Humanities

Whether you are an aspiring writer or want to simply learn about the world around you, these dynamic classes facilitate healthy discourse among curious minds.

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Humanities at CCAE

Our humanities classes provide inclusive spaces for lively discussion with a welcoming community. Our experienced instructors provide space to think critically about ourselves and our world while nurturing creativity.

In addition to a wide range of classes, we also host regular reading discussions series to engage our students and the larger community.

Conversations On The Edge Classroom

Blacksmith House Poetry Series

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."

Readings happen regularly on Mondays in the fall and spring terms. All readings take place at 8pm in the Spiegel Auditorium at 56 Brattle St. Admission is $3.

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Gonson Daytime Lectures

Stimulate your mind mid-day with these lunchtime lectures on Wednesdays at 1pm at 56 Brattle Street. Admission is $5. Fall 2019 topics include art, architecture, film, and career skils. Visit ccae.org/gonsonlectures for more details and to register.

White People Challenging Racism: 20th Anniversary Symposium

Sunday, October 6, 10am-4pm, 56 Brattle Street
$75 Tuition

Since its first run at CCAE in the fall of 1999, more than 1,500 people have taken the White People Challenging Racism (WPCR) workshop at venues throughout New England and beyond. The symposium is an opportunity to gather with WPCR alumni, current and former WPCR co-facilitators, and other interested people, to share the challenges we’ve faced, our questions, and our successes.

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Tuition includes coffee, lunch, and snacks

White People Challenging Racism

Conversations on the Edge

CCAE has a long history as a place for learning and critical discussions with the community. We continue that tradition through Conversations on the Edge, which addresses timely issues with panelists and members of the community who are experts in their field. All events are open to the public.

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Breakwater Review Reading Series

The Breakwater Reading Series is Boston’s inter-MFA program showcase, featuring student writers from Boston University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston performing the best in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Six fresh voices read in each installment of this popular series, presented by Breakwater Review and UMass Boston. Readings take place at CCAE at 56 Brattle Street.

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"Best writing class I've taken here—the students have the voice. Kendall [Dudley] is a perfect guide, keeps us on track but open to our needs, desires."

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