Glimpse of Afghan culture at Lifelong Learning

This Saturday, April 18, the Lifelong Learning Lectures series and the Sisson Library will host former Peace Corps volunteer Dennis Aronson, who will present “Adventures in Afghanistan.”

The lecture will discuss the joys and challenges of living in Afghanistan and what one learns about daily life, including  customs, religion, language, and the status of women.

Dennis and his late wife worked for eight years in the Middle East, beginning as Peace Corps volunteer English language teachers in Afghanistan in the mid-1960s. 

After their two-year Peace Corps service, the Aronsons taught for two years in Saudi Arabia and then lived in Lebanon for four years, where Dennis earned his M.A. and trained English language teachers at the American University of Beirut.  He took his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems at Florida State University. 

For several years, the Aronsons published a newsletter, “Afghan Connections,” which enabled former Peace Corps volunteers and others to stay in touch with one another and with Afghanistan. 

The Lifelong Learning Lecture series offers a wide variety of topics sure to pique the interest of residents and visitors alike. Its mission is to help you keep your mind agile and your life interesting.

Each presentation is free and open to the public. Lectures take place at the Sisson Library, located at the corner of U.S. 160 and 8th Street, starting sharply at 3 p.m.