HARPENDEN LEARNING FOR LEISURE

HARPENDEN LEARNING FOR LEISURE

Harpenden Learning for Leisure (HLfL) is a body which has been set up to run leisure courses. It runs in parallel with WEA Harpenden, which will be running courses in January 2021 - for details, see the website http://www.weaharpenden.org.uk/

HLfL has a programme of courses starting in September 2020, and more courses starting in January 2021.

Because of Covid-19, our autumn term classes will all be taught online. This means that you must have a PC or laptop and a good internet connection.

The list of courses follows. Note: a printable copy of this list, in pdf format, is available by clicking here. (Copy opens in a new window.)



AUTUMN TERM 2020

The British Raj in India: 1857-1947
Autumn: Mondays 10.00am - 12.00noon
10 meetings each of 2 hours:
10 meetings each of two hours from Monday 21st September to Monday 23rd November, 2020.
Tutor: Greg Davey
Cost: £80
We will cover the period from the Indian Mutiny in 1857 to independence in 1947. We will look at the causes of rebellion and way in which the government was reformed after it as direct rule was imposed, the growth of nationalism, political conflict with the British Raj, India's contribution to the two World Wars, the experience of mixed race Anglo Indians, and the development of the railway, the telegraph, and education.


The English Renaissance: 1500-1700 (Part 1)
Autumn: Wednesdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 meetings each of 2 hours from Wednesday 23rd September to Wednesday 25th November, 2020.
Tutor: Madeline Edmead
Cost: £80
English art and architecture was transformed in the 16th century by new influences. Holbein painted royalty, the new rich built houses on a grand scale, and the portrait miniature evolved. By the end of the century "magnificence" was the watchword. After 1600 emerged van Dyck and Inigo Jones plus a host of lesser knowns. After the Civil War came some great artists and lesser-known by-ways of English art.


Literature: Nobel Prize Winners (Part 1)
Autumn: Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 meetings each of 2 hours from Thursday 24th September to Thursday 3rd December, 2020.
Tutor: Michael King
Cost: £80
Since its inception in 1901, the prize has been awarded to some of the greatest novelists, poets, and playwrights worldwide, as well as to a few surprising ones. We will consider a range of prize winners, from Kipling* to more recent recipients, including Lewis, Camus, Russell*, Churchill*, Marquez, Singer, Morrison, Pinter*, Heaney, and Gordimer.
* - works provided by the tutor




SPRING TERM 2021

Colonial North America
Spring: Mondays 10.30am - 12.00noon
10 meetings each of 1½ hours:
5 meetings from Monday 11th January to Monday 8th February, 2021,
then a 1-week break (on Monday 15th February),
then 5 meetings from Monday 22nd February to Monday 22nd March, 2021.
Tutor: Greg Davey
Cost: £60
We will cover the first European interactions with the Americas before moving on to examine British settlement. We will look at the different experiences of the colonies, the range of political, social, and economic structures which emerged, the war against the various native peoples of the area, the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence, splits in American society, and the early influence of the American colonies on the development of Canada and India.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Monday 15th February 2021.

Current Affairs / Talking Politics (Part 2)
Spring: Tuesdays 2.00pm - 3.30pm
10 meetings each of 1½ hours:
5 meetings from Tuesday 12th January to Tuesday 9th February, 2021,
then a 1-week break (on Tuesday 16th February),
then 5 meetings from Tuesday 23rd February to Tuesday 23rd March, 2021.
Tutor: Virginia Brisco
Cost: £60
This a lively discussion group about issues of the day nationally and internationally, led by an eperienced tutor. Participants hold varying views and are encouraged to put them forward (although many keep silent).
Note: the nature of the teaching on this course does not lend itself to online learning. In the event that the teaching room is closed, the course will be discontinued, and students will receive a pro-rata refund.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Tuesday 16th February 2021.

The English Renaissance: 1500-1700 (Part 2)
Spring: Wednesdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 meetings each of 2 hours:
5 meetings from Wednesday 13th January to Wednesday 10th February, 2021,
then a 1-week break (on Wednesday 17th February),
then 5 meetings from Wednesday 24th February to Wednesday 24th March, 2021.
Tutor: Madeline Edmead
Cost: £80
English art and architecture was transformed in the 16th century by new influences. Holbein painted royalty, the new rich built houses on a grand scale, and the portrait miniature evolved. By the end of the century "magnificence" was the watchword. After 1600 emerged van Dyck and Inigo Jones plus a host of lesser knowns. After the Civil War came some great artists and lesser-known by-ways of English art.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Wednesday 17th February 2021.

Literature: Nobel Prize Winners (Part 2)
Spring: Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 meetings each of 2 hours:
5 meetings from Thursday 14th January to Thursday 11th February, 2021,
then a 1-week break (on Thursday 18th February),
then 5 meetings from Thursday 25th February to Thursday 25th March, 2021.
Tutor: Michael King
Cost: £80
Since its inception in 1901, the prize has been awarded to some of the greatest novelists, poets, and playwrights worldwide, as well as to a few surprising ones. We will consider a range of prize winners, from Kipling* to more recent recipients, including Lewis, Camus, Russell*, Churchill*, Marquez, Singer, Morrison, Pinter*, Heaney, and Gordimer.
* - works provided by the tutor
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Thursday 18th February 2021.


HOW TO APPLY

Make your cheque out to HLfL. Send it to:
R W Spence
16 Greenacres
Leverstock Green
Hemel Hempstead
HP2 4NA
Email: robertspence@ntlworld.com
Landline: 01442 - 254 375
Give your address, telephone number, and email, and list the course(s) you wish to apply for. (SAE for receipt)



(Version created August 2020)