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.

These Drew Forum speakers are generously supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

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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September 2018
$25

Using Flipped and Blended Learning to Give Actionable Feedback

September 25 @ 6:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Learn how a flipped classroom and blended learning provide students greater feedback while easing the teacher’s grading burden.

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October 2018
Free

Social Justice Exhibit: The Ever-Widening Circle

October 1 - October 4
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This exhibit highlights the social principles of the United Methodist Church and the role that church members, students and faculty play in the modern social justice movement.

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Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures: Connecting Ideas with Action

October 2 - October 4

Drew University’s new Forum for Social Justice will further the work of social justice historically done by the Drew Theological School. The purpose of the Forum will be to generate ideas from thought leaders in important areas of social justice, as well as to form coalitions with specific activist organizations and justice artists.

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Free

Social Justice Materials

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Learn about Drew University’s social justice involvement over the years, specifically the Barbershop Controversy beginning in 1963, MLK’s visit in 1964 and South African Divestment protests in the 1980s.

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Free

1938 Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia: the 80th Anniversary

October 2 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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The Munich Agreement was a failed Allied act of appeasement, permitting Nazi Germany to annex parts of western Czechoslovakia in return for Hitler’s pledge to not occupy more of the country. Six months later, Hitler broke his word. In this revealing program, we’ll hear three firsthand accounts of people whose lives were directly affected by the Munich Agreement’s outcome.

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Free

Drew Theological School Open Doors 

October 3
Seminary Hall

Drew Theological School opens its doors wide to those exploring vocations in ministry, theological and religious research and faith-based activism. Throughout the day, prospective students will visit classes, attend presentations and hear from faculty, students, alumni and staff.

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Free

Arts & Letters Salon

October 6 @ 3:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Made in the Maiden City: Growing Up in the North West of Ireland during the Post-Troubles Era

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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

Writing Workshop: Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ehinger Center

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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$25

Gaming in the Classroom (Virtual Workshop)

October 9 @ 6:30 pm
via Zoom

Throughout the world, students are becoming problem solvers and creative thinkers through the use of games in the classroom. This event delves into the power of game-based learning.

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$32*

Colson Whitehead

October 10 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Recently named New York’s 12th State Author, Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York.

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Free

Writing Workshop: Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors

October 15 @ 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

Opening Reception for Frankenstein Exhibit

October 16 @ 5:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Meet the curators and learn the background and importance of the center’s new Frankenstein exhibition.

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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

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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$25

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

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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November 2018
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

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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$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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December 2018
$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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$25

Student Choice and Voice (Virtual Workshop) 

December 18 @ 6:30 pm
via Zoom

This workshop focuses on what educators can do to inspire more student-centered learning in their classrooms.

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February 2019

Social Justice in the 21st-Century Classroom

February 2, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ehinger Center

How do digital tools affect our lives as individuals? As educators? How do we engage our students in real-world reading and writing practices that prepare them for life beyond school? How do we serve all students to give them a voice in society? Participants will explore these questions and more as they consider how educators can focus on issues of social justice in a digital age.

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