Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) provides high-quality, fun educational opportunities for the diverse adults of Greater Boston. Sign up today for a class in Cooking, Art, Music, Acting, ESL, French, Spanish, Wine & Spirits and more. For more than a century, the CCAE has provided an oasis of learning in Harvard Square. At CCAE, you can pursue your passions and interests in a welcoming community. Every year, more than 10,000 adults take classes here, looking for knowledge offered in an affordable, social setting and a safe, non-competitive atmosphere. 

Located in two historic buildings on Brattle Street - the William Brattle House (1727) and the Blacksmith House (1808) - CCAE is steps away from the Harvard Square T station, bus lines, and parking garages.

Oysters, Of Course!
Thursday, May 31  |  5:30 pm - 8:00 pm | 56 Brattle Street

Eat, drink, learn and have fun at the first annual Oysters, Of Course! (A CCAE Fundraiser and offspring of CCAE's famous biennial fundraiser Of Course!)

Learn more and purchase tickets here!

Gonson Daytime Lecture Series

Gonson Lecture Series
Wednesdays, 11am  |  Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle Street  |  $5

Enliven your Wednesday mornings with stimulating presentations at the Cambridge Center!  Presenters will focus on a wide range of topics. This term, these lectures highlight ongoing struggles from justice. Join these presenters to learn how you can make a positive change in the worlds around you 

Learn more & get tickets here

Founded in 1973, the award-winning Blacksmith House Poetry Series brings established and emerging writers of poetry and fiction to Harvard Square. The series is sponsored by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and holds readings at the Blacksmith House, site of the village smithy and spreading chestnut tree of Longfellow’s 1839 poem "The Village Blacksmith."

  • Andrea Cohen, Director
  • Ron Spalletta & Sarah Ehrich, Assistants to the Director
  • Gail Mazur, Founding Director

Blacksmith House Poetry Series is funded in part by private donors, and is supported by the Cambridge Community Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We endlessly appreciate our donors' support of the Cambridge Center and local cultural programming.

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Check out our latest blog post:

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Michel L'Huillier, stained glass artist, is a longtime CCAE instructor (and former student). This spring he is teaching Stained Glass Design and Fused Glass Bowls and Plates. Michel spoke with Marketing Associate Antonio Morales about his artistic background and inspirations, as well as his experience on the PBS program This Old House!