What follows are short descriptions of the new fall courses and their presenters.

Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by Sherborn Lifetime Learning.

Sherborn’s Lifetime Learning program is ready to go, ready to fill the gap left by summertime pursuits. What follows are short descriptions of the new fall courses and their presenters. Courses cover a variety of subjects with the hope that many adults of all ages, in Sherborn and neighboring communities will find some new area of interest that they would like to explore.

Insights into Chinese Civilization

What does it mean to be Chinese from a Chinese point of view? How has the concept of “being Chinese” changed over the millennia? This course will look at the panorama of Chinese history as we examine how a Chinese person comes by his/her identity in the context of marriage and family; the social construction of gender; patriotism and service; and thinking about the universe and the afterlife. Material will also be included on the “Empresses of the Forbidden City,” a current exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum. Participants may elect to take part in an optional field trip to the exhibit.

The class will be presented by Alice Cheang, B.A. in English (Yale) and Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations (Harvard). She taught Chinese language and literature at Wellesley College, University of Montana, Notre Dame and George Washington University, and is now a literary translator and academic consultant in language proficiency. Classes are scheduled for Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Sherborn Town Hall, Room 204A.

Optional Field Trip to Peabody Essex Museum: Oct. 19

Wartime Looted Art: Lost, Hidden or Dispersed and the Post War Difficulty of Restitution

The Holocaust was a devastating experience, not only in terms of loss of life, but in its effect on the cultural heritage of all European nations, the Jewish religious community and individuals: art collectors, dealers and gallery owners. Their property was looted and sold, or hidden away in salt mines, castles, German museums and in the homes of top Nazi officials. In the aftermath of war, how can the true owners of looted art be determined? This course will explore the events surrounding the thefts and postwar discoveries, and assess the critical importance of the protection of cultural heritage in current conflicts.

Presenter Yvonne Illich is a legal anthropologist and archeologist with expertise in cultural heritage issues and crimes against art. Her expertise stems from her work researching restitution claims for art stolen from individuals, communities and nations. She has prepared and negotiated claims in different international forums. Classes are scheduled for Wednesdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in Sherborn Town Hall, Room 204A.

Great Movie Songwriters: Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer

If Hoagy Carmichael had not been fired from his job as a lawyer, we might never have had his amazing output of the most unforgettable songs of the 20th century: “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Lazy River” and many more. And we wouldn’t have the memorable output from his productive collaboration with Johnny Mercer, who rates among the top 10 American popular music lyricists. Mercer wrote marvelous words for many composers and won Academy Awards for “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” and “Moon River.” Enjoy the history behind these achievements and sing along with Jack.

Presenter Jack Craig is a musician, teacher, a storyteller and a performer who has studied the music of the mid-20th century and the people who produced it and can make it all live again. His classes are on Fridays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Woodhaven Community Room.

Chinese Food Adventure at Powisset Farm

In her first class, Roberta Hing will introduce some authentic Chinese dishes that can easily be replicated at home. She will begin with crispy scallion pancakes, a favorite street food in China, followed by millionaire’s chicken, a dish from the Sichuan province, and finally stir-fried sugar snap peas and mushrooms. The second class will be a trip to Chinatown, where participants will go to a Chinese market, have a Dim Sum lunch, and finish with a trip to a Chinese bakery.

Hing graduated from Harvard with a degree in sociology. Her cooking training came from her mother, a native of China. She has been teaching cooking classes for more than 20 years and also works as a personal chef. The cooking class will take place at Powisset Farm, Dover, on Tuesday, Oct. 30; Chinatown trip on Nov. 13.

Lifetime Learning brochures with registration forms are available at public venues throughout the area or on request at 508 651-7858. Online registration is also available on the COA page at www.sherbornma.org. For further information, email lifetimelearning@sherbornma.org.