O.W.L.L.’s Spring 2024 Semester Courses

Sponsored by the COA and FCOA

Exciting January through March OWLL Learning Opportunities

OWLL offers low-cost, not-to-be-missed courses for Older, Wiser, Lifelong Learners.

Please join us at the OWLL fall reception celebrating ten years of OWLL, to be held in person at the Community Center on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 3:00. The fall instructors will be previewing their courses. Mark your calendar! Please register for the reception by September 5.
Register at LexRecMa.com or by phoning 781-698-4840.

“If you should dip your hand in”: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop

(on zoom)

Instructor: Tom Daley

Four Fridays, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:00–noon, ON ZOOM

Tom Daley
In Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry, acuteness of perception combines with quietly deft craft to both satisfy and unsettle the lyrical imagination. She is one of the most respected American poets of the latter half of the 20th century. To study her carefully is to access a remarkable grace and wit.

The Killing Fields of Africa


Instructor: Robert Rotberg
Five Tuesdays, Sept 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 11:00–12:30, ON ZOOM
Robert Rotberg, OWLL Instructor
Africa is alive with intrastate conflict: there are devastating wars in Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic.  This course will examine each of those wars, and others as they occur.

This Year’s Key U.S. Supreme Court Cases

ON ZOOM; the last class (Feb.13) will be held in person at the Community Center and will include refreshments.

Instructor: Doug Wilkins

Four Wednesdays, Oct 9, 16, 23, 30, ON ZOOM

Doug Wilkins, OWLL instructor, Friends of the Lexington COA
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely issue major decisions concerning free speech, gun rights, executive agency power, elections and abortion medications. This course will evaluate the decisions as to whether the justices honestly tried to determine what the constitution, precedent, and facts require—or whether the decisions just reflect the majority's policy preferences or partisanship.

Wildlife in Three Variations, Part II


Instructor: Bill Gette

3 Tuesdays, April 2, May 7, and June 4; 4 :00–5 :15, ON ZOOM

One Tuesday a month for three months, Bill Gette will discuss and illustrate with his own photos the myriad of wildlife he’s encountered in his travels. He’ll cover New Hampshire’s Connecticut Lakes, Big Bend National Park and West Texas, and remote places in Alaska.

The Russians Are Coming!


Instructor: Dotty Burstein

Four Thursdays, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 10:00–noon, IN PERSON

Dotty Burstein, OWLL instructor, Friends of the Lexington COA
The Russians Are Coming! is an exploration of the lives and music of four of the most prominent composers of the 20th century—Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich.



Instructor: Elizabeth Kenney

Five Wednesdays, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 10:00–noon, IN PERSON

Elizabeth Kenney, OWLL Instructor
Shakespeare’s Othello invites discussion about race, gender, and love, but in many ways its engagement with the nature of seemingly gratuitous and inexplicable human evil informs the timelessness of the play. Students are asked to buy the Folger edition of Othello and to bring it to each class.

Fall 2024 registration for OWLL courses!

Older Wiser Lifelong Learners (OWLL) courses are now sponsored by the COA and FOCA.

Registration for Fall 2024 OWLL courses will be announced when the new courses are announced.

Registration begins August 21 for residents ($25 per course) and August 28 for nonresidents ($50 per course) at 781-698-4840 or online at LexRecMa.com. For more information, call Human Services at 781-698-4840.