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Preview of Spring 2021

Our complete catalog of courses for the Spring semester will be available on December 2. In the meantime, here's a preview of what we're planning.


C Session: February/March

Course Title Day and Time Dates Instructor
C1. 2120 South Michigan Avenue - The Story of Chess Records Mon 10:00 am Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1 Karl Hakkarainen
C2. Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron (10 Week Course) Mon 1:00 pm Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, and Mar 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19 Lillian Corti
C3. Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Life in the Pandemic Mon 3:00 pm Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar 1 Rabbi Aviva Fellman , Mona Ives and Fr. Dave Woessner
C4. World Expositions in the 19th Century - How We Learned What’s New in the World Tue 10:00 am Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar 2 Martha Chiarchiaro
C5. Imposters, Con Artists and Their Webs of Deception (Repeat) Tue 1:00 pm Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2 Margaret Watson
C6. WWII in the Pacific: Island Hopping 1942-1944 Tue 3:00 pm Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2 Dr. John Ferriss
C7. World Economic History since the Fall of the Berlin Wall Tue 5:00 pm Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2 William O’Brien
C8. Getting Old (10 Week Course) Wed 10:00 am Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, and Mar 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21 Richard Schmitt 
C9. Racism and Antiracism in American History Wed 1:00 pm Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3 Benjamin Railton
C10. The Incomparable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Her Life and Legacy Wed 3:00 pm Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3 Marcia Tannenbaum
C11. The Divine Comedy Thu 10:00 am Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4 Richard Bonanno*
C12. “Shall We Laugh?” Two Dramatic Comedies Thu 1:00 pm Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4 Helen Whall*
C13. Religion and the Constitution Thu 3:00 pm Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4 John S. Ross, III*
C14. Introduction to Bird Watching Fri 10:00 am Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 5 Sheryl Pereira
C15. How to Read the Bible Fri 1:00 pm Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 5 Rev. Dr. Gary Shahinian
C16. Coming-of-Age Films Fri 3:00 pm Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 5 Jeff Long

Session D – March-April

D1. The Endless Civil War: Debunking the Myth of “The Lost Cause” Mon 10:00 am Mar 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19 Dr. Jed Watters
D3. Great Movie Music Mon 3:00 pm Mar 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19 Joe Corn
D4. Habitats of Massachusetts Tue 10:00 am Mar 23, 30 Apr 6, 13, 20 Martha Gach
D5. An Introduction to the Human Immune System Tue 1:00 pm Mar 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20 Clare O’Connor
D6. Marshall McLuhan - Prophet of Zoom Tue 3:00 pm Mar 23, 30 Apr 6, 13, 20 Karl Hakkarainen
D8. The 1913 Armory Show - Modern Art Comes to America Wed 1:00 pm Mar 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21 Martha Chiarchiaro
D9. Suburbia in Postwar America Wed 3:00 pm Mar 24, 31 Apr 7, 14, 21 David Nevard
D10. Worlds of Travel Thu 10:00 am Mar 25, Apr 8, 15, 22, 29 Rosemary McCarthy
D11. Shakespeare and the Sonnet Thu 1:00 pm Mar 25, Apr 8, 15, 22, 29 Helen Whall
D12. Beyond Heller: Gun Control and the Second Amendment Thu 3:00 pm Mar 25, Apr 8, 15, 22, 29 John S. Ross, III
D13. Einstein’s Special and General Relativity - For the Non-Scientist Fri 10:00 am Mar 26, Apr 9, 16, 23, 30 Dr. Lawrence Lifshitz
D14. Christianity and Culture Fri 1:00 pm Mar 26, Apr 9, 16, 23, 30 Rev. Dr. Gary Shahinian
D15. Winter Botany: Trees Fri 3:00 pm Mar 26, Apr 9, 16, 23, 30 Joe Choiniere



Our courses are offered via Zoom. There's a pretty good chance that you're already familiar with Zoom. If, however, you'd like some help, please join us for our Zoom Coffee Break, offered every Monday at 9 AM, except for holidays. (The Zoom Coffee Break meetings are restricted to WISE members.)

Zoom links for all WISE classes are available on the Course Zoom Links page. (This page is available for WISE members only.) 

In addition, and also for WISE members only, we have recordings of our classes for the last 30 days on Course Recordings page.

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