Summer Scholars


Don’t miss this! The best week of summer. Hot topics, cool campus experience.

Mon-Fri, Aug 13-17, 9:30 am-3 pm
Fee and Code: $219, XELDR 069
Fee includes morning coffee and light lunch.

Morning classes – 9:30-11:45 am

Sec 1:

History’s Heroines, Heroes, And Legends

Christopher Bellitto, PhD, assistant professor of history, Kean University

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” So we hear in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Indeed, we can add that every history has a legend and every legend has a history. Join us as we try to untangle one from the other as we learn from both. We will spend our time in the classical and medieval world as we move from ancient battlefields to medieval convents.

Sec 2: Short Story Classics From Short Story To Big Screen

Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor

Add a whole new dimension to your literary experience. Enjoy a double feature. Lights! Camera! Roll the short story film! Make those special human connections as we compare story to film and travel time and space to a 1930s southern farm, city life (Pittsburgh and New York City) in the early 20th century, an anti-war story set in Alabama, and east meets west in Texas. Examine the human experience and all possible interpretations! Stories include Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane, Paul’s Case by Willa Cather, Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter, Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, and Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl.

Afternoon classes – 1-3 pm

Sec 3: The Russian Bear’s Resurgence

George Reklaitis, PhD, chair, history department, Brookdale

Russian President Vladimir Putin refers to the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Since coming to office in 2000, he has worked to restore Russia’s place as a giant on the global stage. Russia’s military maneuvering against its Eastern European neighbors, its backing of autocratic regimes around the world, and its economic bullying tactics towards trading partners stir the echoes of Soviet maneuvering during the Cold War. As Russia’s global influence has grown, Putin has now set his sights on reminding former rival, the US, of its resurgent stature through cyber-warfare and nuclear posturing. We’ll focus on the history of the “Russian Bear,” as it emerged from the shadow of the Mongol Empire to become an imperial giant under the Romanov dynasty, and its assent to superpower status by the middle of the 20th century. Has the Bear truly come out of hibernation?

Sec 4: Astronomy For Life

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist

Do you know the reason for the four seasons? Have you wondered why the moon cycles through its phases? Or what causes a supermoon, a blue moon or a blood moon and why total eclipses are so rare? How do stars move in the sky and what is the relationship between astronomy and astrology? These questions and many more will be answered as well as an introductory exploration of some of the deeper mysteries of our wondrous universe.


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