Summer 2016 Drew Mini-Course Registration  begins on Thursday, May 26th, 2016.


Summer 2016 Registration Form


East Meets West: The U.S., Europe, and the Middle East’s Engagement and Estrangement

Instructor:  Jonathan Golden

Tuesday mornings; July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2; 10 am – 12 noon

This course, will examine the relationship between the US., Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. We will explore question such as:

  1. The U.S.  stance toward “Arab spring movements”;
  2. Comparing inter-religious and inter-cultural dynamics in the U.S. and Europe;
  3. The rise, demise and transformation of Al Qaeda and ISIS;
  4. Israel, Palestine and the ‘world conflict';
  5. Strange bedfellows: the complexity of global politics makes for some unlikely alliances.

Jonathan Golden is Director of the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew University, where he is Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion, Anthropology, and Global Studies.   Golden teaches courses on the Middle East, peace and conflict studies, global history, and is author of two books.


Great Film Scores V

Instructor:  Robert Butts

Wednesday mornings; July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3; 10am – 12 noon

In our summer term in 2011, Dr. Robert Butts first taught a miniseries devoted to the music of the cinema that was so well received that it has been continued. Indeed, he believes that the film score may be the most significant musical innovation of the twentieth century.

Film scores have been created both by composers working primarily within the medium and also by composers active in the concert world. The course explores individual film scores by noted film and concert composers, discussing the relationship of the music to the moods, images, pacing and development of individual films. Some of the films to be discussed include:

  1. Drama:   King Kong – The Third Man – The Lost Weekend
  2. The Musical:   Chicago – My Fair Lady – The Music Man
  3. Rock & Roll:  King Creole – A Hard Day’s Night –  American Graffiti
  4. John Williams: Jurassic Park – Star Wars – Lord of the Rings Part 1
  5. Hitchcock: the Man Who Knew Too Much – Suspicion – Saboteur

Robert Butts is well known lecturer on music history, a composer and the conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of Northern New Jersey, His lectures have been a fixture of our program for many years. He teaches in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew and is adjunct professor of music at Montclair State University.


Five Centuries of New Jersey Architecture

Instructor:  Janet Foster

Monday Mornings; July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8; 10 am – 12 noon

The 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and now 21st centuries have left their imprint on New Jersey in the form of buildings great and small. Join us for an exploration of the diversity of building forms from settlers from all over Europe,  and the state’s built legacy as the center of the American industrial might.  The five week course will use illustrated lectures and additional reading materials to help students understand and appreciate the built environment all around them.

Instructor Janet W. Foster is an architectural historian, and noted author and lecturer. She teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and has taught in the former Drew University Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation. She is a passionate advocate of New Jersey’s history and buildings, and uses this knowledge in her service on the NJ State Historic Review Board and as Vice-President of New Jersey Historic Trust.