The Center for cultural engagement

Center for Cultural Engagement
Course Descriptions

Minicourses – Fall 2022

Session: 9/26/22 – 11/18/22

A History of Fitness – How a 100 Billion Dollar Industry Came to Be
Wednesdays 10/05/22 – 11/2/22 @ 7:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Online
Gabriel Arnold
From the Ancient Olympics to Peloton bikes, health and the pursuit of fitness have been goals of society and individuals for thousands of years. In this course you will learn where the modern fitness world came from, where it might be going, and how to find your place within it.

20th/21st Century Monuments & Memorials of the Garden State
Wednesdays Date & Time: TBD
Location: Online (Live)
Erik Burro
Reconnect with New Jersey’s colorful past as you are taken on an unconventional, yet representational, tour of the Garden State’s monuments and memorials. Many are taken for granted or unconsciously forgotten, still others are unknown, obscure and unexpected. These tangible reminders in stone, bronze, wood and glass provide a window on our society’s past and the sentiments of those who came before us. They express wonder and achievement, sadness and mourning, ratitude and victory. From objects and materials of nature to sophisticated sculptural creations of all types, New Jersey’s monuments cover the gamut of memorial expression. In our own time, some have become flashpoints of controversy and public discussion.

Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology: Current Trends and Future Opportunities
Wednesdays 10/05/22 – 11/9/22 @ 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: Online(live)
Patrick Casey
Blockchain is an innovative 21st century technology. How is it currently being used? What projects are startup companies creating? What’s coming in the next 10 years? Join a fun and interactive dialogue on the future of finance and personal investing.

Sampling Vinyl
Wednesdays 9/28 – 10/26/22 @ 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Blackwood Campus LIN 019
Price: TBA
David Downham
Sampling Vinyl is a course intended for beat producers, musicians and hobbyists interested in learning the roots of hip hop production and applying those techniques in a modern production environment. The class will use teach the history, technology and techniques used to chop samples from vinyl records into a modern Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Immigration in the early 1900’s and the Lower East Side
Tuesdays 10/18 – 11/15/22 @ 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Location: Rohrer Center
Price: TBA
William Ebert
During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the Second Industrial Revolution with its increasing needs for cheap labor resulted both in a massive spike in immigration and urbanization. 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.

Women From Famous Families During the Gilded and Progressive Ages: A Seven-Course Series
Wednesdays 9/28/22 – 11/9/22 @ 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Blackwood Campus Online (live)
Price: TBA
Katy Hoh
Male figures generally receive much attention, lots of books are written about them, and you can easily find movies and documentaries about their life time accomplishments. The women behind the scenes often receive much less coverage and often led lives just as interesting as their fathers, brothers and husbands did.

The American Revolution: Politics, Rebellion and Historical Reality
Wednesdays 9/28/22 – 11/2/22 (no class 10/5) @ 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Location: Rohrer Center
Price: TBA
Herb Kaufman
Take a different look at the history of the American Revolution by discussing topics often overlooked or omitted in conventional courses. Includes causes of the rebellion, historical personalities, spies & deception, role of women, military campaign strategy, & dispelling myths and legends.

Charles Walters – The Unheralded Director of Classic Musicals
Tuesdays 9/27/22 – 10/25/22 @ 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Location: Blackwood Campus
Price: TBA
Thomas Malatesta
Although his name is not as well known as some of his contemporaries such as Vincente Minnelli or Stanley Donen, Walters left an indelible mark on the film musical of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s earning an Academy Award nomination along the way for his 1953 masterpiece, LILI. This course will follow Walters’ career as a choreographer and director as he worked with some of the finest talents under contract to M-G-M studios. Among these are Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, June Allyson, Debbie Reynolds, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and Bing Crosby.

The Philosophy of the Mind
Tuesdays 9/27/22 – 10/25/22 @ 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Location: Rohrer Center
Price: TBA
Nicholas Markellos
The history of intellectual pursuits and the curiosity that shaped the world.

13 Jewish Film Composers
Wednesdays 9/28/22 – 11/02/22 (no class 10/5/22) @ 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Location: Rohrer Center
Price: TBA
Ira Miller
Throughout the 20th century, Jewish composers had a major influence on the music of Hollywood. In fact, Jewish composers won the Oscar for Best Original Score in the first year of the Oscars and during 2022. This min-course will examine the lives and work of 13 Jewish composers, each making a very different contribution to the history of film music

Expedition: World Regions
Fridays 9/30/22 – 11/11/22 @ 10:30 -12:30 PM
Location: Rohrer Center
Price: TBA
Judy Okun
Bring your passport as we embark on an expedition of worldwide proportions. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will investigate the physical, cultural, historical, and current geopolitical influences of several world regions.

Films of Frank Capra
Date & Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Price: TBA
Ralph Secinaro
Frank Capra was one of the greatest film directors of all time, winning three Academy Awards over a six year period in the 1930s. Examples of his films will be shown and examined from all phases of his career.

Benjamin Franklin: The First American
Mondays 9/26/22 – 10/24/22 @ 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Location: Rohrer Center
Price: TBA
Randy Voldish
Benjamin Franklin was unquestionably the essential American. Not only is his signature on almost every foundational document, but his wry humor (sadly lacking in both Washington and Jefferson), humility, tolerance, and open-mindedness set him apart from nearly every other contemporary. This mini-course will examine both the most important events in his life and offer a sampling of his most important achievements and writings.

Panorama of American History through War & Peace
Tuesdays 9/27 – 10/25/22 @ 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Location: Online (Live)
Price: TBA
Anthony Waskie
The course will follow the founding and evolution of the United States from the Colonial period through two (2) centuries of Peace and War in defense of the Nation through expansion and conflicts.

One Nation Under Wraps: A History of American Conspiracy Theories and How They Shaped of Our Culture
Tuesdays 9/27/22 – 11/1/22 @ 4:00 – 5:15PM
Location: Rohrer Center
Price: TBA
Peter Woodworth
Over the past several years, various high profile conspiracy theories have gripped the attention of the public, but this isn’t the first time that the idea of secret societies, shadowy cabals, and sinister conspiracies have changed the way we see our nation – or each other. But where did it all start, and what can examining the conspiracies and panics of the past tell us about our present?

Lecture Series

One Man-One Vote

Monday, 9/19/22 at 2:00 pm – Blackwood Campus CON 101 (Forum)
Dr. Kelly Jackson, Camden County College

The United States Constitution has changed over the years with respect to who gets to vote and for what. States are not consistent in who has the right to vote in their state and how primaries are held. New laws about who votes, counting votes, voting districts, and voting methods seem to pop up every day. This timely and topical program will focus on a Constitutional Republic’s most foundational pillar– voting rights.
Price: Free

Healthy Living Series with Jefferson Health: Fall 2022 – Virtual Series

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm – Online

Price: Free

Middle East Center Lecture Series – “The Middle East: Global Legacies, Recent Challenges”

Understanding the Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders

Wednesday, 10/05/22 at 6:30 pm – Rohrer Center
Bassam Haddad, Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, George Mason University

In 2018, seven years after the start of the uprising, Syria found itself divided and embattled, with no positive end in sight. More than half of the population had been displaced and the death toll had surpassed 400,000 by all counts. The Syrian tragedy persists and, more than any other case of mass uprising in the region, continues to be shrouded in political power-plays and contradictions at the local, regional and international levels. This talk is an attempt to understand the roots, dynamics and trajectory of the Syrian uprising, with particular attention to the local, regional and global factors that transformed the Syrian uprising into an all-out proxy war.
Price: Free

Medieval Robots in Islamdom

Wednesday, 10/19/22 at 6:30 pm – Rohrer Center
Elly Truitt, Associate Professor, History & Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

The art and science of making robots flourished across Islamdom from the eighth century onward. This talk explores the engineering and context behind the elaborate water clocks, programmable fountains, musical instruments and mechanical servants found in mosques and palaces from Cordoba to Cairo, Palermo to Baghdad.
Price: Free

Islam and Politics in Egypt

Wednesday, 10/26/22 at 6:30 pm – Rohrer Center
Aaron Rock-Singer, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Over the past decade, Egyptians of varied ideological viewpoints have offered differing approaches to the role of religion in state and society alike. In this talk, Dr Rock-Singer will explore this conflict over the role of Islam in contemporary Egypt, beginning under British colonial rule in the early 20th century before moving onto the mid-century rise of the post-colonial Egyptian state and its battles with Islamic movements. By telling this story, he will cast light not only on crucial dynamics of 20th-century Egypt but also on the fault lines that continue to structure the conflict between President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Price: Free

Community Panel Discussion Event

A Community Conversation About Hate

Tuesday, 10/25/22 at 7:00 pm – Blackwood Campus CON 104 (Civic Hall)
Mayor Shin Angulo, Rabbi Jerry David, Waqas Khurshid, Jeff Nash, Pastor Ted, and Jack Pesda (Moderator)

Camden County College’s Center for Civic Engagement and the JCRC’s Esther Raab Holocaust Museum and Goodwin Education Center are partnering to present a panel of distinguished local citizens to discuss the growth of hatred and its consequences in communities throughout southern New Jersey. The panel will include Christian, Muslim, and Jewish clergy joined by municipal and county political leaders.
The distinguished panel, moderated by Jack Pesda, will discuss the growth of hatred against various religious, racial, and ethnic groups and the threats and violence that accompany it. Members of the panel will offer explanations of the causes, spread, and nature of hateful behavior aimed at Asians, African Americans, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and others. Ways of addressing the problem will also be considered.
Please join us in the discussion of these issues that are tearing our communities apart.
Price: Free

Babe Ruth Gets Political: Sports and Identity Politics in the Roaring ‘Twenties’

Thursday, 10/20/22 at 6:30 pm – Rohrer Center
Robert Chiles

In the Roaring ‘Twenties, an emerging national culture of celebrity and the rising popularity of sports collided to produce one of the twentieth century’s biggest stars: baseball hero Babe Ruth. In the fall of 1928, Ruth not only led the Yankees to their third World Series victory of the decade, he also threw himself into politics, campaigning enthusiastically for Democratic presidential nominee Al Smith of New York. Joined occasionally by teammates, and supplemented by other stars from the sporting world, Ruth’s robust support for Smith was a new and exciting development in presidential politics, furnishing a series of memorable spectacles (and occasional insults of Republican Herbert Hoover) while offering important insights about the place of sports in American culture and the role of identity in American politics.
Price: Free

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