GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Stockton University has begun a new Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning that will offer short non-credit academic classes to the general public.

The program will debut with two, four-week courses on play and poetry that will meet one day a week in March and April on the Galloway Township campus.

“This is an opportunity for community members to learn from Stockton professors at a reasonable cost, without a full semester commitment, homework or papers,” said Associate Professor of Psychology Christine Ferri, who helped develop the institute for the Stockton Center on Successful Aging.

The first two courses will run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Fridays in Room 102 of the Arts and Sciences Building on the Galloway campus.

On March. 6, 13, 20, and 27, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders Amy Hadley will teach a course on “History of Play in America,” based on the work of historian Howard Chudacoff. Discussions will include personal stories of childhood and play, and exploration of the contributions different groups have made to play in the United States. We will experience some of these play activities first-hand, including interaction with Stockton students.

On April. 3, 10, 17, and 24, Assistant Professor of Writing Nancy Reddy will guide students in developing strategies for reading and enjoying contemporary poetry. The course will examine how poets get their ideas, and will consider three approaches: writing about place, writing about magic and transformation, and writing through the perspective of mythological figures or famous people.

Tuition for each course is $45.  Free parking is available on campus. Register online at stockton.edu/SCOSA. For more information contact Christine.Ferri@Stockton.edu or call 609 652-4311.

Classes for the summer and fall are being developed and will cover a wide variety of academic topics, including politics, history, music, biology and environmental science. The goal is to offer classes at all of Stockton’s campuses and instructional sites.