Civic Engagement with CCAE

Discuss today's issues, open up dialogue on important topics, and enact change within yourself and your community in online classes this fall.

Engage with the CCAE Community and Beyond

ESL Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston | 5 Wednesdays | Sept. 30 | 4 - 5:30 pm | $100 | Register

Advocate for Justice: Effective Casemaking at All Levels of Government | 5 Mondays | Sept. 21 | 3 - 5 pm | $150 | Register

Building Boston: A Critical History of Boston's Architecture, Design, and Development | 6 Wednesdays | Sept. 23 | 6 - 7:15 pm | $115 | Register

Active Bystander Training | 2 Wednesdays | Sept. 23 & 30 | 5:30 - 7 pm | $50 | Register

ESL High Intermediate/Advanced Conversation: Current Events in Historic Perspective | 8 Saturdays | Sept. 26 | 10 am - 12 pm | $180 | Register

White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action - Part I | 5 Mondays | Sept. 28 | 7 - 9 pm | Register

Empathy's Many Dimensions: Reaching across Racial and Cultural Divides | 5 Tuesdays | Sept. 29 | 6 - 8 pm | $130 | Register

Places Please!: Speaking up about Racism in Theatre | 6 Thursdays | Oct. 1 | 7 - 8:30 pm | $240 | Register

Sew a Pleated Face Mask at Home | Saturday | Oct. 3 | 10 am - 12:30 pm | $75 | Register

Tuning into History: Understanding Historical Events Through Music | 5 Tuesdays | Oct. 6 | 1 - 2:30 pm | $135 | Register

History of the Electoral College and Electing a President | 4 Wednesdays | Oct. 7 | 3 - 5 pm | $120 | Register

Printed Fabric Embroidery Workshop: The Future is Female | Monday | Oct. 19 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | $50 | Register

Boston’s History Told Through Places of Worship | Tuesday | Oct. 20 | 3 - 5 pm | $50 | Register

White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action - Part I | 5 Tuesdays | Oct. 20 | 6 - 8 pm | $150 | Register

Found in Translation: Writing Across Differences | 2 Saturdays | Oct. 24 & 31 | 10 am - 1 pm | $105 | Register

Italian: Cine-città: Two Films on Love and Power in the Shadow of Confinement | 2 Mondays | Nov. 2 & 30 | 5 - 7 pm | $75 | Register

School Policing: An American Function - Gonson Daytime Lecture & Discussion | Wednesday | Oct. 7 | 1 pm | $15 | Register

Rising evidence of abuse by police officers in U.S. schools and new data analyses of school arrests indicate disparities across racist and ableist lines. A bipartisan movement placing police in schools since the 1990s has exacerbated structural biases in schools, not only reflecting the school-to-prison pipeline but contributing to it. Tracing the development of these officers’ roles in policy, law, and practice will reveal a microcosm of federal systems, anti-Blackness, and American blame and punishment. Instructor: Cindy Ok

Civil War Monuments of Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Gonson Daytime Lecture & Discussion | Wednesday | Oct. 14 | 1 pm | $15 | Register

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) secured his place in the pantheon of American artists with his dynamic portrayals of Civil War heroes. This survey of the life and work of the influential sculptor focuses on his heroic yet compassionate "Abe Lincoln: The Man" as representative of Saint-Gaudens’s method, art, and time. By discussing other works, including the General Sherman monument and "The Shaw Memorial/54th Massachusetts Regiment" on the Boston Common, students will gain an appreciation of Saint-Gaudens’s pioneering integration of architecture, landscape design, and monumental sculpture. Instructor: Jack Curtis.

Conversations on the Edge: Policing in Cambridge: The Issues, The Future, The Budget | Thursday | Sept. 24 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Cambridge, known as one of the most progressive communities in the country, has nonetheless realized that it, like every town in America, must look carefully at how it is being and has been policed. How will we, as participants in Cambridge’s future, decide how our police force will look and function? Join us for the first conversation in CCAE’s fourth year of the Conversations on the Edge series to talk with a distinguished panel about Cambridge policing and the issues the CPD and we, as a community, face at this crucial juncture, when policing is under scrutiny as never before.

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The Importance of Civics and History with Jill Lepore In Conversation with Robin Young: A Discussion of These Truths and This America | Thursday | Nov. 12 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Acclaimed writer, thinker and historian, Professor Jill Lepore, will be in conversation with Robin Young co-host of NPR’s Here & Now about Lepore’s These Truths: A History of the United States of America and This America: The Case for the Nation - with the intention of sparking a community-wide discussion of why history matters and why we need to bring civics back to life, as framed in both of these best-selling recent books.

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Scholarships Available

CCAE offers need-based financial assistance. For more than a century, CCAE has served as an integral part of the fabric of our community, bringing small groups of people together to learn something new. We are committed to inviting everyone to participate in our programming, regardless of financial means.

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CCAE Staff Recommended Anti-Racism Resources

Our staff compiled resources that we have engaged with and found helpful in our work in becoming anti-racist and combating racism. We hope they can serve as your starting point as well.

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