions to the historic problems that plague the Middle East, it is the intent of this series to continue the search for them. It is offered in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s  Middle East Center and is part of Camden County College’s Interfaith Initiative. All six lectures are free and open to the public and will be on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.


Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World

Dr. Shadi Hamid, The Brookings Institution In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, “exceptional” in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. Divides among citizens aren’t just about power but are products of fundamental disagreements over the very nature and purpose of the modern nation state—and the vexing problem of religion’s role in public life. Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics by examining different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying and alarmingly successful example of ISIS.
With unprecedented access to Islamist activists and leaders across the region, Hamid offers a panoramic and ambitious interpretation of the region’s descent into violence. Islamic Exceptionalism is a vital contribution to our understanding of Islam’s past and present, and its out sized role in modern politics. We don’t have to like it, but we have to understand it—because Islam, as a religion and as an idea, will continue to be a force that shapes not just the region, but the West as well in the decades to come.


The United States and the Middle East Peace Process: Why So Much Process, and So Little Peace?

Dr. Ian Lustick, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania For at least three and a half decades US foreign policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict has been organized around “the peace process.” Originally the idea was that the process, guided and helped along by American diplomats and their “good offices,” would enable Arab and Israeli negotiators to follow a path from conflict to peace. The idea was that the process would lead to somewhere different, somewhere better than the place where it began. But instead of a road leading from here to there, the peace process has been a carousel, in constant movement, but never moving. Fruitless negotiations stagger on, end, then restart under a slightly different name, and with a slowly changing cast of characters. This lecture will offer specific illustrations of this pattern and offer an explanation for why it continues, despite its failures, but, in a very real sense, because of the knowledge of those involved in each go-round, that they, too, will fail.


America and Iraq: Past, Present (and Future?)

Dr. Samuel Helfont, International Relations Program,
University of Pennsylvania America and Iraq: Past, Present (and Future?)
Dr. Samuel Helfont, International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania
Iraq has been at the center of American foreign policy for over a quarter century. Will it continue to play such a pivotal role? This talk will discuss the future of Iraq and what that means for the United States.


Turkey in Turbulence

James Ryan, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania Since the parliamentary elections of June 2015, which dealt a minor setback to Justice and Development Party, Turkey has experienced two of the most tumultuous years in its history. Turkey has become increasingly involved in the Syrian conflict, suffered several of the worst terror attacks the country has ever endured, re-ignited a decades-old conflict with Kurdish separatists in the country’s southeast region, and, most recently, survived an attempted coup on July 15, 2016. As the country undergoes a serious transformation in the wake of the coup attempt and with a constitutional referendum on the horizon, this talk will recap the last two years of current events, and offer some preliminary analysis of the ongoing transformation occurring in Turkey. 


The Middle East is Changing

Dr. Brian Spooner, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania The Middle East as we know it today was formed by Western intervention, resulting from competition between the British and Russian Empires in the 19th century at the eastern end of the region and by the British and French division of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War at the Western end. The "national" boundaries drawn by the Western powers, and the new governments that they supported, are not working any more. The Afghan and Persian governments were overthrown by revolutions in 1978 and 1979; America terminated the Iraqi regime in 2003, and Syria has been in conflict since 2011 as a result of what came to be known as The Arab Spring. The results of Western intervention are being transformed into new social and political currents that derive from the earlier history of the region.


US-Saudi Arabia Relations in the 21st Century

Dr. Anna Viden, International Relations Program,
University of Pennsylvania
The talk will shed light on Saudi Arabia's new more assertive foreign policy and how it affects current and future relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia. It will address the conflict in Syria, the ongoing war in Yemen, arms transfers, and the relationship between the members of OPEC on the one hand, and between OPEC and the West on the other. The talk will also focus on the internal political situation in Saudi Arabia, which of course significantly may impact Saudi Arabia's ability to carry out its ambitious foreign policy and new economic global compact which was announced by the Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman last April.



Topics in American History: The World of Islam

  • INSTRUCTOR: J. Pesda
  • LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • DAY: Wednesdays
  • DATES: 1/18-5/3


This course will survey the origins and history of Islam along with its impact on the world during various historical periods. It will consider the role Islam has played and will continue to play in the modern World. Note: Registration for this 15-week course includes your registration to the lectures. On the night of a lecture, the class will meet at 7 p.m. inside Civic Hall in the Connector Building.

Autism RibbonAutism Lecture Series


NOTE: The days, times, and locations for this series vary. Please refer to each individual event for all the details

Welcome to the spring semester of the 8th annual Autism Series at Camden County College. We are offering a wide range of workshops, addressing educational and legal issues as well as our first ever book discussion and a presentation by nationally known self-advocate, Kerry Magro -something for everyone! As always, the workshops are FREE, but we do ask that you register so we can be sure to have the appropriate number of seats, handouts, etc. This year's series is once again underwritten by a generous grant from the Autism Society of America, Southwest New Jersey Chapter, All five lectures are free and open to the public and will be on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.


Book Discussion of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”

Professors Lis Bass and Jennifer Hoheisel will facilitate a discus- sion of this prize-winning novel about a 15-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome (now part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder classification), who works through the challenges of difficulties at home and school. The author of the book, Mark Haddon, was a special education teacher in England, so his novel is written from the perspective of some firsthand experience. The book was also turned into the Tony Award winning "Best Play" in 2015, and it will be performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in February/March, 2017. Finally, the book was chosen as the summer read by some of the Cherry Hill Public School system. Please come join us as you share your thoughts about the book or Asperger/ASD at school and home.


A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Jennifer Hoheisel is a professor at Camden County College and has been a teacher for the past 25 years. She is the parent of a young man with autism who has been in private, public and home school settings. This lecture will provide an overview of the symptoms and behaviors commonly exhibited by individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Emphasis will be on under-standing the strengths and challenges for these students and on equipping teachers 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.


Evidence-Based Practices in Educational Settings

Dr. Bridget Sweeney Blakely of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute will present training that reviews the literature of Evidence-Based Practices in educational settings, including academic and behavioral interventions. The training also discusses the practical application of established and emerging practices in education and responds to the request made by many educational professionals and families as to how to best address the educational and behavioral differences of students with ASD.


Legal Issues for Families and Individuals with ASD after Age 21

Robert Thurston, Esquire, will present an eye opening and important workshop on legal issues that change with adulthood. He has extensive experience not only as a special needs education lawyer, but also in helping families navigate housing rights, special needs trusts, criminal issues regarding sexuality and other aspects of Disability Law once individuals transition to adult-hood. Please join us to help prepare your students, your young adults or yourselves for these important legal requirements and opportunities.


Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker

The Autism Initiative at Camden County College is proud to host national author, speaker and self-advocate, Kerry Magro. Mr. Magro was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Autism Society Conference, and he has been featured on programs by PBS, the BBC, TED Talks and many others. This workshop explains "how he survived the education experience growing up being on the spectrum and how his experiences, both good and bad, can help students with disabilities from early childhood to the transition into adulthood. Kerry will present on his experiences with therapies focused on his early development, how he founded a disability awareness organization and a non-profit for special needs housing, his work on three best-selling books and much more!"

Art Evening

Art in the Evening

TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building 105,  Blackwood Campus SPEAKER: Monica Zimmerman, Director of Museum Education, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art.


A Room of Her Own: Women in American Art

Look back to boundary-busting, nineteenth-century artists – like the Peale daughters, Cecilia Beaux, and Violet Oakley – to help trace the forces of political and cultural change in American history that have both inspired and challenged professional female artists. Featured heavily will be works by 20th-century women artists (part of a recent gift to PAFA by Linda Lee Alter), whose diversity of perspectives can tell us a great deal about who we are and where we've come from, from the political statements of Faith Ringgold and Sue Coe to the gorgeous abstractions of Edna Andrade and Elizabeth Osborne.


World War I and American Art

Coinciding with the centenary of America's involvement with the war, World War I and American Art is the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists reacted to the First World War. The war's impact on art and culture was enormous, as nearly all of the era's major American artists interpreted their experiences, opinions and perceptions of the conflict through their work. This lecture will explore the role of artists who chronicled their experiences of the unfolding war as it crept closer to home and then involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official war artists.


Philadelphia Firsts: A History of Philadelphia through Art

The historic collection of artworks in PAFA's galleries captures the story of Philadelphia as a city on the cutting edge of the 19th century, leading the country toward new discoveries in technology, creativity and civic engagement. Take a whirlwind tour of 18th and 19th century paintings that illustrate Philadelphia's greatest accomplishments as a city of firsts, including the founding of the first museum, the first public waterworks and public fountain, the first steamboat on the Schuylkill River, the first medical school and university, and many more.


Frank Furness and George Hewitt: Architects of a Historic Moment

On April 22, 1876, while America celebrated its centennial, PAFA opened a new building designed by Frank Furness and George Hewitt, the result of a city-wide competition to build America's first art museum and school. Rising 70 feet above the sidewalk, the building seemed a towering fortress in 1876 and included radical design elements like exposed steel beams, gothic arches and basrelief friezes that awed citizens even then. By exploring the process of commissioning the building and sourcing its materials, as well as the intertwining design motifs of the American landscape and the American industrial revolution that wind through what is now considered the finest surviving example of Victorian Gothic architecture in America, the rich story of our first 100 years of history and progress is visually articulated in a single building.


Modern Spirit: Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry O. Tanner (1859-1937) grew up in Philadelphia in the years after the Civil War and went on to become America's pioneering African American artist on the world stage at the turn of the 20th century. An investigation of the personal and professional evolution of Tanner, particularly the influence of race, religion and modernist experimentation in art making, takes audiences on a journey through the artist colonies of rural France, the rise of the Red Cross in Europe during World War I, western depictions of the Holy Land and North Africa, and the scientific and technical innovations of an artist painting at a time of global change.


Taft Hall Exciting New Art Walking Tour for CCC

  • DATE: Friday, May 5
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • LIMIT: 25 people

On Friday May 5, Joe Haro, longtime tour guide, will offer a unique art tour of various art installations on campus. They will include works by nationally and regionally recognized artists. The casual walking tour will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. starting at Taft Hall. Art on Campus is a new program with the intention of show-casing the wealth of artwork in CCC's collection. It was started two years ago by Phil Rychert. Its aim is to recognize and install various mediums of art on campus.They include such works as monumental ceramic and concrete murals, mixed media sculptures, paintings and drawings. And a real gem, our first mobile on campus. Phil has been at CCC for 19 years as an art technician. He also has an established reputation for great installations at the Marlin Art Gallery on campus.According to Joe Haro, he and Phil have been working on putting this program together for several months. It will be a new adventure into the world of art and very rewarding for all who attend.

HaddonfieldMain Street Haddonfield: A New Look at Kings Highway: Featuring Sculpture, Architecture and Stops to Talk to Innovative Shopkeepers

  • DATE: Thursday, May 11 TIME: 10 a.m.
  • COST: $20 per person.
  • LIMIT: 25 people

On Thursday, May 11, starting at 10 a.m., Joe Haro, long-time architecture guide, will offer an eclectic tour on Kings Highway starting at the PATCO Speed Line Station. This three-part tour will go through the business district up to Haddon Ave. and will include special architecture treats, new outdoor sculpture installations and visits to three innovative retail operations.A special addition to this tour will be the outdoor sculptures that have been placed along this stretch of the downtown area. Joe also offers sculpture tours at the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, and he will bring his expertise to a study of art in this Haddonfield location. You will get a chance to look at works and share what the artists were attempting to do.A third highlight will be to stop at three unique shops along the way to talk to the shopkeepers about their stores and what makes them so special. The tour will end by noon and participants will have a choice of restaurants to enjoy lunch. Parking is available at the rear Speedline Parking, or one can find spaces in the near-by residential streets.If you have any questions about the tour, feel free to contact Joe Haro at 856-795-1228

Tour reservations under $40 are non-refundable (unless the event is canceled). If you wish to receive a credit for a future CCLR event, you must notify the CCLR 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.



Texas FlagTexas, Our Texas:

 Characters of the Texas Revolution

 INSTRUCTOR: R. Baumgartner
 TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.DAY: Monday
  LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 105

Students will analyze the lives of Texas leaders as well as the events leading to the freedom of Texas.

Week 1: 1/23/17 Gone To Texas: Stephen F. Austin and the New Colony

Week 2: 1/30/17 The Leader: Sam Houston

Week 3: 2/6/17 The Last Bastion of Hope: The Alamo

Week 4: 2/13/17 The Final Showdown: The Battle of San Jacinto

Week 5: 2/20/17 The Lone Star: Texas on Its Own

  • FDR's Fireside Chats

  • INSTRUCTOR: R. Voldish
  • TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
  •                                          DAY: Tuesday
  •                                          LOCATION: Madison Hall, Room 105

Imagine Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, talk radio, and cable and broadcast TV all combined into one medium, and you get some idea of the enormous impact of FDR's Fireside Chats. Both Wall Street investors and Midwestern farmers were glued to their radios on those momentous Sunday evenings. And even though FDR delivered only thirty-one such addresses over a span of sixteen years, no other single American cultural phenomenon has been more significant in its scope and legend. At this time there were many masters of the radio in both news and entertainment but FDR was master of them all. At one moment we listen to him patiently explain, at the next we can hear him rebuke, inspire, reassure, or console. But most important of all, like John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway in their fiction, FDR and his speechwriters deliberately chose the simplest possible language, language that average Americans could understand and rally behind.

Week 1: 1/24/17 The First New Deal (1933-34) After an examination of the construction, style, and common themes of the Fireside Chats, we will examine several of the earliest and most famous ones, those dealing with the Banking Crisis, the First Hundred Days, boosting the NRA, FDR's handling of his early critics, and his theories on government and capitalism. 

Week 2: 1/31/17 The Second New Deal (1935-36) Tonight's focus will be on the Fireside Chats in which FDR attempted to build a consensus around Social Security, the National Labor Relations Act (the "Wagner Act"), rural electrification, and the WPA. 

Week 3: 2/7/17 Problems Home and Abroad (1937-1941) FDR's landslide re-election in 1936 led to hubris, and we will examine in detail those Fireside Chats in which he explained his "Court Packing" Scheme, the "Roosevelt Recession" of 1937-38, and his purge of "disloyal" Democrats in the 1938 midterm elections. In matters abroad, we hear him effectively rally Americans in aiding Great Britain and France against the menace of Hitler.

Week 4: 2/14/17 WWII: The Dark Years (1941-1942) FDR's candor was just what Americans needed, not simplistic platitudes. These chats gave a remarkably frank appraisal of the hammer-blow defeats and surrenders suffered by the United Nations during the first six months of American involvement in the war and have as their themes fighting defeatism, calling for sacrifice, and inspiring workers and servicemen and –women.

Week 5: 2/21/17 WWII: Years of Victory and Vision (1943-1945)In these chats, FDR was both proudly announcing victories yet warily cautioning against complacency, both at home and on the battlefield. In one of his last chats – that of January 11, 1944 – he boldly announced an "Economic Bill of Rights," a speech that famed historian James MacGregor Burns declared "a dramatic reassertion of American liberalism even at the height of war" and "the most radical speech of his life."


mckiney-johnson-smallThe American Presidency:

 Andrew Johnson to William McKinley

 INSTRUCTOR: J. Carmichael
 TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
 DAY: Thursday
  LOCATION: Madison Hall, Room 105

An examination of the causes and consequences of the weak executive leadership that plagued the country throughout the last third of the 19th century.

Week 1: 1/26/17 Andrew Johnson and the Failure of Reconstruction

This session will explore how a dearth of leadership led to the south winning the peace.

Week 2: 2/2/17 The Election of 1876, the Compromise of 1877 and the Forfeiture of Freedman's Civil Rights. This session focuses on how political compromise settled a controversial election and inadvertently led to the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's.

Week 3: 2/9/17 Hayes, Garfield and Arthur Fraud, assassination and unexpected honesty are this week's themes. Three presidents combined to serve two full terms, one hamstrung by how he gained office and another having never won election to anything. The third, James Garfield, may have had the makings of greatness.

Week 4: 2/16/17 Grover Cleveland Lone Democrat in a sea of Republicans, Garfield was the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms. We will examine his use of the veto, health concerns and whether his legacy might have been enhanced if he served consecutively.

Week 5: 2/23/17 William McKinley's Imperial Presidency In this last session, we will look at our 25th president's failure to fend off our participation in a needless war. We will evaluate the morality of the Spanish-American War and discuss its role in initiating the so-called American Century.

broadway-small It Happened on Broadway

Exploring the American Musical

 TIME: 4-6:30p.m.
 DAY: Monday
            LOCATION: ROH 110
            NOTE: No class on 2/20.

This course focuses on the greatest of American art forms, the musical. The course will look at several popular musicals from five different eras, looking at what made them the exciting events of their day. A brief history of the New York Theatre District will weave throughout each week as well. The course will employ lecture, discussion, and of course, clips of each musical presented. 

Week 1: 1/23/17 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning In the late 1920's, as talking pictures ushered out the end of vaudeville, a new type of musical burst on the scene. No longer were audiences treated to a series of songs and skits. This was a time for storytelling through song and dance. This week will look at such revolutionary titles as Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma, and South Pacific.

Week 2: 1/30/17 Tradition The 1950's ushered in a golden age of musicals on Broadway, with one topping out the next in popularity. These shows created house-hold names of their stars and offered the popular music of the day. Musicals that will be covered this week include such classics as Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Hello Dolly, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Week 3: 2/6/17One Singular Sensation In the late 1960's and the 1970's, artists again began experimenting with what the musical could offer. Musicals that further reflected the human condition, while attempting to use bold creative visions, were presented. Titles discussed this week include Hair, Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Sweeney Todd.

Week 4: 2/13/17The British Are Coming The 1980's were dominated on Broadway by a new type of musical from London – the pop opera spectacle. These are the titles that have become linked to what Broadway is all about. This week's musicals include Cats, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon.

Week 5: 2/27/17 We're in the Money By the 21st Century, New York City was a cleaned up playground, with millions of tourists descending on the town, looking to see a Broadway show. Broadway musicals became hot ticket items, with sold out runs that last for years, premium price tickets, and a cache for landing a seat at the latest show. The last week will look at The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Hamilton.



On Being Human

Discovering Truth and Beauty in the Humanities

  • INSTRUCTOR: N. Marcello's
  • TIME: 4-6:30p.m.
  • DAY: Tuesday
  •                                         LOCATION: ROH 210

This course introduces students to the value and function of the humanities in modern life. Through an examination of the his-tory, process, issues, and techniques of the humanities, students will realize that many of the problems and uncertainties faced in the modern world can be better understood in the light of man's accomplishments and failures as reflected by the humanities.

Week 1: 1/24/17 What Makes Us Human? A Study of Beauty and ReasonWhat are the qualities that make us human? Aristotle said that it is our reason that shows the uniqueness of our humanity. But is thinking all there is to it? The focal point of this lecture will be on the history of the study of humanities by looking at the Renaissance, the development of Art, the nature of beauty and fi-nally bridge to the concept of creating a deeper sense of the past.

Week 2: 1/31/17 Art – The Imitation of Life In the nineteenth century, a group of renegade artists developed the motto "art for art's sake" in order to embrace the concept of understanding art emotionally as well as intellectually. This concept is crucial in the realm of humanities because as we learned in the previous section on the appreciation of beauty, art is viewed through the senses. This class we will explore a kaleidoscope of color by examining some of the greatest artists in history of the west.

Week 3: 2/7/17 Roots of Culture, Mythology, and Literature Much of what we know about our society was developed from ancient myths. Myths were used for various reasons, such as to explain about the creation of the world and to show how the world works in general. To that end, an understanding of mythology will show a deeper understanding of our humanity as well as give us an appreciation for society today. The works of literature have also grounded humanity with the basic under-standing of the world through language. Language and Literature together with Mythology can be considered core causes of developing civilization and culture.

Week 4: 2/14/17 On Morality and Happiness in Society While morality can often be associated with relative interest, our belief in a code of humanity is a guiding light in a world of immense darkness. The principles of morality are what establish a golden rule in society and lead people to live a happier more rewarding life. Happiness, on the other hand, is an idyllic notion that has surrounded us since the earliest civilizations. What exactly is it that makes one happy? Can we truly be happy all the time? These questions and more will serve as the focus of this class.

Week 5: 2/21/17 Love and Death According to the Beatles, "Love is all you need." The definition of love, however, is often a misguided and misconstrued concept. While love is not an easy thing to define, it does seem to be an important aspect of human interaction and life. On an opposing plane, life can also be defined through death. This week, we will dive into the complexities of love and death and show how an understanding of the two helps illustrate a deeper connection to our humanity.



 His Name Was Alexander Hamilton

  • INSTRUCTOR: K. Jackson
  • TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • DAY:  Tuesday

Whether you've seen the show, plan to, or just have heard the buzz, this course will introduce you to the life and times of Hamilton. Using scenes from the Broadway smash as a jumping off point, this series will explore Hamilton's life and the times in which he lived, thrived, and tragically died. He had interesting relationships with each of the first five Presidents, which will be a thread that connects the series.

Week 1: 1/24/17 Scene One This session will provide an overview of Hamilton's life, death, and numerous achievements. His surprising and little known connection to our 5th president, Monroe, will highlight the talk.

Week 2: 1/31/17 Scene Two The time period leading up to and including the Revolutionary War take center stage. Hamilton's relationship with Washington before, during, and after the latter's presidency are the focal point in this session.

Week 3: 2/7/17 Scene Three Hamilton's role in shaping the Constitution at the convention, its ratification, and interpretation early in the Republic will be discussed. His collaboration and then rivalry with Madison are explored.

Week 4: 2/14/17 Scene Four Hamilton had a big influence on the outcome of several Presidential elections. John Adams makes his cameo in this talk as we see the rise of political parties and dirty politics.

Week 5: 2/21/17 Scene Five Hamilton vs Jefferson. Hamilton's rivalry with Jefferson was one that helped define the direction of the nation. In the wrap up session, the triumphs and failures of Hamilton will be summarized and discussed.


harrypotter-small Harry Potter and Philosophy

  • INSTRUCTOR: S. Rosenson
  • TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
  • DAY: Thursday

This course is designed for people who have read (and loved!) all seven Harry Potter books. We will explore various philosophical issues and relate them to the magical world created by J.K. Rowling. This is a discussion class, not a lecture series, and it is open to witches, wizards, and muggles.

Week 1: 1/26/17 Twin Themes of Harry Potter: Love and the Soul

Week 2: 2/2/17 Hogwarts and Education Theory

Week 3: 2/9/17 Leadership and Utilitarianism in Harry Potter

Week 4: 2/16/17 Dumbledore on Choices, Virtues, and Fulfillment

Week 5: 2/23/17 Literary Theory and Harry Potter





The Witch Craze of the 16th and 17th Centuries in Europe and America

  • INSTRUCTOR: J. Pesda
  • TIME: 2-4:30 p.m.
  •                                         DAY: Tuesday
  •                                         LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210

This course will review the catastrophic events that cost the lives of over 100,000 people, 90% of whom were women. It will ex-amine the origins of sorcery and witchcraft from ancient times to the early modern period and survey the waves of persecution from Europe to America, as well as compare them to later witch hunts.

Week 1: 3/21/17 Ancient Myths and the Evolution of the Perception of Sorcery and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Week 2: 3/28/17 Origins of the Witch Craze in Europe

Week 3: 4/4/17 The Persecution of Witches in Major European Nations

Week 4: 4/11/17 The Spread of the Witch Craze to America

Week 5: 4/18/17 Later Witch Hunts and Their Impact



Body Size Body Size

  • INSTRUCTOR: T. Delgiorno
  • TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • DAY: Tuesday
  • LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 105

We'll explore the multiple influences on our body size that make losing weight so difficult. There are very significant forces that fight against us in our sometimes futile attempts to achieve a different body size.

Week 1: 3/21/17I have "only" 4 million years of data to present

Week 2: 3/28/17Fats! Are they really that bad?

Week 3: 4/4/17Why the carbohydrate addiction?

Week 4: 4/11/17The fallacy of "The Biggest Loser"

Week 5: 4/18/17How about exercise?



First 30 Years

In Their First Thirty Years

Historical Figures When They Were Young

  • INSTRUCTOR: M. Blystone
  • TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
  •  DAY: Monday
  •                                         LOCATION: Madison Hall, Room 105

A unique take on the "Great Man" Theory of History, this course will examine the lives of historical figures in their first thirty years to see what events, ideologies and people shaped them. It is designed to be an eclectic mix of (in) famous people who are well known to history for their later events. By studying the context of their early lives, we can better understand why they made certain choices when presented with challenges later in life. 

Week 1: 3/20/17Men of Peace: Jesus of Nazareth/ Siddhartha Gautama

Week 2: 3/27/17Reformers: Martin Luther/ Henry VIII

Week 3: 4/3/17Shaped in War: George Washington/ Adolf Hitler

Week 4: 4/10/17Leading in the American Century: Theodore Roosevelt/ John F. Kennedy

Week 5: 4/17/17Turbulent Daughter to Leader: Elizabeth I/ Eleanor Roosevelt




Vietnam MemorialThe Vietnam War 

  • INSTRUCTOR: P. Kolodi
  • TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • DAY: Monday

This course will attempt to develop an understanding of the history and culture of Vietnam. It will identify the effects of foreign domination on Vietnam by the Chinese, Japanese and French. It will detail the origin of U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the extent to which the U.S. carried out its commitment there. It will examine the impact of the Vietnam War on both American and Vietnam politics and society. 

Week 1: 3/20/17Vietnam & Foreign Domination Beginning in 200 B.C., a study of Chinese, Japanese and French occupation of Vietnam and the effects it had on culture, religion and politics. 

Week 2: 3/27/17Rise of Vietnamese Nationalism Study of early resistance to the French colonial rule; life of Ho Chi Minh; acknowledgment of independence; the first Indochinese War and the Geneva Accords.

Week 3: 4/3/17 U.S. Intervention in Vietnam Study of the political and military policies of JFK, LBJ and Nixon; some highlights; Ngo Dien Diem, Gulf of Tonkin, Tet Offensive, My Lai.

Week 4: 4/10/17 The Home front Study of the growing resistance to the Vietnam War; the cultural and civil rights movement occurring at the same time; and the soldiers who fought. 

Week 5: 4/17/17 Lessons and Legacies Study of the political, social, economic and military effects of the Vietnam War in the U.S. and Vietnam. A look at how the Vietnam War still affects U.S. policies today.


Immigration in the 1900's Immigration in the Early 1900's and Its Effect on the Lower  East Side of New York

  • INSTRUCTOR: W. Ebert
  • TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
  • DAY: Tuesday
  •                                         LOCATION: ROH 210

The confluence of the Second Industrial Revolution, with its increasing needs for cheap labor, and new technologies of the late 1800's and early 1900's resulted in a massive spike in immigration and rapid urbanization never before seen in America. This mini-course will focus on the changes in New York City, and in particular, the Lower East Side, a neighborhood through which so many of our ancestors passed.

Week 1: 3/21/17 Forces and Fears Session one will examine the changing face of immigration from our nation's founding until the present and look at the accompanying fears. What has changed and what has stayed the same?

Week 2: 3/28/17 Ellis Island as a Health Care Facility Our first response, as a nation, to surging immigration was the erection of Ellis Island. Perhaps surprisingly, its primary purpose was to safeguard the nation's health.

Week 3: 4/4/17 Industrialization and the Growth of Sweatshops Growing industry's need for cheap labor met the new immigrant population, and the sweatshop was born.

Week 4: 4/11/17 The Rise of NYC Slums – Its Tenements and Reforms As New York City's population exploded, the rising demand for cheap housing was solved by the creation of tenement housing, which led to even more demanding problems.

Week 5: 4/18/17 Children and Their New Role in the Modern American City The challenges of urban poverty and the demands upon family life change forever the role of children in American society and their stories offer a unique perspective on life in the Lower East Side.

Civil WarDesperate Measures

Civil War Extraordinary Occurrences, Controversial Individuals and Military Medicine

  • INSTRUCTOR: H. Kaufman 
  • TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
  •                                         DAY: Thursday
  •                                         LOCATION: ROH 204

This course concentrates on a significant number of controversial personalities, occurrences and events, and strange and highly unusual incidents that occurred during the four years of the Civil War. It also dispels the myths and explores the reality of Civil War medical practices.

Week 1: 3/23/17 Duels, Fools & Scoundrels Among the heroic and brave were cowards, rogues and even murderers. Officers fought duels, were philanderers, led troops while drunk, were shot by jilted husbands, and even committed murder. These are the actual accounts that we don't read in the history books.

Week 2: 3/30/17 Civil War Terrorism Explores many violent actions that were perpetrated during the war, including bombings, plots, the burning of towns, and guerilla warfare.

Week 3: 4/6/17 Secrets and Spies Espionage and spying are the least understood, yet one of the most interesting aspects of the Civil War. This presentation details the exploits and daring of many of the male and female spies.

Week 4: 4/13/17 Medical Practices of the 1860sThe class describes a history of medicine through the Civil War era and the use of medicines, and dispels many of the myths created by fictional accounts.

Week 5: 4/20/17 The Truth about Military Medicine Explorers Explores military surgical practices, biographies of many prominent physicians of the era, and how soldiers were treated.

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