Study Groups


The Spring 2016 Catalog is now ready.  Check the NEWS page for some highlights!  Click The Second Half Spring 2016 Course Catalog  for your own downloadable copy.

Registration guidelines for Spring 2016:

You may send in your membership form and study group registrations at any point; however, all registrations received prior to January 22, 2016, will be date-stamped January 22, the day of the Open House.

Those with a legitimate priority request – that is, they were wait-listed for the same study group in the previous semester and have checked the priority request box – are given first consideration.  After that, if a study group is over-subscribed, then members are chosen by lottery. Quite frankly, we expect this to be the case in only a few study groups. Those not filled on the first day of registration – and this will be the majority of them if past experience is any indicator – will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Every semester’s offering is a mixture of old study groups, revised , and new ones.  To get an idea of what we offer, see last semester’s Fall 2015 Catalog.  If you really want to see a full range of possibilities you can review older catalogs from  Spring 2015 Fall 2014,  Spring 2014, and Fall 2013.  Please keep in mind these are out-dated catalogs. Wait for the current catalog, issued each semester, to apply for membership and register for study groups.

Application to become a Study group Leader (deadline is May 2, 2016 for Fall 2016)

Interested in teaching, sharing an experience, talking about a hobby?  Fill out this application and present it to the Curriculum Committee (By sending it to The Second Half office).    [This will download as Word file for you to add your information to..]  To download a copy of this form, click on the  course proposal form Fall 2016

One must be a member of The Second Half to attend courses and most events. To learn more, go to the Membership Page.

The Fall Semester  begins in September  and runs through early December. The  spring 2016 semester begins in February of 2016 and runs through early June.

Here’s the calendar for the coming semester.


2015 – 2016

Spring 2016

Catalog mailed to mailing list and published on the web site – January

Open House – Friday, January 22

Spring Registration Begins on January 22

Spring Registration Deadline – Friday, February 5

President’s Day – Monday, February 15

*First Study Groups Start  meeting– Tuesday, February 16

Patriots Day Holiday – Monday, April 18 – No Classes

Deadline for Study Group Proposals for the Fall – Monday, May 2

Spring Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting– Wednesday, May 25

Memorial Day Holiday – Monday, May 30 – no classes

*Classes End – Friday, June 3

Board of Directors Annual Meeting – Monday, June 6 – 9:30 a.m.

Study Group Leaders Luncheon – June 15 – Site TBA