FRAMINGHAM – Registration is now open for the Spring Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program, which will offer free courses over Zoom to seniors taught by FSU faculty and community leaders.
The free courses for seniors age 60 and older will be held between 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays (April 6, 12, 20, 27).
Five different courses are offered:
- Dickins’ Little Dorrit “Shades of the Prison House” taught by Framingham State President Emerita Dr. Helen Heineman
- Personal Responsibility and Civic Engagement in an Age of post-COVID19, taught by the Rev. J. Anthony Lloyd
- Is the Party Over? A look at the future of the Republic and Democratic Parties, taught by Framingham State Political Science Professor Dr. David Smailes
- An Academic Analysis of Islam, taught by Framingham State University Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Dr. Yaser Najjar.
- The Equal Rights Amendment – 1920 to 2020, taught by Attorney Barbara Berenson
Framingham State has been sponsoring 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.
In 2020, 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 FSU. “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 www.framinghamlibrary.org/adventures or the FSU website for full course descriptions, registration information, and instructions for using Zoom (by computer, tablet or phone). QUESTIONS: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 508-626-4603.