Madison Library Mini-Course Program.


Madison Library Mini-Courses

“Looking and Thinking Outside the Box: Three exhibits in New York City you might not have experienced, and four artists working in unconventional areas” Dr. Barbara Tomlinson

Five Mondays: 1:00 – 2:30 pm; June 25, Jul 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Note start time of 1:00 pm)

Week 1: Splendid Interiors in New York City

Week 2: The Hispanic Society

Week 3: The Chinese Scholar's Garden at the Met;

Week 4: Four artists working in unconventional areas: Kerry James Marshall and Maurice Sendak

Week 5: Four artists working in unconventional areas: Saul Steinberg and Faig Ahmed.

Dr. Barbara Tomlinson earned degrees from Barnard, Harvard and Rutgers and taught Western Cultural history for 20 years. Dr. Tomlinson has spent the past 15 years presenting adult education lectures throughout the state. She was the Course Coordinator of the humanities component of Kean University's General Education Program before retirement.

“Musicals on Film” Dr. Robert Butts

Five Tuesdays: 1:30 – 3:30 pm; June 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7; No class July 17 or July 24.

The Broadway Musical has been called one of America's own music/art forms. Many of the greatest musicals have been adapted for film. This course will explore ten of these films as both musical and film.

Week 1 - Show Boat/Oklahoma

Week 2. Carousel/The King and I

Week 3. West Side Story/Gypsy

Week 4. Fiddler on the Roof/The Sound of Music

Week 5. Cabaret/Phantom of the Opera

Dr. Robert Butts has won acclaim as conductor, composer and educator. He is the director of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He teaches/lectures at Montclair State University, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the College of Saint Elizabeth.

“The Reformation at 500: a study of the Political, Religious and Intellectual Climate from 1500 to The Council of Trent” Dr. David Cowell

Five Tuesdays: 10 am – 12 pm; June 26, ?July 3, 10, 17, 24 and ?31; (Dr. Cowell will poll students at first class to determine if they wish to attend a class either on July 3 or July 31.)

Special attention will be given to the Continental Reformations of Lutheran Germans, the Swiss and later Calvinists, the Anglicans and the Roman Catholic Reformations in the context of the evolving political systems and intellectual developments. Theological debate, while included, is not the focus of the course, rather a broader understanding of the impact of the reformation on European society."

Dr. David Cowell is Emeritus Professor of Political science at Drew. He has taught six very well-received minicourses on topics ranging from Ireland, Waging Peace, Egyptian Politics, Modern Turkey, and New Jersey history and politics. He received his doctorate at Georgetown University.