Creativity Never Retires

Impeachment Trials In American History

Honorable Robert Salman, Esq, NJ Council on Local Mandates
Examine the process and the politics of presidential impeachment trials. Review the impeachment and trial of President Andrew Johnson; the House Judiciary committee vote to impeach President Nixon; the impeachment trial of President Clinton and the possibility of an impeachment and trial of President Trump. 4 SESSIONS
Thurs, Sep 12-Oct 3, 10-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $85, XHUMN 259

Understanding Opera

Jeffrey DiLucca, instructor
For music lovers wishing to better understand the magic of opera, join us to discover how emotion-laden words and spectacular music together can do things that neither can do alone. Following our first session introduction, we’ll explore Mozart’s operas – arguably his best works. Not only are Mozart’s operas among the few 18th century operas still in production, but Mozart’s comic operas are thought to bring contemporary issues to the stage. Finally, we’ll explore Puccinni and the late romantic period lead up to La Boheme. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Sep 24-Oct 8, 6-7:30 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMM 021
See also, Tour & Talk Opera, p. 34

Short Stories That Morphed To Novels

Patricia Whitehead, librarian
Short stories can be perfect gems reflecting their own world, a peek into someone else’s life. What if the author isn’t finished? What if the author feels there is more to be told? We’ll examine seminal stories, perfect and whole, that later became full length novels. We will have the opportunity to explore the creative process to see how the author pieces together different worlds, sometimes shrinking them into a short story, and later expanding into novels. Stories are: Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street by Virginia Woolf became the celebrated and iconic novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Safari by Jennifer Egan became a chapter in the subsequent Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad. Air Mail by Jeffrey Eugenides was later incorporated into The Marriage Plot, his highly acclaimed 2011 novel. Stories will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Oct 11-25, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUML 099

How Did We Get Here

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus
Is the past prologue? Does history repeat itself? Does the arc of history bend toward justice? Sharpen your opinions by examining current events through the lens of history. Each week we will discuss and debate Sunday editorials and news coverage (in both left and right leaning media outlets) with a view to their resonance in history and in our own lives. Knowledge is more than a headline. Napoleon said history is a set of agreed upon lies. Santayana declared that those who forget the past are condemned to relive it. Are they right? 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Oct 16-Nov 6, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XHUMN 107

Beyond Human Knowledge – A Grand Tour

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist
Science is about finding answers.Yet, it is the questions that don’t have answers that get scientists most excited. Why? Because they are the source of future knowledge. The paradoxical truth is that the number of unanswered questions keeps increasing even as we find more answers. The unsolved mysteries of today span from what caused the Big Bang to how the universe will end. From what is dark matter to what lies at the center of a black hole. From are we alone to is there a theory of everything? We’ll cover these and many other modern conundrums. 4 SESSIONS

Fri, Oct 18-Nov 15, 10:30 am-noon
(no class Nov 1)
Fee and Code: $85, XPERS 275

The Jews Of The Habsburg Empire: 1772-1914

Dr Edith Rogovin Frankel, author, historian

The Habsburg Empire included in its vast population many different national and religious groups. Among these were Jews from various parts of the realm: Austrian, Czech, Hungarian and Polish. Lectures will trace all of these Jews, from the tiny community of “Tolerated Jews” to the vast number of Galician Jews who came under Habsburg rule in the second half of the 18th century, and their eventual full civic and social equality by the last third of the 19th century. By the beginning of the 20th century, Jews occupied prominent places in almost every walk of life in Austria-Hungary. Included, among many, are Mahler, Kafka, Herzl, and Freud. 4 SESSIONS

Mon, Nov 4-25, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $85, XHUMN 287

Jews, Christians And Muslims In Medieval Spain

Lyndell O’Hara, PhD, history professor, Nyack College
Throughout history, religion has often been the basis for hatred, discrimination and even war, yet in medieval Spain, Jews, Christians and Muslims shared daily life and were challenged and enriched by the coexistence of their faiths, philosophies and culture. In this “multi-cultural” world, the teachings of the Jewish philosopher and physician Maimonides, the Muslim philosopher/theologian Averroes, and the Christian legends of the Song of Roland and El Cid all flourished. By 1492, this world was demolished as Ferdinand and Isabella drove Muslims from power and expelled the Jews from their homeland. We will explore the seven centuries when people of differing faiths shared their lives and customs in relative peace. We will also explore how each faith was influenced and enhanced by these interactions, and maybe learn something about our own time as well! 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, Nov 7-21, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 038

Meet The Masters

Maurice Mahler, professional artist, art historian
Meet the masters whose works remain legendary to this day. Specific iconic works of Leonardo DaVinci, George Seurat and Gustav Klimt will be examined – as well as the lives and relationships of the artists. Class is a combination of lecture and film – unique documentaries exploring the lives and works of these art masters. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Dec 3-17, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XARTF 042

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