Drew Forum 2018–2019 Season

This season’s roster of acclaimed headliners is sure to spark thought-provoking and spirited discussion among attendees. Presenters include a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and two high-profile newscasters and commentators.

Tickets can be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 973-408-3917, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for all events are general admission.

Ticket prices are listed with each event and range from $32 to $75.* They may be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey online or by calling 973-408-3917.

*Plus $6 handling fee per order.

Co-sponsored by The Casement Fund and the English department, the Writers@Drew reading series hosts a variety of published authors, who recite excerpts from their works for the Drew community throughout the academic year. The list of previous guest authors includes Drew alumni/ae, faculty, poets and fiction/nonfiction writers, such as Priscilla Becker, William Giraldi, Kathleen Graber, Phil Kay, Collum McCann, Sean Nevin, Patrick Phillips, Kevin Prufer, Jacqueline Woodson and Courtney Zoffness. At the end of the spring semester, the Drew Student Writing Prize winners read their award winning poetry and prose for the Drew community.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The exhibition is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center and is funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and the generous support of Google.org, Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small and other generous donors.

First Folio, which was assembled in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, includes 36 of his plays—18 of which had never before been published. Without it, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest and more could have been lost. The book will travel to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The exhibition, which also includes panels and digital content, exclusively features First Folios from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., whose collection of 82 First Folios is the largest in the world.

Folger Shakespeare Library selected Drew as the sole exhibitor in New Jersey because of its renowned theatre program, wealth of Shakespeare courses and nexus with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which is based on Drew’s 186-acre campus. The book will arrive in late September and be displayed from Oct. 6 through Oct. 30 on the first floor of Mead Hall, with a bevvy of daily programming around it.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare appears courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Books in the Time of Shakespeare is supported in part by the Delmas Foundation.

Exhibit Hours: Tuesday to Friday 4-8 p.m. and weekends 12-8 p.m.

Group Tours: For information on tours for groups up to 60, such as from schools, contact hryan@drew.edu or 973-408-3702.

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October 2018
Free

FRANKENSTEIN ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT

October 8, 2018 - January 7, 2019
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Curated by Head of Special Collections Brian Shetler and Special Collections Associate Candace Reilly, this event highlights the impact Mary Shelley’s novel has made on literature, society and culture. Featuring materials from Drew’s Special Collection of comic books, rare books and more.  

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Free

Andrew Zimmerman: Under/Cut

October 16 - November 16
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Curated by Raymond Saá Stein

Reception: November 2, 5–7 p.m.

“I am interested exploring the intersection between painting and sculpture, art and design, and the hand-made and the mass-produced,” says artist Andrew Zimmerman about his work. “I would like my paintings to create moments of unexpected discovery within a language of reconstructable forms.”

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$10

King Lear

October 19 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Drew students.

Shakespeare’s titanic tragedy of family and politics, performed in an intimate, in-the-round staging. An aging, intransigent ruler who values flattery above honesty unwisely decides to give up his throne and partition his kingdom among his three daughters. Although trying to prevent petty squabbles after the fact, Lear’s actions instead unleash a devastating chain reaction of betrayals, brutality, war and death. Drew faculty member (and Equity actor) Chris Ceraso leads a talented student cast.

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$10

King Lear

October 20 @ 2:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Drew students.

Shakespeare’s titanic tragedy of family and politics, performed in an intimate, in-the-round staging. An aging, intransigent ruler who values flattery above honesty unwisely decides to give up his throne and partition his kingdom among his three daughters. Although trying to prevent petty squabbles after the fact, Lear’s actions instead unleash a devastating chain reaction of betrayals, brutality, war and death. Drew faculty member (and Equity actor) Chris Ceraso leads a talented student cast.

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Free

Evan Stenzel Faculty Recital

October 20 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Presented by the Drew Music Department. American tenor Evan Stenzel has most recently appeared on stage as Fenton in Falstaff, Jenìk in The Bartered Bride and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. He is an adjunct associate professor of voice at Drew.

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$10

King Lear

October 20 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Drew students.

Shakespeare’s titanic tragedy of family and politics, performed in an intimate, in-the-round staging. An aging, intransigent ruler who values flattery above honesty unwisely decides to give up his throne and partition his kingdom among his three daughters. Although trying to prevent petty squabbles after the fact, Lear’s actions instead unleash a devastating chain reaction of betrayals, brutality, war and death. Drew faculty member (and Equity actor) Chris Ceraso leads a talented student cast.

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Free

Writing Workshop: Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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As the population of Holocaust survivors dwindles, the mantle of remembrance passes to the next generation. Your memories about what you learned from your parents are an important part of the Holocaust story. What would you like future generations to know from the perspective of those who grew up with Holocaust survivors? No writing experience is required.

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Free

Frankenstein on Film

October 22 @ 6:00 pm
Drew Library,
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ United States

Celebrate Frankentstein’s anniversary with us as we screen the 1931 film version of Mary Shelley’s novel that brings to life the story of Frankenstein, as adapted from Ms. Peggy Webling’s 1927 play.

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Free

Lecture on Mary Shelley, Betty Bennett and Frankenstein

October 23 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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University of Pennsylvania Professor Stuart Curran guest lectures at this event. Curran has had a long career as a Romanticist, specializing in the Shelleys and in women writers of the period.

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$25

Gaming in the Classroom

October 23 @ 6:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Research-based best practices to engage students in literacy is the focus of this DrewTEACH workshop. This is a hands-on event featuring lively games and discussion structures. Current technology tools to help facilitate engagement will be shared.

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Charley’s Aunt

October 24 - November 18
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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It’s high time to unleash this utterly delightful British farce, complete with improbable disguise, young lovers and an unflappable butler. Part Oscar Wilde, part Fawlty Towers, with a dash of South American spice.

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Free

Plays in Progress

October 24 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of stage readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited afterwards to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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Free

DrewTEACH Fall Kickoff Lecture

October 25 @ 7:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Renowned professor of literacy and technology Troy Hicks will be the featured speaker at this enlightening DrewTEACH event. Among his many books, Hicks co-authored two with Drew’s own Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Teacher Education Program Director Kristen Turner (Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World and Argument in the Real World: Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts).

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Free

Music at Noon

October 26 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Presented by the Drew Music Department. Take a midday musical break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses. Always free to the public.

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Discover Drew Day

October 27

Spend a few hours in The Forest! Hear from current students, take a tour and meet faculty members.

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Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Open House 

October 27

Spend a few hours in The Forest! Hear from current students. Take a tour and meet faculty members.

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$60

The Kreutzer Connection

October 27 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Intrigue is the thread that joins tonight’s dramatic works into a thrilling, theatrical profile.

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$15

Peter Favilla Recital

October 28 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Classically trained pianist Peter Favilla likes playing to crowds. “You either choose to be nervous, or not to be,” he says. “Music is more important. I choose music.”

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Free

Writing Workshop: Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors

October 29 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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As the population of Holocaust survivors dwindles, the mantle of remembrance passes to the next generation. Your memories about what you learned from your parents are an important part of the Holocaust story. What would you like future generations to know from the perspective of those who grew up with Holocaust survivors? No writing experience is required.

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Free

Ghosts and Monsters at Drew University

October 30 @ 6:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Back by popular demand! University Archivist Matthew Beland, Kean University professor Brian Regal and Head of Special Collections Brian Shetler lead a panel discussion on the history of ghosts and monsters at Drew and the buildings they allegedly haunt. Learn about the female apparitions in Hoyt-Bowne and Mead halls, and about “Reggie,” the ghost haunting the Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.

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Free

The Holocaust as Contested History

October 30 @ 7:00 pm
Drew Library,
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ United States
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As many countries in Europe “swing right” in their 21st-century quests to develop national identities, the way in which the Holocaust is recalled has become contentious. In this talk, World Jewish Congress General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft will speak on the recently passed Polish legislation, relating to the so-called protection of Polish national honor dealing with the Holocaust. He will also address how the Holocaust is remembered in other Eastern European countries.

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Free

Frankenreads

October 31
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Quite possibly the best way to celebrate Halloween at Drew! Enjoy the live-stream of the Library of Congress reading of the full text of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Experience amazing theatrical performances by Drew thespians of select speeches from Shelley’s text.

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Free

Plays in Progress

October 31 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of stage readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited afterwards to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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November 2018
$10

Out of the Box Festival

November 1 - December 1
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Exact dates and times TBD.

Off-off-Broadway comes to Drew in our premiere Out of the Box Festival. The program consists of new student work, existing plays and choreographic pieces, all meant to promote collaboration and experimentation, especially between theatre and dance. Out of the Box enables students to perform challenging work outside their comfort zones in a supportive process, without the pressures of full production.

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Free

Writing Workshop: Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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As the population of Holocaust survivors dwindles, the mantle of remembrance passes to the next generation. Your memories about what you learned from your parents are an important part of the Holocaust story. What would you like future generations to know from the perspective of those who grew up with Holocaust survivors? No writing experience is required.

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Free

New Acquisitions

November 6 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Head of Special Collections Brian Shetler and Special Collections Associate Candace Reilly lead a discussion on the new acquisitions to the Methodist Archives. Items include a book about viper venom, a fore-edge painting, a medical bestiary and a beautifully illuminated Persian manuscript!

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$25

Creating Digital Argument (Virtual Workshop)

November 6 @ 6:30 pm
via Zoom

Valerie Mattessich will share a host of literacy lessons, assignments and projects that incorporate media/digital literacy skills in addition to reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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Free

Plays in Progress

November 7 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of stage readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited afterwards to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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Experience Drew Day 

November 8 - November 9

High school juniors and sophomores spend a half day learning how to select the right college. Chat with current students, dine with faculty and tour the campus.

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Arts Portfolio Review 

November 8 - November 9

Prospective students have their portfolios reviewed by our fine arts faculty. Learn, question and engage them as you discuss your work.

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Free

Writing Workshop: Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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As the population of Holocaust survivors dwindles, the mantle of remembrance passes to the next generation. Your memories about what you learned from your parents are an important part of the Holocaust story. What would you like future generations to know from the perspective of those who grew up with Holocaust survivors? No writing experience is required.

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Free

Kristallnacht Commemoration: the 80th Anniversary

November 13 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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For two days in November 1938, the Nazis unleashed a wave of unimaginable terror on German Jews. Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass,” saw the destruction of Jewish stores, homes and more than 1000 synagogues. More than 100 Jews were murdered and thousands more were imprisoned in concentration camps. Hear the heartfelt accounts of two firsthand witnesses, both of whom were small boys in 1938. Photos and film excerpts will also be featured.

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Free

Jennifer Egan

November 14 @ 6:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Jennifer Egan’s 2017 novel, Manhattan Beach, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Egan regularly publishes long-form features in The New York Times Magazine and is the newly appointed president of PEN America.

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Free

Plays in Progress

November 14 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of stage readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited afterwards to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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Free

Music at Noon

November 16 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a midday musical break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses. Presented by the Drew Music Department. Always free to the public.

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$35

Edward Arron, cello and Jeewon Park, piano

November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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$35 general admission $15 educational discount with ID

J.S. Bach: Sonata in D Major for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard (played on Cello and Piano), BWV 1028 Arvo Pärt: Fratres (1977)

Webern: Drei kleine Stücke, Op. 11 (1914)

Beethoven: Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano, Op. 69 (1808)

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$40

Discover Piano Virtuosity

November 18 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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$40 | $30 Seniors/Students/Groups of 10+

An interactive exploration hosted by Maestro George Marriner Maull, featuring an encore performance by the brilliant pianist Fei-Fei Dong. Presented by the Discovery Orchestra.

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$25

Micro Arguments, Macro Voices 

November 20 @ 6:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Part of the DrewTEACH Tech Tuesday series, this event focuses on helping educators navigate and teach what makes a “good” argument in an age of instant updates.

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Free

Book Launch Event: The Women of Obernheide: Jewish Women as Forced Laborers in Bremen, 1944–45

November 27 @ 5:30 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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In this newly published English translation, The Women of Obernheide tells the story of 800 Jewish women forced into labor at the end of World War II. Newly edited by Drew Professor Emerita of German Edwina Lawler, the book is a diary of survivors’ written and oral accounts as well as a record of archival documents. Originally translated into English by former Drew faculty member Elfriede Smith, the book’s English edition includes reflections by Hedy Brasch, a member of Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and an Obernheide survivor.

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Free

Music at Noon

November 30 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a midday musical break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses. Presented by the Drew Music Department. Always free to the public.

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Free

Drew University Chamber Orchestra

November 30 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Orchestra members are musicians from the community and Drew students from all majors and departments who share a common love of music. Conducted by Michael Avagliano. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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December 2018
$5

Drew University Chorale/Choral Union Concert

December 1 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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$5 assigned seating; Drew students free

We are thrilled again to offer musical selections presented by the Drew Choral Union—a mixed voice ensemble open to students and the community. Conducted by Matthew Webb.

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Free

Flute Ensemble

December 2 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Flute Ensemble combines the talents of both students and community members. This concert will feature works from a variety of composers. Conducted by Elise Carter.

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Free

Drew University Jazz Ensemble

December 2 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The jazz ensemble includes dedicated and experienced student musicians who focus on repertoire from the swing, bebop and hard bop eras. Directed by Jim Saltzman.

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Free

Composers Concert

December 3 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Trevor Weston, Director

The concert features new works for music boxes and solo piano composed by Drew University students.

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$25

A Soothing Voice 2.0 

December 4 @ 6:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Participants create their own consolation note and share it via their chosen technology platform in this session that examines strategies that provide both choice and voice in mastering verbal and/or visual communication.

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The Winter’s Tale

December 5 - December 30
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Nothing could be more perfect for the holiday season than this wintry and passionate romance. High drama launches this tale, and it quickly leads us into a world of bohemian gaiety. A denouement of magical rebirth and a moving reunion embody the spirit of the holiday season and what it represents at its core.

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Free

Student Show

December 7 - December 13
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Reception: December 7, 5–7 p.m.

View works by current Drew art students.

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Handel’s Messiah

December 15 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Handel began composing Messiah on August 22, 1741, and he completed it 24 days later. According to scholar Clifford Bartlett, “however hasty the composition, the power of the musical imagination, the wealth of ideas, the depth of inspiration and the sheer variety of invention continue to astonish.”

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New Jersey Youth Symphony Jazz Band

December 16 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A new ensemble of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Jazz Band performs repertoire from the rich history of big band music all the way to the leading composers of today.

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