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paths-of-gloryWorld War I: The War that Didn't End All Wars


DAY: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, October 8, 15, 22, November 5, 12
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus


World War I, the first total war, had catastrophic consequences resulting in the deaths of nine million soldiers and 5.95 million civilians plus untold injuries. It resulted in the collapse of four empires, the end of colonialism, the Great Depression, the rise of fascism and World War II which was even more disastrous. We will consider how the war resulted from miscalculations and produced future unintended consequences.


September 10
Paths of Glory – Film Screening – Free
Location: Madison Hall 210
Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful anti-war films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. (88 minutes) Followed by a Q&A session. This program is co-hosted by the Camden County College library.

All six lectures are free and open to the public and will be on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.

September 17
The Outbreak of War in 1914
Michael Neiberg, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss the popular reactions to the crisis of 1914 and the start of the war. He will also examine how the reactions of ordinary people in Europe conditioned how they saw the rest of the war, the peace and the years that followed.

October 8
Making Enemies: Propaganda in World War I
Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Professor of History, University of Tennessee, will discuss how a hundred years later, it is still hard to evaluate and understand the intensity of hatreds that were expressed in World War I, its battles, mass death and its aftermath. This lecture will consider how ethnic and national differences were deployed and weaponized in increasingly modern propaganda campaigns to demonize enemies celebrate allies and argue that the war had a noble, overarching goal. It will consider propaganda in a comparative context across the fighting countries and analyze its terrible legacy for the rest of the century.

October 15
The Schlieffen Plan and the War in the West
Jay Lockenour, Associate Professor of History, Temple University, will examine the German war plan which was designed to bring about a swift and decisive end to the conflict. He will consider the reasons for the failure of the Schlieffen Plan and explain how this failure led to trench warfare, huge casualties and the exhaustion of both sides in the conflict.

October 22
Fighting the War: British Working Men on the Ground, 1914-1918
David Silbey, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University (Washington, DC), will discuss how, for Britain, World War I was fought by millions of ordinary men, from all walks of life. The vast majority of them were working class men, laboring in a country that often treated them quite badly. They nonetheless fought valiantly to defend that country and in doing so, changed both themselves and the United Kingdom itself.

November 5
Unprepared and Over there: The U.S. Army’s
Experience in the First World War Captain Rory McGovern, Instructor of History, U.S. Military Academy, will explain the difficult challenges the U.S. Army faced in mobilizing, training and equipping a multi-million man force to fight in Europe during the First World War. He will also examine personal accounts to demonstrate how American soldiers overcame their deficiencies to become an effective fighting force by the end of the war.

November 12
The Shadow of War: The Political, Economic and International Legacies of the First World War in Europe
Stephen Gross, Assistant Professor, New York University, will discuss how The First World War ended the three decades of relative peace and prosperity that Europe had experienced since the 1870s and forever changed the face of the continent. He will explore the impact of the First World War in three spheres of European life-politics, economics and international relations. The war in 1914-1918 set the stage for radical political movements that would lead Europe down the road to a second global conflict within a generation.



Topics in History: Europe and America 1914–1945

15-Week Tuition Free Evening Course



LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210
TIME: 6–8:30 p.m.
DAY: Wednesday
DATES: 9/3 – 12/17


This course will deal with the major events in European and American foreign policy from the beginning of the 20th century to mid-century. It will focus on the period from the origins of World War I to the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. The course will be complemented by a six-part lecture series World War I: The War that Didn't End All Wars featuring scholars from several universities.

Note: Registration for this 15-week course includes your registration to the lectures. On the night of a lecture the class will meet at 7 p.m. inside Civic Hall in the Connector Building.


gettysburg-old cannonBeyond Gettysburg: The Fiery Trial Continues


DAY: Tuesdays, September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 28

TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus

The Civil War dragged on despite the Union victory in the Battle of Gettysburg, for nearly two more years. This series of lectures will focus on what came after Gettysburg, how the war-weary nation perceived the meaning of that battle and the means by which President Lincoln sought to bring an end to the War.


September 23
The Economics of War: How Financial Decisions, North & South, Influenced the War’s Outcome
Matthew Borowick, Executive Director of the Civil War Library and Research Center and Columnist for Civil War News, will discuss the prevailing belief that wars are won and lost by the actions of generals and armies. However, those armies cannot fight unless they are properly trained, equipped and fed which takes the effective and efficient management of resources. How the North and the South managed their resources provides a fascinating look into why one side succeeded and the other side failed.

September 30
Andersonville Prison: An American Tragedy
Joseph F, Wilson, a member of the General Meade Society, the Civil War Trust and the Old Baldy CWRT, will discuss the tragic story of Andersonville Prison, where more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined between February 1864 and April 1865. In those fourteen months 13,000 soldiers perished from disease, starvation and exposure. Mr. Wilson’s Great-Great-Grandfather, Corporal George Garman, 36th Pa. Volunteers, survived the horrors of Andersonville.

October 7
Gettysburg: History and Hype
Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, Professor of History, Temple University and President of the Society for Military History, will discuss how Americans have come to perceive war and victory. Mistakenly, we understand human conflict simply as a succession of clashes with victory gained by the side that wins the most or biggest battles. This lecture compares Gettysburg with other truly decisive Union victories and considers our distorted view of what the Civil War was really like --- then and still today.

October 14
Grant Comes East 1864
Jay Jorgenson, author, history professor, attorney and municipal court judge, takes us from the two major victories in the summer of 1863­—Gettysburg in the east and Vicksburg in the west—into the pivotal year of 1864. Despite these key victories, President Lincoln found it increasingly difficult to bring the war to a successful conclusion and brought Ulysses S. Grant east to take command of all Union forces. Grant implemented a plan to keep intense pressure on all of the Confederate armies in the South, with the clear intention of guiding the Union war effort to a successful outcome.

October 28
John Bachelder’s Gettysburg: His Influence Then and Now
Steven J. Wright has served as a Park Ranger at Gettysburg, Curator for the Civil War Library and Museum of Philadelphia and as Special Collections Librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia. The question that is often asked is why the battle of Gettysburg has received and continues to receive the attention it does? Mr. Wright offers that it may be largely due to the role that John Bachelder played in the preservation of the battlefield and ultimately the impact that he had on how the battlefield looks today. Much of the way we have come to see the battlefield and the way that we still study, was influenced by Bachelder. He coined the phrases “copse of trees” and “High Watermark of the Confederacy”.  The fields we walk today, the troop movements we study and the monuments placed upon those hallowed grounds, are not by mere happenstance, but rather a carefully and precisely conceived plan to tell the story of this grandest of struggles to future generations.

This series is being sponsored by the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table of Philadelphia organization in cooperation with the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility.



autism-puzzle-pieceAutism Series


DAY: Mondays, September 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 10

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus


September 29
A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Jennifer Hoheisel is a professor at Camden County College and has been a teacher for the past 20 years. She is the parent of a child with autism who has been in private, public and home school settings. She is currently the President of the Autism Society Affiliate 232, SW New Jersey and has conducted multiple presentations on autism. This lecture will provide an overview of the symptoms and behaviors commonly exhibited by individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Emphasis will be on understanding the strengths and challenges for these students and on equipping teachers with curricula and strategies to meet some of the educational needs of these individuals. This will be a very general session that both introduces autism and provides a few "take home" strategies for teachers and families.

October 6
Child Study Team Evaluations and Creating a Behavioral Plan
Chad W. Leonard, M.S., a Certified School Psychologist and CEO of Leonard Educational Evaluations, LLC, will present a workshop about Child Study Team Evaluations and Behavioral Intervention Plans that will be of interest to parents, school districts, lawyers and advocates.  In particular, he will discuss the legal process of referring and evaluating students for special education through the Child Study Team (CST). The presentation will include selecting appropriate types of evaluations, reading reports, interpreting scores, and how evaluations can impact an individual education plan (IEP). In addition, he will discuss how to create a Functional Behavioral Analysis that can help explain student behavior, and how to develop an effective Behavioral Intervention Plan.

October 20
Integrating ABA-based systematic computer-assisted treatment with teacher-led instruction
Elmer Ildefonso is an education professional who has worked with publishing and technology companies serving students with special needs for 27 years. He is currently a representative of TeachTown, Inc., a company exclusively focused on research-based and evidence-validated solutions for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities. Two key resources, TeachTown Basics and TeachTown Social Skills, have been available for nine years and are currently being used in 8 of the top 10 largest districts in the country, including Philadelphia Public Schools. These two programs combine ABA-based computer and video modeling treatment with teacher-led lessons for students who fall on the middle to lower end of the autism spectrum and are developmentally between 2-8 years old. This workshop will provide an overview and walk-thru of both programs.

October 27
Sexuality, Romance and ASD
Nancy Nowell, MPA, MEd, Certified Sexuality Educator will present a workshop which discusses the approach of Social Signals, a company founded in 2009 "with the mission of developing quality educational materials that teach relationships skills to people who learn differently". The company and their publications and webinars were the result of "an understanding that Adolescents and young adults with disabilities want and need friendships and romantic relationships, just like their peers. Many don't have the skills to develop these relationships without support. This may lead to isolation, bullying, or sexual abuse, or for being arrested as the result of an unintended but serious social sexual infraction. These negative consequences can be reduced by teaching skills that are specific to the needs of this group of adolescents and adults. Learning healthy relationship skills can improve their safety and quality of life".

November 10
Understanding the Complex Needs of Neurologically Complex Children
Dr. Sarah Woldoff from CNNH (Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health) previously presented a workshop on Surviving Bullying and has graciously agreed to return to CCC  to present the following:  "ADHD, epilepsy, learning disabilities, oh my!" Understanding the need for accommodations for children with complex learning issues and cognitive conditions is important. Learn methods for accommodating or modifying teaching techniques in order to better address learning styles and individual needs. This presentation highlights methods appropriate and doable for a classroom environment and focuses on helping teachers problem solve methods that will work for their classroom structure."

This lecture series is sponsored through the generosity of the Autism Society Southwest New Jersey Chapter (formerly known as Parents of Autistic Children Together, PACT): www.solvingthepuzzle.com




jeffersonAdamsJefferson vs. Adams: The Constitutional Crisis of 1800

Course Number: CE.IDY-210-73
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Forum

Kelly Jackson, Professor at Camden County College, will discuss how the election of 1800 led to several controversies and Constitutional questions. There was a dirty campaign that ultimately ended in a tie that needed to be resolved in Congress. The issues debated led to the twelfth Amendment to the Constitution. The appointment of "midnight judges" before the transfer of power between parties led to the introduction of Judicial Review, which changed the role of the Supreme Court in the three-branch system. This election drama featured a who's who of founding politicians: Jefferson, Adams, Burr, Hamilton, Madison and Marshall. Jefferson called the election
"The Second American Revolution."




iran mapSeven Days in Iran

Course Number: CE.IDY-210-74
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Forum

A panel of four Camden County College faculty and staff will discuss their recent trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Their discussion will be supplemented with numerous slides. We will begin with a tour of the ancient Persian capitol of Persepolis and visits to the cities of Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz. The panel will also provide a brief history of Iran from ancient times to the present. It will conclude with their impressions of contemporary Iran in light of current developments.




peace in the packPeace In The Pack: Learning Essential Communication Between Humans and Canines

Course Number: CE.IDY-210-75
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Forum

This lecture is aimed at instructing and educating anyone who either works or lives with a canine. It will help you better understand their needs and learn to "speak canine" as in decoding their unique body language and vocal cues. This will ultimately lead to bridging the gap of better and clearer communication with your dog. With this skill, one can help the dog to better behave, to avert future problems and to create a peace at home. It promises to be enlightening, entertaining, empowering and inspiring.


Special Events/Fundraisers



DAY: Friday, September 26, 2014
TIME: 9 a.m.
COST: $70 per person
LIMIT: 35 people



Please join us for a lovely day exploring Winterthur. 

Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the television show are displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors have the chance to experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder, Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries, in the first half of the 20th century.


The Day's Schedule
9 a.m. Depart Camden County College, Blackwood campus

10 a.m. Arrive Winterthur

10:15 a.m. Tram guided tour of the gardens and outside of Winterthur

11 a.m. One hour guided tour of the house

12 p.m. Shuttle to lunch at Winterthur's eatery    

A $14 Garden Café Voucher is included

Food: Sandwich/Panini or Salad Bar or Main Course / Drink: Small Fountain Beverage or Coffee or Tea / Dessert: Cookie or Brownie

1:30 p.m. Shuttle to Winterthur

1:45 p.m. Tour of Downton Abby costumes

4 p.m. Depart Winterthur 

5 p.m. Arrive, Camden County College, Blackwood campus



An Architectural Gem—Victorian Haddonfield!

DAY: Thursday, September 18, 2014
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
COST: $20 per person
LIMIT: 2 people


We will enjoy a leisurely architectural walking tour of Victorian Haddonfield. Joe Haro long-time architecture guide in Haddonfield and Philadelphia will offer an engaging tour. This tour will be a contrast to the Historic Haddonfield given earlier in the year.

The tour will include a variety of structures including churches, commercial structures and other unusual sights along the beautiful tree lined streets in Haddonfield. We will explore how the industrialization and suburbanization of Haddonfield evolves.

We will meet at 9 Kings Highway West, in front of the Deli that is located there. It is just west of the PATCO Speed Line station (near PATCO sign). Parking is free after 10 a.m. in the PATCO lot.

If you have any questions about the tour feel free to contact Joe Haro at 856-795-1228.

Tour reservations are non-refundable (unless the event is canceled). We will provide you with a credit to be used on a future tour.


LoganCircle_FountainLogan Circle—One of Philadelphia's Premier Squares

DAY: Thursday, October 2, 2014

TIME: 10:30 a.m.
COST: $20 per person
LIMIT: 2 people

The beautiful Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Philadelphia's Swann Fountain are just some of the sites along this wonderful tour. This tour will include a variety of sculptures paying homage to Philadelphia's past and present. We will view the Mormon Temple which is under construction and it is the newest venture at the circle.

Joe Haro, long-time guide in Philadelphia and Haddonfield will introduce us to the variety of buildings around the circle and other gems including the Sister Cities Park that includes a state of the art children's playground which includes a rock garden and cascading water.

You can take PATCO to 15th street and walk up to 18th street, make a right and follow that for about 10 minutes to the Parkway. Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral will be right in front of you (meet in front of the great doors of the Cathedral)

If you have any questions about the tour feel free to contact Joe Haro at 856-795-1228.

Tour reservations are non-refundable (unless the event is canceled). We will provide you with a credit to be used on a future tour.