Public Programs

LearningQUEST has presentations open to the general public. All are welcome to attend these programs, so please join us.

Upcoming Programs:

P5-Read to Me, Alabama
Instructor: John Archibald
Date: Monday, November 15
Time: 11:30 – 12:30
Location: AUD

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Alabama native son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, University of Alabama alumnus, and a whole lot more, John Archibald will read from his book, Shaking the Gates of Hell, released earlier this year. The subtitle to this volume is A Search for Family and Truth in
the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution. One reviewer writes,“From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist—son of a long line of Methodist preachers—a moving and powerful book about growing up in the American South of the early 1960s.” Archibald will also share some of his
learning experiences at Harvard during the year of COVID.

P2-Keep Watching the Skies: A Very Subjective History of Science Fiction Films in Hollywood,1950 to the Present
Instructor: David Lilly
Date: Monday, November 29 (new date)
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Location: AUD

This program will explore the history of Hollywood science fiction films as a genre meant to entertain adult audiences. These films, which began in the early 50s, seem to have run in cycles until the early 80s, at which time they became an immensely popular and permanent go-to film genre. They were also significantly influenced by the fears, interests, and concerns of their time, and the presenter will explore the historical background that made these films what they were. The program will include a number of film clips of some of the best (and worst!) of these movies. It should be an entertaining and informative presentation for anyone who grew up watching these films and who continues to love them to this day, or for anyone who is open to becoming a fan.

P6-Alabama Speaks: Women’s Suffrage – The Long, Hard, Slog
Instructor: Anna Blair
Date: Friday, December 3
Time: Noon – 1:00
Location: AUD

This Readers Theatre production features 8-10 actors reading for real men and women—on national, state, and local levels—whose names are linked to the struggle to vote in this country. Examples range from Abigail Adams’s plea that was met instantly with her husband’s mocking response to Virginia Durr’s efforts to rid this country of the poll tax.