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:

Alice Leader's Master Classes

To register, email Alice Leader, alice_leader@asl.org. Both fall courses cost £400 (trip not included). Please make checks payable to ‘ASL’ and mail them to Alice Leader, 11 Brooksville Avenue, London NW6 6TH.

Fall courses

Elections: USA and UK

This fall promises to be an exciting time in politics on both sides of the Atlantic, with the US presidential election and the UK in a spin since the Brexit vote in June. We’ll follow the action in the International New York Times, the Guardian and the Telegraph. We focus on understanding the issues and growing familiar with the main personalities. Guest speakers include head archivist of the Parliament Steven Erlanger, bureau chief of the NYT in London, Susan Schoenfeld-Harrington for Democrats Abroad, and Mallory Factor to represent the Republicans. Our trip, 21-22 October, is to the Reuters Institute, Oxford University, where we take part in a seminar on immediately current politics, and enjoy a talk from experts on UK and US politics, John Lloyd of the FT, and Tom Packer, visiting American scholar. Thursday afternoons, 22 September–10 November, 12:30-2:15 pm. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace and Abercorn Place.

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

That’s what Lady Caroline Lamb said of Lord Byron! Let’s find out why, and read part of Byron’s Don Juan, and other thoroughly disreputable, acclaimed authors, such as D.H. Lawrence (Sons and Lovers); and the most outrageous of all, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680), an English poet and courtier of King Charles II’s Restoration court. In addition, we read Miranda Seymour’s In My Father’s House, an unabashed memoir of her strange childhood. During our trip to Nottinghamshire, (4-6 November) we stay at Miranda’s father’s house, an Elizabethan and Stuart jewel, as well as visit Lawrence’s single-room birthplace, and tour Lord Byron’s grand Newstead Abbey. We’ll also find time to go down the only coal mine still open to the public. Frances Wilson will talk about Don Juan and, in her father’s house, Miranda Seymour will speak about her memoir as well as on Byron. Classes take place on Thursdays, 22 September–10 November, 10 am-12 noon, at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace and Abercorn Place. NB: On Thursday evening, 22 September, the whole class will attend a play, The Libertine, about the Earl of Rochester.

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