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:
A Tale of Two Cities
What a joy to be in London with easy access to Paris! Together, we’ll read Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, a quick and fun read. We are perfectly situated to take in 1790s London (assisted by a Blue-Badge guide) and Paris through the eyes of one of England’s most famous novelists. The trip (priced separately) will be led by a professor from Roehampton University, who specializes in connecting French Revolution Paris with Dickens’ novel. In Paris, Antoine de Meux, a novelist of the Revolution and commentator in historical documentaries in France will take us to his favorite Revolution sites. We’ll read the bit of Wordsworth’s Prelude that speaks of the Revolution, look at Simon Schama’s Citizens’ Chronicle of the French Revolution, and read two letters written at the time by Helen Maria Williams. The trip to Paris takes place Thursday–Saturday, 28-30 March. Classes run on Wednesdays, 27 February to 10 April, 10 am-12 noon, at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace NW8. Course cost: £400 (trip not included).
King Arthur and Camelot
The myth and magic of Britain 500-800AD revolves around King Arthur and his Camelot, with accounts of the legendary goings on during this magical time written and rewritten through the ages. We’ll sink into the magic with E.H. White’s The Once and Future King, which according to Neil Gaiman is “as good as anything anyone has written.” We’ll enter Arthur’s court ourselves in the humorous, elegant Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Lastly, The Book of English Magic will divulge the ancient knowledge of the occult, superstition and religion practiced in Arthur’s land. Join us as we sink into the all-engrossing fantasy. The trip (priced separately) takes place Friday–Sunday, 5-7 April, to Glastonbury and beyond. Classes run on Thursdays, 28 February to 11 April 2019, 12:15-2:30 pm, at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace NW8. Course cost: £400 (trip not included).
Questions to Alice Leader.