Courses are offered to community members to enhance their knowledge and to help teachers meet their

professional development requirements.

  • Teachers receive 3 hours of professional development per session, 15 for attendance at all 5 sessions of the series.

  • The courses are $25 each or you may become a member of the Center for $50 and take unlimited courses September 1 to August 31. (Review our refund policy here.)

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    Blackwood Campus
    200 College Drive
    Blackwood, NJ 08012

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Summer Courses 2015

The American Economy: Past, Present & Prospects for the Future


LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 310

TIME: 2 – 4:30 p.m.
DAY: Tuesdays

Each week we will analyze a particular film and discuss how accurate or inaccurate the film is concerning its historical integrity






Week 1: 6/16/15
The Economy from the Civil War to World War I 


Week 2: 6/23/15
The Development of the Economy Between the Wars and Our Emergence as a Creditor Nation through the Great Depression

Week 3: 6/30/15
The Economy during World War II


Week 4: 7/7/15
The Current State of the Economy 


Week 5: 7/14/15 

Future Economic Prospects



The Pacific War, Seventy Years Later


INSTRUCTOR: M. Blystone 

LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210 

TIME: 6:30 – 9 p.m. 

DAY: Mondays 


This course will focus on the Pacific Theater of World War II. We will discuss the military conflict between the United States and the Empire of Japan, and we will study key ideologies and decisions, which still arouse controversy. A historiographical approach will show the legacy of the war on the major belligerents and its continuing relevance. 



Week 1: 6/15/15
Rise and Spread of Showa Japan 


Week 2: 6/22/15
Pearl Harbor through the Solomon Islands

Week 3: 6/29/15

The Southwest Pacific to the Marianas 


Week 4: 7/6/15
Iwo Jima to Operation Downfall 


Week 5: 7/13/15
The Bomb and the Legacy


CANCELLED - You Mean Softball, Right? No, Sir, I Mean Baseball: Women Playing the National Pastime


INSTRUCTOR: S. Sikorski 

LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210 

TIME: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

DAY: Tuesdays 


Girls and women have been playing some form of the game of baseball since its earliest years, including an International Baseball Federation Women’s World Cup of Baseball held in each of the even-numbered years since 2004. Along with All American Girls Professional Baseball League, there have been traveling teams, such as the Colorado Silver Bullets; individual female players who have played on boys’ and men’s teams; women’s recreational baseball leagues; and tournament-ready baseball clubs. However, very few people, especially in the United States, where the game was invented, know these facts. In this course, I will present an overview of women who have played the game from the earliest mentions to today.



Week 1: 6/16/15
It Started Earlier Than the All American Girls 

We will discuss the earliest mentions of female players, including black women who played and the early traveling teams.

Week 2: 6/23/15
Playing in Skirts
In this session we will discuss a short history of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, from the modified softball of 1943 to the all-out baseball of the early 1950s. 


Week 3: 6/30/15 

The “Alternative”

In this session we will discuss the girls who tried to play in Little League and other organizations; the reason for, and formation of, the Pawtucket (RI) Slaterettes; judges’ rulings that girls should be able to play baseball in Little League; and the league’s formation of softball as the “alternative” (plus, how softball really started).


Week 4: 7/7/15 

Running onto the Diamond 

With the Baseball Hall of Fame’s introduction of the “Women in Baseball” room in 1988 and the 1992 hit film A League of Their Own, women in the United States and all over the world grabbed their gloves and played baseball. In this session we concentrate on the 1990s during which time women played professional baseball, including the traveling Colorado Silver Bullets, the short-lived Ladies League Baseball and Ladies Professional Baseball League, and the minor league pitcher Ella Borders. Also during this time amateur leagues formed and women’s teams played in international competition.

Week 5: 7/14/15 

Breaking Through 

In this session we will discuss what has happened to women in baseball since the beginning of the 21st century, including the IBAF Women’s World Cups of 2004, 06, 08, 10, 12, and 14; the rise and fall (or continuance) of local women’s leagues; professional players, such as Eri Yoshida and Tiffany Brooks; the college players, such as Marti Sementelli and Ghazaleh (Ozzie) Sailors; and potential baseball stars Chelsea Baker and Mo’ne Davis. We will also discuss the future of women in the National Pastime.



“The Science of Sexual Selection”: We’re Hardwired to Love Whom We Love


INSTRUCTOR: T. Delgiorno 

LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210 

TIME: 4 - 6:30 p.m. (No class on 7/2) 

DAY: Thursdays


We will discuss the latest scientific findings (brain structure, neurotransmitters, evolution, etc.) into the background of what it is that makes us attracted to another person. I will detail the hormones in and out of the uterus, the effects of genetics, and environment, as well as several adrenal, ovarian, and testicular disorders that add to our sexual soufflé. This course will also address the toxic effect of religion and tradition as they may relate to our romantic yearnings.



Week 1: 6/18/15 

What the Bible Says About Sex: Let’s put some levity in Leviticus; traditions gone so wrong!

Week 2: 6/25/15

Nature vs Nurture: Genes,Twins , and DNA


Week 3: 7/9/15 

What Happens in the Womb Doesn’t Always Stay in the Womb


Week 4: 7/16/15 

Nature’s Fault: Adrenal, Ovarian, and Testicular Maladies (XX, X, XYY, XXY, XO)

Week 5: 7/23/15 

Transgendered/Transsexuals: Before and After…………….My Happiest Patients!! 





On the Way to Cape May: History of Cape May County 



LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210 

TIME: 6:30 - 9 p.m (No class on 7/2)

DAY: Thursdays 


Cape May County has a rich and colorful history. Stretching from Ocean City to Cape May Point, it is home to lighthouses, sunken ships, Victorian homes, boardwalks, a U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, and numerous fishing fleets.



Week 1: 6/18/15
History of Cape May County
We will discuss early settlers in Ocean City, Wildwood, and Cape May, and the whaling community of Town Bank, along with fishing communities along the Delaware Bay and the coastal towns. Did Captain Kidd bury treasure along the New Jersey coast?


Week 2: 6/25/15 

Historic Attractions
We will discuss the Cape May Lighthouse, Fire Control Tower No. 23, Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, Cement ships along with the shipwreck of the Sindia in Ocean City and its mysterious contents. The Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) and the storm of 1962.

Week 3: 7/9/15
The Famous and Semi-Famous People of Cape May County
Those who have visited or are from the Cape May region include President Woodrow Wilson, Al Alberts, Cozy Morley, Charlie Gracie, Bill Haley and His Comets, Gay Talese, Grace Kelly and Indiana Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel. 


Week 4: 7/16/15
What Makes Cape May County Unique?
Victorian Cape May, Wildwood Boardwalk, Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge in Ocean City, Congress Hall in Cape May, “Watch the Tram Car Please.” 

Week 5: 7/23/15 

The Shore Towns Overview of Ocean City, Strathmere, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, the Wildwoods and Cape May. Is there really a West Wildwood?





Women of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)


INSTRUCTOR: S. Rosenson 

LOCATION: Rohrer Center, Executive Conference, room 110 

TIME: 1 – 3:30 p.m. (No class 7/2 & 7/9) 

DAY: Thursdays 


In this course we will study biblical women who were trapped in their roles in society, women who were victims, women who were heroic, and women who were peacemakers. Some of our discussions will use the techniques of bibliodrama, Midrash, and looking at paintings of Biblical scenes. All of these approaches start with carefully reading the text, noting any questions that arise from the text, and using creativity and imagination to answer those questions. Please bring a bible (hard copy or digital) to class.




Week 1: 6/18/15


Week 2: 6/25/15
Leah, Rachel, and Dinah 


Week 3: 7/16/15 

The Midwives and Pharaoh’s Daughter


Week 4: 7/23/15 

Abigail and Bathsheba


Week 5: 7/30/15 






Returning to the Way It Was: Reconstruction


INSTRUCTOR: R. Baumgartner 

LOCATION: Rohrer Center, Executive Conference, room 110 

TIME: 6:30 - 9 p.m. 

DAY: Wednesdays 


This course will explore the Reconstruction of the United States following the Civil War.



Week 1: 6/17/15
A Political Maelstrom: Lincoln’s Assassination and Its Impact


Week 2: 6/24/15
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Andrew Johnson


Week 3: 7/1/15
Creating a New Outlook: Ulysses S. Grant and Reconstruction


Week 4: 7/8/15
Monetary Craziness: Reconstruction Economy 


Week 5: 7/15/15
A Vicious Cycle: Reconstruction Violence