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Hot Topics In Baseball

Howard Miller, Brookdale professor

Howard Miller’s baseball blog, the Hall of Miller and Eric, boasts over 70,000 visitors. Our National Pastime has endured and thrived since the first recorded game in Hoboken in 1846. In the last 170+ years, the game has seen many changes like overhand pitching, integration, and free agency. As baseball evolves, our understanding of it should as well. In this course, we will examine changes in the modern game, including today’s statistical revolution, the changing use of the pitcher, and the evolving baseball labor market, as well as other topics of interest. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Jun 17-Jul 1, 12:30-2 pm
Fee and Code: $59, XHUMN 312

Religion And Politics In America And The Middle East: Friends, Enemies, Frenemies

Christopher Bellitto, PhD, professor of history, Kean University
Rabbi Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

America began, in large part, as a safe haven for religion… but only if you were the right religion-and what does that mean? In the Mideast today, three faiths argue over one piece of land-and that is certainly nothing new. Join us as we break the bartender’s rule by discussing religion and politics: past, present, and maybe future, too. Full breakfast included.

Thurs, Jun 20, 9:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $59, XPHIL 066

Harvard University’s “Justice”

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

How do we make decisions? How do we know what we know? Discuss trends of thought that influence us not only as individuals but as a community and nation. Together, we will watch partial segments of Michael Sandel’s Harvard courses and then discuss the content as well as implications in our present political scene. Examine the surprising results and the many complexities of seemingly simple moral questions. Advance visit to: suggested. Advance viewing of The Lost Art of Democratic Debate recommended. 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Jun 26-Jul 17, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XPERS 231

From The Big Bang To Buddhism: An Exploration Of The Search For Meaning

Cheryl Bartholomew, PhD, professor emerita, George Mason University,
Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist

Empirical science and Buddhist philosophy both seek answers to the great questions of human existence. How do the disciplines of physics, psychology, and Buddhism approach these questions and where do they intersect? What lessons can they teach us about how to live a meaningful life and how to find peace, joy, and contentment through our intimate relationship with the universe? Join Dr. Bartholomew and Dr. Kanwal for what is sure to be an enlightening journey. Program includes light lunch.

Fri, June 28, 10:30-2 pm
Fee & Code: $65, XPERS 295

Discussions On Aging

Karen Sieben, PhD, philosophy instructor

When it comes to living the senior years of our lives contentedly and well, psychological studies show the prevailing factor in doing so is wisdom. Philosophers have studied
wisdom since the time of Socrates. So it makes sense that the study of wisdom, what it is and how to acquire it, is a good place to explore ways and means of living a life wisely. Many thinkers offer suggestions for the good life, doing so with humor and providing good answers to seemingly difficult life problems. But some go deeper. What they provide is a reason to live, and without that we miss the main ingredient in making the last part of our lives, the best part. Our discussions will focus on getting the most out of life and the discoveries of meaningful existence. Section 1 will examine the book Travels with Epicurus by Daniel Klein. Section 2 will focus on Trying Not To Try by Edward Slingerland. Both books were published in 2014 and readily available in paperback. Please bring a copy to class. 3 SESSIONS

Sec 1: Tues, Jul 9-23, 10 am-noon, Freehold Branch Campus
Sec 2: Tues, Jul 30-Aug 13, 10 am-noon, Freehold Branch Campus
Fee and Code: $59, XPERS 282

Globalization Today: Are We Building Or Breaking Barriers?

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

In the heady years after the end of the Cold War, with the creation of the EU and growth of international trade, many predicted we would soon inhabit a “borderless world.” Now we live in an era of rapid travel, growing diversity, and unprecedented global interconnectivity, yet in many parts of the world, including the U.S. and Europe, many are reasserting borders and exclusionary ethnic and national identities. Is “globalization” in retreat? What is the relationship between the internet, a borderless technology, and the growth of national identities defined by borders? Join a discussion of these important questions and their impact on our lives today. Continental breakfast included.

Fri, Jul 12, 9:30-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $45, XHUMN 254

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 to work out your brain. 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 15-29, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XPERS 264

Blue On Blue: An Insider’s Story Of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops – By Charles Campisi

A lively memoir. Mr. Campisi, a Brooklyn kid who had one of the longest careers in the NYPD’s history, has seen it all, and he tells his cop stories with verve, intriguing detail and a generous heart. – Wall Street Journal

A natural storyteller, Mr. Campisi shares his authentic and illuminating portrait of police work. Blue on Blue describes the fascinating inner workings of the world’s largest police force and Chief Charles Campisi’s unprecedented two decades putting bad cops behind bars. Ultimately, his story inspires awe for the man who, for almost two decades, was entrusted with the job of making sure the words “New York’s Finest” never rung hollow. Charles Campisi was Chief of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau from 1996 to 2014. In his years on the job he developed model strategies for investigating corruption, which have been adopted by law enforcement agencies across the US and
abroad. A graduate of the FBI National Academy and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he currently works as a Senior VP at the private investigation firm Cyber Diligence. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Q & A will follow the talk.

Carl Christiansen was a former New York City police officer whose career in law enforcement began walking a beat in Chinatown and concluded as a ranking officer in the Department of Internal Affairs. His daughter, a friend of Lifelong Learning has honored his memory by providing funds to develop and support this program.

Full breakfast included. (Blue on Blue book will be available for purchase.)

Thurs, Jul 18, 9:30-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $35, XHUMN 326

Great Decisions: American Foreign Policy Association

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, presidential scholar, blogger

Great Decisions is America’s global affairs discussion program with instructor guidance provided by the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves classroom meetings to watch the Great Decisions briefing DVDs and discussing the most critical global issues facing America today. These 3 sessions will include: – Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics – Decoding US China Trade – The Middle East: Regional Disorder.

Thurs, Jul 18-Aug 1, 6:15-8:15 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 046

The Natural World – Short Stories

Patricia Whitehead, librarian

The Natural World is glorious, mysterious and sometimes deadly. Its brooding presence is an unnamed but powerful character in each of these short stories. We will try to unravel the dramas and intrigues, the desires and mysteries, of people caught up in the beauty and horror of nature. Stories are: The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr, Pleasure Boating in Lutaya Bay by Jim Shepard and The Littoral Zone by Andrea Barrett. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Jul 19-Aug 2, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUML 098

Forces Shaping The Jersey Shore

Shorelines are shaped by more than the ocean! People, politics and perspectives have a great influence on the growth and development of the Jersey Shore. Join us for an inside exploration of the changing Jersey Shore, led by Brookdale’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations (and Former Mayor of Asbury Park), Ed Johnson. Focusing on Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank, we begin in the classroom on Monday. Tues-Thurs we will meet at various locations for onsite lectures, meetings and tours featuring opportunities to talk with municipal leaders, community stakeholders and powerbrokers who represent the forces of change taking place in our own backyard. Residential redevelopment, gentrification, beach access, tourism and the influences of arts and culture are among the topics explored. Take this rare  opportunity to delve beyond the politics and take a look at the human forces reshaping the Jersey Shore. 4 SESSIONS

Mon-Thurs, Jul 22-25, 9:30-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $59, XHUMN 128

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. We’ll discuss Philo’s search for “the knowledge of all divine and human things” and Maimonides’ writing that can inspire modern thinking and offers current responses to present realities through his text ‘The guide for the Perplexed’. Perhaps, by our thoughtful examination, we will no longer be perplexed! 4 SESSIONS
Wed, Jul 24-Aug 14, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XPHIL 063

Broadway! American Musical Theater’s Golden Years

Cynthia Balme, professional soprano

The dream team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changed the face of American Musical Theater with such powerful, fully integrated shows that the critics judged all other musicals according to the ‘RH’ factor. How did this perfect pairing come together at the perfect time? What is the ‘RH’ factor? Come explore the history of the American musical coming of age. We will look at each of these two legends both as individuals and as a team, exploring all the avenues that led to some of the best musicals of our times. Relive recorded iconic moments as well as hear their beautiful music sung live by Cynthia Balme with John Balme at the piano. 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, Aug 1-15, 10-11:30 am
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMM 076

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