Members manage the program and volunteer their time, skills, and talents to gain and share knowledge of subjects that may not be conveniently available in academic or social institutions. Using a seminar or workshop format for learning, the PLP provides an interactive setting in which members can volunteer as facilitators. There are no academic requirements for membership and anyone 16 or older is welcome.
Before you register for a PLP class, you will need to join the partnership. This will look like you are registering for a class, and this is how you pay your membership fee.
PLP courses are open to members only. The standard tuition for a six- to eight-week course is $30. The cost for shorter courses and special events varies, depending on length and other factors.
Members can also attend Fridays with Friends programs for no additional charge. Every Friday, PLP offers two 2-hour programs on a variety of topics in a variety of styles, beginning at 12 noon. Fridays with Friends groups include Current Events, Avid Book Readers, History, Science and Technology, Arts and Letters, the Film Forum, and Travel. The schedule for each Friday is posted on Tuesday afternoon.
PLP offers excursions to cultural sites and events, such as museums, art exhibits, musical performances, etc. Members are eligible to sign up for these events at the rate charged by the venue (often discounted for PLP) plus a nominal fee for transportation provided by AACC.
The PLP Hospitality and Outreach committee offers a social activity every month to which all members are invited. These include luncheons, picnics, holiday parties, theater outings, and similar activities. There is no cost for social events beyond what is charged by the venue (restaurant, theater, etc.).
Current Events: Stretch your thinking and dig deep into contemporary issues and events at the local, national and international levels. Share your views on what’s happening on the world stage.
Music and the Performing Arts: Let your spirit soar as you relive great moments in music. From cherished classics to the soundtracks of the Broadway stage, to jazz, blues and rock, music will encircle and enfold you. Explore the lives of great composers and musical prodigies by viewing riveting performances and discussing their contributions to the world of musical masterworks.
Science and Technology: Dynamite presenters bring you into the orbit of cerebral thinkers and doers in all fields of science and technology.
Economic Issues: Leading scholars and experts will present thought-provoking and stimulating video presentations on current economic and financial issues. Discuss the impact of these far-ranging issues on the national and international arenas.
Avid Readers: Stimulate your intellect as you pick apart the curious twists and turns of works of fiction and nonfiction. Selections are chosen from the New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of the previous year and from members’ suggestions.
Film Forum: Further your knowledge and appreciation for how the silver screen has affected throngs of moviegoers by watching and discussing art movies, foreign films and outstanding classics.
History Buffs: Get a glimpse of the cultures, customs, and civilizations throughout the ages through powerful presentations and discussions.
Travel: Explore the globe and expand your perspective with like-minded travelers as they showcase their personal odysseys with presentations of their domestic and international adventures. Enrich your experiences with exceptional trips and tours.
Art History: Masterful paintings and splendid sculptures will take your breath away as you delve deeply into the world of art. Enhance and expand your perspective with views of collections from national and international museums and galleries.