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The Doo Wop Project: LIVE In Your Home For The Holidays


Let the Doo Wop Project Boys get you into the Holiday Spirit! Hear old school Holiday Classics like The Drifters White Christmas, The Temptations Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town along with “Doowopified” contemporary hits like This Christmas and Last Christmas. It’s sure to be a jolly good time!

Over 1,000,000 people around the world have fallen in love with The Doo Wop Project and now you can too. From your living room!

Featuring Tony-nominated members of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, A Bronx Tale, and more, the Doo Wop Project’s dynamic live show takes audiences on a journey from early doo wop groups The Flamingos and The Belmonts through their influence on R&B like Smokey Robinson and The Four Seasons, all the way to DooWopified versions of modern hits by Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Maroon 5. The last five years have seen sold-out shows across the country and performances with everyone from Katy Perry to Jon Bon Jovi to Jay Leno.

Poetry Appreciation

Class Schedule: Thursdays – May 13 , May 20 and May 27 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

This three-session virtual course, taught by Michael Thomas, provides attendees with an introduction to the craft of poetry, while also carefully considering poems that have been deeply meaningful to our lives.

Our current culture asks that we move quickly, while poetry demands the opposite– that we slow down and explore life experiences with careful reflection and deeper understanding.

While you may not be an experienced reader or writer of poems, this course will introduce methods of writing and reading that we hope will help you to take steps in developing an ear and eye for great poems and how, by inhabiting the poems you experience joys in reading.

“Poetry and poetry alone has saved my life,” wrote the poet, Anne Sexton. There is evidence of lyric poetry in every language and in every culture throughout history. It is with this fact that we can approach poetry as a vital force in our lives, not as a genre of literature reserved only for those with special talents.

Zoom Link will be provided upon registration.

Understanding Climate Change

Class Schedule: Thursdays – April 22, April 29 and May 6 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

In this three-session virtual course taught by Heide Estes, students will learn about the nature of climate change and its evolving effects on humankind and the future of planet earth. Students will discuss powerful ways in which we can stem the tide of climate change on personal, local, and national levels.

Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Songwriting: Unlocking Your Creativity

Class Schedule: Thursdays – April 1, 8 and 15 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

This three session virtual course, taught by Jay Sweet, provides participants with techniques to help give directions and creative elements that will help unlock the potential of active and aspiring songwriters. The workshop will also provide a supportive outlet for those songwriters looking to share their works for evaluation or for those looking to learn from others’ processes.

Instructor: Jay Sweet is a Professor of Music who has produced several pieces for television and radio. He is also the proud owner and director of Sweet Music Academy, where he has helped to train hundreds of musicians.Whether you are a hobbyist or someone looking to pursue a career in songwriting, this course will help you find new avenues and directions to enhance your craft. For those who wish to do so, there will also be opportunities for students to share their songs in a workshop setting.

Throughout the course, Sweet will provide examples and analysis of songs, techniques, and creative concepts that will be presented. Over the three weeks, we will discuss the process of developing and recording a song and the many different avenues that can be taken to make your music polished and presentable.

Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Photography’s Facts and Fictions

Class Schedule: Thursdays – March 11, 18 and 25 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Photographers use their medium as a factual record keeper, as a tool to create fictions, or as a mixture of both. Through a combination of lectures, conversations, and close looking at select images, we will explore how the lines of fact and fiction blur at different moments of photography’s history—from the inception of the medium in the nineteenth century to the contemporary era. Some topics we may address include an introduction to photo theories that differentiate photography from other visual media; both the analog and digital manipulation of images; and genres of photography, such as portraiture and documentary, related to this topic.

Instructor: Corey Dzenko is an Associate Professor of Art History at Monmouth University. Her research about contemporary art and photography focuses on the role of art as an agent of social change. She began her studies as a photographer, but switched fields after realizing she preferred looking at others’ work, rather than making her own. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of New Mexico, concentrating on the History of Photography. Dzenko presents her work in various national and international conferences, publishes about contemporary art in journals and exhibition catalogs, and co-edited Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture: Making and Being Made.

Zoom link will be provided upon registration.


Class Schedule: Thursdays – Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and Mar. 4 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

This three-session virtual course provides attendees with an introduction to basic modes for telling the stories of their lives. Working in a supportive workshop setting, students will enjoy engaging, wide-ranging discussion about the joys and challenges of bringing their memories to life. Instructor: Mike Farragher, Monmouth University alumnus and author of numerous works of fiction and memoir.

Whether you have dreams of being a bestselling author or you’re committed to creating your life story as an heirloom for future generations of your family, memoir writing can be a rewarding endeavor to help make sense of your life journey.If you’ve ever said aloud, “I should write a book someday,” but didn’t know where to begin, this course will get you on the road to fulfilling that creative dream.
This course will explore how to get started, tools to overcome lack of confidence and overwhelm, provide creative writing prompts, and instill a disciplined process essential for success that has produced proven results for unknown and known authors alike.

Zoom Link will be provided upon registration.

History of Motown

Class Schedule: Thursdays –  January 28, February 4 and February 11 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

In 1959, a young songwriter named Berry Gordy started a record company with an $800 loan from his family. That company, Motown, would not only become the first Black-owned label to reach widespread national success; it would substantially transform music and culture.  This three-week course explores the evolution of the label, from its beginnings through its 1960s heyday featuring acts like the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. The 1970s brought political statements, youthful pop, and disco, while the 1980s ushered in funk and smooth R&B. Through multimedia presentations and discussions, this three-session virtual course, taught by Kit O’Toole, will cover all these eras, enhancing understanding of Motown’s history and enduring legacy.

Kit O’Toole, Ed.D. is the author of Michael Jackson FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the King of Pop and Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks. Her writing has appeared on several websites, and she has guested on several music podcasts. She also cohosts the biweekly show “Talk More Talk: A Solo Beatles Videocast.”

Zoom Link will be provided upon registration.

Entertainment in America’s Golden Age

Class Schedule: Thursdays – January 7, 14, & 21 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM

While the Great Depression tested the nation’s resolve, and the Second World War challenged its’ courage, peacetime in the middle of the twentieth century presented opportunities that no nation had ever faced in world history. The Greatest Generation came home, got married, and purchased homes nationwide. In the midst of these choices, new technologies like cars, movies, and televisions became permanent fixtures as the United States presented its case in opposition to the Soviet Union through the Cold War. This three-session virtual course taught by Walter Greason will present extensive historical research on the social and economic transformation that continues to define the world. Join Dr. Walter Greason, a distinguished interdisciplinary scholar, to explore the world that was and its importance today.

Zoom Link will be provided upon registration.

The Interface Between Marine Biology and Creative Microscopic Inhabitants of the Sea

Before the advent of microscopic photography, it fell to the varying artistic skills of scientists to show the world what the invisible plants and animals in our oceans looked like. One of the most prolific and talented was Ernst Haeckel, an 1800s German zoologist and marine biologist whose groundbreaking sketches of organisms such as zooplankton, diatoms and copepods continue to capture the imagination of science enthusiasts and artists to this day. Count among them Monmouth University Professor Pat Cresson, who recently created over 50 works highlighting both microscopic marine organisms and larger sea creatures.

Cresson will present her collection, The Interface Between Marine Biology and Creative Microscopic Inhabitants of the Sea, in a free public webinar on Nov. 18. The session is being offered as part of the Department of History & Anthropology’s Research and Teaching Pedagogy Seminar Series

In an interesting twist, Cresson’s focus on the deep sea started with the CDC. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cresson was struck by the aesthetic beauty of models showing the virus and began investigating what other infectious diseases looked like. This research eventually shifted to imagery depicting the unicellular and microscopic life forms that are abundant in our waters, as Haeckel had famously done before.

“Art and science are very similar in some perspectives,” Cresson said. “Both science and art are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods have different traditions, and the intended audiences are different, but I think the motivations and goals are fundamentally the same.”

Cresson’s first works in the collection were detailed black ink drawings on heavy white watercolor paper. She then began creating a series of illustrations on deep wood panels that were covered with glued drawings on paper. Then an epoxy surface was poured over these panels, sometimes stained blue or green giving the appearance that they were submerged under water. She also created several collages on paper adhered to wood panels depicting ocean scenes. (Scroll to gallery below to view samples of her works.) Materials for the project were purchased through a faculty enrichment grant awarded via the Urban Coast Institute’s Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars program.

Building upon her work, Cresson assigned her Advanced Digital Imaging class to create first traditional collages (cut paper and materials) and then digital collages focused on marine ecosystems. Some of the student works will also be presented in the upcoming webinar.

“I gave them different ideas – the food web, symbiotic relationships, the role of light in the ocean, the health of the ocean and warming oceans, corals reefs and how they’re being bleached out,” she said. “They came up with some really interesting imagery. I was very happy with what they came up with.”

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Live from Adelphi Concert Series

“Live from Adelphi Concert Series” brings Broadway and cabaret stars together online for several concerts performed at Adelphi’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Sunday afternoons. Adelphi has partnered with venues across the country to help promote the series and the artists.

There’s no place like home for the holidays – especially this year! Experience all the music and the magic of the season we call “the most wonderful time of the year.” Featuring a talented cast of Broadway and cabaret performers, this family-friendly concert celebrates the music we all know and love.

A portion of each ticket sold will directly support Monmouth University Center for the Arts.

“Live From Adelphi” is produced by Rich Aronstein, Scott Coulter and Blyth Daylong