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Princeton Adult School

Registration is under way for the fall semester at the Princeton Adult

School. Offerings this year include some 100-plus courses ranging from

ancient art, classical music, and a lecture series on the hidden world

of magic and spirits, to swing and ballroom dancing. Students can

register by mail or sign up for classes at in-person registration on

Tuesday, September 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Princeton High School

Cafeteria, accessible from Walnut Lane between Houghton Street and

Franklin Avenue. For information call 609-683-1101.

Highlights include several new classes and two exciting lecture

series. An eclectic group of university scholars will explore the

human fascination with the unexplained — the mysterious world of

spirits, vampires, ghosts and magic — in the Anne B. Shepherd Lecture

Series. In the other new series, eminent Princeton University

scientists will talk about "The Planet Earth," examining such topics

as weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans. and global warming. There

are also two courses to help people who are making career changes, a

chance to hike New Jersey’s trails, and a special English for Speakers

of Other Languages (ESOL) class specifically designed for au pairs. In

addition, course listings include such old favorites as introduction

to computing, Hatha yoga, wine tasting, and automotive repair.

PAS president Nancy Beck says this semester’s 20 new courses include

"Shakespeare in Love," a course about the ways in which Shakespeare’s

plays represent relations between the sexes. Another new class,

"Invitation to the Dance," includes a trip to the ballet. A new

cooking course, "French Regional Cooking," will explore the five

culinary regions of France, lead by the chef/owner of a Princeton

restaurant. PAS continues to offer its popular foreign language

programs, bird watching, and English for Speakers of Other Languages

(ESOL), as well as music, studio arts classes, and five different

financial planning courses.

The diverse course listing includes 29 language courses, 11 lecture

courses, 15 studio arts workshops, 16 recreation and fitness

activities, 25 courses listed under hobbies and special skills, 5

cooking classes and 17 courses addressing business and professional

needs. Subjects range from such practical areas as bicycle repair,

first aid, CPR, computers, and public speaking to courses tailored to

individual needs like weight training for men and women, T’ai Chi, and

beginning piano for adults.

Classes take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Princeton High

School and other community locations, begin September 30 and October

5. Students can register by mail using forms in the back of the adult

school catalog. Catalogs are available at any area public library.

The Princeton Adult School has been offering classes since 1939.

PAS teachers, who are professionals in their respective fields and

often nationally noted authorities, include faculty from Princeton and

Rutgers universities. Recent speakers have included such notables as

Nobel Laureate Eric Wieschaus, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, and Robert

Fagles, translator of the Odyssey.

Last year the school offered over 100 different courses in two terms

for a total enrollment of 4,000. "Last year’s enrollment of 4,000 was

the largest we have ever had," says Beck. "In fact, enrollment has

recently been so strong that there are always several courses that are

filled before in-person registration night by those who register by

mail. We always have to turn people away from popular classes with

space limitations — courses like wine appreciation, some of the

studio courses, and ballroom dancing."

PO Box 701, Princeton, NJ 08540

FOR INFORMATION: Anne Kahn, 609-683-1101


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