Washington Twp. Public Library Offers Adult Learning Series

Are politics on the mind? Or are movies or music providing a great escape from what seems like an endless presidential campaign?

In any case, the Washington Township Public Library in Long Valley has it covered. Beginning Fri., March 18, music is the subject of the first Lifetime Learning adult enrichment series of the spring. Dr. Robert Butts makes an encore appearance with a series on “Four Composers of Romantic Passion.”

Butts, an educator, composer, musicologist and conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of NJ, will be discussing the music of four beloved composers, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, who represent the Romantic period of the 19th century.

The next series is set for April 22, with Prof. Krista Jenkins of the Department of Political Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her subject will be “American Identity and the Political Process.” Jenkins also serves as director PublicMind, FDU’s survey research institute.

Jenkins will talk about the political process in our rapidly-changing world. She will bring to the subject scholarly objectivity and deep insight into the subjects that consume so much of our national attention. As an expert on polling, she will provide insight to at the contradictory and confusing information seen in the news media every day.

Third, Joseph Geddes, a member of the faculty at West Morris Central High School, will share his insight into one of the most popular movie genres: the Romantic Comedy. This series will be held on consecutive Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning April 7.

Films to be covered will be “His Girl Friday,” “The Graduate,” “Annie Hall,” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” All these may be borrowed from the library.

Lifetime Learning is supported and underwritten by Friends of the Washington Twp. Public Library, a not-for-profit volunteer organization.

Each series costs $25. There are no geographic restrictions on who may attend. This program is aimed at adults. For registration forms and more information, contact the library at 908-850-0617.


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