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Registration opens for spring 2015 ALFA courses

Posted 01/13/15

Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program, now in its 11th year providing local residents the opportunity to broaden their minds and social circles through non-credit daytime courses and special activities, is now taking registrations for its spring courses. The upcoming session features a full roster of diverse course offerings ranging from topics in writing, history and science to nature, fitness and technology.

ALFA, originated in 2003, is a lifelong learning institute that offers courses and activities designed and implemented in coordination with the professional staff at Fitchburg State University. ALFA provides an opportunity for lifelong learners with similar interests to meet in an informal setting and pursue learning for enrichment and personal growth.

The spring schedule includes courses on bird watching, quilting and the works of Oscar Wilde. Join new friends for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, learn about modern women artists and how to use the latest social media platforms. Study the origins and impact of colonialism and find out the underpinnings of human behavior.

ALFA’s first spring session runs from January to March and another session of courses will run in March and April. Courses are $25 (with a limit of six per semester).

ALFA also sponsors group trips, including a journey to see an open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 2. Registration is $77 per person, lunch included.

ALFA’s free Food for Thought Lecture and Shirley Pick Spring Series also continues this spring in Hammond Hall on the Fitchburg State campus.

  • On Tuesday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m., Fitchburg State Professor Ben Railton will present “The Chinese Exclusion Act and the History of U.S. Immigration Policies” at Ellis White Lecture Hall.
  • On Tuesday, April 28, ALFA wraps up its year with a trio of events at Ellis White Lecture Hall. “Meet Eleanor Roosevelt: Advocate for Human Rights,” performed by Elena Dodd, will be held at 11 a.m. At 12:15 p.m., a luncheon featuring music by Chet Williamson will be offered for $10. And at 1:30 p.m., the Food for Thought Lecture “This Land is our Land” by Janet Morrison of the North County Land Trust will conclude the season.

To learn more or to register for classes, visit www.fitchburgstate.edu/alfa.

ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies and the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State, in collaboration with volunteer representatives of the community. Most classes are held in the C-wing of the university’s McKay Complex at 67 Rindge Road.

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