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Registration Open for Fall 2015 Evergreen Forum Courses

Area residents enjoy an Evergreen Forum tai chi course.
Area residents enjoy an Evergreen Forum tai chi course in 2014.

Registration is now open for the popular Evergreen Forum for the fall of 2015.

Courses cover a range if issues ranging from big questions like “What is Time?” and “What’s So Great About Art?” to contemporary topics including religious freedom, the death penalty, and medical issues for seniors.

Participants can register on the Evergreen Forum website, by mail, or in person at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.  Telephone applications are not accepted.

The class “Religious Freedom, Sexism and Homophobia” will explore why religious freedom seems to be the defense of choice to claims of discrimination against women and the LGBT community.  The class “Murderous New Jersey” will go beyond the state’s most famous murder cases, for example the Lindbergh kidnapping, and investigate related developments, beginning with the invention of the electric chair. “Advances in Medicine for Older Adults” will look at the latest medical treatment options for seniors.

Other Evergreen Forum course offerings this fall include “Scenes from Shakespeare”, “Contemporary Business and Economic Issues” ,and “Issues Confronting the Modern Judiciary.”  A class discussing old and new Klezmer music will include samplings of recordings, and the class “Mexican Short Stories” will focus on the lives of Latinas.

Well into its second decade and still growing, the Evergreen Forum is an all-volunteer program that provides daytime study and discussion programs for adults and encourages active participation for those who enjoy learning for its own sake.  Course leaders are drawn from teachers and other professionals in the community who volunteer to teach because they are devoted to their subjects and want to share their enthusiasm. Most of the courses take place in the Suzanne Patterson Building or at Monument Hall. A few are off-site.  Course fees cover administrative services, overhead costs, and classroom space. Financial assistance is available to those for whom the $75 fee is a hardship. Contact Princeton Senior Resource Center Executive Director Susan Hoskins to apply for assistance.

Complete course information, including reading assignments, class participation, and required texts will be sent by e-mail or regular mail to registrants at least two weeks before the first class meeting and will also available on the website. There may be additional costs for books, parking, or other materials. Class members who withdraw from a course before the second meeting will receive a refund minus a $10 processing fee.

Due to the popularity of the Evergreen Forum and its commitment to small discussion-based classes, enrollment in oversubscribed courses will be decided by lottery.  Each registrant is asked to select a first, second and third choice. The lottery will be held on first choices, and people who are not selected will be enrolled automatically in their second or third choice if possible.  The lottery will be held Wednesday, August 26.

Evergreen Forum courses are open to all adult residents of Princeton and its neighboring communities.  For more information contact Olivian Boon at the PSRC: 609-924-7108.

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Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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