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Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute Boston

A Community of Lifelong Learning

The Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute Boston offers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender seniors and friends the opportunity to build and strengthen community through educational programs and social activities.

Our Fall 2019 Courses include:

Two 5 week courses will run each Tuesday for the first half of the semester,

Sept 10 - Oct 8

Morning Class 10:30am - Noon

The Struggle for Women's Suffrage with a MA Focus Using Barbara Berenson's book “Massachusetts in the Women's’ Suffrage Movement” as our primary source material, we will follow the struggle for the women’s right to vote.

Topics to be covered will include: schisms that occurred within the movement, the failure of the Massachusetts referendum in 1915, limited outreach to working & Afro-American women, picketing at the White House followed by arrests, imprisonment, and hunger strikes.

Readings will be emailed to enrolled students prior to the start of the class.

Afternoon Class 1:30pm - 3:00pm

“The Last Dance:”  Celebrating Life by Contemplating Death Contemplating death is a powerful pointer to what’s really important.  Acknowledging death can help us set priorities and make the most of the life we are given. 

We will consider death not to make us afraid, but to appreciate life.

Enrollment limited to 25.

Two 5 week courses will run each Tuesday for the second half of the semester,  Oct 22 - Nov 19

Morning Class 10:30am - Noon

Storytelling:  Its Art & Craft Have you ever tried to share an event of your life and it just falls flat? In this course, you’ll learn the basics of telling a great story. You’ll learn how to set up the story and bring it to life so that people are sitting on the edge of their seats wondering how it will end. A story is a journey. Don’t bore your family and friends ever again.

Afternoon Class 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Using the 4 Tendencies to Harness your "Power of Habit" Good habits save time and mental effort. Yet consciously starting, shedding or changing habits is a delicate and sometimes frustrating process. 

This hands-on course builds on the work of Gretchen Rubin, whose 4 Tendencies framework will introduce you to a host of unexpected and sometimes delightful strategies for action and change. 

Enrollment limited to 18.


One 10 week long course will run each Tuesday for both halves of the semester,  Sept 10 - Nov 19 (CANCELLED)

Afternoon Class 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Who’s Afraid of Edward Albee:  Reading Selected Plays Simultaneously soul searching and deeply disturbing with a biting humor, Edward Albee is a wizard with language. 

A major focus will be “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?”, seeing what makes it a masterpiece of technique and structure.  Additionally, we’ll read several short plays.  We’ll argue about the moral successes and failures of the characters. 

A focused reading of the texts is important.  Students will be asked to read scenes out loud.  This will be a terrific journey into the imagination of a great, haunting mind.

The instructor has had to cancel: Who's Afraid of Edward Albee.

We hope you'll be able to chose one or more of our other classes instead.

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