10:00 AM-11:00 AM Classes

  • American Issues

    Invited speakers give historical background and depth to issues facing the US today and respond to questions from the audience. Filmed and aired on Wellesley cable television and YouTube, the course is designed to stimulate a discussion that extends beyond the classroom and to contribute to a more informed community.

    • September 18 Gerald Rovsner, attorney at law, “Current US Immigration Policy”
    • September 25 Alice Peisch, MA Rep. for Wellesley, “Update on Our Infrastructure”
    • October 2 Mark Lee, assistant district attorney, Suffolk County
    • October 16 Phyllis Mays, “State Legislation Regarding Immigrants in Massachusetts”
    • October 23 John Lambert, emeritus exec. VP, ImmunoGen, “From Toxins to Magic Bullets for Cancer Treatment: A Biotech Success Story”
    • October 30 TBD
    • November 6 John Dirlam, Wellesley Historical Society, “Six Other Unusual Elections in American History”
    • November 13 Cynthia Stone Creem, MA Senator for Newton & Wellesley, “Mandatory Minimum Sentencing and Other Criminal Reform Justice Issues”
    • November 20 Andy Molinsky, professor, Brandeis Business School, “If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Don’t Learn Anything”
    • November 27 Alan Schechter, emeritus professor of political science, Wellesley College, “The First Year of the Trump Administration”

    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 of the 20th century. We will 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, Santana, Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, BB King, Charlie Parker, Carole King, Michael Jackson and Buddy Holly.

    Teacher Tom Doran is a bassist/vocalist who has played locally for 48 years. He is currently rehearsing a Funk/Rock/Soul band and is pursuing a jazz vocal project. He likes to share music gems and is thrilled when you bring in some of your own as well!

  • 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:

    The following will visit WWLL this semester:

    • September 18 Wendy Cadge, professor of sociology, Brandeis University, “Hidden Sanctuaries”
    • September 25: Kimberly Dawson, executive producer, Actors’ Shakespeare Project
    • October 2 Carole Charnow, president and CEO, Boston Children’s Museum
    • October 16 Jocelyn Gould, park guide, “Shipbuilding Women of the Navy Yard,” Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown
    • October 23 Susan Wilson, historian, The Omni Parker House
    • October 30 Jackie Blombach, historic preservation consultant, The Gibson House Museum
    • November 6 Rose Doherty, author, Katharine Gibbs: Beyond White Gloves
    • November 13 Dennis Fiori, president, Massachusetts Historical Society
    • November 20 Shana Dumont Garr, curator, Fruitlands Museum
    • November 27 Gordon Wilkins, assistant curator, Peabody Essex Museum Photography Collection

    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.

  • Poetry For The People X: Modern And Contemporary European Poetry

    The class will read and discuss poems by poets from 20 European countries. Just what are the issues and conflicts expressed by modern and contemporary poets from Bulgaria or Russia or Wales? This class encourages you to share your thoughts and ideas about these poets and their work.

    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.

  • The Butterfly Effect: 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 are historical events, trends, eras, the results of a series of unpredictable contingent events that cascade into a particular outcome? What if William of Normandy’s cavalry lacked the simple stirrup? Would Harald Sigurdsson have continued his reign in 1066? What language would we be speaking now? We look at these questions and other seemingly inconsequential developments that altered the course of history from Themistocles’ navy in the Persian War to Kaiser Frederick III’s untimely death in 1888.

    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.

  • 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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