The courses for the Fall term of the Drew University Minicourses at the Madison Public Library have been announced. Two courses will begin on September 24 and four more will begin in the first week in October. Each of these non-credit courses  consists of five weekly two-hour sessions, offered on weekdays during the day.  They are open to anyone in the general public interested in learning for pleasure. Morning classes are given at 10 am and afternoon classes at 1:30 pm.

On Monday mornings Christopher Taylor will explore “The World of Islam.” Professor Taylor is Professor of Islamic Studies at Drew and Director of the Drew University Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict. Classes will be given on Sept. 24;  Oct. 1, 8,  15, and 29.

On Monday afternoons Barbara Tomlinson will examine “The Renaissance Reconsidered.”  Since her retirement from Kean University she has become a very popular lecturer on art history in this and other programs in New Jersey. Classes will be given on Sept. 24;  Oct. 1, 15, 22, and 29.

On Tuesday mornings Christine Kinealy will present “Irish Poets and Playwrights since 1900.” She is Professor of Arts and Letters in the History Department at Drew and received the 2009 Will Herberg Award for Excellence in Teaching at Drew. Classes will be given on Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

On Tuesday afternoons Perry Leavell will present “Creative Destruction:  a Brief History of Business in America.” Professor Leavell, now retired from Drew, has been one of the most popular lecturers in this program. Classes will be given on Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

On Wednesday mornings G. Scott Morgan will discuss “Political Psychology and the 2012 Presidential Election.” He is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drew and specializes in the psychology of politics, one of the most exciting areas of research in current psychology studies. Classes will be given on Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

On Wednesday afternoons Robert Butts will present “Romanticism, Revolution, Realism: The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi.” Dr. Butts is a widely noted conductor, composer and teacher whose lectures on music history have been a mainstay of the minicourse program for sixteen years.  Classes  will be given on Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

The tuition for one course is $85. Additional courses are $65 each. For more information go to www.drewminicourses.org or call (973) 408-3118.