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:
Master classes with Alice Leader
WWII History of Guernsey, Channel Islands
During the Second World War, the Channel Islands, a British dependency, were occupied by German troops. Before the occupation, which began in 1940, 80 percent of Guernsey’s children were evacuated to England to live with relatives or strangers. Some children were never reunited with their families. The occupying German forces deported more than 1,000 Guernsey residents to camps in southern Germany. Guernsey was heavily fortified during World War II, out of all proportion to the island's strategic value. To learn more, we’ll read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, by Annie Barrows, When the Germans Came, by Duncan Barrett, and The Betrayal, by Anne Allen, and then fly to Guernsey to explore for ourselves. Wednesday classes, starting 8 January, take place at St. Mary’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, 10 am-12 noon. Course cost is £400. Trip is priced separately, and runs 28 February-1 March.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Now and during the past 100 yearsWe’ve heard about the famous “Irish backstop” and “The Troubles.” Let’s delve deeper by studying Belfast, a dramatic and divided city. We’ll read about Belfast and make a visit to the city, guided by some of its most famous authors, including Jan Carson, internationally acclaimed author of The Fire Starters. Let’s read, for fiction, her novel, and Milkman, by Anna Burns, The Truth Commissioner, by David Park, and Cal, by Bernard McLaverty, and for history, Making Sense of the Troubles, by David McKittrick and David McVea). Maybe we’ll ‘read’ Milkman as an audio book. Classes take place on Thursdays, at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, 12:30-2:15 pm, starting 9 January. Course cost is £400. Trip is priced separately and takes place 6-8 March.
Questions to Alice Leader.