Adventures in Lifelong Learning


Given the increased health risk from COVID-19 for people aged 60 and above, the Adventures in Lifelong Learning program will continue to provide remote courses, using Zoom video and audio conferencing technology, in January 2021. Courses are provided free-of-charge, or for a voluntary donation, and may be accessed via land line phone, cell phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet.

Intersession 2021 classes take place on Tuesdays, January 12, 19, and 26. 
Online registration opens at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. 
The Eighteenth-Century: The Evolution of Modern Europe
The John L. Heineman Intersession 2021 offers an integrated study of literature, art, and history during one of Europe’s most tumultuous centuries. Instructors from different disciplines will examine the creative tensions that produced not only literary and artistic masterpieces, but also the meaning of life within a social framework in which art, literature, and political and social aspiration merged into a tightly interwoven consciousness.
9:00 am – 10:15 am  Dr. Bridgette Sheridan
Dr. Sheridan will focus on economics, ideas, and revolution, particularly of the French Revolution.  Together with the development of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the political ideas of the Enlightenment, these events and ideas have ushered in the dawn of modernity.
Art History 
10:30 am – 11:45 am  Dr. Erika Schneider
Professor Schneider’s art segment will include 18th century European and American artists and works in the court style of the Rococo, including Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher, Vigee-LeBrun, and Hogarth,  culminating in the didactic Neoclassical, with David, Kauffman, West, and Copley, among others.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm   Dr. Helen Heineman
Professor Heineman will present Defoe’s masterpiece, Robinson Crusoe, a story of peril and the solitudes of the human soul, of a man stranded upon a desert island, isolated and brooding upon the nature of society. The novel profoundly impressed Rousseau, who was inspired by it to “return to Nature,” while others, like Marx, regarded it as a meretricious model of economic independence. The novel’s strong reputation has remained constant, and it has undergone hundreds of editions and translations into many languages.  Please read the first third of the novel by the first class meeting.