Course Catalog and Auditor Only Series

Course Catalog

Community auditors are not eligible to take Visual or Performing Arts courses or Writing courses. Very few courses are offered in the evening. Courses are not offered during the summer.

To view and print the spring 2024 course catalog click on the document link provided. Spring 2024 CAP Lecture List

Auditor Only Series - Spring 2024

ASC101 Mozart’s Comic Operas

Professor: Scott Burnham, Professor Emeritus, Department of Music

Description: This course will focus on Mozart’s two most significant comic operas, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.  We will attempt to discover for ourselves why these operas are “considered to be” not just Mozart’s greatest but easily among the greatest of all time.  We will first take account of the broader presence of the Figaro and Don Juan stories in Western culture and then how these stories are told in Mozart’s operas, focusing on the depiction of each character through their individual arias, the ways that these characters interact in Mozart’s brilliantly conceived ensembles, and the incomparable music throughout—from the captivating openings of the overtures to the rousing conclusions of the finales. 

Dates: Thursday's – February 29, March 7, March 21, March 28, 2024

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Location: on campus

Scott Burnham is Distinguished Professor of Music at the CUNY Graduate Center and Scheide Professor of Music History Emeritus at Princeton University.  His teaching and research centers on issues of music criticism, analysis, and reception; historical music theory of the 18th- through 20th centuries; and the music of Western composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann.  Burnham’s best-known books are Beethoven Hero (1995), a study of the values and reception of Beethoven’s heroic-style music, and Mozart’s Grace (2013), on beauty in the music of Mozart.  He is the grateful recipient of various honors, including Princeton University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, the Society of Music Theory’s Wallace Berry Award for Beethoven Hero, and the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award for Mozart’s Grace.

Devoted to the challenge of speaking about music to general audiences, Burnham lectures regularly for Princeton University Concerts, and he has presented pre-concert talks for Lincoln Center in New York, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, the Bard Music Festival, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

ASC302 AI for Humans: Understanding Big Data

Professor: Manail Anis, Visiting Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

Description: Despite the recent hype about AI taking over the world, AI has been embedded in technologies we use every day for quite a long while. This course will introduce students to the ways in which we have been using AI without even realizing it. Students will learn to identify which specific technologies generate, measure, and deploy large amounts of data through everyday usage, routines, and lifestyles. The course will spotlight ways to recognize, take ownership of, share, and even monetize one's personal data, if one so chooses. Ultimately, students will gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of big data, and all the ways it can be used to enrich, augment, and improve our lives.

Dates: Friday’s - February 23, March 8, March 22, April 5, 2024

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Location: on campus

Manail Anis Ahmed is visiting faculty in technology ethics at the school of public and international affairs at Princeton university. She is also the cofounder of an AI-powered digital personal assistant for home and family management called iJuno. She has been building American-style higher education institutions in the Middle East and South Asia for the past 15 years. 

Currently a research fellow at the Center for AI and Digital Policy in Washington, D.C., she also invests in early-stage education technology startups in Asia.  She works to mitigate the inequities being perpetuated by new technologies around the world – the very same inequities that we hope ethical technology can address.  

Manail is frequently invited internationally as a consultant, guest speaker and contributing author.  She has a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania and an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has also studied the political economy of development at SOAS, University of London, and trained in Indian and Islamic Art History at the British Museum.

ASC401 Topics in Contemporary Public Policy: New Jersey and Beyond

Professor: Anastasia Mann, School of Public and International Affairs

SPIA NJ Fellows: Adriana Abizadeh, Tennyson Donyéa, Brandon McKoy, Nedia Morsy

Description: American democracy is under attack by organized white nationalists and others opposed the idea of government of, by and for the people. Yet even the most enthusiastic defenders of participatory democracy recognize that the US experiment has excluded large swaths of the population in significant ways. This is the backdrop for our inquiry. Over four weeks, individuals working at the very forefront of participatory democracy will consider questions like:

  • What are some of the challenges and opportunities the US faces regarding the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all who call this nation home?
  • In 1988, Governor Tom Kean published The Politics of Inclusion. What do these politics look like in NJ today and what is at stake?
  • Wealth and political power are more concentrated today than they have been at any time since the Gilded Age. How did this happen and what does it mean for the Garden State?
  • What is the relationship between research, advocacy and public policy? 
  • What are some specific policy proposals currently under consideration in Trenton and what are their implications for democracy? 

Assignments will include short texts selected for their combined significance and readability.

February 13th - weather cancellation

February 20th - Adriana Abizadeh, Decommodifying Land for Collective Wealth Building

February 27th - Brandon McKoy, Freedom Isn’t Free: State Budgets as a Tool for Democracy 

March 5th - Tennyson Donyéa & Anastasia Mann, Intentional Redress: American Institutions and the Case for Reparations

March 12th Nedia Morsy: The Powell Memo: How the Right Intentionally Built Megacorporations

Date: Tuesday's, February 13, 20, 27 & March 5, 2024

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00 pm

Location: on campus

Anastasia Mann’s work is attuned to the ways that gender, race, class, and ethnicity shape structures of opportunity. Mann’s career spans academia (Northwestern, Princeton, Rutgers), research-driven nonprofits (the Russell Sage Foundation, New Jersey Policy Perspective), and the civic sphere (Princeton’s Human Services and Civil Rights Commissions, and the New Jersey Commission on New Americans). Her publications include contributions to The Encyclopedia of Working Class America (Routledge), Flunking Out: New Jersey’s Support for Public Higher Education Falls Short, Garden State Dreams: In-State Tuition for Undocumented Kids (both New Jersey Policy Perspective), and Middlesex County, New Jersey: Crossroads of the World (Rutgers, Eagleton Institute). As Director of the Program on Immigration and Democracy, Mann spearheaded Citizenship Rutgers, a tri-campus collaboration at the state’s public research university, offering free citizenship application assistance to New Jersey’s almost 600,000 legal permanent residents. Stacy’s current teaching centers on the contemporary reparations’ movement. Her research examines the fresh air movement. Specifically, “fresh air” has smoothed over an awkward contradiction that lies at the heart of the American experiment. Over 140 years, the charity has paired children from historically exploited and under-resourced communities with hosts who zealously protect their privileges but are happy to host a youngster for a holiday. In March of 2020, Stacy worked with neighbors, students, strangers, and friends to establish Princeton Mutual Aid, a lively hub of political education, resource redistribution, and connection.

Adriana Abizadeh is the executive director of the Kensington Corridor Trust in Philadelphia, the nation’s first neighborhood trust focused on a commercial corridor, and a Senior Policy Fellow at the Rutgers University Bloustein School. Adriana is also the President of Catalyst Consulting Group (CCG), a boutique consulting firm moving projects forward for nonprofits and other stakeholders. A passionate leader and social justice advocate paving the way to ensure fair treatment and access to resources for people of color. She has committed herself to serving on several boards that reflect some of her deepest passions: immigration, racial and health equity, and youth development. Adriana has a BA from Rutgers University in Political Science with a minor in Security Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. She also has an MS in Public Policy from Drexel.

Tennyson Donyea is a seasoned journalist, storyteller, and aspiring filmmaker continues to leave his mark on New Jersey's media landscape. A Temple University alumnus, he holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Production (2016) and later deepened his journalistic expertise through the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators program at CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in 2022. Over the past seven years, Tennyson has extensively reported for various platforms including TV, radio, and both print and digital mediums. His journey has taken him to various states – from California to Maine – but his role at WHYY News in Philadelphia stands out, showcasing his dedication to delivering quality news about New Jersey politics. In 2023, Tennyson's commitment to local journalism was recognized when he received the New Jersey News Commons' Partner of the Year award. This accolade celebrated his significant contributions to bolstering New Jersey's local news ecosystem. Keenly aware of the narratives surrounding New Jersey's Black community, Tennyson took it upon himself to challenge and reshape these perspectives. In 2021, he founded "Black In Jersey" with the aim to provide a more accurate representation of Black communities and address pertinent issues in the fight for Black liberation. Originally hailing from Washington, D.C., Tennyson has called New Jersey home since 2019 and is currently based in Trenton, NJ, where he continues to be a beacon of change in the world of journalism.

Brandon McKoy is a fiscal and social policy expert with over 15 years of experience in national, state, and local policy research, analysis, and advocacy. McKoy has contributed to efforts in New Jersey that resulted in the passage and implementation of $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave for all workers, the regulation of cannabis, tuition equity for all students, driver's licenses for all residents, and equitable taxation - much of this was accomplished during his tenure at New Jersey Policy Perspective, where he worked as a policy analyst and was Director of Government Affairs before ultimately holding the position of President from 2019 to 2021. McKoy currently teaches at his alma mater, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where he holds a master's degree in City and Regional Planning and Policy Development. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from The College of New Jersey. Born in Secaucus and having grown up in South Orange, he currently lives in Hunterdon County with his wife and dog.

Nediya Morsy is the Director of Strategic Projects at Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ). Founded in late 2014, MRNJ has built a powerful grassroots movement of immigrant and working-class people, operating three organizing hubs that provide legal and support services, adult education and youth development programming and winning 11 pro-immigrant and pro-worker statewide policies. Nedia graduated from Amherst College and was a Coro Fellow in St. Louis, MO.