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america-middleeastAmerica and The Middle East: A Search for Solutions


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


For decades the United States has attempted to bring peace and stability to the Middle East. While often good intentioned, American involvement has led to a seemingly endless series of wars, great loss of life and the destabilization of nations in the region with no permanent solutions in sight. An American diplomat, a journalist and four academic specialists will analyze developments in the region and consider alternative strategies for bringing about peace. All six lectures are free and open to the public on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.


March 4
Islam in the World Today
Jamal J. Elias, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies and of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss how Islam is one of the world’s largest religions and one of the most influential global forces of our time. Yet religions – as sets of beliefs or as social practices – are not monolithic and static, nor does a religion exist independent of its expression in human life. This lecture will introduce Islam as it is lived and practiced today, paying special attention to the ways in which Muslims attempt to negotiate their lives as a combination of constant change and the desire to remain faithful to notions of piety and virtue located in an idealized past.

March 25
US Policy and Diplomacy in the Middle East
Ambassador William Luers, Director of The Iran Project and adjunct Professor at Columbia University, has worked on backchannel diplomacy with Iran for nearly a decade. He has engaged with the US and Iranian negotiation teams at the highest levels, and written numerous articles, op-eds and reports on the diplomatic strategy with Iran and US policy implications. In this new and uncertain time in US-Iran relations, Ambassador Luers provides unique insight into regional and US national security implications of a nuclear agreement.

April 1
The Evolving Terrorist Threat
Paul Cruickshank, CNN’s Terrorism Analyst, documentary film producer, and investigative reporter specializing in Al Qaeda, ISIS and Jihadist terrorists will explain how the resurgence of these groups poses a threat to the American homeland. Cruickshank is the co-author of the 2014 spy thriller Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA as well as the editor of Al Qaeda, a five volume collection of key scholarly research on the terrorist network.

April 15
Changing Lanes: Turkey and the Crisis in the Middle East
Mehmet Darakcioglu, Associate Director of the University of Penn’s Middle East Center, will discuss how the Republic of Turkey, founded after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, adopted a cautious approach in its foreign policy to steer clear of regional or global conflicts. Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, summarized this policy in his famous quote as: “peace at home, peace in the world.” Though one can debate how successful Turkey was in living up to this ideal, it has adopted a non-interventionist foreign policy with some exceptions and aligned with the Western world as a NATO member since the beginning of the Cold War. Turkey began to follow a more proactive foreign policy under the ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP) in the past decade and took a keen interest in the affairs of the Arab Middle East. Though Turkey’s projection of soft power initially yielded successful results, the country finds itself embroiled in serious regional problems related to Syria and to the rise of ISIS. This talk will analyze how Turkish foreign policy continues to evolve in the face of the continuing crisis in the Middle East.

April 22
U.S. Policy and Strategy Toward Afghanistan and Pakistan
Larry Goodson, Professor of Middle East Studies, Department of National Security and Strategy, will discuss how, as the Afghan War enters its 13th year with no end in sight, Afghanistan’s neighbors continue to display divergent interests and a willingness to meddle in Afghanistan. In particular, Pakistan still sees its interests served by supporting the Taliban that stand in opposition to the Afghanistan government, despite the connection between the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan’s domestic terrorist groups that threaten its internal stability. Meanwhile, the United States and its NATO partners want to conclude the Afghanistan mission, but cannot quite do so with the region still so unsettled. What should U.S. policy and strategy be going forward?

April 29
The Iraq Wars: American Policy from Saddam Hussein to ISIS
The Iraq Wars: American Policy from Saddam Hussein to ISIS Michael Boyle, PH.D, Assistant Professor Political Science, LaSalle University, will discuss why President Obama is the fourth consecutive American president to use military force in Iraq. Why does the U.S. never seem to be able to extricate itself from a conflict that began twenty years ago? This lecture will examine the factors – geopolitical, economic and moral - that have drawn successive Presidents into Iraq’s conflicts over the last twenty years. It argues that American policy in Iraq has been beset by a recurring series of misconceptions – about the nature of the Iraqi state, about the political, sectarian and class-based divisions that animate the society, and ultimately about their ability to produce social change in that country – and by a mismatch between goals and resources, both of which have deepened Iraq’s crisis rather than alleviate it. As a result, the U.S. is now a protagonist in another war against ISIS in Iraq which may lead to the disintegration of the state and the emergence of a new order in the Middle East.

The CCLR is proud to partner with the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center to bring you this series.



Topics in History: America and The Middle East

15-Week Tuition Free Evening Course



LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210
TIME: 6–8:30 p.m.
DAY: Wednesday
DATES: 1/21 – 5/12


This course will survey American Middle Eastern Policy since World War II and its current impact on the region.

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.


Game On: The Ways Gaming is Changing Society


yourbodyYour Body, Your Health: A Comprehensive Examination of the Functioning of the Human Body


DAY: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 26 & April 2, 16, 30

TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus

This series will focus on understanding the functioning of the human body, preventive measures designed to avoid health problems and the keys to a healthy life-style which promotes longevity. Speakers include a bio-scientist, three board certified physicians and a film/forum on food and obesity. 





March 5
Your Changing Brain in a Changing World
Jayatri Das, PHD, Chief Bioscientist, from The Franklin Institute, will discuss your changing brain. How does your brain create your reality? Get an inside perspective on The Franklin Institute’s newest exhibition, Your Brain, to find out how you navigate the world around you. Recent advances in brain research are shedding new light on these processes, but also give rise to questions about how the science could change our society.

March 12
What Determines your Health?
Jonathan Purtle, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management & Policy, Drexel University, will discuss that despite the common belief that regular access to quality medical care is the major determinant of health, research overwhelmingly indicates issues such as income, education, employment, housing, and social networks have substantial impacts on health. This presentation will provide an overview of research on the “social determinants” of health and discuss strategies to prevent illness and promote well being through population-based interventions.

March 26
The Brain: When it Works and When it Doesn’t
Thomas Delgiorno, Jr., MD an Adjunct Professor at Camden County College, will discuss hormones, neurotransmitters and anatomy. He will also discuss Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Bell’s Palsy, stroke, tremors, as well as the more common maladies that afflict the senses: cataracts, decreased senses of taste, hearing and smell, as well as balance disorders.

April 2
Ya Gotta Have Heart…So You Should Take Good Care of It!
Tamara Fisicaro, MD, is an Internal Medicine specialist whose expertise is in caring for patients with chronic health conditions. She will discuss basic anatomy, common cardiac condition, and how lifestyle can help to avoid some heart issues. She will also discuss hypertension, coronary artery disease, coronary stents, myocardial infarctions, aneurysms, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers, and cardiac rehabilitation.

April 16 • NOTE: this event will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Film Screening: Fed Up
Fed Up is described as the film that the food industry does not want you to see. Narrated and co-produced by Katie Couric, this documentary focuses on the rising rate of obesity, especially as seen in children. Since the U.S. government issued its first dietary guidelines 30 years ago, the rate of obesity has skyrocketed, and by midcentury it is anticipated that one in three children living in the U.S. will have Type 2 Diabetes. Generations of children will live shorter lives than their parents. Fed Up claims that far more of the public gets sick from what they eat than anyone realizes. The film traces the history of processed foods and the addition of dangerous levels of sugar and sweeteners to their ingredients. Fed Up examines how the food industry and U.S. government may be contributing to our dietary problems. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session facilitated by a panel of professors and practitioners.
This event is sponsored by the Camden County College Green Committee.

April 30
Common Pediatric Disorders
Joseph J. DelGiorno, MD, is a practitioner of pediatric medicine who maintains a practice at Advocare DelGiorno Pediatrics of Blackwood and Mullica Hill. He will discuss ear infections, strep throat, obesity, ADHD, autism, diabetes and the wisdom of vaccines.

This lecture series is being partially funded by Camden County College Foundation’s William J. Lyons Jr. Memorial Fund.




autismawarenessAutism Series

Course Number: IDY-209-71
Date: Mondays, March 24, 31 April 14, 21, 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus


March 24 • Lecture is at the Camden City Campus
A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
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 child with autism who has been in private, public and home school settings. She is currently the President of the Autism Society Affiliate 232, 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 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.

March 31
Updates on Genetic Research
Dr. David Comoletti, Ph.D.; Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RWJMS-Rutgers University. Recent molecular and genetic studies indicate that the important candidate genes are frequently linked to autism, NLGN3 and CNTNAP2. This workshop will review some of the recent findings from cellular studies of these molecules. In addition, explanation will be provided on how neural stem cells generated from patient-specific tissues can potentially help to devise clinical intervention for specific individuals. This presentation is accessible for a lay audience, so please come hear the latest in local autism research.

April 14
Using Technology for Greater Success in Unfamiliar Settings (iPads can help with generalization)
The traits of autism can present barriers to participating in and enjoying common experiences such as birthday parties, movies, vacations, and religious and holiday traditions. Difficulties with transitions may also limit other important activities like doctor visits, haircuts, and recreational opportunities. This workshop, presented by Nicole Rzemyk of Partners in Learning, along with Dr. Kathleen McCabe Odri and Jennifer Cornely will provide strategies via technology to increase access and fun in unfamiliar environments.

April 21
Film Screening: Temple Grandin
This movie won five Emmy awards in 2010, including Best Picture. It chronicles the real life of Temple Grandin, a college professor, who could not speak until she was 4 years old and was later diagnosed with autism. Despite these challenges, she earned a doctorate in animal sciences and went on to teach at Colorado State University, where she still works. It is a remarkable story about a remarkable woman who is able to articulate the way that autism has affected her abilities and behaviors. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Jennifer Hoheisel, Professor at Camden County College.

April 28
Educating Peers about Autism, an assembly for school
“Just 2 Moms” was founded by two Cherry Hill mothers of boys with autism who wanted to provide education and awareness to students and teachers about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome through a school-based assembly program. Their assemblies combine personal stories, the “Autism: The 411” DVD (produced together) and an interactive component giving the viewer a clear understanding of the challenges a person on the Autism Spectrum might have. Topics addressed include what Autistic behaviors may look like, challenges with social skills, perseverations and how many children on the Autism Spectrum are bullied! Just 2 Moms is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been presenting assembly programs (without Power Point!) to dispel fears about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in a kid-friendly, informative manner to schools and civic organizations all over NJ, PA, DE and NY for eight years. Come see if it might be helpful for your school and/or to get some ideas about how to educate typically developing peers and siblings.

This lecture series is sponsored through the generosity of the Autism Society Southwest New Jersey Chapter (formerly known as Parents of Autistic Children Together, PACT): http://www.solvingthepuzzle.com




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oldcityOld City

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person
Limit: 25 people
Deadline for registration: April 9, 2015

Joe Haro, long-time architectural guide in Philadelphia and Haddonfield will lead us on this wonderful tour. The tour will start at Christ Episcopal Church at the Northwest corner of 2nd and Market. Old City is between Delaware Ave. and 5th Street and Market Street to Vine Street. Be prepared to see an area that celebrates the past as it moves to the future. This includes Elfreth’s Alley, which includes some of America’s oldest residential streets, dating back to 1702. Throughout the 18th century the area became a leading mercantile and trade hub.

While celebrating the past with historical churches, the Betsy Ross House, old industrial buildings we will see the innovative development of one of Philadelphia’s most trendy areas. It is the home of many original art gallerias; “one of a kind” retail outlets; and architecture from the past that is now celebrating the present and focusing on the future.

Directions: If you are coming by PATCO, just take it to 8th and Market and when you get out turn West towards New Jersey and walk up to 2nd St. and cross Market and Christ’s Church will be a half a block in front of you. You will see a three-part Palladian window facing 2nd St. that will be our meeting point.
(If you are driving, there are parking lots in the area.)



Water Works/Boathouse Row

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person
Limit: 25 people
Deadline for registration: April 9, 2015

Joe Haro, long time architecture guide in the Philadelphia area will offer an in-depth tour magnifying why this historical landmark is so inviting. It is one of Philadelphia’s most inviting natural spots along the Schuylkill River in historical Fairmount. It is located right behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It celebrates the past, the present and the future. Our tour of this beautiful classical revival group of buildings (as seen from the Schuylkill Expressway) includes an exterior tour of the complex. This will include architecture, engineering, environment concepts, and interior views of the original pump house operations. By 1851 this area was considered the first and most advanced water works operations in the country. It was so popular during Victorian times that the area became a social scene for picnics, parties and a Sunday strolls. It was the place to be seen.

We will enjoy an interior tour of the complex to see how it all started and how it has become an educational center on environmental issues in its new use. It has been a work in progress throughout its history from 1790 continuing on today.

Directions: Located just behind the Art Museum, at 640 Waterworks Drive, one can park at the underground Parking garage of the museum. We will meet at the top of the stairs next to an outdoor sculpture garden.

If you want to use public transportation you take the Speed line to 8th and Market and then get on a No. 38 Bus that will take you right to the back of the museum.

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.