Spring Drew Mini-Course Registration  begins on Friday,

January 6th

Spring 2017 Registration Form

In Search of a Visual Language: Digital Photography and Social Media in the 21st Century

Jim DelGiudice

Five Mondays: Jan. 30, Feb.6, 13, 27, March 6;   10-12 p.m.

Photojournalist Jim DelGiudice will discuss the history, as well as the culture shock of the current, even briefer era of digital capture. From its humble beginnings in a 1975 Kodak lab to today’s cell phones and tablets that we use to record seemingly every moment of our lives, what will happen to these countless images? Will they ultimately be relegated to a virtual end table drawer like their predecessors, or will they haunt us forever culturally with the question, are we visually literate?

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.


Great Art Exhibitions You Might Have Missed

Barbara Tomlinson

Five Mondays: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27;   1:30-3:30 p.m.

This course will revisit some of the most exciting exhibitions of the last few years. If you saw them, you might enjoy revisiting them; if you missed them, here’s a second chance! The exhibits to be discussed are Richard Estes at MAAD, Gustav Caillebotte at the National Gallery, Yinka Shonibare at the Barnes, Kongo at the Met, Picasso Sculpture at MoMA and Grounds for Sculpture. Come relish the cultural experience.

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.


Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

Erik Anderson

Five Wednesdays: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22;   10-12 pm

According to Leo Tolstoy, “Art is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.” In this course, we take up Tolstoy’s discussion of nature and meaning of art, and add to it discussions of four other topics, including the nature of aesthetic appreciation; emotion and art; the value of art; and the aesthetics of nature. Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Erik Anderson is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Drew University.


Va Pensiero – The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Robert Butts

Five Wednesdays: January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22; 1:30-3:30pm

Verdi’s operas have thrilled audiences for over 150 years and continue to be among the most performed and beloved of all musical theater works.

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


The Politics of Ireland from Easter Sunday to the Celtic Tiger

David Cowell

Five Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2;   1:30-3:30 p.m.

A survey of the political development and subsequent economic development of Ireland from the time of the Easter Rebellion in 1916 to the contemporary political and economic life of the Celtic Tiger.

David Cowell began his time at Drew as an undergraduate, returning after his doctorate at Georgetown University. With interests in academics, politics and history, his world travels and interests combine to make him a truly interesting speaker.


The 60’s & the Vietnam War in America

James Carter

Five Wednesdays: April 5, 12, 19, April 26, May 3;     10-12 Noon

From the promise of the early 60’s and the Civil Rights and Free Speech movements to the tumultuous later years of the decade and the anti-war and counterculture movements, we will look at the social, political, cultural and economic changes that swept through the nation like a tidal wave.

James Carter is Chair of the History Department at Drew, an author and specializes in the US since 1945 and US Foreign Relations.