Continuing Education

Summer Scholars

Escape to Brookdale this summer for a vacation from the mundane!

Start the day with a dose of early inspiration. Enjoy a relaxing lunch on the patio or stroll through Brookdale’s beautiful campus, and emerge refreshed for an afternoon of discovery and discussion.

Morning Workshops – 9:30-11:45 am

Choose A or B

A. From The Short Story To The Big Screen: Read ‘Em! See ‘Em! Discuss ‘Em!

Dillies Pilvesky, English and history instructor

Enjoy five short stories, each with its own short, but engaging film. Visit Dublin, Iowa, Fifth Avenue, the Berkshires, and Jamaica. Feel nostalgia, curiosity, confusion, and the conflict of complicated relationships. Find humor, anger, sadness, mystery, catastrophe, crisis, symbolism, anti-feminism, murder, and love, along with compassion and empathy. Examine each author’s life and writings, the films and yourself! To be discussed: A Painful Case by James Joyce; A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell; The Girls in Their Summer Dresses by Irwin Shaw; The Contest For Aaron Gold by Philip Roth; and Man From The South by Roald Dahl. Stories will be mailed in advance.


B. Trojan War: History And Legend

Christopher Bellitto, PhD

Was there really a Helen, whose beautiful face launched a thousand ships? Is Homer just a great storyteller in his Iliad and Odyssey, or can we read between the lines to uncover historical evidence for a 10-year battle between Troy and the Greeks? Join us as we explore how archaeology and technology enhance and/or challenge the historical, literary, and material evidence for the Trojan War.


Afternoon Workshops – 1-3 pm

Choose C or D

C. Roaring Twenties Through The Rockin’ Eighties: The Timeless Appeal Of Great Songs

Pat Barton, professional musician and instructor

A 10-hour journey through seven decades of great songs. Using lecture, live performance, and recorded music, we’ll stroll through Tin Pan Alley in the early to mid-20th century, and then climb the stairs of the Brill Building at the dawn of the rock n’ roll era. The British invasion, musical explosions in Motown and artistry of singer-songwriters all seed the musical soil helping a stunning hybrid to emerge as the 80s unfold. Carried through each era is one unchanging truth – a great song is timeless.


D. Italy: The Boot Unlaced

Franca Giuliani, instructor

Although Italy is best known for its rich and famous art and architecture, history, and culture, we’ll look at Italy behind the classic scenes. Abandon the textbook tour, and explore Italy’s lesser known nooks and crannies. Discover hidden gems, uncommon stories, and perhaps some special secrets. Kick off your boots and meet Italy as a familiar friend.

Mon-Fri, Aug 18-22, 9 am-3 pm
Fee and Code: $179, includes two classes each day, morning coffee and lunch, XELDR 065 W