Curtain Up

Joel Stone, Monmouth University adjunct professor
Presented in conjunction with New Jersey Repertory Company. Have you ever wondered why certain plays are chosen for production and not others? Would you like to know about the elements involved in taking a play from page to stage–how productions are cast, designed, built, and directed? Would you like the opportunity to see an original new play in preview, before the general public does? This course is for you! Award-winning New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch is one of the nation’s foremost regional theatres exclusively presenting new works. The class will take place at NJ Rep’s West End Arts Center and will include a preview of the new play Lily on the Main Stage. Let’s put the ‘play’ back in play appreciation! 4 SESSIONS

Thurs, Oct 10-31, 7-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $79, XWRIT 050

Writing Toward Compassion

Nancy Bryan, adjunct faculty, Brookdale
Through reading literature, writing, and group discussion we will reflect on the human experience, its joys and sorrows. We will uncover and discover our individual and collective stories in a safe and kind community. Reading and writing together offers unique solace and support. Nancy Bryan is a writer and teacher of creative writing. She led the first ever Narrative Medicine conference at Brookdale. She holds an MFA in creative writing (poetry) and her poems have been published in various literary journals. 4 SESSIONS

Tues, Oct 15-Nov 5, 2-3:45 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XWRIT 057

Matters Of Perspective – Short Stories

Patricia Whitehead, librarian We live our lives caught up in the moment. Sometimes we need some distance – the expanse of years passed, of living apart, of a shift in fortune – to get another perspective on our brief and fleeting lives. The characters in these stories have the advantage of new perspective as they look back. What can their stories remind us of our lives and how to be in this world? Stories are: The Ideal Bakery by Donald Hall, Silk Brocade by Tessa Hadley, Some Other, Better Otto by Deborah Eisenberg. Stories will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Nov 5-19, 10 am-noon
Wall Campus
Fee and Code: $65, XHUML 098

Great Poems

Carl Calendar, former Humanities Dean, Brookdale
Most seniors remember fondly the great poems we were taught in grammar and high school and sometimes encouraged to memorize. They haven’t disappeared, just gone out of fashion, replaced by modern free verse. Come revisit great poems by Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Byron, Tennyson, Robinson, and Frost. Learn their history and have an educated discussion about their structure and meaning. Dr. Carl Calendar, Retired Dean of Humanities at Brookdale, will bring his 48 years in the classroom to this presentation. 3 SESSIONS

Wed, Nov 6-Nov 20, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUML 058

Mothers And Daughters In Short Fiction

Elizabeth deBeer, MA, Ed.D, Janet Boyarin, MLS
“A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life” is an Irish folk saying, highlighting the closeness of mothers and daughters. However, sometimes even close relationships can be problematic or complicated. We will explore different lenses of mothers and daughters in American society, using stories from Tillie Olson, Gloria Naylor, Sandra Cisneros and others and reflecting on our culture as a whole. Links to the main stories will be sent prior to class. 2 SESSIONS

Fri, Nov 8 & 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee & Code: $59 XHUML117

How To Self Publish

Martin McDermott, author, speech faculty, Brookdale
Want to join the self-publishing craze? Whether your interest is personal or professional or fiction or non-fiction, come and discover the insider dos and don’ts of self-publishing! This class will explore popular sites and services, copyright questions, publicity and marketing, and the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing. No writing experience necessary.

Sat, Nov 16, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $49, XWRIT 069

Literature 101: The Bible

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus
A continuing examination of the most famous literature of all time. The Bible is as much a source of intriguing stores as religious teachings; it reflects historical situations, human events, and men’s reactions to these happenings. Its stories are referenced throughout great literature spanning the globe. Whatever your personal background, you will enjoy this discussion of stories and events with an emphasis on literary motifs, relationships, psychology, and as a source for Western values and ideas. No prior bible study necessary. Please bring a Bible to class. 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Nov 20-Dec 11, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XPHIL 039

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