Fall 2014 Drew Mini-Course Offerings

Registration begins Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This program of non-credit short courses is jointly sponsored by Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Friends of the Madison Public Library.  These courses are intended to be suitable for the general public, with no prerequisites. However, they are taught at a level consistent with Drew University’s outstanding academic reputation. There are no examinations, grades, or required reading.

Please print the registration form, fill it out and mail with your check to the address on the form. Please provide an e-mail address as your registration will be confirmed via email.

Fall 2014 Registration Form

Closed – Churchill: His Britain, His World – Instructor: Jonathan Rose

This course is closed because it is fully enrolled.

Five Mondays: Sept. 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; 10 AM – 12 Noon

Winston Churchill was not only the “greatest Englishman” of modern times.  Over a half century, he was a dominating political actor in Great Britain and in the world at large.  He confronted, vocally and eloquently, every important political issue of our times: war, imperialism, the welfare state, prison reform, employment policy, free speech, the Irish “Troubles”, Zionism, Communism, Nazism, nuclear weapons, prohibition (he was against it), and even gay rights.

He crossed swords with all the world leaders of his day – Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Gandhi – and he provided a model for John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. He was also a bestselling author who (in 1953) won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

This course explores every aspect of Churchill – the statesman, the author, the orator, the flamboyant public performer – and places him in the context of what he once called “the terrible twentieth century”.

Jonathan Rose is the William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University. His fields of study are British history, intellectual history, and the history of the book. He served as the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. His latest book, “The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor” has just been published by the Yale University Press.

Music in the 1940s: War and Peace – Instructor: Robert Butts

Five Tuesdays: Sept. 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 3:30 PM

The 1940s are thought of as the era of World War II.   However, the decade could be divided in half as regards world events and the arts.       The war years – 1939-1945 – were musically distinguished by the height of the swing era, iconic compositions in the concert world and on Broadway as well as the growth of an American popular music incorporating elements of jazz, county, blues, swing and the influence of major singing stars, led by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald. It also was a period that witnessed musicians moving again in avant garde directions – the spread of serialism in concert music and the rise of bebop in jazz.

The post-war years were a period of booming prosperity in America and reconstruction in much of the rest of the world.   The period known as The Golden Age of Broadway began with Oklahoma in 1943 and produced beloved classic after classic through the decade. Film composes began working more directly with directors, led by Bernard Herrmann. Dance produced some of the most influential choreographers in Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins.   A new generation of concert composers came of age, led by iconoclasts like John Cage and Pierre Boulez. At the same time, in the midst of post-war prosperity came a greater awareness of social issues and the shadow of the Cold War, reflected in composers such as Copland and Shostakovich.   Explore the two worlds of the 1940s through the music of the era.

Robert Butts is a composer, conductor, and musicologist. His classes have become a mainstay of the mini-course program.

Egypt Rising: The Making of Modern Egypt – Instructor: David Cowell

Five Wednesdays: Oct.1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:30 – 3:30 PM

The Great Statue of Egyptian Independence is entitled “Egypt Rising” or “Awakening” and depicts a maiden removing her veil next to a Sphinx transforming into a virile young man standing on his own two feet.  The ideal and the reality of modern Egyptian society are the focus of this survey of the emergence of Modern Egypt from the beginning of Western penetration to the present new Constitutional experiment.

Topics will include the emergence of Egypt from the Ottoman Empire, the Khedive Period, and the era of Struggle against Imperialism and for Independence, the Revolution, and the modern republics.  The focus, while framed in political concerns, will include the changing life styles and social relations within Egypt and the development of new social movements to challenge the system and the political leadership.

David Cowell is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Drew, where he specialized in European and Middle East Politics. He has taught mini-courses on Ireland, Turkey and the history of New Jersey.