Adult learning

ASL's adult learning program carries out the School's mission to develop lifelong learners. We hope that parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of ASL will enjoy participating in the following educational opportunities:

Master Classes: Fall 2017

The Golden Age of Murder
Let’s slip away from the hurly-burly and sink into murder mysteries. We’ll read “The Devil in Disguise” by Martin Edwards, “A Judgment in Stone” by Ruth Rendell, “Stranger on a Train” by Patricia Highsmith, “A Piece of my Heart” by Peter Robinson, “Malice Aforethought” by Frances Iles, “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie, and “The Death of Dalziel” by Reginald Hill (no repeats from the 2012 course!) By good fortune, Martin Edwards, president of the Detection Society (formerly headed by Dorothy L. Sayers and by Agatha Christie), will speak to us. A mystery writer, himself, and a legal advisor to the police in real crime detection, Edwards, the UK’s top expert in Golden Age mystery crime, will accompany us on our trip (10-12 October, priced separately) to Liverpool, the setting of his Harry Devlin novels.

Thursdays, 28 September–16 November, 12:30-2:15 pm, St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, NW8.


George Eliot
"Middlemarch" is lauded as one of the best novels in the English language. And 2019 is the 200th anniversary of George Eliot’s birth. In readiness, we'll read "Middlemarch" and "Mill on the Floss," which promises to be a life-changing experience! Rosemary Ashton, an academic expert on Eliot, will lead the upcoming London anniversary festivities and is our prize guest speaker. In addition, we hope to enjoy a visit from someone who worked on the 1994 BBC award-winning production of "Middlemarch." John Burton, head of the anniversary festivities for the Midlands, will take us on a tour around George Eliot country—Nuneaton and Coventry—to trace Eliot’s childhood and early adult years, 26-28 October (priced separately).

Wednesdays, 27 September–15 November, 10 am–12 noon, St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, NW8.



Clones and Monsters
Stand by for a most unusual course! We will read "Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley; "Never Let Me Go," by Kazuo Ishiguro; and the play, "A Number," by Caryl Churchill. Cloning and human transplants link the three works. The media recent carried stories of plans for the first human head transplant, while Amazon Robotics are set to open a development center in Cambridge. We'll contemplate the questions: What is a human? Are clones the same as the original donor person? Do we have any moral or ethical obligation to clones or robots? Frankenstein’s monster moves us to pity; should Frankenstein have completed a companion for him, a female monster? We visit the Orkneys, 20–23 October (priced separately), where the scientist disappeared to create the monster’s mate, and where we'll visit stupendous Neolithic monuments: Maeshowe, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. Susannah Clapp, theater critic for the Observer, will speak to us about "A Number;" and Christopher Frayling, expert on Frankenstein, vampires, and the dark beast in man and the dark side of human nature, will show us how Mary Shelley’s monster transformed itself into a warning about the dangers of tampering with nature.

Thursdays, 28 September–16 November, 10 am–12 noon, St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, NW8.

Courses cost £450.

For more information, contact Alice Leader.

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