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

Kings and Queens—again!

This one-session course, first presented this spring, will be repeated in September owing to popular demand. In the two-hour class, all 60 monarch, who have ruled in succession since 800AD, are woven into a memorable pattern. Join us on Thursday, 6 September, at St. Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrance, NW8, 10 am-12 noon. Class cost: £30. 


The Brontes

This is one of the most popular courses in Master Classes—with the most popular trip—and is offered again this fall. We read novels by the Bronte sisters: Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The books are fun to read, and shocking and fast paced. We’ll have one or two great guest speakers. Classes take place on Thursday mornings, 13 September–1 November, 10 am-12 noon, at St. Mark's Church Hall, Hamilton Terrace, NW8. Course cost: £400. Our trip, 26-28 October, is priced separately, and takes us to the Brontes' home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, a picturesque, stone village. We’ll experience where they lived and wrote, and walk on the moors where they saw ghosts.


Secret Brontes

Anyone who has taken The Brontes course is eligible to take this course. We will read Charlotte’s Villette, held by many to be her best work. We’ll divide the chapters into eight sessions, to be held at my house on Friday mornings, 14 September–2 November, 10 am–12 noon, and share guest speakers with The Brontes course on Thursday mornings. Course cost: £400. Our trip is 26-28 October and is priced separately. 


The Bloomsbury Group

This was an influential group of people who, in the first half of the 20th century, spear-headed in Britain a revolution—in fiction, economics, painting, journalism and feminism. The best known were Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. Many lived and worked together in the Bloomsbury area of London, hence their nickname. We will read Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Strachey’s Eminent Victorians, Forster’s Howard’s End and a tract by Keynes preparing the way for Keynesian economics. Actual ‘Bloomsburies,’ now in their 90s, will come speak to us. Classes take place on Wednesdays, 12 September–31 October, 10 am-12 noon, St. Mark's Church Hall, Hamilton Terrace, NW8. Course cost: £400. Our trip is 5-7 October (and is priced separately), and takes us to Charleston, Monk's House, Sissinghurst, Knole and Cambridge (Fitzwilliam, King's and Newnham colleges). 


Questions to Alice Leader.