Cultural and Religious Studies

Pope Joan: The History of a Myth

Was there really a pope named Joan? The historical evidence says no—that the story is just a myth. But every myth has a history and the history of this particular myth can teach us a great deal about religion, gender relations, and depictions of women in faith and culture from the early Middle Ages to today.

Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Kean University

The Family of Man

The Family of Man, a photo exhibit that opened in January 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and then traveled around the world, was seen by an estimated 9 million people. After more than fifty years, the catalog is still in print. This lecture explores the origins, goals, and results of the exhibit, with a focus on its creator, Edward Steichen.

Gary Saretzky
Archivist, Monmouth County Archives

A computer projector is required for this presentation.

Afghanistan Remembered

Whereas most reporting covering Afghanistan has focused on the events since September 11 – or, at the earliest, since the Soviet occupation of the 1980s– the presenter shares his unique insights into life in Afghanistan as it was prior to those years. Having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village three hours southwest of Kandahar, Greenburg has a fascinating portrayal to reveal of a country very different from that which we encounter today.

Jonathan D. Greenburg
New Jersey Council for the Humanities: Distinguished Teacher, 1998
Chatham High School, Teacher of the Year 2001
Morris County, NJ Teacher of the Year, 2001

Speaker requires a microphone for this program. Program only available in Bergen, Essex, Morris, and Passaic counties.

Jerusalem: City of Joy and Sorrow

From the earliest mention in the Bible to today’s headlines, the city of Jerusalem has played a vital role in world history. Join us in this PowerPoint tour of maps and images as we trace the repeated rises and falls, twists and turns, of a city that sits at the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Kean University

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