Summer 2015 Drew Mini-Course Offerings

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The Middle East in the New Millennium

Instructor: Jonathan Golden
Four Wednesdays and One Tuesday: July 1, 8, 15, 21, 22 10:00 -12:00 p.m.


This course traces the evolution of the Middle East by examining the original social landscape of the region and the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Fundamentally connected to the interplay of religions is the legacy of various colonial empires (both European and Middle Eastern) and their continued influence on the region. Resistance to European colonialism reverberated throughout much of the twentieth-century and continues to influence today.

Drawing from this historical background, Dr. Golden will analyze the origins of the Arab Spring and the commonalities and distinctions between the movements that took place in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Finally, this course will conclude with an analysis of the current situation in the Middle East and the challenges that face the region.

Jonathan Golden is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Drew, specializing in the study of ancient and modern cultures of the Middle East. His research interests include religious and ethnic conflict, terrorism, and interfaith studies. Golden also studies early religion and biblical archaeology. He is Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict.

Go for Baroque

Instructor: Robert Butts
Five Tuesdays: June 30; July 7, 14, 28; Aug. 4 10:00 -12:00 p.m.

The Baroque Era in Music was the period in which most of our modern ideas of music were developed. During the period (1600-1750), musical developments included opera, oratorio, symphony, the orchestra, concerto, sonata, suite, recreational music making, the music star system, and the concept of public concerts.

Composers of the period included Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Jean Baptiste Lully, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and many others, composing music that remains at the heart of the musical experience today. Through recordings and discussion, Dr. Butts will explore how the modern idea of music’s role in society and culture and the masterpieces of the period were created and developed in a period of immense creativity and imagination.

Robert Butts is a composer, conductor, and music educator. His music courses have been a mainstay of the minicourse program for many years. He is music director of the Baroque Orchestra of Northern New Jersey and has edited, studied and conducted baroque music for 20 years in the United States and Europe.