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Classic Novels and the Meaning of Life 
Day/Time  Thursday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-106
Session12 weeks 9/13
Limit: 25

Situated in historic time, classic novels deal with eternal issues. Their characters experience love, fear, suffering, hope, uncertainty, joy, faith and death, all contributing to the meaning of their lives. Can their experiences enrich the meaning of our lives today? Classes include DVDs and the discussion of novels by Austen, Hardy, Crane, Joyce, Dostoyevsky and others.

Coordinator: David Mulligan

David has been a missionary priest, Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Associate Professor at Stonehill College.




Great Books 
Day/Time  Wednesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
Session12 weeks 9/12
Limit: 25

Using selections chosen by the Great Books Foundation, the class will reflect on a wide range of ideas and authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Leo Tolstoy, Jhumpa Lahiri and Simone de Beauvoir who will be part of our discussions. We will use the Great Books Series called Great Conversations,Volume 3, 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. Class members will be encouraged to bring their questions to the class and volunteer to facilitate discussions.

Coordinator: Mary Joyce and Mary Beth Ellis

Mary and Mary Beth 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 9/13
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 O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 edited by Laura Furman. The assignment for the first class: Please read the Introduction, 'Too Good to be True' by Michelle Huneven and 'Something for a Young Woman' by Genevieve Plunkett.

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 Science Fiction of H. G. Wells 
Day/Time  Tuesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-115
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/23
Limit: 25

This course will be a survey of the early science fiction novels that H. G. Wells wrote between 1895 and 1906. The novels will be available in the campus bookstore. The titles are The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of The Worlds, and In The Days of The Comet. The first class will be an introduction to H. G. Wells.

Coordinator: Richard Slapsys

Richard is a retired fine arts librarian emeritus from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He taught an upper level literature course and also presented at a faculty salon on H. G. Wells.




The Wonder of Poetry 
Day/Time  Thursday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-115
Session12 weeks 9/13
Limit: 25

This is the tenth time The Wonder of Poetry is being offered with both new poets and new poems by old favorite writers. Steve Swanson will return once again, bringing us up to date (2018) on the Provincetown poetry scene. The class will be participant-oriented with poems read both in and out of the classroom, and the instructor will provide background on the individual poets and their work while leading discussions.

Coordinator: Bill Nicholson

Bill taught poetry to independent secondary school students for 39 years and to teachers during summer sessions.




Women in Literature 
Day/Time  Wednesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-115
Session12 weeks 9/12
Limit: 25

This is a reading and discussion course which examines the roles, nature and relationships of women through fiction, poetry, drama, and essays written by women. This semester we will focus on the short stories of 24 of the best North American women writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The text is More Stories We Tell: The Best Contemporary Short Stories by North American Women, ed. by Wendy Martin. It can be purchased online or at used bookstores. Read the Editor's Introduction and bring the textbook to the first class.

Coordinator: Elaine Horne

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