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Early Jewish Philosophers

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Philo of Alexandria

Examine the philosophies, ideas and timeless teachings of early Jewish philosophers – thinkers whose influence can be traced to modern day. Discussion to include teachings of Philo of Alexandria, Moses Maimonides, and Baruch de Spinoza. 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Feb 14-Mar 7, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $79, XPHIL 063

From The Big Bang To The Big Angst

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist

14 billion years ago there was NOTHING! No Space, No Time, No Matter, No Light and No Universe! Somehow this ageless emptiness birthed a fiery speck of light that exploded into a sizzling soup of particles, which gelled gradually into atoms, which after a billion years collapsed into the first stars and galaxies. From the dust of dead stars planets were born. One such planet sprouted life that evolved into a conscious species with an ability to wonder about its own existence, and then be anguished at the lack of an obvious answer! This course is a blow-by-blow description of how we came to be and what our future might hold. 4 SESSIONS

Fri, Mar 23-Apr 13, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $79, XPERS 278

The Old Ball Game: NYC Baseball 1947-1957

William Cutti, instructor

Still upset with Walter O’Malley for moving the Dodgers to LA? Relive the days when NYC was the epicenter of baseball with the Yankees, the Dodgers, and the Giants battling for fans and championships. DiMaggio, Mantle, Mays, Snider, and Robinson were the stars of the day, and fans always had something to argue about. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Mar 27-Apr 10, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 312

Politics, Protest, Passion And The First Amendment

Bruce Brickman, Esq. instructor, acclaimed Summer Scholars presenter

Free speech is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but are there exceptions? We will consider this and other issues within the historical context framing Madison’s valuation of free expression. Assess the risk-challenge exceptions to free speech, including “clear and present danger,” “incitement,” “fighting words,” and similar forms of angry expression. Examine the evolution of offensive speech through Supreme Court and other judicial decisions. By appreciating the historical context and values stressed by Madison we will understand what ought to be protected and why. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Apr 9-23, 10 am-noon
Fee & Code: $69, XHUMN 316

Anxiety’s Common Threads – Short Stories

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

Explore the common experience of anxiety through uncommon short stories. Three distinct versions of literary characters making judgements, expressing dilemmas and managing strife. Stories are: Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol and Looking for Mr. Green by Saul Bellow. First story will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Apr 27-May 11, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 099

Human Rights – Where Philosophy Meets Reality

Matt Hershberger, writer, editor, human rights scholar

Even in divisive times, most of us would agree: everyone deserves basic human rights like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But how do these idealistic concepts fare when they’re confronted with the real world? There are few places where philosophy meets reality as starkly and controversially as in the field of human rights. This new class – a possible new series – will look at human rights through the lens of current events to see how they fit into a world with massive issues like terrorism, national sovereignty, globalization, and multiculturalism. Thoughtful topics for current examination may involve healthcare, foreign intervention in Syria, banning burqas and more. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, May 7-21, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XPHIL 069

Short Stories, Long Lessons

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

A celebration of new perspectives, understanding and life lessons provided through literature. Join Dillies, her alumni, old and new, and the many friendships and friends of literature she has inspired. Discussion will focus on the most popular and the most important themes examined through the years. A program for all who have experienced literature as medicine and friendship among classmates. Food (breakfast), friendship and frank discussion included. No advance reading required. Bring your favorite story and your favorite instructor- or fellow student-inspired memory. Program underwritten by Lifelong Learning donor funds.

Fri, May 18, 9-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $15, XHUML 112

Why Buddhism Now?

Cheryl Bartholomew, Ph.D., psychotherapist, adjunct professor, Monmouth University, professor emerita, George Mason University

The coming of Buddhism to the West may be the most important event of this century. Americans are wealthier and more comfortable than ever before yet we are ranked 17th in terms of the happiest countries in the world. Our culture today is concerned with social evolution; Eastern practices focus on individual insights and transcending suffering. Through the intersection of Eastern and Western teachings, philosophies, and practices we can become awakened and find happiness and joy. 3 SESSIONS

Wed, Jun 6-20, 10 am-noon
Fee & Code: $65, XPHIL 070

The BeatlesBreakfast And Book Talk

The Beatles – Maximum Volume

The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966

Kenneth Womack, Ph.D.

Join Dr.Womack, world-renowned authority on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence, for a multimedia presentation about legendary producer George Martin’s work with the Beatles. Learn how a producer of comedy records went on to collaborate with the Beatles on some of the most popular music of all time. George Martin brought his deep knowledge of music to the studio, and his influence can be heard on many of the Beatles’ timeless hits. Dr. Womack is the author of several Beatles-related books. He is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as professor of English. Program includes a copy of Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966, coffee, and continental breakfast. Registration deadline February 26.

Wed, Mar 7, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $45, XHUMN 314

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