The Groton Public Library is expanding its Lifelong Learning program this fall with two six-week series on “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” and a series of “TED Talks” based on the popular web site of the same name. Each class series has an online viewing component followed by discussion at the library, led by facilitator Mary Athey Jennings and Gregg Baker. Both series promise to have lively and unpredictable discussions on thought-provoking topics.
TED Talks will be an afternoon series (1:00-2:30 p.m.) on Tuesdays from September 18th through October 23, led by Mary Jennings. TED Talks are 14-18 minute presentations given by professionals in a variety of fields. They are presented and judged at conferences throughout the world, and the best of these go “viral” and are part of the discussion series. Topics range from the biology of happiness to the climate of cheating; from bioethics and evolution to the paradox of choice, and more. To check out a sampling of talks, go to www.ted.com/talks .
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? has been taught at Harvard University for more than 20 years and is one of the top ten most popular courses both at Harvard and www.academicearth.org. The full course is 12 sessions, but the GPL series includes 6 of those. Gregg Baker will lead discussions on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. from October 3rd through November 7th. Topics range from: “The Morality of Murder” to “Avoiding the Draft and Avoiding Parenthood.”
GPL’s Lifelong Learning program is a “shared learning experience for adults” where participants learns from each other. While we have offered one-time programs before, this Lifelong Learning series are a new undertaking for the library, so we ask that participants plan on attending all (or as many as humanly possible) of the discussions.
We are very excited about being able to offer this at your local library and hope that you are too!
For more information or to register call me: 978-448-2652 or go to: at www.gpl.org calendar.