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  1. Reformations 101

Chris Bellitto, PhD

October 31, 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 Theses on the doors of the Wittenberg cathedral. The very word Reformation is shrouded in conflict and new beginnings, partisan church politics and the dawn of a modern global vision. But was there just one reformation or many versions? When Catholics responded to Martin Luther and John Calvin, where they surprised at criticisms? This course takes a broad view to uncover multiple Protestant and Catholic reformations before and after Luther and the Council of Trent, discovering not only religious movements, but also the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of centuries that changed the world. 

  1. Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 – 1587)

Lyndell O’Hara, PhD

The tumultuous and dramatic life of Mary Stuart has fascinated lovers of history throughout the centuries. Pronounced Queen of Scotland at one week old, she was crowned at nine months, a Catholic monarch in an increasingly Protestant nation. Sent to France at age five, she married Francis II at fifteen and at sixteen became, for a short period of time, Queen of both France and Scotland before being transported back to her native land at Francis’ death. Once in Scotland, she reigned under the suspicions of Protestants and the watchful eye of the Tudors who were fearful of her claim to the English throne. Through two marriages, her forced abdication of the Scottish throne and nineteen years of imprisonment in England by her cousin, Elizabeth I, Mary never disavowed her faith or her belief in her rightful position as monarch. Fifty newly discovered encrypted letters written by this sixteenth century queen continue to add to her fascinating story.


Afternoon Session 3 or 4, 1-3 pm

  1. Not So Secret Painting Techniques of The Old Masters

Edouardo Mungiello, PhD

Have you ever wondered what it took to achieve the glowing skin on a Titian Venus? Or the robust swirl of a cloak in a Van Dyck? The turned-up nose on a Sargent or the serene gaze of a Perugino? Come discover the materials, limited palettes, preliminaries, and techniques used by the Old Masters. Following two days of discussing the history of styles, Dr. Mungiello will grab his brush and create an alla prima painting and

  1. New Jersey Literature: Short Fiction Set in the Garden State

Jayanti Tamm, PhD

Let's take a local literary road trip around New Jersey and explore how our state is portrayed in the short fiction of renowned Jersey authors Philip Roth, Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates, and Edmund White & Michael Carroll. Join us as we explore four short stories about life up and down the Garden State Parkway.

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10:00AM to 3:00PM
Aug 08, 2023 to Aug 10, 2023
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Course Fee non-credit $149.00
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Aug 01, 2023
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Aug 01, 2023
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