History & Culture


Economic And Investment Implications Of The 2016 Election

Joe 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, Oct 3-17, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 308

Conspiracy Theories As Lazy Political Science

Christian Perez, instructor, adjunct professor, Brookdale Community College

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, Oct 6-20, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 307

Meet The Presidents: Founding Fathers

Daniel Radel, history instructor, journalist

Revisit the Early American Republic through the eyes of the first presidents. Start with George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and the Age of Federalism; go to James Madison and the War of 1812, James Monroe and the Compromise of 1820, John Quincy Adams’ so-called Corrupt Bargain and end with “Old Hickory” Andrew Jackson. 3 SESSIONS
Fri, Nov 10-Dec1 (no class Nov 24), 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 288

Russian Empire To Soviet Union,1894-1939, Jewish Experience

Dr Edith Frankel, author, historian

Examine the last years of Tsarist rule under Nicholas II, the tremendous social and political upheaval of the time, the period of pogroms at the start of the 20th century and the famous Beilis trial. Review the revolutions of 1917 and the Civil War period, continuing into the establishment of Soviet control. Focus on the destruction of the Jewish community (kehillah) under the Soviets. As the Bolsheviks established their power and strengthened their rule, what happened to the Jewish population of the former Pale? How did Soviet policies affect the Jews as a nation, a culture and a religion? Compare Jewish life in the newly re-created state of Poland with that in the new Soviet Union. Examine the establishment of Birobidzhan as a Jewish homeland within the borders of the Soviet Union. What was the state of Soviet Jews as a group on the eve of World War II? 4 SESSIONS
Mon, Nov 6-27, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $79, XHUMN 287

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. 3 SESSIONS
Tues, Nov 7-21, 1-3 pm
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 304

Breakfast And Brilliance:
What The Eye Teaches, The Heart Learns:
Jewish And Christian Art

Dr. Christopher Bellitto, professor of history, Kean University
Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

How have Jews and Christians viewed each other through art, architecture, sculpture, and even stained glass through the years? Join our walk through a shared history – first of conflict and recently of reconciliation – by considering Jewish and Christian art through the centuries. Rabbi Susman and Dr. Bellitto have lectured as a pair for over a decade, offering talks on what is shared and distinct in Christmas and Chanukah, Passover and Easter, scripture and traditions. Their goal is to bridge the polarized gap between Judaism and Christianity by using an open-eyed view of history to promote understanding and good faith moving forward. Program includes breakfast.
Wed, Dec 6, 9:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $45, XPHIL 066

Waging Peace: The Muslim Refugee Crisis

Jim Keady, activist

Jim Keady shares stories of his experiences in Greece during the refugee crisis. You will have a front-row seat as Jim takes you to the front lines in a presentation highlighted by heartbreaking photos. Keady challenges each of us to search for the humanity in those we fear and perceive as “other.” There is no charge for this program, but advance registration is required.
Tues, Nov 14, 11:45 – 1:15 pm
Fee and Code: free, XHUMN 310

Ken Burns – “America’s Stories”

Friday, Oct 27th, noon-1:15 pm

Mr. Burns will present “America’s Stories” at this year’s Jacob W. Needle Annual History Lecture. Event includes a retrospective film clip followed by a dialogue between Ken Burns and History Professor Jess Le Vine. Q&A to follow.

Advance tickets are required and can be purchased through the Student Life & Activities ticket window or by calling 732-224-2788.
$10 for community members

Filmmaker Ken Burns’ most widely known documentaries include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Central Park Five (2012), and The Roosevelts (2014). Ken’s films have won fifteen Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations. In 2008, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Coming this September on PBS, The Vietnam War, an immersive narrative. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film.

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