Current Minicourses

Current Minicourses

Winter 2021

Organized by the Friends of the Madison Public Library

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are pleased to offer
two online Zoom minicourses for Winter 2021.

To register for these online Zoom minicourse(s) click HERE.

Exhibitions Interrupted
by Dr. Barbara Tomlinson

Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm; January 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2021.

2020 saw museums around the world mounting spectacular exhibitions only to have them shut down.  These sessions offer an opportunity to visit some of those exhibitions.  The exhibitions will be covered in the following order, although discussions of some may have to bridge two classes.

  • The Obama Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Washington
  • The Ghent Altarpiece, Ghent Museum of Fine Arts
  • Snow Scenes: Bruegel to Monet
  • Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana, the Prado
  • Titian Poesie, London National Gallery
  • Rembrandt/Velazquez, The Rijksmuseum
  • The Man in the Red Coat, Armand Hammer Foundation.

Dr. Barbara Tomlinson is Professor Emerita at Kean UniversityShe obtained her BA, cum laude, from Barnard College, New York City, a MA in teaching from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and PhD in American and Women’s History from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She teaches cultural history in various continuing education programs around the state.  Her classes provide the student with an historical perspective on the economic, social, and political dynamics of the artist’s era.  In addition to providing insight and a critical understanding of a particular work of art and artist, she entertains her classes with her quick wit and humorous stories. 

Great Thinkers in the History of Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx
by Dr. Ian Drake
Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 pm; January 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021

This five-part series will review the ideas, lives and times of major thinkers in the history of Western political philosophy.  From the ancient Greeks to our own day, political theorists have proposed dramatically different ideas about how and why we should govern ourselves or be governed by others.  This series will review these controversial ideas and how the biographies of their chief proponents affected their proposals.

Dr. Ian Drake is associate professor of political science and law at Montclair State University.  He obtained his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, his JD from the University of Richmond, and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maryland at College Park. His teaching interests include the American judiciary and legal system, the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional history, the history and contemporary study of law and society, broadly construed, and political theory. His recent research interests include the history of American constitutional law and private law, particularly tort and contract law. Dr. Drake is currently conducting research on animal protection laws, First Amendment rights, and the politics of the treatment of animals used in industrial agriculture and scientific research. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in history, Dr. Drake practiced law in the areas of insurance and tort law.  His many publications include articles in scholarly journals, contributions to book chapters and book reviews.   

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