Lexington Community Education Announces Spring Programming

Lexington Community Education’s Winter 2018 catalog has arrived in local mailboxes, and is also available on-line and at local libraries. Classes and LCE’s Special Speaker Series will start the week of January 8 with new classes beginning throughout February and March.

This winter LCE starts it’s special speaker series with an All-Star Tribute to Miles Davis’  Kind of Blue.  This event, being held on Friday, January 26, will feature a sextet of jazz musicians including Lewis Porter, Sean Jones, Jerry Bergonzi, Jerry Vejmola, Terri Lyne Carrington and Jared Henderson.

An afternoon of the Chamber Music of Haydn, Mozart and Brahms will be presented on Sunday, February 4th.  Performers include Peter Sulski, Violin; Nathaniel Farny, Viola; Ariana Falk, Violoncello; and Randall Hodkinson, Piano.

The Fiveash Legacy Lecture will be offered on Wednesday, February 7th with a presentation by Professor Emily Wilson, discussing her translation of Homer›s Odyssey.  This fresh, authoritative version is the first English translation of the Odyssey by a woman.  Written in iambic pentameter verse it matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer›s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer›s music.

The scale and impact of the #MeToo movement caught many by surprise.  On Tuesday, February 13th Wellesley’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Leigh Gilmore, will speak from her book Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives.  She will explore the pervasive and persistent culture of doubt women encounter in offering accounts of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Tom Ryan, former publisher and editor of the Newburyport newspaper, The Undertoads, moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire with miniature schnauzer Atticus  Finch.  Drawn by an online post Tom adopts Will, a frightened,deaf and mostly blind elderly dog.  Join Tom on Sunday, February 25th as he  disucsses his book, Will’s Red Coat, which tells the story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting and unforgettable.

Report cards, standardized texts, tryouts, auditions, social cliques and admission to a top-tier college — all intensify parental anxiety. Wendy S. Grolnick, PhD, co-author of Pressured Parents, Stressed-Out Kids will offer practical ways to avoid the burn-out (in both parents and children) that afflicts so many in our highly competitive society, while raising children who thrive and excel.   On Wednesday, February 28th Dr. Grolnick will provide an accessible guide to channeling competitive anxiety into positive parenting.

Leora Tec is the Director of Bridge to Poland, an organization that she founded to engage people in topics related to Jewish Poland through small group travel, talks and workshops.  On Thursday, March 1st Leora will share the story of her journeys to Poland, a land many think of as a place filled with haunted memories, but a place where she has discovered, and works to show others, is a place filled with hope for humanity.

When you read passages from Winnie-The-Pooh, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic.  Did you know that the Hundred Acre Woods is based on a real place where you could actually visit Poohsticks Bridge and the Floody Place? Ashdown Forest is a wildllife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England.  On March 18th, Kathryn Aalto takes readers through an exploration of the real landscapes, shares iconic moments from the books and celebrates the interplay of landscape and literature.

Raising Boys in the Digital Age with Dr. Anthony Rao is an event co-sponsored by Lexington Community Education and the Waldorf School of Lexington.  On Tuesday, March 20th Dr. Rao, who holds a PhD in psychology from Vanderbilt University and trained as a pediatric psychologist at Boston Children›s Hospital, will discuss his book They Way of Boys:  Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys, about the crisis in American boyhood.

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