PALS WINTER 2024 CLASSES

Come To Our Enrichment Classes

PALS (Perimeter Adult Learning Services) is pleased to announce that it will be presenting classes for the Winter 2024 session running for 8 weeks on Mondays, January 8 – March 4 (No Class January 15). The classes will be at Dunwoody United Methodist Church once again.  A detailed description of the classes is as follows:

10:00 am – 11:00 am Sociology of Religion II with Kemal Budak — The sociology of religion examines the role religion plays in society. In this course, which will be the follow up of the Sociology of Religion I course, we will examine the following topics: Religious Beliefs and Practices, Secularization, Religious Institutions, Religious Identity, Religion and Social Change, Religion and Social Inequality, Globalization and Religion, Religious Fundamentalism, Religion and Morality and Religious Conversion.

10:00 – 11:00 am The History of Rock & Roll with Tom Dell – This class will continue our trip back to the 60’s and look and listen to the Girl Groups that made so many hits, look at Phil Spector’s contributions and travails, and take a listen to Booker T and The MGs, Otis Redding and other STAX artists. Atlantic Label had artists Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett while Berry Gordy began Motown Records with a lot of help from Jackie Wilson and William (Smokey) Robinson. We will also delve into the bands that backed up so many of the hits of the era and take a look at Folk-Rock groups.

10:00 am – 1:45 pm — Mah Jongg — Bring your own Mah Jongg card and come play.  There is no instructor for the session – just fun and self-evaluation.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – A History of The Broadway Musical with Betsy Jones — The Broadway Musical is a quintessentially American art form. This class will explore a number of our favorite musicals focusing on a different topic each week including Great Musical Composing Teams, “Those Dancing Feet,” iconic Broadways stars, the Great Broadway Theaters ( The Architecture, Design and Most Famous performances), the British Invasion (From West End to Broadway), Musical Theatre as a Vehicle for Social change, The Mega Musical (where the staging and effects are as important as the plot, characters or score) and Juke Box Musicals (shows where the songs were already famous so hey…let’s write a script!). Lectures will be interspersed with video clips of performances that illustrate the weekly topic leaving ample time for everyone to share favorite memories.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – What’s With All the Noise? with Shai Robkin — In their bestselling books “Predictably Irrational, “Thinking Fast and Slow,” and “Nudge,” Dan Ariely, Daniel Kahneman, and Cass Sunstein (with co-author Richard Thaler), respectively, explore how cognitive biases lead individuals to make decisions that defy what we might call “rational thinking.”  In their 2021 book “Noise,” Kahneman and Sunstein partner with Olivier Sibony to focus on the wide variabilities in judgments, by both individuals and organizations, when addressing the exact same problem. Seemingly random and unfair decisions resulting from “noise” have dramatic implications for society, including the erosion of trust we have in one another.