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Music in the 1960s                                           Robert Butts

Five Mondays: Sept. 26; October 10, 17, 24, 31   1:30 -3:30 p.m.

The 1960s was a decade of enormous change – socially and historically; artistically and musically. It was a period of confrontation and upheaval.  On Broadway, the decade began with shows like “Camelot” and concluded with radical rock-music shows like “Hair”. Popular music was dominated by rock & roll and country music became more firmly rooted in Nashville.  World situations promoted the development of a folk music scene that gave rise to artists like Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Art, music and jazz became more complex and esoteric. Film continued to be the major outlet for orchestral composition. Rock stars dominated the concert/musical world and two events shaped the whole of music and culture – the Beatles and Woodstock.

Dr. Robert W. Butts is a widely noted conductor, composer and teacher.


Waging Peace                                                    David Cowell

Five Tuesdays: Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Waging Peace, an exploration of both war and peace in the American political debate; the growth of international organizations and law, the changing methods of war and peace, and the technology and tactics of being a democratic super power.

David Cowell is emeritus professor of Political Science at Drew.


Greek Tragedy and Comedy                       John Lenz

Five Wednesdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26, Nov. 2   10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Drama originated in ancient Greece and Greek tragedies were performed outdoors at the Theater of Dionysus, before an audience of democratic citizens. The plays speak to contemporary concerns of the audience about life and death, war and peace, gender, fate and the gods, critical thought, and human emotions.  The tragedies serve as a source for us of classical myth, which they rework to make timeless art. Comedy is represented by plays of Aristophanes, about women taking over the government in a mass anti-war protest.  Whether you’ve read them before or this is your first time, you see more each time you turn to the Greek classics.

John Lenz is an associate professor of Classics at Drew.


Five Social Theorists                                        Jonathan Reader

Five Wednesdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26, Nov. 2   1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Over the course of five lectures, major social themes will be examined in the works of five 19th century and early 20th century sociological theorists: Addams, DuBois, Durkheim, Marx and Weber.  Discussion will center on how each theorist’s perspective has been shaped by biographical events, intellectual influences and socio-historical issues and include how these theories have facilitated contemporary sociology’s understanding of capitalism, democracy, bureaucracy, other major social institutions and social inequality in 21st century America.

Jonathan Reader is Baker Professor of Sociology at Drew.