History & Culture


Booth, Lincoln, And The Shot That Changed History

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, presidential scholar, blogger

Learn the backstory behind one of the most controversial presidents in American history as well as the life and career of his assassin, and the chain of events and politics that led to the American Civil War, and to Lincoln’s untimely death at Ford’s Theater.

Thurs, Feb 22, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $29, XHUMN 238

Meet The Presidents

Daniel Radel, history instructor, journalist

Beginning with (Teddy) Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, discuss Trust Busting, Square Deal, American Imperialism, and World War I. Moving on to Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, (Franklin) Roosevelt, and Truman, discuss Prohibition, Roaring 20’s, Stock Market Crash and Great Depression, The New Deal, World War II, and the decision to drop the Atomic Bomb. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Mar 9-23, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 249

Remembrance And Reconciliation In An Age Of Division

Dr. Christopher Bellitto, professor of history, Kean University
Rabbi Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus
Dr. Edoardo Mungiello, adjunct professor, Brookdale

In an age of division, how do we reconcile, heal and then go forward? What words and images do we use to acknowledge the difficult moments of the past? Do we just remember or do we keep bearing a grudge? Can we (should we?) forgive and forget? Dr. Bellitto will offer a case study of Pope John Paul II’s requests to God for forgiveness of Christian sins. Rabbi Susman will offer a critique based on key ideas of memory and reconciliation in the Jewish tradition. Dr. Mungiello will explore how we memorialize, not with words but with images, statues, and monuments. Light lunch included.

Wed, Mar 21, 10 am-2 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XPHIL 066

Wives Of Henry VIII – Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

Lyndell O’Hara, Ph.D, history professor, Nyack College

To this day, English school children memorize the limerick describing the fate of the six wives of Henry VIII. Each of the six women – the devout Katherine of Aragon, the ambitious Anne Boleyn, the strong Jane Seymour, the quiet Anne of Cleaves, the imprudent Katherine Howard and the wise Katherine Parr – were remarkably unique as wives, women and Queens of England. We will consider the fascinating lives and deaths of these extraordinary sixteenth century queens and the intrigue of the courts which surrounded them. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Apr 16-Apr 30, 10 am- noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 311

How Jewish Law Informs Ethical Debate

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

How do Judaism’s laws and stories influence our actions and beliefs in today’s world? Sections of the Talmud and Midrash will be shared and discussed. Topics for review include; contraception and abortion, capital punishment, the existence of prophesy, and the individual as a member of society – as well as topics suggested by the class. 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Apr 25-May 16, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $79, XPHIL 068

History Of Liquor: A Spirited Discussion

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, presidential scholar, blogger

From the life-giving beers and wines of Ancient Sumeria, to the controversial absinthe and American Prohibition of the 20th Century, alcohol has endured a spirited and tumultuous existence. Learn the history behind many different liquors from around the world, how they can be served, and what everybody is drinking today. What brandy can trace its legacy back to Noah’s Ark? Why was absinthe banned for so many years? Why are there so many different types of whiskey? Find out in this spirited program!

Thurs, Apr 26, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $29, XHUMN 267

Conspiracy Theories As Lazy Political Science

Christian Perez, Brookdale political science instructor

Do shadowy, all-powerful groups control world events? What are conspiracy theories and where do they come from? Analyze popular conspiracy theories and their origins. Explore the relationship between conspiratorial thinking and fake news. Learn how to evaluate a supposed conspiracy theory by looking for signs that differentiate them from actual conspiracies. Are conspiracy theories just lazy political science? Or is that exactly what they want you to believe? 3 SESSIONS

Fri, May 4-18, 10 am-noon
Fee & Code: $69, XHUMN 307

Economic And Investment Implications Of The 2016 Election

Joseph Bonacci, MBA, instructor

Put politics aside and focus on the new administration’s economic policies. Gain a historical overview of the United States regarding global economic engagement and how this will change in the future. Analyze the new set of rules that could affect trade, taxes, regulation, and infrastructure. Examine how U.S. foreign policy could influence the entire global economy. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, May 8-May 22, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 308

The American Civil War

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, presidential scholar, blogger

Explore the battles, the leadership, and the human drama of the Civil War. Discuss the causes of the Civil War and the major battles including First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. Examine the dramatic Surrender at Appomattox. Finally, analyze the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Please note: elements of this class have been presented by the speaker previously. 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, May 17-May 31, 1-3 pm
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 304

Art History Series

Gina Torello, adjunct professor, Brookdale, professional artist

Take a tour through the ages in the world of art history. Journey from ancient Mediterranean civilizations to the centers of Christianity and the Renaissance. Finally, explore the Age of Kings, when monarchs governed as virtual dictators, and their influence dominated social, cultural and artistic affairs as well as political matters of the time. Lectures will include viewing, discussing, and examining art works. Enjoy a hands-on activity at the conclusion of every workshop. 4 SESSIONS

Thurs, Jun 7-28, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $79, XARTF 164

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