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FRAMINGHAM – Registration opens December 15 th for the Adventures in Lifelong Learning John L. Heineman Intersession, which will offer free courses over Zoom to seniors with the theme of “Eighteenth Century: The Evolution of Modern Europe.” Courses will be held between 9 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. in Art History, History, and Literature on three Tuesdays in January.

The courses are taught by Framingham State University Professors Bridgette Sheridan (History), Erika Schneider (Art History) and President Emerita Dr. Helen Heineman (Literature).

The University has been running the Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program in partnership with Framingham Public Library since 2011. The goal of the program is to decrease social isolation among seniors while keeping them active and healthy, nurturing their intellect and creativity, and promoting their well-being.

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Earlier this year, Framingham State University received a $14,000 grant from BayPath Elder Services to hire an outreach coordinator to expand the free Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program to isolated seniors, as well as those from underrepresented communities.

“Social isolation is a pressing concern for older adults and can lead to physical illness, depression and cognitive decline,” says Dr. Yaser Najjar, Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at Framingham State. “This issue has only grown worse during the current pandemic. We are grateful to BayPath Elderly Services for this generous grant, which will allow us to expand this popular program to even more seniors.”

Visit or the FSU website for full course descriptions, registration information, and instructions for using Zoom (by computer, tablet or phone).


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