MCCC's New "Friday Forums" to Provide
"Intellectual Stimulus Package" in May


Coming in May, MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies will present two one-day forums for an audience ready to be stimulated by a discourse on politics, economics, the arts, finance, wellness and more. Presented by noted local experts, MCCC's new "Friday Forums" will be held May 16 and May 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conference Center, located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

During each full-day session, registrants will have a choice of three seminars out of nine options. Topics on May 16 include the 2008 presidential and senate elections, presented by Ingrid Reed, director of The New Jersey Project; questions of religion, philosophy and science, presented by author and scholar Samuel Brainard, Ph.D.; Chinese calligraphy and painting, presented by Asian arts specialist Terri McNichol; longevity through food, presented by wellness consultant Rosalie Phelan; doing business in China, presented by Rider University's Anne Chan Mandel; the natural world in music, presented by musician and WWFM announcer Donald Venezia; surviving cancer, part 1, presented by Dr. Peter V. Plumb; stock options, part 1, presented by trading options expert Stephen Litwok; and Dante's Inferno, presented by Dante scholar Jean Hollander.

Among the topics on May 23 are the state budget, presented by Ingrid Reed; container gardening presented by horticulturist Tami Jones; the rise of America and American music by Donald Venezia; the African roots in American music, presented by MCCC Music Program Coordinator, Prof. Jim Kelly; stock options, part 2, by Stephen Litwok; chocolate, presented by wellness consultant Anatasia Slattery; surviving cancer, part 2, presented by Dr. Peter V. Plumb; storytelling basics presented by MCCC Theatre Program Coordinator, Asst. Prof. Jody Person; and Dante's Paradiso, presented by Dante scholar Jean Hollander.

"We have a wealth of talented experts from the region's college community, the private sector and the arts," said Lorna Strang, director of Community Programs at Mercer's Center for Continuing Studies, who developed the Friday Forums. "There are people with similar interests and with non-traditional schedules - early retirees, seniors looking for enrichment, and people in non-traditional jobs with flexible schedules. This is a pilot program that we hope to make an annual event or present even more frequently to meet the needs of the community."

To view all seminar sessions, click here.

Participants may register for one day at a cost of $70, or for both days at the discounted rate of $110. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Those who register before April 25 will receive a 10% discount. Group rates are also available. For more information, call 609-570-3311 or email:

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