In March, the Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) Planning Committee decided to postpone the Spring 2020 program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the need for continued physical distancing, we now have decided to provide remote courses, using Zoom video and audio conferencing technology during the months of May and June 2020. These courses will be provided free-of-charge, or for a voluntary donation, and may be accessed via land line phone, cell phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet. If you have not used Zoom, please click here for instructions.


Course Schedule


Course 101: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”
Dr. Helen Heineman, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Jane Austen’s Emma stands at the top of her achievements, even though she herself spoke of Emma as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”  While the main subject of Emma is marriage, the book is also a detective story, full of clues and subterfuges, and ever deepening mysteries.  Most of all, it’s a story about the way men and women in a particular situation try to work out the eternally challenging problem of living well and finding happiness. For the first meeting, participants should read as far as Chapter Seventeen, Volume I.

Note: Emma can be downloaded as a free eBook via Libby, Overdrive, or hoopla.

Emma as an eBook and an audiobook are in Overdrive's always available collection, resulting in no wait time and the ability to immediately renew. Here are the direct links to Emma in Overdrive:
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If you are unfamiliar with eBooks, please use our new Chat feature, accessible from our website, or email the Reference staff at for assistance.

Course 102: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material
Andrea Kamens, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 10: 45 am – 12:15 pm

There is a practicing community of New England storytellers working within a long tradition that honors the old by making it always new. We will create a space to listen, learn, and tell. We will build skills with
storytelling games, and work collaboratively as brave tellers and open and affirmative listeners. Each participant will develop a short (6-8 minute) performance-style story of their own. Participants will share their stories virtually at The Story Space, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm.


Brown Bag Lunch

Co-hosted by Dr. Anne Roberti, Assistant Director of Community Education at Framingham State University, and Maureen DeJong, Adventures in Lifelong Learning Outreach Coordinator, Tuesdays May 5- June 16, 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm

We encourage participants to register for the Brown Bag Lunch session to provide an opportunity for our learning community members to socially engage while we enjoy our respective midday meals. 


Course 103: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them
Jack Perricone, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

The elements of songs – melody, harmony, rhythm/groove, texture, lyrics, and song form – will be demonstrated and discussed with original examples from our rich song literature. These songs will be stylistically diverse, ranging from country songs to electronic dance music (EDM), from Irving Berlin to Ed Sheeran. We will explore the way these elements conjoin to enhance the feelings each individual song expresses. We will listen to and discuss the different processes that contribute to the ways these songs are created, to develop a deeper perspective and appreciation of popular songs. No formal musical training is necessary.


Course 104: Going to War: The President as “Commander-in-Chief”
Dr. David Smailes, Tuesdays May 26 – June 16 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

The constitutional power to determine how and when to go to war is one of the most important parts of our founding document, and yet no power has undergone more changes throughout American history.
In this course, we will examine what the Founders intended in this crucial area, how the role of Congress and the President have changed over the years, and the ways presidents since 9/11 have increased their power as “Commander-in-Chief”.


Registration is now closed.


If you have any questions, please email or phone 508-626-4603.

Using Zoom

Our courses will be accessible online and via the phone using the Zoom video and audio conferencing platform.  Zoom can be downloaded and installed easily on laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones. In addition, you may dial into a Zoom meeting using a landline or cell phone.

Download and Install Zoom 

Once you have downloaded and installed the Zoom software on your computer or mobile device, join a test meeting to try out your audio and video and familiarize yourself with Zoom features:

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