Courses / Literature

These courses are offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. For more information on Quest, see more details at the bottom of this page.


Coordinators: Martha Drezin, Mary Ann Donnelly, Art Spar

We are excited to continue our discussion of Israeli literature. We will read short stories, poems, plays and essays by writers that represent different aspects of Israeli life during different eras.  Presentations may include readings, dramatizations and other modalities designed to inspire class participation.  Our goal is both an immersion in fine literature and a deeper understanding of the complexity of this vibrant country.

B WEEK / MONDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm


Coordinators: Nancy Richardson, Mary Buchwald, Frieda Lipp

This is an interactive discussion class.  Two stories, chosen by and briefly introduced by the presenters, are then freely analyzed by the class.  All class members are invited to read the assigned stories in preparation for the class.  (Internet links to the stories will be emailed to all Quest members 2 weeks before each class.)


A WEEK / THURSDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Conversations en français

Coordinators: Ruth Ward, Donna Basile

If you speak some French, join us for conversations on subjects of interest to our participants. The class is conducted in French. Members have the opportunity to present mini-lessons and to lead group discussions on topics of their choice.

B WEEK / TUESDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Coordinators: Hilda Feinstein, Donna Ramer, Helen Saffran

Workshop your writing in a warm and supportive setting. We welcome all genres, from prose and poetry to script writing, fiction, even op-eds. Participate in class writing exercises and discuss writing approaches and styles.

A WEEK / TUESDAY / 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Coordinators: Lynnel Garabedian, Sanford Kessler

Daniel Deronda was George Eliot’s last book and her most controversial because of her sympathetic view of the plight of the Jews and the beginning Zionist movement.  Set in Eliot’s own time, the 1860’s, the author presents an aristocratic decaying English society marked by religious prejudice.  The story centers on two main characters – a compassionate adopted son of a wealthy man who searches for his true identity and a haughty, beautiful young woman who makes a drastic mistake.  Both characters must change their perceptions of the world and of themselves and seek personal and moral growth.

A WEEK / MONDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm


Coordinators: Harriet Finkelstein, Jane Lubin, Bob Reiss

At each session, the presenter will tell you about a book you always wanted to read or about a book you never heard of but will be glad that you now have. Selections range from transit maps to Mt. Everest expeditions, American politics, Western women’s diaries, young Ernest Hemingway, black migration, the sinking of the Lusitania, Frank Sinatra, American restaurants, the evolution of mankind. Every semester an eclectic array of fascinating non-fiction awaits its audience.

B WEEK / WEDNESDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm


Coordinators: Jane Lubin, Larry Shapiro

This class offers readings by classic and contemporary authors and lively class discussions. We will use the next book in the series, Great  Conversations, Book 4. Authors include Plato, Plutarch, Thoreau, Arnold, James, and Shaw.

B WEEK / MONDAY/ 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Coordinators: Ruth Ward, Donna Basile

In this semester-long discussion class, presenters will introduce participants to plays by Spanish-speaking playwrights who deal with the often painful realities of modern life in Hispanic environments. Discussions will follow.

A WEEK / MONDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Coordinators: Art Spar, Roy Clary, Mary Ann Donnelly, Sheryl Harawitz

In a fun, creative, and supportive environment, poetry will come alive as participants read it aloud and interpret it. Class leaders will introduce an engaging list of poets. Study topics will include meter, rhyme, alliteration, and other prosodic elements that influence a poem’s “sound meaning” as we explore how to enrich a poem by reading it aloud.

A WEEK / TUESDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm


Coordinators: Judy Winn, Helen Neilson, Helen Saffran

The focus is on reading aloud and sharing your own poems in a supportive environment where you’ll get detailed feedback. You are encouraged to experiment, to explore language, and to address all aspects of the craft in order to develop your own distinctive style and voice.

A WEEK / THURSDAY / 10:30am to 12:30pm