Adult learning

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

Virtual master classes with Alice Leader

Five of the Most Influential Travel Books
We may not be able to travel yet, but we can with our minds—through time and all over the world. We start with selected readings from Histories by Herodotus (c. 440BC). Known as “the father of history” and “the father of cultural travel itself,” Herodotus tells stories that are unexpectedly fun and wonderful. Afterwards, we travel forward to Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768). He turns the sober Grand Tour principle on its head, avoiding all great monuments and cathedrals, and instead seeking out personal, often amorous, adventures by which to remember Italy and France. Third, we encounter Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad (1869), still read eagerly for pleasure. With his self-deprecating humor, Twain teases everyone—the exploring Americans, the French—creating a new style of comic travel writing. With him, we’ll travel to Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Constantinople, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Damascus, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem. Last but not least, we meet Jack Kerouac, On the Road. This is classic travel writing that became a cultural phenomenon, thumbing its nose at the leaden conformity of the cold war Era. Classes take place via Zoom on Wednesdays, 24 March-12 May, 2:30-4 pm GMT. We’ll meet in two sections if necessary. Questions to Alice Leader. 

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British and Irish Short Stories
Feeling overwhelmed and unable to concentrate? We are all struggling in lockdown! Let’s read short stories. From a collection called That Glimpse of Truth: The 100 Finest Short Stories Ever Written, we can read two a week—which will bring intense pleasure with minimal effort. Each story will bring magic into our lives; and we’ll learn a little about the authors. We can pick up or slow down the weekly number of stories as we go along. You’ll know many of the authors, but may not have read their short stories: Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Sean O’Faolain, V.S. Pritchett, Ian McEwan, Colm Toibin, Angela Carter and more. All our stories are contained in this one collection. If you’ve never signed up for Master Classes before (or you are a tried-and-true regular), this is a good course to take. And by the time the course is finished, lockdown will be well on the road to being lifted. Classes take place via Zoom on Thursdays, 25 March-13 May, 2-3:30 pm GMT. We’ll meet in two sections if necessary. Questions to Alice Leader. 

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