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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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