Past Minicourses since 1992

Fall 1992

  • Raising the Curtain on the Classics: An Exploration of Greek Tragedy – Johanna Glazewski
  • A History of the American Presidency – Perry Leavell
  • Matisse and Les Fauves: The Wonder Years – Karen Spitzberg

Spring 1993

  • Fin de Siecle Vienna and the Birth of Modernity – John von der Heide
  • Men and Women in Recent Cinema – Wendy Kolmar
  • Congress: What’s Wrong and What’s Right – Philip Mundo
  • Beneath the Surface: Philosophical Questions – Johannes Morsink

Fall 1993

  • America in the Progressive Era: 1900 – 1920 – Perry Leavell
  • Bright Lights, Big City – The Literature of New York – Jaqueline Berke
  • The Reality Behind the Greek Myths – Johanna Glazewski
  • The Social History of American Jazz – John von der Heide

Spring 1994

  • Twentieth Century Short Fiction – Jill Fritz-Piggott
  • Confucianism an Taoism: Understanding the Chinese Mind – Mai Leung Thayer
  • Economic Issues of the Developing World – Fred Curtis
  • America in the Great Depression – Perry Leavell

Fall 1994

The Romantic Era in Music – Lydia Ledeen
Vodka and authority Under the Tsars and Commissars – Lori Citti
The Quest in Mythology and Folklore – Joan Chamberlain Engelsman
The State of the Language and the Language of the State – James Hala

Spring 1995

  • Genetics in Society – James J. Nagle
  • United States Foreign Policy: Approaching the Twenty-First Century – Douglas Simon
  • Hollywood’s Golden Years: 1930 – 1950 – Charles Wetzel
  • The Novels of Willa Cather – Merrill Skaggs

Fall 1995

  • The World of Italian Opera – Robert Butts
  • An Introduction to Islam – Christopher Taylor New Jersey at 350+
  • The Plays of Shakespeare – An Introduction – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • A Little Darwin, Then and Now – David Kohn

Spring 1996

  • American Identity: Then and Now – Perry Leavell
  • The Universe: What’s Really Out There – Patricia Boeshaar
  • Classical Theories of Justice in Today’s World – Johannes Morsink
  • Don Juan on Stage and Screen: The Making of a Myth – Elaine Bunn
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Master of Italian Opera – Robert Butts

Fall 1996

  • African and African-American Art – Philip M. Peek
  • A Tale of Two Cities: A History of New York and Newark – Kurt Piehler
  • The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: The Lyrics of the Great American Songwriters – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • Beyond Binoculars: The Natural History of New Jersey Birds – Jerald Dosch

Spring 1997

  • Giacomo Puccini: Final Bloom of Italian Opera – Robert Butts
  • Criminal Justice in America – Paul Wice
  • The Theatre of Conscience – Rosemary McLaughlin
  • Ancient Civilizations of the Aztecs and the Maya – Maria Masucci
  • Art Collections and the Politics of Culture: A Journey Through the Art Museums of Russia – Lori Citti

Fall 1997

  • English Poetry from Shakespeare to Auden – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • A Centennial Celebration: The Music of Johannes Brahms – Robert Butts
  • Vexing Issues in Biomedical Ethics – Donald Jones
  • The Vietnam Experience: A Retrospective – Douglas Simon

Spring 1998

  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach – Robert Butts
  • Religions of India – Karen Prentiss
  • Three Southern Writers – Merrill Skaggs
  • The Middle East Since 1800 – Christopher Taylor

Fall 1998

  • Masters of American Drama – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • The Meaning of Life in Ancient Greece – John Lenz
  • The Music of Mozart – Robert Butts
  • The World Wars and the Great Dictators: Europe 1914-1945 – Jonathan Rose

Spring 1999

  • The Music of Beethoven – Robert Butts
  • Mark Twain – Merrill Skaggs
  • Understanding Today’s Russia Through Its Past – Jason Merrill
  • DNA: Biotechnology for the 21st Century – Louise Temple
  • The Business of America – Perry Leavell

Fall 1999

  • China in Transition – Catherine Keyser
  • Russian Romanticism in Music – Robert Butts
  • The American Folk Song – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • The Short Story in 19th Century Russian Literature – Jason Merrill

Spring 2000

  • European Art from AD 1000-1500 – Loughran O’Connor
  • The Music of Tchaikovsky – Robert Butts
  • The Congress and The Presidency at the Turn of the Century – Philip Mundo
  • The World of Islam – Christopher Taylor (repeat)

Fall 2000

  • Abraham Lincoln in American Memory – William Rogers
  • Burghers, Sultans, and Courtesans: Commerce and Culture in the 17th Century – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Mendelssohn and Schumann: Music of German Romanticism – Robert Butts
  • The Poets of Broadway: Great Lyricists of the American Musical theater – Frank Occhiogrosso

Spring 2001

  • Four Challenges to the Idea of Human Rights – Johannes Morsink
  • The Story of the Symphony, Part I – Robert Butts
  • Willa Cather’s Gendered quartet in Five Parts – Merrill Skaggs
  • How Things Work: Physical Concepts in the World Around Us – Robert Fenstermacher
  • The Jewish Experience: An Introduction to Judaism  – Allan Nadler

Fall 2001

  • Adams to Arbus to Avedon: A Brief History of American Photography – Jim DelGiudice
  • The Story of the Symphony, Part II – Robert Butts
  • The Poets of Broadway: Great Lyricists of the American Musical Theater, Part II – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • European Art of the Nineteenth Century – Loughran O’Connor

Spring 2001

  • A Virtual Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Barbara Tomlinson
  • The History of Britain: Victoria to Tony Blair – Jonathan Rose
  • The Classic Russian Novel – Jason Merrill
  • The Music of Giuseppe Verdi – Robert Butts
  • Political Islam – Christopher Taylor

Fall 2002

  • America in the Progressive Era – Perry Leavell
  • Opera Verismo: Puccini, Leoncavallo, and Mascagni – Robert Butts
  • The Great Broadway Musicals – Frank Occhiogrosso

Spring 2003

  • Drugs and Behavior – C. Robbin Timmmons
  • How to Read a Great Book – Merrill Skaggs
  • The History and Meaning of Abstract Painting – Mark Daniel Cohen
  • Isms and Schisms: Music in the Early Twentieth Century – Robert Butts
  • A History of Zionism and the Birth of Modern Israel – Allan Nadler

June 2003

  • The Third Renaissance: The History of Modernism – Mark Daniel Cohen

Spring 2004

  • The Evolution of the Art Museum – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Music in the Modern Era – Robert Buttts
  • Exploring the Brain – Roger Knowles
  • Great American Musicals of the 1940s – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • Faces of Our Civil War – Charles Wetzel

June 2004

  • Tuesdays with Leonardo: The Artist, the Novel and the Code – Michael Christensen

Fall 2004

  • Sacred Fury: The Rise of Global fundamentalism – Charles Selengut
  • The Concerto II – Robert Butts
  • 20th Century Irish and British Drama – Bernard McKenna
  • The Election of 2004: Who Will Win and Why? – Joseph Romance
  • Human Evolution – Tammy Windfelder

Spring 2005

  • The History of The Portrait – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Yeats and Joyce – Bernard McKenna
  • Public Works and Politics in Ancient Rome – John Muccigrosso
  • Bach and the Baroque – Robert Butts
  • Early Christianity – William Stroker

June 2005

  • Feminine Geographies: Women Artists and Writers of the Southwest – Elizabeth O’Brien
  • Sacred Fury: The Rise of Global Fundamentalism – Charles Selengut

Fall 2005

Six Who Shaped American Art – Barbara Tomlinson
The Hebrew Bible and the Religion of Ancient Israel – William Stroker
Great American Musicals of the 1950s – Frank Occhiogrosso
The Classical Era: Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven – Robert Butts

Spring 2006

  • Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World – Douglas Simon
  • A Linguistic view of Language – James Hala
  • The Early Romantic Age in Music – Robert Butts
  • The Art of Late Antiquity – Alison Poe
  • Buddhism: The Path of Enlightenment – Karen Pechilis

Summer 2006

  • China in Transition – Catherine Keyser
  • The Spiritual Journey in Contemporary American Memoir and Fiction – Elizabeth O’Brien
  • Popular Music in America – Robert Butts

Fall 2006

  • Global Challenges for the 21st Century – Douglas Simon
  • Exploring Alzheimer’s Disease – Roger Knowles
  • Classical Mythology- John Lenz
  • Late Romantic Passion in Music- Robert Butts
  • Goddesses, Madonnas and Whores – Barbara Tomlinson

Spring 2007

  • African American Heritage Through the Arts – Philip Peek
  • Post Romanticism in Music: 1880-1920 – Robert Butts
  • Varieties of Early Christianity – William Stroker
  • Ancient Roman Art – Alison Poe
  • Preserving Our Historic Places – Janice Armstrong

Summer 2007

  • Middle East Politics – Carlos Yordan
  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach – Robert Butts

Fall 2007

  • The Art Collectors – Barbara Tomlinson
  • International Relations of the Future – Douglas Simon
  • Musical Masterpieces – Robert Butts
  • Robber Barons and Reformers – Wyatt Evans
  • British Drama of the 20th Century – Brandon Fralix

Spring 2008

  • Brain, Mind, and Neuroethics – Graham Cousens
  • On The Edge: Avant-Garde Musical Masterpiece – Robert Butts
  • Shakespeare: All the Gifts of Nature – Gloria Rojas
  • Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages – Alison Poe
  • Terrorism in Global Perspective – Andrea Talentino and Carlos Yorda

Summer 2008

  • The Literature of the Harlem Renaissance – Geraldine Wright-Smith
  • A Brahms Sampler – Robert Butts

Fall 2008

  • The Power of Art – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Ten Photographs: Images that Changed Our world – Jim DelGiudice
  • Great Poems of Walt Whitman – Merrill Skaggs
  • Wagner’s Ring Cycle: The Curse of Love and Power – Robert Butts
  • Secrets of Life: The History of Genetics in the 20th Century – Luis Campos

Spring 2009

  • Commerce and Culture in the 17th Century – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Green Economics for a Sustainable Environment – Fred Curtis
  • British Romantic Extremes: Poetry and Prose – Robert Ready
  • What Hath the Computer Wrought? – Steven Kass
  • The Evolution of Our Political Parties – Joseph Romance
  • Beethoven at Home – Robert Butts

Summer 2009

  • The Making of Modern Ireland – David Cowell
  • Leonard Bernstein – Robert Butts

Fall 2009

  • Painting Against the Grain – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Becoming “Paris” – Andre Benhaim
  • Victorians – Robert Ready
  • Chamber Music in the Romantic Era – Robert Butts
  • The Major Christian Celebrations – William Stroker
  • Woodrow Wilson – J. Perry Leavell

Spring 2010

  • Mozart and the Creation of Modern Opera  – Robert Butts
  • America and the World 2010 – Douglas Simon
  • Ancient Greek Art  – Alison Poe
  • American Stories  – Barbara Tomlinson
  • From Isolationism to Internationalism and  Containment – J. Perry Leavell

Summer 2010

  • Five Composers for the Cinema  –  Robert Butts
  • Waging Peace in Northern Ireland – David Cowell

Fall 2010

  • Small Details/Big Pictures – Barbara Tomlinson
  • The Culture of Japan  -Yasuko Grosjean
  • The Cold War – J. Perry Leavell
  • The Gnostic Gospels – William Stroker
  • The Music of Stephen Sondheim – Robert Butts

Spring 2011

  • The World of the Future – Douglas Simon
  • The Craft of Comedy – Jennifer Plants
  • Contemporary Poetry – Peggy Samuels
  • American Presidents and the Presidency I – J. Perry Leavell
  • Varieties of Early Christianity – William Stroker
  • Bel Canto Opera – Robert Butts

Summer 2011

  • Science of the Kitchen – James Roche
  • Music of the Cinema  –  Robert Butts
  • Changing Britain  –  David Cowell

Fall 2011

  • Art for the Masses – Barbara Tomlinson
  • China’s Rise to Superpower Status – Catherine Keyser
  • The American Presidency from the Civil War to World War II – Perry Leavell
  • Beethoven’s Symphonies and Concertos – Robert Butts
  • The Geologic History of New Jersey – Don Monteverde
  • Classical Greek and Hellenistic Art – Alison Poe

Spring 2012

  • Russian Musical Genius: Despite Stalin – Robert Butts
  • The English Sonnet – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • The Power of the American Presidency, 1945 to the Present – Perry Leavell
  • Biomedical Ethics – Darrel Cole
  • History, Society, and Memory in Great French Novels – Andre Benhaim
  • The Religions of Ancient Israel – William Stroker

Summer 2012

  • Music of the Cinema II – Robert Butts
  • The Emergence of Modern Turkey  – David Cowell

Fall 2012

  • The World of Islam – Christopher Taylor
  • The Renaissance Reconsidered – Barbara Tomlinson
  • A Brief History of Business in America – Perry Leavell
  • Irish Poets and Playwrights since 1900 – Christine Kinealy
  • Political Psychology and the 2012 Presidential Election – G. Scott Morgan
  • Romanticism, Revolution, Realism: The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi – Robert Butts

Spring 2013

  • Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • Changing Nature of National Security – Douglas Simon
  • The Operas of Giacomo Puccini – Robert Butts
  • Five Weeks in Philadelphia – Barbara Tomlinson
  • America in the Progressive Era –  Perry Leavell
  • The Gnostic Gospels — William Stroker

Summer 2013

  • Great Film Scores III – Robert Butts
  • The Art of Medieval Europe  –  Alison Poe

Fall 2013

  • Causes and Aftermath of the Great Recession – Marc Tomljanovich
  • New Jersey at 350:  A Survey of New Jersey’s History  – David Cowell
  • A Brief History of American Photography  – James DelGiudice
  • Religion and Social Ethics  – Darrell Cole
  • Music in the Twentieth Century: Between the Wars  – Robert Butts
  • America in the Twenties and Thirties  – J. Perry Leavell

Spring 2014

  • Artists Who Happen to be Women – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Music in the Twentieth Century: Between the Wars, Part II – Robert Butts
  • Non-State Actors Shaping the International System  – Doug Simon
  • The Poets of Tin Pan Alley – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • America in the Forties and Fifties – J. Perry Leavell
  • The Hebrew Bible and the Religion of Ancient Israel – William Stroker

Summer 2014

  • New Jersey at 350 – David Cowell
  • Great Film Scores !V  –  Robert Butts

Fall 2014

  • Churchill: His Britain, His World – Jonathan Rose
  • Music in the 1940s – Robert Butts
  • Egypt Rising: The Making of Modern Egypt – David Cowell

Spring 2015

  • How a Linguist Looks at English –  James Hala
  • Music in the Fifties – Robert Butts
  • America in the Sixties – J. Perry Leavell
  • Five Great Challenges for Philosophy – Erik Anderson
  • Shakespeare: An Introduction – Frank Occhiogrosso
  • The Art of the Italian Renaissance –  Roberto Osti

Summer 2015

  • The Middle East in the New Millennium – Jonathan Golden
  • Go for Baroque – Robert Butts

Fall 2015

  • The Mind-Body Problem – Anderson
  • Topics in Amer. History – Leavell
  • Music in the 1890s – Butts
  • Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey – Lenz
  • Rome – Hamilton
  • What’s going On in Europe? – Cowell

Spring 2016

  • Art Museums of Washington – Tomlinson
  • The Self and the Illusion of Self – Anderson
  • Introduction to Poetry – Occhiogrosso
  • Key Issues for American Foreign Policy – Simon
  • Music in the Modern Era 1900-1920 – Butts
  • From  Famine to Freedom – Mullan

Summer 2016

  • Five Centuries of NJ Architecture  –  Foster
  • East Meets West  –  Golden
  • Great Film Scores V – Butts

Fall 2016

  • Music of the 1960s  – Butts
  • Waging Peace – Cowell
  • Greek Tragedy and Comedy – Lenz
  • Five Social Theorists – Reader

Spring 2017

  • In Search of a Visual Language – DelGiudice
  • Great Art Exhibitions – Tomlinson
  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art – Anderson
  • Va Pensiero: the Operas of Verdi – Butts
  • The Politics of Ireland  –  Cowell
  • The 60s and the Vietnam War –  Carter

Summer 2017

  • Morris County, USA: A Living Tapestry – DelGiudice
  • Leonard Bernstein and American Music – Butts
  • Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crisis – Goldman

Fall 2017

  • A New Era for American Foreign Policy  – Douglas Simon
  • Challenges to Democracy in America – J. Perry Leavell
  • New Jersey at 350+ – David Cowell
  • The Operas of Giacomo Puccini – Robert Butts

Spring 2018

  • The Great War and Modern Memory – William Rogers
  • Natural Beauty and the Appreciation of Natural Environments  –  Erik Anderson
  • Exploring Beethoven  – Robert Butts
  • Great Leaders and Political Ideas from Ancient Greece and Rome  –  John Lenz
  • Music from the Films of Alfred Hitchcock  –  Robert Butt
  • Using Poetry as Access to the Universal – Sean Nevin

Summer 2018

  • Looking and Thinking Outside the Box – Barbara Tomlinson
  • Musicals on Film – Robert Butts
  • The Reformation at 500 – David Cowell

Fall 2018

  • New Jersey Forests: Diversity, Ecology and Challenges – Sara Webb
  • Mozart: The Creativity of Genius – Robert Butts
  • Memory and the Brain – Graham Cousens
  • Romantic Poetry-British Romantic Extremes – Robert Ready

Winter/Spring 2019

  • Art That Can Take Your Breath Away — Dr. Barbara Tomlinson
  • How Things Work–Physical Concepts in Our Daily World — Dr. Robert Fenstermacher
  • Romanticism and Modernism: The Story of Russian Composition from Glinka to Shostakovich — Dr. Robert Butts
  • The World Wars and the Great Dictators: Europe 1914-1945 — Dr. Jonathan Rose
  • Franklin Roosevelt and American Democracy: 1933-1945 — Dr. Perry Leavell
  • Tchaikovsky: Russia’s Greatest Composer — Dr. Robert Butts

Summer 2019

  • Utopias in History and Literature — Dr. John Lenz
  • Musicals on Film: Part II — Dr. Robert Butts
  • Short, but not Small: Notable American Short Fiction from Jack London to Lucia Berlin — Laura Driver

Fall 2019

  • Nice Presidents Finish Last: The Evolution of Presidential Power — Dr. Dan Cassino
  • Alienation and Civic Culture in America and Europe:  From Kennedy Campaigning to 2020 — Dr. David Cowell
  • Supreme Court of the United States: ‘Top Ten’ Cases You Need to Know and Understand —  Dr. Bruce Peabody
  • Music in America —  Dr. Robert Butts
  • Slavery and the Founding Fathers — Dr. Nicole Yanoso

Winter 2020

  • The World of Exhibitions – Dr. Barbara Tomlinson
  • Religious Pluralism in America – Dr. Jonathan Golden
  • The United Nations in a Changing World – Dr Carlos Yordan
  • How Things Work II – More Physical Concepts in Our Daily World – Dr. Robert Fenstermacher

Summer 2020

  • The Story of the Symphony (virtual) – Dr. Robert Butts

Fall 2020

  • Gothic Art (virtual) – Dr. Rita Keane

Winter 2021 (Virtual)

  • Exhibitions Interrupted – Dr. Barbara Tomlinson
  • Great Thinkers in the History of Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx – Dr. Ian Drake

Spring 2021 (Virtual)

  • The Romantic Symphony (1820-1910) – Dr. Robert Butts
  • Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture – Dr. Margaret Kuntz

Summer 2021 (Virtual)

  • Rock-n-Roll and the Sixties – Dr. James Carter
  • American Architectural History and Materials: The Stuff of Dreams – Janet Foster

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