Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning

SCOSA's Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning (SILL) brings the best of Stockton's faculty to the community via short-courses (generally four 1-hour sessions) related to their teaching, scholarship, service, and interests. Space is limited, tuition is reasonable (free to Atlantic County residents who are 60 and older), and we hope to continually expand this programming that let you learn from and interact with Stockton’s accomplished faculty. For further information please contact SCOSA TES Michaelle.Cooke@stockton.edu or Interim Assistant Director Lisa.Cox@stockton.edu,or call 609-652-4311 and leave a message.

The tuition costs for all SILL courses are $45 for all four sessions (unless otherwise noted).

Free to residents 60 years old or older of Atlantic or Ocean Counties.                       

Upcoming Courses:

June SILL Mini-Course:

An Introduction to the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied the Netherlands 
Thursdays, June 2 & 9, 2022       11am-12pm

Stockton at Manahawkin, 712 East Bay Avenue 

Tuition:  $25 for 2 sessions; Free to residents 60 years old or older of Atlantic or Ocean Counties.                                          Register HERE 

June 2nd, 11am-12pm: “The Stories of Children and Young Adults in the Netherlands during the Holocaust and Lessons for Today” 
The stories written by Dutch youth about life in Amsterdam and nearby towns and villages will highlight the importance of rescue and resistance in the Netherlands during World War II. 

 June 9th, 11am-12pm: “In Honor of Anne Frank’s 93rd Birthday” 
The Diary of Anne Frank is sometimes read by middle and high school students. The presenters will include new information about Anne Frank’s betrayal and the information that is often not included when the diary is used to teach the history of the Holocaust.

Exploring your Spirituality: Finding Meaning Across the Lifecourse  

Fridays, June 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2022                                           9-10am

Online via Zoom                                                                            Register HERE

Across four zoom sessions, we’ll define and explore “spirituality“ through both secular and religious interpretations; and discuss how we all search for truth, values, and meaning in our lives.  Participants will learn ways to enhance their spiritual literacy, draw maps of their spiritual journey, and engage in exercises/rituals to enhance their creativity.  

Dr. Lisa Cox is Professor of Social Work and Gerontology at Stockton University, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses.  Before Dr. Cox began her position at Stockton in 1999, she was a Research Associate with the NIH/NIAID funded Richmond AIDS Consortium, where for 12 years she worked in Richmond, Virginia’s Medical College of Virginia Hospitals of Virginia Commonwealth University as a LCSW and served as a pioneering AIDS Clinical Trial’s Social Worker, counseling and recruiting HIV-infected people into large scale community-based AIDS clinical trials. Currently, she continues to teach a class on HIV/AIDS and serves as a consultant to Collaborative Solutions—the organization that orchestrates the annual National HIV/AIDS and Social Work conference.   

Disability in the Brothers Grimm

Fridays, July 8,15, 22, & 29, 2022                           12-1pm

Online via Zoom                                                          Register HERE

Instructor: Dr. Lauren Fonseca

This course will look at the Grimm Nursery and Household Tales through a disability studies lens. Our approach will include a discussion of narrative prosthesis, the practice of using disability to further a plot. Disability or deformity is often presented as an obstacle to “wholeness,” a signifier of nefarious character, or a punishment for wrongdoing. This representation becomes problematic when we look at the Grimm’s Nursery and Household tales as a socialization tool for 19th century middle-class German children. 

We will also look at the Brothers Grimm and their own battles with poor health and disability and how these experiences may have affected their fairy tale projects. The oral tales the Grimms collected did not contain instances of disability at nearly the same frequency as the final Nursery and Household Tales. Cinderella’s step-sisters kept their vision at the conclusion of the first edition, but had their eyes plucked out (as punishment) in the second and subsequent editions. We will look at possible explanations for that and other changes.

Recently Completed Courses:

Psychology in Everyday Life

Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2022                 1:30-2:30pm

Have you always wanted to take a psychology class but never found the time?  Psychology in Everyday Life is designed to give you an introduction to a growing field that has become increasingly important in navigating a complex and ever-changing world.  You will be introduced to work in biological psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and social psychology.  There will be a discussion of psychology’s important findings and in-class exercises designed to demonstrate those findings.   Join us for a lively and interactive discussion. 

Dr. Karen Rose is Professor Emerita at Widener University and is currently an adjunct professor of psychology and health science at Stockton University. She has taught a variety of classes in the field of psychology with primary interests in developmental psychology. Dr. Rose’s research focus has been on understanding the development of memory, studying individuals from infancy to older adulthood. She currently works in the Stockton Center on Successful Aging championing the age-friendly university initiative.

Exploring Developmental Influences that Make Us Who We Are

Fridays, April 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2022                   1:30-2:30pm

Have you ever wondered how siblings in the same family can turn out so differently? This course will help to answer that question! We'll explore those influences and specific mechanisms that underlie our unique genetic codes and how this interacts with our individual experiences, which in turn affect our physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development that make us who we are today.

Dr. Helana Girgis is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stockton University and the Director of the Children’s Learning Lab, a cognitive development lab. She is a developmental psychologist, whose research explores how children think and learn about the world. Currently, her research examines how children categorize natural and processed foods, community’s influence on moral judgements, and development of knowledge for contagious and non-contagious illnesses. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.