Registration opens Aug. 6 for ALFA fall 2024 courses

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Registration opens Tuesday, Aug. 6 for Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) fall courses, with offerings that will include an exploration of book bans and censorship, a look at the eventful 2023-24 term of the U.S. Supreme Court, and an introduction to the origin of the universe itself. 

There will also be a five-part, online series about artificial intelligence (AI), exploring its impact on our understanding of the world and its systems. Another online series will focus on Africa and its unique geography, history and culture. 

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 fall 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