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Chatham Adult Lifeworks Learning (CALL)

Chatham Adult Lifeworks Learning (CALL) is our continuing education program for adults.  Courses are offered in art, music, history, and current events; all courses taught by subject specialists.   In order to ensure the highest quality presenters, the Friends of the Library may collect a fee for each 4 week session, though some lecture series may be free.  Stop in or CALL us for more information!


Truthiness, Fake News, and Alternative Facts: Ethics in Journalism in an Age of Polarized Politics
Free CALL Lecture Series


What Happens When One Side Won’t Play By The Rules:  The Problem with “Both Sides” and False Equivalence in American Journalism and Politics

Thursday, November 1 at 7 pmclick here to register for this program

Eric Alterman, CUNY Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College and “The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation, will speak about false equivalence in American journalism and politics and discuss what happens when one side doesn’t play by the rules.

He is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York, as well as the author of ten books, including the national bestseller What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias in the News.  He has been called “the most honest and incisive media critic today” in The National Catholic Reporter.  Alterman has been a columnist for The Daily Beast, The Forward, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and The Guardian, among other publications.  He has previously taught at NYU and Columbia University.


Journalistic Integrity and the Culture of Celebrity

Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pmclick here to register for this program

Mark Di Ionno is a lifetime newspaperman and a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist in news commentary, primarily for his work on Hurricane Sandy. He is also a five-time winner of  the NJ Press Association’s first-place award for column writing.  His columns appear regularly in The Star-Ledger and  Di Ionno began his career in sports and was a columnist at The New York Post, where he broke many stories, including some on Pete Rose and the undoing of Mike Tyson.

Di Ionno will speak about the rise of  the media’s obsession with celebrity and crime, beginning with tabloid journalism in the late 1920s and 30s to the current loss of media integrity and its fall from respectability.  It is one of the themes of his novels The Last Newspaperman and Gods of Wood and Stone.


Making Sense of Fake News

Monday, November 12 at 7 pmclick here to register for this program

William Westhoven is a 30-year veteran of New Jersey journalism, including 24 years with the Daily Record in Morris County.  He is currently a multimedia news reporter for the Daily Record and the USA Today Network.  Westhoven is the author of several books, including his novels One-Hit Willie and The Puddingstone Well and nonfiction title  Superstorm Sandy: Diary in the Dark.

Westhoven will lead a spirited, strictly nonpartisan discussion of one of today’s hottest topics – the concept of “Fake News” – tying current events and history together for a better understanding of how media works, then and now.  Leave the politics at home and learn how to separate facts from fiction and reporting from punditry.


Political Reporting in an Emotionally Charged Electorate

Monday, November 26 at 7 pmclick here to register for this program

Chatham native Nick Corasaniti is a New Jersey-based correspondent for The New York Times, covering the politics, policy, people, trains, beaches and eccentricities that give the Garden State its charm.  He covered the 2016 presidential campaigns of President Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Chris Christie, as well as the 2013 New York mayoral race.




Introduction to Drawing with Peggy Dressel

Thursdays, November 8, 15 & 29; December 6
12 pm

Peggy Dressel, a graduate of Pratt Institute and an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, will offer a four-week beginner’s drawing class for adults.  Students will be required to bring a fine art pencil set or a few different soft pencils such as HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B; a white drawing paper pad 11” x 14” or larger; and erasers – kneaded or Staedtler Mars (plastic).

This free CALL class is limited to 15 students. Registration is required.

Click here to register online or call the library at 973-635-0603.

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