Stockton Offers Short Summer Courses for Everyone

Stockton University Galloway Township campus. (Photo courtesy Stockton University)

The Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning (SILL) will host a series of short courses for the public via Zoom in June and July. Each course, taught by a Stockton faculty member, meets for an hour weekly for four weeks and costs $45.

A free sampling of SILL programs will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m. May 19. The three programs are:

Joy and Hope in African American Music” with Professor Beverly Vaughn.

What We Get Wrong About Sylvia Plathwith Professor Emily VanDuyne.

Brain Health Strategies that Work” with Professor Christine Gayda-Chelder.

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Scheduled summer courses are:

“The Holocaust and the Christian World: Reflections on the Past, Challenges for the Future” will meet Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., June 3, 10, 17 and 24 on Zoom.

The instructor is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Carol Rittner. This short course will focus on confronting the Holocaust, the reaction of the Christian churches and the Vatican and the pope.

Cost: $45. Register at

“Sylvia Plath & the Rosenstein Papers,” will meet on Mondays, 2-3 p.m., June 7, 14, 21 and 28 on Zoom. Instructor: Emily Van Duyne, assistant professor of Writing and First-Year Studies. The course will focus on the extensive research Harriet Rosenstein did on Plath and the mystery of the book on Plath she never completed.

Cost: $45. Register at

“The Science of Ice Cream,” will meet on Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28 on Zoom. Instructors are Joseph Trout, associate professor of Physics, Rosemary Trout, assistant professor and program director, Culinary Arts & Food Science, Drexel University. Participants will learn about the science behind the different styles of ice cream, ingredients, flavors, and techniques.

Cost: $45. Register at

“Bob Dylan: An American Phenotype” will meet on Fridays from 12:30-1:30 pm on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 on Zoom. Instructor is John O’Hara, associate professor of Critical Thinking & First-Year Studies. This short course will examine Bob Dylan as an American phenotype: the hardscrabble folk artist and poet, the visionary sage of Yankee consciousness and conscience, the American poet par excellence.

Cost: $45. Register at