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A Post-Election Conversation – DC Area Alumni & Friends

A virtual conversation with Director of Monmouth University’s Polling Institute, Patrick Murray.

Join fellow Hawks in your area and Patrick, to discuss the question on everyone’s minds: why were the polls off (again) plus what that means for potential cooperation in Washington in the next year.

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.

Navigating Your Way around Virtual Employment

Presented by the Monmouth Future Business Leaders Club
Sponsored by the Leon Hess Business School

Opportunities and challenges—what can you expect from a virtual environment, and what employers are expected from you?

Special Guest: Valerie Utsey, PHR, SHRM-CP, MLHR

Award winning human resources executive with expertise in optimizing talent management strategies to drive business success.

Join us on Zoom

Meeting ID: 964 9096 0606
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,964 9096 0606# US (New York)