Welcome to SPACE, our adult continuing education program which offers interactive monthly courses for personal enrichment! Learn more here.

January 2023March 2023

February 2023 Modules

Exploring William Gibson's Jackpot Spotlight

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with sessions scheduled for February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27.
Attn: Continua Enthusiasts and stub residents join us as we delve into the world of William Gibson's two most recent novels, The Peripheral, and Agency (now an Amazon series). A world of branch universes, nanobot assassinations, attenuated time travel and kleptocrats, all under the ever watchful eyes of Ainsley Lowbeer and a looming Jackpot. If you have read the novels already, this is a great chance to revisit them as Amazon rolls out The Peripheral series. If you have never read William Gibson, this is an opportunity to explore Gibson's particular flavor of fast-paced action, braided narratives, and provocative ideas.
Precepted by Patrick Malloy.

Fairy Tales: An Adventure from the Writer's Perspective Spotlight

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27.
Come explore Fairy Tales from the inside! In the first meeting each week Pilar Barrera will lift up a Fairy Tale technique, character archetype, or trope. We'll discuss the story at hand and how that story technique makes meaning. Then, students try their own hands at that technique! What do we learn when we push these ideas to their logical extremes? In the second meeting, Sparrow Alden will facilitate a workshop-style discussion of our original tale-telling work; we'll encourage one another as writers and appreciate one another as readers! Our goal is to complete the month with a deeper appreciation for the tales we all love and a folder with one to four good drafts of original tales.
Precepted by Pilar Barrera and Sparrow Alden.

Learn Any Language Like a Baby Spotlight

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hout sessions on February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27.
Perhaps you studied Spanish or French in high school, yet--frustratingly--can’t give your order for chilaquiles or soupe à l'oignon today. This course will provide you with a method for learning any language in the world by meeting with someone who has no experience in teaching their language--and learn in a way that will make the language stick! This “Growing Participator’s Approach” uses methods based on how children learn language. You will learn how you can grow into the language (and the culture) rather than just memorize vocab and rules.
Precepted by Eve Droma.

Video Game Storytelling Spotlight

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 1, 6, 8, 13. 15. 20, 22, 27
Video games are an exciting new medium for storytelling because they give players agency within the story world. In this class, we’ll look at recent examples of games that use interactivity to tell stories not possible in any other medium. We’ll see how games encourage players to identify with characters’ emotions through gameplay; incorporate world-building into the setting; and handle the branching pathways of player choice. The games we’ll play are relatively short and are accessible to students who have never played video games before.
Precepted by Dominic Nardi.
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].