Summer Drew Mini-Course Registration  begins on Tuesday,

May 30th

Summer 2017 Registration form

 Morris County, USA:  A Living Tapestry, Jim DelGiudice

Five Thursdays: June 29, Jul 6, 13, 27, Aug 3; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

(No class July 20)

From its days as the “military capital of the revolution” to the 21st century home of 500,000, Morris County has witnessed more history than any other place in the union.  In this series of lectures we will discuss such subjects as landmarks (both famous and hidden), personalities (with an emphasis on women and the progress of minorities), technology (from the industrial revolution to the space age), and farming (including the history of the Great Swamp).

Jim DelGiudice graduated from the Newhouse School and has been documenting the local scene ever since. In April 2016, his article, “Morristown, USA,” appeared in American Spirit Magazine. He served as a teacher in the Drew Historic Preservation Certificate program.


Leonard Bernstein and American Music, Robert Butts

Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

As a conductor/composer/educator myself, I appreciate even more the impact Leonard Bernstein had on the music world and his importance to American music.   When Bernstein began, American composers and conductors were not even considered as part of the musical world.    Bernstein’s brilliance and personality, however, broke the barriers and today American composers, musicians, and conductors are among the most successful.   Bernstein did what few in the music world were able to do: he was a conductor, a composer, an educator, and a pianist.   He created lasting works in both the classical and popular music fields.   His insights and personal touch enabled him to reach millions of people through broadcasts on television and lectures.  He was one of the first conductors to talk to the audience about the music.  In addition to the concert world, Bernstein created masterpieces of musical theater.  His single film score, On the Waterfront, remains one of the greatest of all film compositions.  His championing of American composers introduced not only his own music, but that of his colleagues such as Aaron Copland and George Gershwin to the world.

Dr. Robert W. Butts is a widely noted conductor, composer and teacher and a frequent presenter in the Drew Minicourse program.


Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises, Jonathan Golden Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 10 am – 12 Noon

There is greater social upheaval and forced human migration today than at any time since the mid-twentieth century. What is driving the current global refugee crises and what are the responses?  In this course, we will examine the historical circumstances that have contributed to political and social unrest in places like Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Afghanistan.  We will learn about the ethno-religious and political conflicts that are driving upheaval.  We will also explore perceptions of and responses to these crises in nations of Europe and North America.  What are the attitudes toward people seeking asylum and how do these attitudes influence immigration policies?  What are the policies designed to keep migrants out, and for countries that are accepting refugees, how effective are efforts to help them?

Weekly Topics

Week 1 – Course Introduction Overview of current refugee crises

Week 2 – Cultural-Historical Context, part 1 Study of the historical political, economic, and social situation in Nigeria, Sudan/South Sudan, Congo

Week 3– Cultural-Historical Context, part 2 Study of the historical political, economic, and social situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria

Week 4 -Resettlement Who is the refugee?  What does it mean to move to a new country and obtain refugee status?  What are attitudes (government, populous) toward asylum seekers in Europe and the US?

Week 5 – Responses What are the efforts to help integrate refugees?

Dr. Jonathan Golden is Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Comparative Religion, Drew University. He holds a PhD in Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania), specializing in the study of ancient and modern cultures of the Middle East