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Learning Continues for Life at the 92nd Street Y


An article in the Associated Press by Ann Levin explores the subject of adult learning, by “so called life-learners.” The U.S. Department of Education estimates that about 20% of adults takes classes taught at colleges, community centers, libraries and other venues, such as here at the 92nd Street Y. Adults such as Kumar Shah who has taken writing classes at 92Y since semi-retiring from his career in corporate finance, where he earned a reputation for a “pretty decent way with words.”

92Y the AP notes, has: ”more than 4,000 classes, some taught by leading scholars and writers such as Frank McCourt and Margaret Atwood.”

Indeed, at 92Y School of Music, you can take private piano lessons with acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin. In our craft studios featured on PBS, you can take jewelry classes with Klaus Bürgel, as seen in this video. With over 4000 classes, there are far too many to feature here, though we would like nothing more then to do so. Dance classes at Harkness Dance Center where Paul Taylor and others got their start, writing classes at Unterberg Poetry Center, where Kurt Vonnegut famously read from Breakfast of Champions, three years before it was published.

The AP continued:

“You get a lot of value in taking a course,” said Sean Gallagher, program director and senior analyst at Eduventures, a higher education research and consulting firm. “If you take a course for $200 and it meets weekly for eight weeks, that’s a lot of value compared to some other activities.”

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