Life Long Studies
You’ll Find the Topics, and the People Who Participate, Engaging, Informative, and Always Interesting
A program of discussion groups, study units and Tuesday talks for the NECC community. Join in on these interactive groups that will stimulate your brain, enhance your well-being and enrich your personal life. These classes encourage active participation and discussion. Learning is guaranteed to be fun and stimulating! Pre-Registration is required for all classes. Classes are open to all ages (18 and above)
Discussion Groups; Registration required
First Tuesday Genealogy – Marcelle Greenbaum
A group for genealogy buffs from beginner to advance! Discover your family’s lineage by learning to use the numerous available resources. Meet other genealogy enthusiasts, describe your successes and failures and share tips for solving those sticky genealogical problems.
Dates/Time: 1st Tuesday of the month: September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1, 10:00 12:00 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public.
CRN: 380 Course Number: LLLP1003 Section: OWB
LLL Book Group – Margaret Glenn
The Life Long Learning (LLL) Book Group is the place to be if you enjoy reading quality literature (both modern and classic) that you would love to discuss with other interested people! Group members select the book titles from various genres and may volunteer to guide the lively discussion at a meeting. For the online/remote class in the Fall, you will be contacted by email with directions to access the course remotely. Please provide Enrollment Services with an up-to-date email address; They can be reached at 978-556-3700.
New members always welcome.
Dates/Time: 1st Wednesday of the month: (except for the 2nd month): June 3, July 8, August 5, September 9, 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Instructor: Arline Ferguson
Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration required.
CRN: 104 Course Number: LLLP1034 Section: OWB
Dates/Time: 1st Wednesday of the month: September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2
Instructor; Margaret Glenn
Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration required. This class will be held online.
CRN: 390 Course Number: LLLP1034 Section: OWC
Let’s Talk Current Events – Frank Baggs
A weekly and lively current events discussion group! Each week the group chooses a topic for a round-table debate utilizing materials from current magazines, newspapers, books, radio and television.
No advance preparation needed.
Limit 24 participants.
Dates/Time: Monday, 10:00 am to Noon, 14 weeks, May 4 to August 10 (no class May 25)
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration required
CRN: 102 Course Number: LLLP1002 Section: OWB
Dates/Time: Monday, 10:00 am to Noon, 14 weeks, September 14, 2020 to December 21, 2020 (no class Oct 12)
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration required
CRN: 379 Course Number: LLLP1002 Section: OWC
Tuesday Talks; Registration required
Brief talks, featuring local experts who present on trending topics. Feel free to bring a breakfast and/or lunch and coffee. There will be time after class to ask the speaker questions and mingle with your classmates. Open to all ages.
Guest speakers are always welcome to speak. Everyone has a story to tell. If you have an idea for a Tuesday talk that you’d like to give, please feel free to contact Sandy Zappala at 978-556-3064 or email email@example.com. Check back on our webpage for newly scheduled talks as they are added.
Memories of Norman Rockwell
Join us for this Tuesday Talk to enjoy firsthand stories of Norman Rockwell, from one of his Vermont models, and daughter of Norman’s assistant and photographer, Gene Pelham. Find out what it was like to pose for America’s favorite illustrator! There will be time for questions and answers!
Speaker: Melinda Murphy
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, 1 day, June 30, 2020
CRN: 255 Course Number: PRGR1038 Section: OWA
German Air Raid
You will hear of a harrowing event that took place on December 2, 1943. Known as America’s Second Pearl Harbor, a German air raid on the Harbor at Bari, Italy leaves thousands dead including an 18 year old sailor from Haverhill. For over fifty years, his family knew very little because Allied leaders covered up the event.
Speaker: Leo Joubert; veteran, military buff and local historian
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, 1 day, September 15, 2020
CRN: 391 Course Number: PRGR1036 Section: OWB
Forensic Science Roadshow
Venture into the world of CSI with this interactive lecture that introduces you to the fascinating subject of forensic science. Subjects include; MA State Police Crime Lab, functions of a Forensic Scientist, blood, DNA, fingerprints, gunshot residue, footwear impressions, metal detectors, and crime lights.
Speaker; Paul Zambella, a Former Forensic Scientist at the MA State Police Crime Lab for 36 years, who participated in over 500 crime scene investigations and testified for more than 350 criminal trials. Experienced lecturer and Instructor in Forensic Science.
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 12:00 am, 1 day, October 6, 2020
CRN: 381 Course Number: LLLP1038 Section: OWA
Adult Day Care: An Important Long-Term Care Alternative & Potential Cost Saver
Come hear how Adult Day Health programs can be a much-needed source of respite for caregivers who need a break from looking after their aging loved one. You will learn how these services attend to the medical, physical and emotional needs of the participants while providing caregivers with support, education, behavior management techniques and a community of support.
Speaker; Amy Anwyl, Master of Social Work from Boston University, Licensed Social Worker. Amy opened Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health in April 2000 and 10 years later opened a second site, Sarah’s Place Too. She is the Executive Director at Sarah’s Place.
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 12:00 am, 1 day, October 13, 2020
CRN: 383 Course Number: LLLP1040 Section: OWA
Hope to Healing; Opioid Addiction
This lecture will help you to understand the model of addiction and provide you with resources to support you in taking care of yourself and your family. You will become familiar with recurrence signs, prevention safety and crisis planning. You will learn of the tools to help support your loved one in recovery.
Speaker; Charlie Manzi; An addiction counselor at Serenity at Summit in Haverhill and a marketing sales manager at Comfort Home Care.
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 12:00 am, 1 day, November 24, 2020
CRN: 422 Course Number: LLLP1047 Section: OWA
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 12:00 am, 1 day, December 1, 2020
CRN: 423 Course Number: LLLP1047 Section: OWB
Crime Lab Case Files
Hear about some of the most infamous cases of homicide, assaults and brutality in Massachusetts from a former forensic scientist. The focus of the lecture is on the forensic evidence and how it provided information, which was instrumental in assisting prosecutors to secure the conviction of each suspect. Due to the nature of the subject matter, this presentation is recommended for a mature audience.
Speaker; Paul Zambella; See above for bio
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 10:00 am to 12:00 am, 1 day, December 8, 2020
CRN: 382 Course Number: LLLP1039 Section: OWA
Study Units, Registration required
Reading David Copperfield
Welcome to Victorian England! We will read and discuss Charles Dickens’ wonderful novel David Copperfield. We will examine the characters, the setting and the themes he develops. Because this book is Dickens’ most autobiographical work, we will also consider the life of the author. Participants will need a copy of the novel.
Instructor; Barbara Stachniewicz, English Professor at NECC
Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 6 weeks, September 9 to October 14
CRN: 395 Course Number: LLLP1045 Section: OWA
Tai Chi for Health
This popular program was developed for the Arthritis Foundations. It includes a warm-up for the joints followed by Qigong meditaton to blend you mind with your Chi. This seminar includes the Sun Form for balance and strength.
Instructor: Allen Drelick, Certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor
Dates/Time: Thursdays, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, 8 weeks, September 10 to October 29
CRN: 377 Course Number: COOL1111 Section: OWB
In this 8-week course you will learn a variety of exciting art projects. Using Polymer Clay you will learn methods like marbling, stacking and checkerboard. You will create enough beads for necklaces or bracelets, and at least four pairs of earrings. We will provide all the findings needed. This is a project you will be able to continue in the future with a minimum of tools. You will also create Cards and Gift Boxes and learn to make unique cards for every occasion, like pop-ups, folded book cards and collage cards, as well as one-of-a-kind boxes for small gifts. These are very simple to make using unusual papers, tape, punches, scissors and glue (not to mention a great imagination!) You will also explore Three Dimensional Sketching by making 3-D, small, interesting sculptures with paper, cardboard, fabric and other media in order to begin thinking ‘outside the box’ In other words, think about making art that is not flat on the wall.
Instructor; Sandra Golbert, Award-winning artist, and publisher. Her amazing work has been featured in Architectural Digest and Fiber Art Now.
Dates/Time: Fridays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 8 weeks, September 11 to October 30
Cost: $149.00 + $25 material fee
CRN: 394 Course Number: LLLP1044 Section: OWA
History of Western Art
This course will be a combination of a history of western art up to the twentieth century, and a travelogue of many sites where the art is on display today. We will start with ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. Then the Renaissance cities of Florence, Venice, Rome and the Northern European sites such as Amsterdam, Bruges and Delf. As a seasoned traveler or a novice, this course will bring you into contact with the great works of art of the Western Civilization.
Instructor: Peter Spellman, Sculptor, and Instructor at Montserrat College of Art, lived and studied art in Italy, widely traveled throughout Europe.
Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 11:30 am, 6 weeks, September 16 to October 21
CRN: 375 Course Number: LLLP1036 Section: OWA
Beginner Level Watercolor Workshop
This workshop is a non-threatening, no-fear experience for ages 18 – adults who have always wanted to try watercolor. It is a wonderful, creative, expressive medium that will allow everyone to experience success! Each of the six weeks will cover techniques for the following: the best composition and subject matter, the importance of values, how to choose appropriate paints, paper and brushes, and how to mix colors, glazing and washes for the best result. There will be an opportunity to try various surfaces such as Yupo paper, canvas and watercolor boards and different types of papers. Content will cover landscapes, still life and portraits. We will also explore the history of the medium with examples of work from JMW Turner, Charles Demuth, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keefe and others. Please contact Sandy Zappala for list of supplies. Szappala@necc.mass.edu
Instructor: Christine Bobek, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Art and 20 plus years of teaching all levels of students.
Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 6 weeks, September 22 to October 27
CRN: 393 Course Number: LLLP1043 Section: OWA
Historical Creations: Irish History through Art and Literature
This course will follow significant events in Irish History, such as the Irish Famine and Rebellion as portrayed through artistic paintings and graphic arts and also through literary expressions in novels, poetry and drama.
Instructor: Mary Ellen Morris, BA in Humanities, experienced seminars leader.
Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 6 weeks, September 28 to November 9 (no class 10/12)
CRN: 378 Course Number: LLLP1037 Section: OWA
Lawrence and its First Immigrants: The History of the Irish
Join this class for a look at local Irish history on the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first Irish immigrants in Lawrence in 1845. We will examine how the Irish built the city of Lawrence and played a role in the political, cultural, social and economic life of the city.
Instructor; Rich Padova; history instructor in the NECC Global Studies Department and summer historical tour interpreter at Lawrence Heritage State Park
Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, 6 weeks, October 1 to November 5
CRN: 412 Course Number: LLLP1046 Section: OWA
Gentle yoga is appropriate for beginners as well as the student who prefers a softer, more -meditative approach to yoga. Classes include warm-up stretching, postures, breath work, and deep relaxation, as well as an introduction to the larger philosophy of yoga. These practices promote strength, balance, flexibility, and mental focus, which in turn enrich one’s life “off the mat”. The instructor will offer a variety of modifications.
Instructor; Ariel Chicklis, Certified Yoga instructor
Dates/Time: Wednesdays,9:00 am to 10:00 am, 8 weeks, October 21 to December 16 (no class 11/11)
CRN: 389 Course Number: HLTH1032 Section: OWB
20th Century Literature
Ernest Hemingway, J. D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Stephen Crane, Mario Puzo, David McCullough. This course will focus on writers who made a difference by altering perceptions, influencing life or exemplifying different periods of the American experience. Students can pick their favorite books from the above list of authors, write a one-page analysis and participate by discussing their perceptions. Student interaction is highly encouraged in this course.
Instructor; Warren Russo, B.A., English & Journalism, Newspaper reporter, editor and columnist.
Dates/Time: Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 6 weeks, November 5 to December 17 (no class 11/26)
CRN: 374 Course Number: LLLP1035 Section: OWA
Online Course; Keeping Our Brains Fit
Through this interactive online class, you will explore current research on brain fitness. Learn what we can do on a daily basis to engage, maintain and improve our brain function. We will look at the importance of learning NEW things and explore the relationship between “Heart Health” and “Brain Health”. Do “brain” foods, “brain” games, and supplements work? What role does relaxation, meditation and sleep play in our Brain Health?
Instructor; George Medelinskas, M. Ed. Education, MS, Computer Science, experienced seminar leader.
Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 6 weeks, November 10 to December 15
CRN: 392 Course Number: LLLP1042 Section: OWA
It’s Easy to Register!
Participants can register online or by calling Enrollment Services directly at 978-556-3700. A letter confirming a participant’s registration and a campus map will be mailed out one week prior to the start date of a seminar.[/spoiler] [/accordion]