Course Description

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The best week of summer. Hot topics, cool campus experience.

Morning Sessions  - 10-noon

Medieval England 101

Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D., Professor of History, Kean University

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” Join us as we explore medieval England’s roots in Roman Britain through its Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods. We will move through the Norman Conquest and witness the creation of cities and Parliament while kings battle peasants. Then the Hundred Years War will finally settle the question of French and English authority.

Local New Jersey History

Rick Geffken

Before New Jersey became the third of the original thirteen states to join the Union, it was home to the Lenape/Munsee peoples for millennia. Learn some surprising aspects of the Garden State’s history, particularly the interactions of the indigenous people as they encountered European colonists during the 17th and 18th centuries. Dutch and English colonists predominated and introduced Black enslavement. The repercussions of the mixing of these unique cultures played out harshly during the Revolutionary War, particularly in Monmouth County.

Afternoon Sessions 1-3 pm

The Know-Nothing Party of the Mid-19th Century

Lyndell O’Hara, Ph.D.

In this election year, we will look back on one of the American political movements of the past. The nativist Know-Nothing Party, which arose in the two decades before the Civil War, held anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic policies based on the fear of lack of jobs, the tyranny of outside forces and a loss of a perceived American identity. While the party had great political success for a short period of time, it also resulted in violence as riots broke out in major cities across the country.

Jazz Masters Series – Jazz Icons of the 1950’s and Beyond   

Doug Clarke, celebrated jazz guitarist, adjunct professor, Brookdale Community College

Take an in depth look at some of the most iconic jazz improvisers and composers of the 1950’s and beyond. The first two sessions will explore the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Dave Brubeck. Learn historical facts and interesting anecdotes about each artist, while discovering classic compositions such as Dave Brubeck’s - Take Five, Miles Davis’ All Blues and So What. Also, listen to and explore each artist’s take on standards such as My Funny Valentine, My Favorite Things and The Girl from Ipanema. The final will explore how jazz artists approach “newer” classics. Listen to Herbie Hancock’s arrangement of The Beatles - Norwegian Wood and Simon and Garfunkel’s - Scarborough Fair. We’ll listen to Diana Krall perform Billy Joel’s – Just the Way You Are and hear Pat Metheny’s take on Henry Mancini’s – Two for the Road

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10:00AM to 3:00PM
Aug 06, 2024 to Aug 08, 2024
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Course Fee non-credit $149.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 30, 2024
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Jul 30, 2024
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