Humanities, History & Culture


Great Masters Of Photography

Patricia Hart Zackman, instructor, professional photographer

Explore some of the most influential photographers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Photographers discussed include Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott and Dorothea Lange. We will also discuss lesser known photographers who contributed to the art of photography. Bring your curiosity and some of your favorite images to discuss. 2 SESSIONS

Wed, Feb 20 & 27, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $45, XARTP 103

Booth, Lincoln And The Shot That Changed History

Gregory Caggiano, historian, 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 Lincoln’s untimely death at Ford’s Theater.

Thurs, Feb 21, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $29, XHUMN 238

Meet The Presidents: Founding Fathers

Daniel Radel, history instructor, journalist

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

Fri, Mar 8-Mar 22, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 249

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.

Thurs, Mar 14-Mar 28, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 304

Conspiracy Theories: An Exploration

Christian Perez, Brookdale political science instructor 

What exactly are conspiracy theories, and where do they come from? Do shadowy all-powerful groups secretly control the world? This presentation will delve into some of the more prominent conspiracy theories and the issues raised by them. We will examine how conspiracy theories have crept into the political and cultural mainstream, and what signs you should look for when evaluating a supposed conspiracy theory. We know that human history has been riddled with tales of conspiracies, but what differentiates them from conspiracy theories? Aren’t conspiracy theorists just being skeptical? This presentation contends that grand scheme conspiracy theories are ultimately just lazy political science. But that could just be what they want you to believe. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Apr 2-16, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 307

Dreaming Of Italy: Italian Language, Culture, And Art

Patricia Skea, MST, instructor

If you’ve been dreaming about visiting Italy, or dreaming of returning, then join fellow dreamers (and travelers) on our classroom journey! We’ll explore and discuss the culture, history, sights and sounds of Italy. Learn common Italian phrases for travelers, idiosyncrasies and social norms of the Italian way of life, and an overview of some of the most important masterpieces and artists in the history of the country. Instructor has eight years international classroom teaching experience (Rome, Italy) and a passion for La Dolce Vita! 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Apr 3-24, 10 am-noon Wall Campus
Fee and Code: $79, XHUMN 274

Reconstructing Reconstruction

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, presidential scholar, blogger

A look at Reconstruction following the American Civil War and its effects on our country, felt immediately and today. Examine life in the post-war South, Jim Crow laws, the mythology of the “Lost Cause” and its reflection in the popular films “the Birth of a Nation” and “Gone With the Wind.” The portrayal of African Americans in early 20th Century pop-culture and contemporary issues, such as the removal of Confederate flags and statues from public spaces will be discussed. 2 SESSIONS

Thurs, Apr 4 & 11, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XHUMN 319

The New Normal Of The Global Economy

Joseph Bonacci, MBA

The rise of populism in the United States and Europe has ushered in a new era for the global economy. How will protectionist policies affect trade and relationships with our partners? Begin with the formation of the European Union and adoption of the Euro. Explore the potential breakup of the EU and ramifications of such an event. Gain an understanding of emerging market fundamentals and risks in contrast to US and European developed markets.

Tues, Apr 30-May 14, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $69, XHUMN 321

Prohibition On The Jersey Shore

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, blogger

Take a sip of history in your own backyard. Explore the world of prohibition and bootlegging on the Jersey Shore, filled with mobsters, smuggling, corruption, and violence. Learn how an area built for religious retreats exploded into a crime underworld.

Thurs, May 2, 6-8 pm
Fee & Code: $29, XHUMN 324

Moral Dilemmas

Bryan Cocchiara, Brookdale adjunct philosophy instructor

What is the right thing to do? How does one reach this conclusion? Can we be confident in our judgements? Join our discussion of three of the most complex ethical issues facing our modern society: violence and war; honesty and lying; rights, identity, and autonomy. Classroom readings and class viewed online lecture clips will inform our exploration. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, May 7-21, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XPHIL 011

Why Buddhism Now? Part 2

Cheryl Bartholomew, PhD, adjunct instructor, Monmouth U, professor emerita, George Mason University

Back by popular demand, Dr. Bartholomew continues to explore Buddhist teachings, philosophy, and practices. Consider how Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada practices can help us to generate the energy of clarity, understanding, and compassion to address our individual, community, and global suffering in turbulent times. Gain a deeper understanding of how the intersection of science, religion, and spirituality empowers us towards enlightenment and happiness. Discover your path. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, June 4-18, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XPHIL 071

Art History Series

Gina Torello, Brookdale adjunct instructor, 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 of the time as well as political matters. Lectures will include viewing, discussing, and examining art works. Enjoy a hands-on activity at the conclusion of every workshop. 4 SESSIONS

Tues, Jun 11-Jul 2, 6-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XARTF 164

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