Study Groups

The Lifelong Peer Learning Program's peer learning model consists of "study groups" that are conceived and developed by members, who then "coordinate" the study groups in a classroom setting. While the Lifelong Peer Learning Program curriculum is academically rigorous, study groups are noncredit, and there are no exams or grades. The Lifelong Peer Learning Program does not use the term "instructor" or "course." Study groups on a wide range of subject matters --from history to literature, philosophy, science, art, music, and drama-- are coordinated by peers (see examples below). The program is committed to small study groups and to the unique sense of community that distinguishes this program from other education programs. Some classes feature guest speakers and many study groups are co-coordinated allowing for shared responsibility in both planning and leading study groups. A special camaraderie develops among Lifelong Peer Learning Program study group members and between the members and study group coordinators who prepare and guide stimulating, engaging sessions.

All members of our peer learning community take their responsibilities seriously, and proactive engagement is an integral element of the entire Lifelong Peer Learning ProgramLifelong Peer Learning Program members are expected to register each semester for at least two study groups. (Under some circumstances, one-semester leaves of absence are granted to Lifelong Peer Learning Program members in good standing.) Members thrive in an environment that fosters social bonding, shared educational experiences, and attention to personal and intellectual development.

Members work with the Curriculum Committee to select and develop study group topics that match their interests and expertise. The Curriculum Committee ensures that the content of study groups is varied each semester. Participants in study groups do not receive credit, take tests, or get grades, but they are responsible for sharing the results of their research, keeping up with assigned readings, and contributing to class discussions.

During both the fall and the spring semesters, Lifelong Peer Learning Program students are expected to register for two to three study groups, though accomodations can be made with approval from the director. The hour-and-a-half-long classes meet once a week for 12 weeks and are offered in the morning and afternoon. An abbreviated program is offered in the summer for a small additional fee.

Spring 2022 Study Groups

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:30 – 11:00
ZOOM ONLY

9:30 – 11:00
HYFLEX

9:30 – 11:00
ZOOM ONLY

9:30 – 11:00
ZOOM ONLY

9:30 – 11:00

THE DIVINE COMEDY, PART I (ZOOM ONLY)
Richard Zuckerman

THERE GOES RHYMIN’ SIMON - THE MUSIC OF PAUL SIMON
Randy Ross

THESE TRUTHS, A HISTORY OF THE US BY JILL LEPORE
Jeffrey Siegel

SCIENCE WEDNESDAY
Maureen Hatch, Mary Padilla, Hannah Shear, Lorne Taichman, Eva Vogel

AGAINST THE GRAINEARLY STAGES OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION
Charles Troob

JAZZ APPRECIATION
Tom Grant, Rob Tessler

DUTCH SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ART
Deborah Markow

WRITING WORKSHOP
Leslie Bedford, Charles Troob

JFK REAPPRAISED
Michael Shapiro

N/A


 

11:45 – 1:15
HYFLEX

11:45 – 1:15
HYFLEX

11:45 – 1:15
ZOOM ONLY

11:45 – 1:15
ZOOM ONLY

11:00 – 12:30
ZOOM ONLY

KAZUO ISHIGURO, A THOUGHTFUL MAN
Eileen Hanley

4 COUNTRIES, 4 BOOKS – WHAT LITERATURE CAN TEACH US
Meera Kumar

THE MOVIES LOOK AT WORKING WOMEN
Sheila O’Connell

HAPPINESS THE NEW SCIENCE
Michael Hill

THE ART OF THE NEW YORKER PROFILE
Linda Anstendig, Lynn Brenner, Chuck Bronfeld, Bob Cohn, Mary Connelly, Lenore Cooney, Naomi Cooper, Aileen Gitelson, Judy Goldman, Tom Sear, Rena Shagan, Judy Siegel, Susan Smahl 

PHILIP ROTH, THE BIOGRAPHY
(IN PERSON ONLY)
Arlyne LeSchack, Judy Zaborowski

WHO’S AFRAID OF JOSEPH CONRAD?
(IN PERSON ONLY)
Steve Reichstein

REVISITING W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Mary Semel

DOCUMENTARY FILM: ART AND AVARICE
Lynn Brenner, Mary Connelly, Bob Sholiton

ADVENTURES IN PRINT: EXPLORING IDEAS IN NARRATIVE NON-FICTION
Elisabeth Gitter, Linda Gottlieb, Lorraine Matovina, Rita Silverman, Ken Witty

QING DYNASTY PART 2: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE LAST CHINESE EMPIRE
Eric Zimiles

LITERARY ANALYSIS
Mary Rowan

THE LIVES OF OTHERS: READING MEMOIR 3
Jay Fleishman, Laini Gerald, Lesley Herrmann and Jenny Ross; Miriam Lawrence

MEMORIES: WRITING WORKSHOP
Andy Shapiro

GREAT STORIES, NOT-SO-GREAT RELATIONSHIPS
Sophie Balcoff


 

2:00 – 3:30

2:00 – 3:30
HYFLEX

2:00 – 3:30
ZOOM ONLY

2:00 – 3:30
ZOOM ONLY

 

US HEALTH CARE: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Charles Brecher (HYFLEX)

SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY
Frances De Lott, Marge Heins, Susan Herman, Marietta Meyers, Susan Sabatino, Mark Scher, Joy Schulman (ZOOM ONLY)

SLEEP (AND DREAMS)
(IN PERSON ONLY)
Don Ray

MAKERS OF MODERN INDIA
Ajit Kumar, Meera Kumar

INTERNATIONAL MYSTERIES: OTHER CULTURES
Iris Zevin, Jack Zevin

ALEXANDER PUSHKIN AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN RUSSIAN LITERATURE
Steve Kalinsky

LITERARY AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS: A COGNITIVE APPROACH
James Smith

FILMS OF JOHN HUSTON
Howie Menikoff

DO YOU UNDERSTAND DYLAN?
James Smith

SINCLAIR LEWIS, SATIRIST EXTRAORDINAIRE
Steve Kalinsky, Sara Otey

ADVANCED GUIDED AUTOBIOGRAPHY
David Grogan

N/A

Past Study Groups

  • Art History: Egypt and Greece
  • Art in Current Museum Exhibitions
  • Beethoven Quartets: Bridge to the Modern
  • The Effects of Politics on 20th-Century Music
  • Modern Art 1900-1945
  • Watercolor for Absolute Beginners
  • Acting Workshop
  • Basic Acting: Creating Characters
  • The Genius of Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Italian Cinema from Neorealism to the Present
  • The Play's the Thing
  • The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: John Huston and His Films
  • The Evolution of Shakespeare's Comedic Art
  • Great Decisions
  • Political Issues at the Approach of the 21st Century
  • The Crusades: From Pilgrimage to Holy War
  • Greenwich Village: Its Landmarks and Literature
  • Historiography: The Art of Writing History
  • The Progressive Era (1900-1920): From Theodore Roosevelt Through Woodrow Wilson
  • Restricting Free Speech in Wartime
  • Robert Moses: His Life and Place in History
  • Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Light, and Time
  • An Interdisciplinary Look at the Concept of Time
  • Censorship and Writers
  • Landmark Cases and Current Issues Under the Constitution
  • Rights in Conflict
  • American Classics II: Short Fiction by Twain, James, Crane, and Wharton
  • Fathers in Philip Roth's World
  • Great Books: From Euripides to Gogol
  • I Lift My Lamp: American Immigrant History Through Literature
  • International Contemporary Fiction
  • Writing Workshop
  • On Desire
  • Philosophy of Love
  • Plato's Dialogues
  • Political Philosophy
  • In Her Own Words
  • More T.S. Eliot
  • Robert Frost: What Was He Thinking?
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Cells: The Basic Units of Life
  • Milestones of 20th-Century Physics