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Great Books 
Day/Time  Wednesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
Session12 weeks 31-Jan
Limit: 25

Using selections chosen by the Great Books Foundation, this class will reflect on a wide range of ideas and authors including John Donne, John Rawls, Nadine Gordimer and Hannah Arendt. Course text will again be the Great Books Series called Great Conversations, Volume 2, which focuses on various themes and uses selections from classic and contemporary works in various genres and disciplines. The book can be purchased online at or 800-222-5870 ext-2 or on Amazon. Class members will be encouraged to bring their questions to the class and volunteer to facilitate discussions. There is no assignment for the first class, but we will discuss a brief handout.

Coordinator: Mary Joyce and Mary Beth Ellis

Mary Joyce and Mary Beth Ellis are professional teachers, lifelong learners and avid readers who encourage others to bring their questions, share their ideas and insights. Newcomers are always welcome.




Loving the Short Story 
Day/Time  Thursday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 1-Feb
Limit: 25

The students will discuss two stories at each session, sharing ideas and perceptions to enhance the understanding of the readings. The text for this course will be The Best American Short Stories 2017 edited by Meg Wolitzer. The assignment for the first class: Please read the Introduction, Maidencane by Chad Anderson and Are We Not Men? by T.C. Boyle.

Coordinator: Sheryl Lajoie and Elizabeth Moylan

Sheryl has led this class for many years and thoroughly enjoys reading, analyzing the stories and gaining amazing insights from class participants. Betty shares the love of short stories and is a valuable asset to the short story discussions.




The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway 
Day/Time  Monday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-106
SessionFirst 6 weeks 29-Jan
Limit: 25

This course will analyze many of Ernest Hemingway's short stories. It will identify the short story as one of Hemingway's principal thematic and technical tools, and will focus on the short story as arguably Hemingway's finest work. The course text is The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition, and is available at CCCC bookstore. The first week's assignment will be to read pages 1-64 and 105-126.

Coordinator: Lew Taylor

Lew is a retired public librarian with a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at A.L.L. and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.




Tragedy and Hope in Aeschylus' Orestia 
Day/Time  Thursday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
SessionFirst 6 weeks 1-Feb
Limit: 25

Can any society survive horrific acts? How is justice served? These questions are as complex today as they were in ancient Greece. Explore them with Aeschylus in the three plays comprising his Orestia: Agamemnon, probing retribution with its secrets purposely forgotten, terrible wrath, and treachery; Choephoroe, bringing vengeance and hidden fears; and Eumenides, weighing punishment and atonement with justice. Please bring a copy of Agamemnon (any translation) to the first class.

Coordinator: Nancy Yee

Nancy is a former English department chairperson and Professor Emerita at Fitchburg State University. She was first struck by the power and beauty of Greek drama when teaching it to college freshmen more than fifty years ago.




Women in Literature 
Day/Time  Wednesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-115
Session12 weeks 31-Jan
Limit: 25

This is a reading and discussion course which examines the roles, nature, and relationships of women through fiction, poetry, drama, and essays. Each semester, we examine a different aspect, writer, literary work, theme, social significance, or historical importance of literature written by women. This semester we will focus on 17 of the best women writers of the 20th century on the topic of mother- daughter relationships. The text will be Snapshots: 20th Century Mother Daughter Fiction ed. by Joyce Carol Oates and Janet Berliner. It can be purchased online at or at any other online used book stores. Read the Preface and the Introduction and bring the text to the first class.

Coordinator: Elaine Horne

Elaine is a retired Professor of English and English Department Chair. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and Greater Hartford Community College.