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.

Covid-19 has created all sorts of uncertainties, which is why this website is so late in being produced. We hope you understand.

The arrangements are as follows.
(1) Courses will be taught on a traditional face-to-face basis.
(2) Autumn term courses will be held in the Function Room of the Plough & Harrow public house (opposite the Trust Hall). Three hours free parking is available in the car park behind the co-op supermarket nearby - please use this car park, and not the car park belonging to the Plough and Harrow. Spring term courses will be held either in the Function Room of the Plough & Harrow, or in the Trust Hall opposite - the precise location will be advised later on this year.
(3) For reasons of social distancing, there will be a limit of 20 people in each class. If there are more than 20 applicants, late-comers will be put on a waiting list. So apply early!
(4) The class secretary will lay out the chairs keeping a social distance between them, will sanitise the chairs before each class, and will keep the windows open to disperse the atmosphere. It will be up to class members to keep a social distance from the other course participants.
(5) In the event that the venue is closed (perhaps because of a change in the Covid-19 regulations), the tutors will continue to teach their courses on an online basis. This will require students to have a computer and a good internet connection. [Note: the arrangements for the course on Current Affairs are different, see that course's listing for details.]

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:
6 meetings from Monday 14th September to Monday 19th October, 2020,
then a 1-week break (on Monday 26th October),
then 4 meetings from Monday 2nd November 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.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Monday 26th October 2020.

Philosophy of Religion - Is There a God?
Autumn: Tuesdays 10.30am - 12.00noon
10 meetings each of 1½ hours:
6 meetings from Tuesday 15th September to Tuesday 20th October, 2020,
then a 1-week break (on Tuesday 27th October),
then 4 meetings from Tuesday 3rd November to Tuesday 24th November, 2020.
Tutor: Laurie Gibson
Cost: £60
Perhaps one of the most important questions there is, which we all have to answer. We look at what philosophers, ancient and modern, have had to say and study both sides. No attempt is made to provide the answer; the decision is yours. It will be interactive, with discussion. Hopefully informative, provoking, and fun!
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Tuesday 27th October 2020.

Current Affairs / Talking Politics (Part 1)
Autumn: Tuesdays 2.00pm - 3.30pm
10 meetings each of 1½ hours:
6 meetings from Tuesday 15th September to Tuesday 20th October, 2020,
then a 1-week break (on Tuesday 27th October),
then 4 meetings from Tuesday 3rd November to Tuesday 24th November, 2020.
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 27th October 2020.

The English Renaissance: 1500-1700 (Part 1)
Autumn: Wednesdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 meetings each of 2 hours:
6 meetings from Wednesday 16th September to Wednesday 21th October, 2020,
then a 1-week break (on Wednesday 28th October),
then 4 meetings from Wednesday 4th November 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.
Remember, there will be a half term break and therefore no meeting on Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Literature: Nobel Prize Winners (Part 1)
Autumn: Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
10 meetings each of 2 hours:
5 meetings from Thursday 24th September to Thursday 22nd October, 2020,
then a 1-week break (on Thursday 29th October),
then 5 meetings from Thursday 5th November to Thursday 3rd December, 2020.
Please note: This course starts and ends a week later than other HLfL courses.
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 29th October 2020.



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 July 2020)