Downton Abbey at FDU: A special course on the hit television program


MADISON, N.J. (August 4, 2015) — Enjoying the British drama series “Downton Abbey”? If you are, Fairleigh Dickinson University has just the thing! FDU is offering a unique, non-credit, eight-week class that will examine the historical and cultural events of the first five seasons of this popular BBC period drama series. Beginning on Sunday, September 27, and continuing through November 22, 2015, the course will meet weekly on Sunday afternoons from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at FDU’s Florham Campus in Madison, N.J.

The “Experiencing Downton Abbey” class will take an in-depth look at the period in which the series is based and cover world-changing events like the sinking of the Titanic and outbreak of World War I. The class will also look at what day-to-day life was like for the upper and lower classes in Britain, including work and leisure activities, as well as the fascinating history of Highclere Castle — the real Downton Abbey.
The course will be taught by Judith Israel, an instructor in FDU’s Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning and a retired vice president for research services at Burrelle’s Information Services. Israel has also taught English at Morris County College and Chatham Junior High School. She holds an M.A. in English from New York University and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University. There will also be guest lecturers, from FDU, on various topics.
The non-credit class is open to all. Early bird registration for all eight sessions is $120. After August 31, the fee is $150. To register for the course, please contact Abagail Eckert, at 973.443.8721 or More information is available at

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

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