Think of adult schools and think of courses on wine tasting or bicycle repair and programs in conversational French or Italian. Think of the Princeton Adult School and think again. While the Princeton Adult School, now in its 76th year, offers all the usual array of adult school courses, it also has some classroom experiences that rival those of many major educational institutions.
The Adult School is finishing up its fall catalog, which are expected to go into the mail in the last week of August. And online registration for most classes will begin on Tuesday, August 26.
But now is the time to sign up for some of the highlighted courses in the new academic year. (Visit www.princetonadultschool.org for details.) Among the early starting classes, for which registration will begin on Friday, August 15, are the following:
Philip Roth’s “Everyman,” author Philip Roth will participate in a conversation with Princeton Emeritus Professor Michael Wood. Monday and Tuesday, September 15 and 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
In a collaboration with Princeton University Concerts, Professor emeritus Michael Wood will explore the central themes of Philip Roth’s novella “Everyman.” On the second night Roth will join the discussion via Skype, as will Edward Dusinberre, the first violinist of the Takacs String Quartet.
The New York Times called Roth’s “Everyman” the story of a “multi-divorced advertising man grappling with family estrangement, illness, and death.” Wood will explore the central themes of Roth’s book, bringing his own perspective and experience to the class discussion.
According to the Adult School’s website, “class participants are then invited to attend a special performance hosted by Princeton University Concerts on Friday, September 19, in Richardson Auditorium when excerpts of the book will be read by actress Meryl Streep, and paired with works for string quartet by Arvo Part and Schubert played by the Takacs String Quartet. This unique collaboration features some of the most brilliant, creative and interpretive artist of our time. Space in this class will be limited, especially to those who want to attend the concert. Participants may attend the class on its own, or purchase tickets to the concert as part of the registration to the course.”
Princeton Symphony Orchestra, VIP Pass to Dress Rehearsals. Saturdays, September 27, November 1, and January 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Theater in 3-D. Discussions will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 17, and continuing on Tuesday, September 23, and then October 8, 15, 22, and November 5 and 19. Performances will be Wednesday, October 1, Antony and Cleopatra; and Thursday, October 16, The Understudy.A performance to be announced will be Wednesday, November 12.
Fall Wildflowers, field trips only in this course, with trips beginning at 10 a.m. Saturdays, September 13, 27, and October 18.
Dog Obedience Training, five sessions start Sunday, September 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Adult School Online
The Princeton Adult School is also taking enrollment now for instructor-facilitated online courses. The next start date is August 20.
Most courses are priced in the $99 to $119 range and run for six weeks and are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, and hands-on assignments.
Princeton Adult School, 120 John Street, Princeton 08542. 609-683-1101. www.princetonadultschool.org.