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Fall Lectures at the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School

La La Land, one of the films discussed in American Movie Musicals.
Night Cafe by Paul Gauguin
Mark Mazzetti, Washington Investigations Editor for The New York Times.
Ralph Buultjens, a leading analyst of world affairs.
Edvard Munch's Self-Portrait Between the Clock and the Bed.
Amedeo Modigliani, Self-Portrait

South Orange-Maplewood Adult School Lectures  -  Fall 2017

SOMAS, 17 Parker Ave., Room A110, Maplewood, NJ, 973-378-7620,


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Monday, Oct. 2, 7:30-9pm, CHS, Black Box Theatre, Fee: $20.

With its characters bursting into song and dance at the drop of a top hat, no Hollywood genre is more blissfully escapist than the movie musical—nor more attuned to the reality its audiences need to escape. We’ll look at the evolution of this genre and its themes, from the political messages and romantic fantasies of `30s films, such as Gold Diggers of 1933 and The Gay Divorcee, to the artistic ambitions of Gene Kelly in On the Town and An American in Paris to its modern rebirth in La La Land.

STEPHEN WHITTY is a writer and critic for newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Star-Ledger, the New York Daily News, and, while also working as a college lecturer, film festival host, interviewer and juror.


Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7-8:30pm, CHS, room D16, Fee: $20.

In February of 1888 Vincent van Gogh traveled to Arles in the south of France to escape the frenzied atmosphere of madcap Paris. He made ambitious plans to found an artists’ colony that would breathe new life into French art. He finally succeeded in persuading Paul Gauguin to join him. The tumultuous story of what happened in the “Studio of the South” is one of the most dramatic in the history of modern art, and the paintings created there are among the most innovative and iconic images of the late 19th Century. JANET MANDEL is an award-winning art history educator.


Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30pm, CHS Black Box Theatre, Fee: $20.

MARK MAZZETTI is Washington Investigations Editor for The New York Times, a job he assumed after covering national security from The Times’ Washington bureau for 10 years. He is the author of The Way of the Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, which was published in 2013 and became a New York Times bestseller. It has been translated into more than ten languages. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response. The previous year, he was a Pulitzer finalist for reporting on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program. Before joining The Times, Mazzetti was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the Pentagon and military affairs from June 2004 until April 2006. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, he has made several reporting trips to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.



Monday, Nov. 13, 7:30-9pm, CHS, Library, Fee: $10.

RALPH BUULTJENS, a leading analyst of world affairs, examines critical issues in international politics. Buultjens is a professor at New York University and the former Nehru Professor/Professorial Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Toynbee Prize for Social Sciences and is the author of ten books on world affairs.  Dr. Buultjens has been lecturing at the Adult School for nearly 40 years and has shared with us his inside knowledge of the most volatile areas in the world.


Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7-8:30pm, CHS, room D16, Fee: $20.

Edvard Munch, famous for four versions of The Scream, was a prolific Norwegian painter and printmaker. This talk will look at his fascinating and unconventional life—he was damaged by alcoholism, hallucinations, social isolation and paranoia—as well as his psychologically evocative paintings. His need to explore situations brimming with emotional content and expressive energy characterizes all of his astonishing work. JANET MANDEL is an award-winning art history educator.


Thursday, Nov. 30, 7-8:30pm, CHS, room C237, Fee: $20.

JANET ARMUTH WOLKOFF will perform selections from Romantic piano literature, including works by Schumann, Brahms and Chopin. In between pieces, Janet will talk about the lives and musical contributions of the Romantic-era composers. Audience participation is encouraged. This class is for both beginners and experienced classical music lovers. Wolkoff studied piano with the legendary Seymour Bernstein before attending Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Barnard College, where she played and performed solo and chamber music.


Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7-8:30pm, CHS, room D16, Fee: $20.

Amedeo Modigliani, painter and sculptor, was born in Italy but spent most of his tragically short life in France among his avant-garde peers: Severini, Brâncuși, Soutine, Gris and Picasso. He is known for portraits and nudes in a contemporary style characterized by the elongation of faces and figures. Come and hear about this quintessentially unconventional artist and see many of his ravishing paintings and expressive sculptures. JANET MANDEL is an award-winning art history educator.


Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30-9pm, CHS, Library, Fee: $10.

Sports journalist Rafi Kohan spent over a year visiting stadiums across the country, learning their histories and quirks and embedding with a wide range of colorful characters. In this talk, Kohan pulls back the curtain on our nation’s most beloved sports palaces, with stories of behind-the-scenes access, high-wire logistics and more than a few lessons from the road. RAFI KOHAN is a freelance writer and editor. He formerly served as deputy editor at New York Observer, and has written for GQ, Men's Journal, Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Rolling Stone and more. His forthcoming book is titled The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport.

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