10:00 AM-11:00 AM Classes

  • American Issues

    Invited speakers will give background and depth to current issues. Readings will be provided. Participation from the class through comments and questions is encouraged. The goal is to stimulate discussion and contribute to a more informed community. Selected talks will be recorded and aired on Wellesley cable television and on YouTube. A schedule of speakers will be handed out at the first class.

    Partial list of speakers:

    • Debi Benoit, principal, Benoit, Mizner and Simon, “The National Real Estate Market”
    • F. Trenery Dolbear, Jr., professor emeritus of economics, Brandeis International Business School, “Features of the 2017 Tax Law”
    • Tom Paine, author of the forthcoming book, America’s DNA, discusses his illustrious family who “shaped and defended our liberties from the Mayflower Compact to the American Revolution and the Civil War”
    • Alice Peisch, state representative, “Massachusetts Infrastructure Priorities “
    • John Rosenthal, director and founder, Stop Handgun Violence, “Guns and Society”
    • Alan Schechter, professor emeritus, Wellesley College, “The Opioid Epidemic”

    Course Coordinators: Ann Dolbear, Marian Stevens & Jill Strang

    Videographer: Bill Stanwood.

  • Ballroom Basics

    Dancing is the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation. It’s a full body workout for the mind, body and spirit. Learn the basic step elements, posture, poise, lead/follow, technique, etc. Merengue, waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, rumba, salsa/cha cha. No partner or prior experience necessary.

    Teacher: Paul Hughes is a certified member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, the American Society of Teachers of Dance and National Dance Council of America, and teaches ballroom dancing in the Cambridge Public Schools.

  • Bright Moments of Jazz and Rock

    Minimum enrollment 6

    This course celebrates the great bands and stars of pop, rock and jazz. We listen to recordings, watch videos and talk about a wide variety of musicians and bands. Social, historical and musical context will be provided. Examples of the artists included are Fats Domino, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, BB King, Charlie Parker, Carole King, Adele, Tower Of Power and James Brown. Come and share bright moments.

    Teacher Tom Doran is a bassist/vocalist who has played locally for 45 years. He loves to talk about and play music, so if you do too, please join!

  • Greater Boston Cultural Institutions

    Boston, a major cultural center, boasts a wealth of museums, libraries, gardens, historic destinations, art galleries, authors, etc.

    The following will visit WWLL this semester:

    • March 5: New Art Center, Newton, Dan Elias, executive director
    • March 12: Boston African American Historic Site, Stan Quigley, National Park Service
    • March 26: Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Ashley Stanley, founder and executive director
    • April 2: New England Museum Association, Dan Yaeger, executive director
    • April 9: Walnut Hill School, Natick, Antonio Viva, head of school
    • April 23: Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center, Justin Gonsor, program coordinator
    • April 30: Fort Devens Museum, Andrew Tabak, board of directors
    • May 7: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Tom Dreyer, genealogist
    • May 14: Pao Arts Center, Chinatown, Cynthia Woo, director Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
    • May 21: Huntington Theatre Company

    Course Organizers: Ross Atkin & Fran Weisse

  • Learning to Express Yourself in French

    Using selections from literature to be distributed as a basis for conversation, we learn to narrate in French the action in those selections, and to describe the characters, the setting and the meaning. We will then apply our new knowledge to events in our personal lives. An intermediate level of French capability is required.

    Teacher: Norman Gaudet taught French at Newton North. A graduate of Boston College, he has an AMT from Harvard and did advanced studies in French at the Sorbonne.

  • The Butterfly Effect Part II: How Random Events Affect History

    History from the perspective of “now” often assumes the mantle of inevitability. It appears logical and linear. Standard texts march from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Age of Reason. But what if we replayed the tape of history? Would we have the same result? To what extent is history the result of a series of unpredictable contingent events that cascade into a particular outcome? What if Hindenburg had not offered the chancellorship to Adolph Hitler in January, 1933? We will take a look at this event and a series of others that have altered the course of history from the Versailles Treaty in 1919 to the USS Maddox and the Gulf of Tonkin crises.

    Teacher: David Moore taught in the history and social sciences department at Newton North. He received his master’s from Boston College. He won the Charles Dana Meserve outstanding teacher award in 1993. His particular history interests include classical Greece, American studies and the Holocaust.

  • The Catcher in the Rye: Design, Coincidence or Unconscious Effort?

    Sessions 4-10, starts April 2

    For decades, J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has captivated, puzzled and entertained readers. We will read and discuss the book as a byproduct of the central character Holden Caulfield’s drive to fulfill his role as The Catcher. This uncontrollable drive compels him to act and react under the influence of a unique psychological need, and it makes sense of his unusual and seemingly random responses to people and events.

    Teacher: Chuck Kamar taught English for 34 years in the Newton Public Schools, the last 20 at Newton North. He has a bachelor’s from Boston State and a master’s from Boston University. In 1998, he won the Paul E. Elicker Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Wollen Sie Deutsch Sprechen?

    An hour of conversation for students of German and for German speakers. Basic knowledge of the German language is necessary. We read stories, plays, newspaper articles and poems. Participants write short essays, which we correct in class and use as bases to review or teach grammar points. Talents represented in the group make for a lively class.

    Teacher: Renate Olsen has a bachelor’s and a master’s from New York State University at Albany. She has taught English and German in high school. She had a Fulbright scholarship in Germany and is a retired serials librarian at Regis College.

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