OFF-CAMPUS STUDIES

Off-Campus Studies is a CWRU Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program offered in collaboration with ACE.

It began in 1947 as Living Room Learning, developed by Grazella Shepherd at Cleveland College who encouraged the Women’s Association, predecessor of ACE, to help design and promote classes.

The program features discussion-based courses based on common reading. Courses are 8 weeks long and meet for 90 minutes once per week in locations throughout Greater Cleveland, extending to Lake, Summit, and Lorain counties. Classes meet in homes, libraries, community buildings, retirement communities, and churches.

There are no written assignments or exams; rather the classes provide an open environment for lively discussion based on meaningful examination of shared texts. Leader-Teachers facilitate the discussion and provide academic background and context.

Off-Campus Studies is unique among continuing education programs because it is organized in collaboration with its participants. Designated Class Coordinators volunteer to serve as the liaison between the office and the study groups. The discussion groups select the courses with the help of the Class Coordinator and the office. Participation is open to everyone and groups welcome new members with enthusiasm.  Participants are responsible for securing their own books.

The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program welcomes the formation of new groups. Please call 216-368-2090 if you would like to establish a study group in your neighborhood. Sessions require a minimum of ten participants.

Check out the full list of Spring Off-Campus Studies below.

Off-Campus Studies Eastside

Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

Instructor: Joseph Jacoby

Sundays, 5:00 p.m.

March 19- May 7

Coordinator: Barbara Davis 440.461.0351

 

1421: The Year the Chines Discovered America

Instructor: Jim Van Horn

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.

March 20- May 8

Coordinators: Mary Jo Groppe 216.371.1834

 

If Oceans Were Ink: A Dialogue with Islam and the Quran

Instructor: Joe Konen

Mondays, 10:30 a.m.

March 20- May 8

Coordinators: Caroline Morgan 440.893.9697/ Concierge Desk 440.247.1300

 

In Our Defense

Instructor: Barbara Greenberg

Mondays, 1:00 p.m.

March 20- May 15, No class April 10

Coordinators: Chelie Eagan 440.773.3203/ Sue Ellick 440.720.1432

 

If Oceans Were Ink: A Dialogue with Islam and the Quran

Instructor: Joe Konen

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.

March 28- May 16

Coordinators: Marilyn Brooks 216.561.0158/ Mel Phillips 216.561.0158

 

Creating the Panama Canal

Instructor: Stanford Sarlson

Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

March 21- May 9

Coordinator: Peter Pesch 216.707.7498

 

Pericles and the Birth of Democracy

Instructor: Charlene Mileti

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

March 22- May 10

Coordinators: Gertrude Bleisch 440.946.3930/ Becky Sutton 440.954.8344

 

The Summer of 1927: America Between WWI and the Depression

Instructor: Jim Van Horn

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

March 23- May 11

Coordinator: Fran Bulloff 216.932.1930

 

Celtic Spirituality

Instructor: Ted Smith

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

March 23- May 11

Coordinator: Skip Grip 440.247.2352

 

Frances Perkins: The Woman Behind the New Deal

Instructor: Pamela Belknap

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

March 24- May 12

Coordinator: Donna Weinstein 216.595.0023

 

Pericles and the Birth of Democracy

Instructor: Charlene Mileti

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

March 24- May 12

Coordinator: Clare Bechtold

Off-Campus Studies Westside

Anne Tyler: Teller of Tales

Instructor: Phyllis Asnien

Mondays, 10:00am

March 20- May 8

Coordinators: Marianne Wagner 440.808.0076/Lynne Taliak 440.826.0658

 

Eminent Victorians

Instructor: Enid Kirtz

Mondays, 1:00 p.m.

March 20- May 8

Coordinators: Kathy Wendling 440.331.4052

 

English Booker Prize Winners

Instructor: Joseph Jacoby

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

March 21- May 9

Coordinators: Alice Grinnell 440.892.9103/ Ruth Korenchan 216.221.5834

 

Nicholas and Alexandra

Instructor: Betty Zak

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

March 23- May 11

Coordinators: Sandra Berendt 440.892.4931/ Joan Grace 440.777.9381

 

Steinbeck’s America

Instructor: Barbara Parr

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

March 23- May 11

Coordinator: Barbara Fear 440.826.3795

 

Off-Campus Studies Southside   

Orwell: A Political Allegory

Instructor: Pamela Belknap

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

March 21- May 9

Coordinators: Judy Coleman 440.717.9418

 

Rules of War

Instructor: Jim Lane

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.

March 22- May 10

Coordinators: Carolyn Portman 330.867.3673/ Myrna Berzon 330.867.1143

 

An Adventure of Mind and Spirit

Instructor: Jim Lane

Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.

March 23- May 11

Coordinator: Sally Davies 330.655.4283