Summer 2014 Drew Mini-Course Offerings

Registration is now open. Classes begin July 1, 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 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.

Summer 2014 Registration Form

Questions?  Email: or Call: 973-408-3118

New Jersey at 350:  A Survey of New Jersey’s History

Instructor: David Cowell
Five Tuesdays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:30 – 3:30 pm

A survey of the development of New Jersey focused on the social forces and events that made New Jersey into the richly diverse, dynamic and somewhat self-deprecating society we enjoy today.  Presented chronologically, the survey will study key  time periods since the English replaced the Dutch in 1664 through the lives of historic figures such as John Fenwick, James Caldwell, Grover Cleveland, Alice  Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and Thomas Kean, each of whom were shaped by their experiences in New Jersey and in turn, shaped the New Jersey experience.

David Cowell is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Drew University. He has given a number of very well received minicourses in this program.

Great Film Scores IV

Instructor: Robert Butts
Five Wednesdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:30 – 3:30 pm

As we move further into the twenty-first century, it becomes clearer that film music was one of the most important areas of composition and art for almost 100 years. Film music includes all styles and forms of composition ranging from symphonic music serving to enhance the underlying emotions and characters of the drama to popular songs giving the film the character of musical theater.

Among the films to be discussed for their musical content are Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Wrath of Khan, Modern Times, The Sound of Music and others noted for the significance of their songs and scores. The importance of music and its relationship to the drama, ambiance, character development, and overall directing aesthetic will be discussed with representative clips from the films.

Dr. Robert W. Butts is a noted composer and conductor whose lectures have been a  mainstay of the mini-course program for seventeen years. He currently serves as Music Director/Conductor of The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and New Jersey Concert Opera  and as Artistic Director with Opera at Florham.

Further information regarding these courses, reading materials, availability, and make-up sessions  is available at the following web site at