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Winter Session

Featured Faculty:

 Cary Epstein

“Substance Abuse and Issues” (HE205 001)
Instructor: Cary Epstein
5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jan. 6-17, 2014

In this three-credit course, Professor Epstein will examine the uses of prescription, over-the-counter and consciousness-altering drugs in contemporary America. Emphasis is placed on making improved health-related decisions when confronted by substance use. A non-judgmental approach is used to encourage students to discuss their experiences, attitudes and values related to drug usage.

About My Professor: An adjunct professor in the Health, Physical Education and Movement Science Department, Cary Epstein has a long history of dedication to fitness and training. For 16 years, Epstein has been an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor and has worked as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician in the New York City 911 system for various hospitals. He is the director of lifeguard training for the Long Island Region of New York State Parks and serves as the second vice president of the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps. This summer marks Epstein’s 16th summer as an ocean lifeguard at Jones Beach. He is currently running for president of the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps and is up for election in August. The three-time Ironman triathlon finisher is also the head coach of the Long Island Express Masters Swim Program.

Encyclopedia of Terrorism

“Terrorism” (CRJ 750)
Instructor: Dr. Harvey Kushner
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jan. 6-10, 2014

In this three-credit undergraduate or graduate course, Dr. Kushner will present an in-depth examination of the threat of terrorism and its impact nationwide, studying the complex motivations, ideologies, goals and tactics of various domestic and international terrorist groups; cultural, religious and economic influences on terrorism and current issues such as state terrorism, political terrorism and the practical strategies of counterterrorism.

About My Professor: As a recognized authority on terrorism, Dr. Harvey Kushner has been an advisor to elected officials, military personnel, and foreign governments as well as trained federal agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to the FBI. He has experience with a variety of high-profile court cases involving international terrorism. He wrote the expert's report in a successful multimillion-dollar civil litigation arising out of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. He also served as an advisor and expert during the U.S. Embassy bombing trial in 2001 (U.S. vs. Usama bin Laden, et al.), and wrote the expert's report in a landmark matrimonial case involving the risk of international terrorism after the destruction of the World Trade Center.

From exposing terrorists on The O’Reilly Factor to explaining high alert on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discussing airport security on CNBC, Dr. Kushner is seen on all major television and cable networks. He is the author of numerous articles and five books on terrorism. Dr. Kushner’s latest work, a Conservative Book Club’s Selection of the Month, “Holy War on the Home Front: The Secret Islamic Terror Network in the United States” won critical acclaim throughout the media and law enforcement circles. His best-selling “Encyclopedia of Terrorism” is considered the gold standard of terrorism reference works, and has won numerous awards from such organizations as the American Library Association and the Library Journal.

Jon Fraser

TRAVEL COURSE: “London Theatre & Art Tour” (By permission of instructor)
Instructor: Jon Fraser
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jan. 6-10, 2014

Popular theatre professor Jon Fraser takes you on a personal tour to London, England! Join him for an exciting week seeing shows, including Jude Law starring in Shakespeare’s “Henry V”;visiting museums and galleries; touring the city, including The Old Globe Theatre and a backstage tour of the National Theatre! This three-credit undergraduate course is offered at a 40% discount off the regular undergraduate tuition rate. Ask about our Loan Forgiveness Program for travel courses by calling Student Financial Services at 516-299-2338.

About My Professor:  An actor, playwright and director, Jon Fraser, associate professor of theatre, has taught courses in acting, directing, playwriting and film. He has been active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, holding the national office of treasurer of the organization for two terms. His most recent publication is a series of biographical essays in “The Gay & Lesbian Theatrical Legacy,” published by The University of Michigan Press in 2005. He continues to write plays and screenplays, and is a member of Circle East Theatre Company in New York City.