Current Events — Section 2

Course Number


Study Group Leader (SGL)

Lois Sockol


This course will take place virtually on Zoom. Participation requires a device (ideally a computer or tablet, rather than a cell phone) with a camera and microphone in good working order and basic familiarity with using Zoom and accessing email.

10-Week Course

Feb. 29 - May 9. No Class April 25.


We live in a complex time when what happens in one part of our world affects us all, which requires us to stay informed as the world rapidly changes. This course is designed to inform, to discuss current news stories, and provide thoughtful analysis. In most sessions our attention will be divided between world events and national news. Class members are encouraged to present reports, lead a class discussion on a current topic, and take part in group discussions. Interest and keeping up to date with the news are the only prerequisites.  

Group Leadership Style

More facilitated discussion than lecture.

Course Materials

Before class each week, the SGL will send pertinent articles by email, with the topics selected from a variety of newspapers and magazines. The student should also have access to newspapers, news magazines such as Time and The Economist, and web sources.

Preparation Time

1-2 hours weekly.


Lois Sockol taught children and adults for 25 years. Her undergraduate degree is from Boston University and her masters from Lesley College. The bulk of Lois’ professional years were spent in the Newton Public Schools where she taught children and was a consultant to teachers. Lois was also an educational consultant to schools throughout New England. After retirement, Lois again became a student, and a writer of short stories. Four of her short stories have been published. Retirement allows Lois to feed her Current Events habit. The nature of this course dictates it will always be current and challenging.