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.

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."

Fall 2020 readings will take place virtually on Zoom on Mondays at 7pm. Admission is $3. Please register in advance.

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Fall 2020 Virtual Gonson Daytime Lectures & Discussions

Stimulate your mind mid-day with these lunchtime lectures on topics in everything from history and current events, to culture and personal wellness. We strive to spark our community's curiosity and create conversation around these important topics and alongside distinguished speakers. Lectures take place online on Zoom on Wednesdays at 1pm. Tuition is $15. Please register in advance. More information.

Unique Needs Of Solo Agers: Building Health, Community, and Emotional Support | Wednesday | Sept. 30 | Register

School Policing: An American Function | Wednesday | Oct. 7 | Register

Civil War Monuments of Augustus Saint-Gaudens | Wednesday | Oct. 14 | Register

"It was a great opportunity to study and reflect in depth on the articles in the 1619 Project; enjoyed the diverse backgrounds and ages of the class as well."

Janet. G, The 1619 Project

"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."

Heidi L., Memories, Stories, and Reflections: An Ongoing Project in Life Story Writing

"Anatole [Sykley] was informative and entertaining. Great class, Many Thanks!"

Rita S., World War I: A Global and Local Walk-Through

"Packed with information and useful new points of view. Really helped me see the possibility of anti-racist action."

Lindsay, 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.

Learn more about Conversations on the Edge

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.

Learn more about Breakwater Review

White People Challenging Racism: 20th Anniversary Symposium

Read about what we learned at our anniversary symposium celebrating 20 years of White People Challenging Racism here.

White People Challenging Racism