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Forever Young? Prolonging Youth In An Age Of Global Change

Laura Neitzel, PhD., Academic Director, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

In nations with large youth populations and in aging societies such as the United States, the period of “youth” is being elongated as “education inflation” demands ever greater credentials to enter the workforce. Furthermore, automation and artificial intelligence are changing the very nature of work, raising the question of what the future holds for millions of young people around the world. Examine the challenges and opportunities facing youth in a time of global change. Starting with a historical examination of when and why “youth” came to be considered a transitional phase of the human lifespan between childhood and adulthood, and an analysis of the demographic challenges confronting “young” versus “old” nations, this series will examine what the challenges facing “youth” mean to us all, regardless of age. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Jun 15-29, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 302

Jewish Contributions To Civilization

David Kristol, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Engineering, NJIT

Jews have made contributions to civilization and culture well beyond their numbers. Join this examination of the impact these men and women have had on advancing the progress and culture of modern society. The personal lives – struggles and triumphs – of individual Jewish people from European countries as well as the United States will be presented in their social and historical context. Talks will include: “Jews in Baseball” and ”Jews in Science”. Expect to be as surprised as you are impressed. 2 SESSIONS

Tues, Jul 10 & 17, 1:30-3 pm
Fee and Code: $49, XHUMN 251

Russia, Russia, Russia – Short Stories

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

Add new ingredients to your Russian diet! We’ll sample some old time Russian greats and a surprise taste in short story form – a new discovery – by Raymond Carver. Expand your horizons as we consider universal themes of love, loss and longing. The Stationmaster by Aleksandr Pushkin, The Darling by Anton Chekhov and Errand by Raymond Carver. First story will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Jul 13-27, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 099

The Fighting Irish

Cliff Whitehead, civil war historian

“Fág an bealach”, an Irish phrase, meaning “clear the way”, was the well-known battle cry of the famed Irish Brigade. Explore the exploits of one of the most courageous military units in the American Civil War. Why did they fight for the union cause? Look at the history of “The Fighting 69th regiment” of the Irish Brigade, a unit whose history continued on through descendants into World War I and II. See how one’s heritage shapes how one looks at significant events in history.

Thurs, Jul 12-26, 10 am-noon
Fee & Code: $65, XIRIG 132

Brain Fitness Experience

Take control of your own brain health! Be part of the newest innovation in mental fitness. David Eisenstein, founder of Purplearn, will present an easy to do program designed as a brain work-out. New and returning students of all ages have enjoyed this combination of fun and challenge – no special skills or smarts required. Improve your memory and sharpen your thinking. Come see for yourself – your brain will thank you. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Jul 16-30, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XPERS 264

Done Too Soon

Bill Cutti, instructor

Many Rock & Roll stars met untimely deaths, ending brief but prolific periods of great creativity and depriving the public of their talents. Join us to review the careers and music of legends such as Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and others. 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, Jul 19-Aug 2, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 317

Making Sense Of NJ Politics

In 1664 James, the Duke of York bartered away part of his land holdings – between the Delaware & Hudson Rivers – to Sir George Carteret to settle a debt and then sold the remaining section to his good friend, Lord Berkeley of Stratton. Since then, this new world “Isle of Jersey” has produced some of the most fascinating people and politics imaginable. Join this guided discussion of current issues in NJ politics as well as an overview of some of the colorful and legendary characters that have graced the halls of power in the Garden State.

Mon-Thurs, Jul 23-26, 10:30-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $79, XHUMN 128

Hot Topics In Today’s Economy

Lawrence Bashe, economist

Don’t miss three hot topic discussions examining today’s economy. 3 SESSIONS:

  • Wall Street’s influence on the Main Street economy (good & bad)
  • The new tax law and its effect on the US economy
  • What US Immigration Policy means to the US economy

Tues, Jul 24-Aug 7, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XFING 088

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