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Academy for Lifelong Learning membership is now optional! ALL members and CBMM members receive a discount on all course fees.

Download: ALL Fall 2017 Course Catalog

In case of inclement weather, the Academy will follow school closing procedures for Talbot County Public Schools. Listen for information on radio stations such as WCEI 96.7 FM www.wceiradio.com, WSCL FM 89.5, or WTK 107.1 FM www.mtslive.com, TV stations such as WMAR, WBAL, WJZ, and WBOC, or contact the public schools website at www.tcps.k12.md.us. Come to class only when it is safe for you to do so. The Academy will endeavor to make up any class canceled due to inclement weather.


President’s Letter, Fall 2017

Summer is behind us and the ALL fall semester awaits! 

But before we embark on a discussion of courses and course leaders, I’d like to bring you up-to-date on an important leadership change at the Academy for Lifelong Learning. Bob Lonergan, our President for the past four years, has relocated to Rhinebeck, NY.

Bob was an outstanding President with a keen interest in lifelong learning and the arts, especially opera. We will miss his presence at the podium, his guidance and his stewardship. And we certainly wish him health and happiness in his new home.

And now, I’d like to introduce you to our curriculum for the Fall semester.

Oxford resident and graduate of the French Culinary Institute in NYC, Larry Paz, will demonstrate the art of preparing, cooking, and finally, enjoying traditional Spanish paella.

If you love history, there are many courses to choose from: Submarines and the Cold War with Payne Kilbourn, Independence and the Chesapeake Bay with Tim Boyle, Islam: Origins, Decline and Rekindling with David Prevost, the History of African Americans in the New World: 1680-2017 with Steve Goldman, or the Drivers of Development, Steam and the Making of Delmarva with Phil Hesser.

You won’t want to miss the non-fiction book reviews of two outstanding works, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks facilitated by John Miller and John Ford, and a review of David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers, facilitated by aviation expert, Hunter Harris.

Or, you may choose to learn more about bird watching, Delmarva’s trees, mathematics, jazz, photography, self-defense, senior fitness, literature, memoir writing, reimagining your life, field trips, conversations, or great decisions…  all thanks to our volunteer course leaders.

Our Fall Preview Party is scheduled for Thursday, September 14th from 4-6 pm, in the Van Lennep Auditorium on CBMM’s campus. And don’t forget, facilitating a class will allow you to take the course at no charge.  Please let Allison know about your interest in being a facilitator.

Learn, live and share with us at ALL.

Glory Aiken


Multi-Session Courses
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Birds and Birding on the Eastern Shore
In-Class Sessions on Mondays, September 18, October 2, 16 & 30, November 13
Local field trips on Mondays, September 25, October 23, November 6
Special field trips on Saturday, October 14, & Sunday, November 12

Readings in Contemporary American Poetry
Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25

Driving Defensively — And Other Things You Should Know
Thursdays, September 21, 28

Islam: Origins, Decline, and Rekindling
Thursdays, September 21, 28

Identifying the Trees of Delmarva
Tuesdays, September 26, October 3, 10

Great Decisions Discussion Program
Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21

True Stories, Well Told
Mondays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

The Equation That Could Not Be Solved
Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7

Reimagining Your Life: It Is Never Too Late to Become the Person You Were Meant to Be
Thursdays, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9

150 Years of Steamboating on the Chesapeake Bay
Fridays, October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17

Drivers of Development: Steam and the Making of Delmarva
Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7

Photography: How an Understanding of Light Can Improve Your Images
Fridays, October 20, 27, November 3

Media Influence on Culture in America: Values and Leadership under Threat
Mondays, October 23, 30, November 6


Single-Session Courses
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Independence and the Chesapeake Bay
Tuesday, September 19

Cooking Paella
Thursday, October 5

How to Find Out What You Have and What to Do with Things You Do Not Want
Wednesday, October 11

500 Years of African-American History in North America: 17th through 21st Century
Tuesday, October 17

Boat Buying Basics
Tuesday, October 24

The First Golden Age of Jazz
Wednesday, November 1

Self Defense for Seniors
Wednesday, November 1

Senior Fitness: Finding the Athlete Within
Wednesday, November 8

Submarines and the Cold War
Friday, November 10


Conversations Open Discussion
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Is a Third Political Party Feasible?
Thursday, October 12

Brexit Effect on the Euro and the UK
Thursday, October 19

Economic Globalization vs. Nationalism
Thursday, October 26


Non-Fiction Book Reviews
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Thursday, November 2

The Wright Brothers
Thursday, November 9


Field Trips
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Trips to Easton/Newnam Field
Thursdays, September 21, October 19, November 16

Trips to Poplar Island
Monday, September 25, & Friday, October 13