Continuing Education

Tuesday Talk Series

Stuffed: Mass Consumption As History – July 8, 10 am

Laura Neitzel, PhD, assistant professor of history, Brookdale

In the age of reality television shows on hoarding, and the availability of ever-cheaper consumer items from shoes to cell phones, it is easy to forget that mass consumption was not always a part of our lives. Yet the story of how our homes and lives “got stuffed” is as integral to 20th century history as the Great Depression and World Wars. When and why did values shift from stressing frugality to encouraging “retail therapy” to ease our individual and national economic woes? Join historian Laura Neitzel and consider the origins of mass consumption and how it has shaped global history.


The History Of The Witch Trials – July 15, 10 am

Elizabeth Hyde, PhD, assistant professor of history, Kean University

Reconstruct the social and cognitive worlds of early modern Europeans which allowed them to believe in the threat posed by the Devil to their souls and communities, and to identify members of their community, primarily women, as the witches who would do the Devil’s bidding. We’ll also explore how witch trials were conducted, and their social and political meanings.

Historian and author Elizabeth Hyde teaches courses on many aspects of European history, including the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the early modern European witch trials.


Understanding The Sounds Of Music – July 22, 10 am

Learn how to enjoy (or more fully enjoy) a live symphony concert. Do you wonder about the communication between musicians and the conductor? Or how symphonies intricately blend the sounds of each individual instrument? Members of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra will describe their 2014-15 concert programs (all at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank), play sample recordings, demonstrate their instruments, and discuss the personal journeys that bring music to life.


DNA And The Hunt For Our Genetic Code – July 29, 1 pm

Jim Crowder, EdD, biology professor, Brookdale

Each of us has within ourselves molecules of the chemical DNA which act as the instructions for the chemical reactions necessary for us to grow, repair ourselves, and ultimately stay alive. But how did scientists ever discover, among millions of chemicals in the human body, this one contains the “genetic instructions” crucial to our existence? Biology professor Jim Crowder discusses the process of science and the contexts in which amazing discoveries have come about serendipitously.

Tues, Jul 8-Jul 22, 10 am-11:30 & Jul 29, 1-2:30 pm
Fee and Code: $79 (includes coffee and a snack), XPERS 265 W