The Pasadena Area Liberal Arts Center (PALAC) offers continuing liberal arts education to adults of the San Gabriel Valley If you enjoy the excitement and stimulation of discussing ideas in a new learning situation, whatever your educational background, you are welcome in any of the PALAC programs.
Many of the discussion groups are based on books; however, some are based on movies or educational tapes. There are also Mini Safaris (field trips) and social events.
Discussion groups are led by PALAC members and hosted in local homes. Most have from 4 to 6 sessions, during a weekday or in the evening.
The updated schedule for Fall and Winter of 2014 is now available.
The Fall programs include two science discussion, one about Epigenetics and one about climate engineering; a discussion on the book How Jesus Became God; three novels - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and a pair of graphic novels; and three special programs - Bereavement and Beyond, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and Diversity in Pasadena.
Winter programs include A Passage to India, My Beloved World, Ulysses,State of Wonder, and What is Relativity. We also have groups about 19th Century Romantic Music, Poetry of the English Romantics, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Rounding out the Winter offerings are two Great Decisions groups and a PALAC-Cal Tech Connection.
Safaris include a trip to the Autry Museum, a tour of the Maloof Residence, an evening at the Magic Castle, three hikes up the secret stairs of Los Angeles, a tour of Little Tokyo, and a Los Angeles Conservancy Tour of Union Station.
The full program can be downloaded by clicking the link below:
Register by mail using the form below or by mailing the information to the address at the lower right. A check for the registration fees must be enclosed.
Most groups are limited to 13 participants. Early registration will help assure you a place. In case of over-subscription, a waiting list is established, with members having priority.
You will be notified by mail or phone about your status when your application is received and you will get the details of the group by mail about a week prior to the start.
PALAC offers additional advantages and activities to members. Membership subscription is $30 per calendar year.