List of Previous Minicourses
  • 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 Renasissance: 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 Occiogrosso
    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 Romaticism 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
    he 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 - Grahame 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 Leavel
  • 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 Picures - Barbara Tomlinson
    The Culture of Japan  -Yasuko Grosjean
    The Cold War - J. Perry Leavell
    The Gnotic 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 Chrisianity - 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 Tomolinson
    America in the Progressive Era -  Perry Leavell
    The Gnostic Gospels -- William Sroker

  • 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 Leavel
    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 Fiftiies - 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 Millenium - Jonathan Golden
    Go for Baroque - Robert Butts

  • Fall 2015
    The Mind-Body Problem - Anderson
    Topics in Amer. Hisory - Leavell
    Music in the 1890s - Butts
    Homer's Illiad 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
    Ke Issues for American Foreign Policy - Simon
    Music in the Modern Era 1900-1920 - Butts
    From  Faamine to Freedom - Mullan

  • Summer 2016
    Five Centuries of NJ Achitecture  -  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
    Aethetics and the Phiosophy 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 andd American Music - Butts
    Globaizattion, Migration and the Refugee Crisis - Goldman

  • Fall 2017
    A New Era for Amereican 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