Upcoming Programs

End of an Era? The Geopolitics of East Asia in the Age of Trump with Laura Neitzel, Ph.D.

Thursday October 26, 2017

7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Brookdale Community College Student Life Center, Parking Lot 7


With the economic and military rise of China, the ongoing nuclear posturing of North Korea, and the nativist bent of the new U.S. administration, we may be witnessing a reconfiguration of the geopolitical order in East Asia established in the aftermath of World War II.   What would be the regional and global implications of a reduced or redefined role for the U.S.?  Are we witnessing the end of the post-World War II order in East Asia?  If so, what might we expect next?

Laura Neitzel,

Ph.D. Director of Studies / Committee on Global Thought,

Columbia University



Lifting the Clouds of War—The Music of World War II

Wednesday November 8, 2017

Location: Brookdale Community College, Student Life Center, Parking Lot 7

2:00 pm-3:30 pm


“Down Melody Lane” is a musical duo exploring the music of the 1940s while providing many interesting facts about both music and life during WWII. Lifting The Clouds Of War: The Music of World War II is an interactive-lecture with the audience singing and even dancing along with the music! Everyone has fun while they are learning!


Gilda Healy first studied music and voice at St. Anne’s School in Jersey City, NJ, where she grew up. Gilda furthered her education in music and voice at Holy Rosary Academy High School, Union City, NJ and in college at the Women’s Collective Organization of Marymount Manhattan College, New York, City, NY. Since her college days until September 2012, Gilda has been an active participant in the Music Ministry as Soloist and Choir Member at St. Catharine’s Church in Holmdel, New Jersey. Gilda Healy is a survivor the NYC/911 Terrorists attacks. Gilda was an evacuee from Tower #2. Gilda has recently published her story of survival: “My First Ten Years as a Survivor: The Real Story.” Gilda Holds a Master of Arts Degree in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ). Ms. Healy is a volunteer with both the Center for World War II Studies & Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College and the National Guard Museum, Sea Girt, NJ.


Barry Rosenzweig has been a musician since the age of eight, when he started playing the piano. Barry has received his BA & MA degrees in Music from Rutgers and Trenton State College (now TCNJ), respectively. Mr. “R” (as he likes to be called) served two years active duty as a Lieutenant with the U. S. Army Field Band of Washington, D. C.  Mr. “R” retired in 2006 after forty years as an educator within the New Jersey public school system. Although classically trained on the piano, Barry, like Gilda, loves all genres of music, with a penchant for the music of World War II.