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Learn About the World Depicted in 'Downton Abbey' Via CCC Mini-Course


Fans of the hugely popular PBS television program “Downton Abbey” will have the opportunity to examine the saga of the Crawley family in its historic and social context through a five-session mini-course being offered at Camden County College from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7.

“Downton Abbey: Life in a Country House” will explore various aspects of the show, including lessons applicable to society today. The course will be taught by Professor Ellen Hernandez in Room 210 of Madison Hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on five Thursdays in October and November.

Each session of the course will cover one topic, listed as follows:  “A Class on Classes: Servants, Socialites and Solicitors” (Oct. 3); “The Inheritance Problem: Marriage, Women and Property” (Oct. 17); “Changes Afoot: Tragedy and Transformation” (Oct. 24); “Technology Intrudes: Lights, Phones and Cars” (Oct. 31); and “The Real Downton Abbey: The Legacy of Highclere Castle” (Nov. 7).

Cost is $25 for this mini-course, but attendees also have the option of paying $50 for a 2013-14 Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility membership that includes enrollment in an unlimited number of other mini-courses at no additional charge through June 30. Professional development credit is available for educators who attend.

Madison Hall is on CCC’s Blackwood Campus, located just off Exit 7B of Route 42 at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township. It features ample free off-road parking.

To register for “Downton Abbey: Life in a Country House” or for details about other CCLR mini-courses, visit; email; or call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333. Information also is available by following @CenterForCivic on Twitter.

Published: September 28, 2013