Why to Love and Hate Hormones

The course covers the important role hormones play in our balance of salt and water, regulation of blood pressure, digestion of food, metabolism, and capacity to grow. Slides and other materials will be used to augment four two-hour sessions of discussion. Learn more.

N. Scott Momoday’s House Made of Dawn

Momoday’s book created a breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. This magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land tells the story of a young man straddling two worlds. The seasons, the lands, rites, and traditions contrast with modern industrial America. This is an opportunity to get a better sense of the experiences and connections young people discover when there is a mix of cultures. Learn more.

Brain and Behavior: How Are They Linked?

What do we know about how the brain supports behaviors such as our ability to speak, or to remember, or to learn? The scope of the course is to be a space to discuss the findings of modern neuroscience and psychology and to help students understand how their brains support their unique abilities! Learn more.

The Women Behind Moby-Dick

Reading Moby-Dick is always fun, but it is more fun with a group. Whether you have read the book many times, or once long ago, or never read it at all, you will find new insights when you read it with new people and in a new context. Let’s explore the hidden histories of the women behind Moby-Dick. As we find out how women shaped the writing of the novel, we will all begin to feel like we are reading it for the first time. Learn more.

Food Fables & Food Superstitions

People have been inventing myths about food for about as long as they’ve been preparing meals. Common culinary folklore can range from relatively sensible cautionary tales to far more inventive notions—and some can even be silly. Every taste has a tale; every ingredient a story. Join Larry Canepa as he explores these food fables and shares a few of his own. Learn more.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

See The Royal Shakespeare Company bring Dickens’ immortal story of social intrigue and personal travail to life on the screen, compliments of the BBC. Enjoy discussing the cross-currents of the plot with your peers! Learn more.

Occitania—A Forgotten Brilliance

Occitania was a brilliant civilization where the Renaissance, maybe even the Reformation, might have started. It was a land of tolerance, equality, social mobility, political autonomy, and freedom of expression—the land of the troubadours, the Cathars, the merchant class, and elected officials. Learn more.

The Image

This exciting photography class is for beginners and intermediates. It uniquely combines hands-on camera settings, lighting, motion, composition, and creative imaging plus a tangible introduction to Photoshop Elements, to correct and enhance images. Learn more.

Eco-friendly, Affordable, and Meaningful Funerals

Join in as we debunk myths about health and public safety, explore the laws around who owns the dead, and explain in detail how to create environmentally friendly, meaningful, affordable, and healing funerals that are family-directed and community supported. Learn more.

The War in the Skies: Europe 1939-1945

This course explores how the arrival of airplanes on the battlefield changed the very nature of warfare. It covers the development of aviation and air power in the years leading up to the war, and the greatest clash of machines in the history of armed combat. Learn more.

Active French: Travel Dialogues - La Belle Province

We will explore and discover. Join Madame G—Gloria Finkelstein—on a FUN virtual french travel adventure to the north East across the border. Learn about The Quebec French Culture and discover authentic hidden FRENCH boulangeries, restaurants and more! All levels are welcome, as are all new and returning Active French students. Each session will have all new content. Learn more.

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Fall 2023 proposals due:  May 3, 2023
Dates for term:  August 21 - November 17, 2023

Winter 2024 proposals due:  Sept. 8, 2023
Dates for term:  January 8 -
March 15, 2024

Spring 2024: proposals due: Dec. 6, 2023
Dates for term:  April 8 - 
June 14, 2024



winter term

January 4 - March 30, 2023


April 3 - June 16, 2023


August 28 - December 8, 2023

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