Registration to open for ALFA Spring 2024 session

December 12, 2023
Photo of ALFA Spring 2024 brochure
ALFA Students sitting in a classroom listening to teacher

Registration is now open for Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) Spring courses, with offerings that will include a deep dive into the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, an introduction to impressionism, a look at the history of Japan, and discussion of contemporary Irish film.

Several events are also planned to celebrate ALFA’s 20th anniversary, including art shows on campus and at the Fitchburg Art Museum, and a “Love of Learning Day” celebration in May.

There are dozens of classes on the calendar, with the full program viewable online at

ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that serves adult learners in Fitchburg and the surrounding communities. ALFA is sponsored by the School of Graduate, Online, and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State in collaboration with volunteer members of the community. It offers non-credit daytime classes, trips, special events, and a free speaker series. 

ALFA students are encouraged to volunteer and participate in program leadership and development, as well as social and recreational activities. Most courses are $45 (and free for students over age 90). A limited number of scholarships are available.

The season will also feature a five-part series on artificial intelligence, including a look at the societal implications of ChatGPT, the question of AI’s consciousness, and the role that AI could play in the future of healthcare as well as exploration of outer space. Other multi-part series will explore the geography, history and culture of Africa, as well as an “armchair adventure” exploring the art and culture of the local area. 

The ALFA Salon will continue this spring, a free discussion group every other week during the term wherein presenters lead engaging discussions on a variety of topics that will include AI, defending the freedom to read, equine-assisted therapy, and a look at the causes and impact of the recent writers’ and actors’ strikes.

The Spring courses include fitness classes, nature hikes, and group trips. See the complete course listing and register online at

ALFA is always on the lookout for new instructors and new subject matter to share with its students. Anyone with a specialty that they think others would be interested in should contact the program directors at for details about becoming an ALFA instructor. Also, direct any questions to the ALFA office at 978-665-3706, or email at