Evergreen Forum

Welcome to Evergreen Forum!

The Evergreen Forum is a peer-led, interactive dynamic learning program which provides rewarding,
day-time classes on diverse subjects led by knowledgeable course leaders.

Evergreen Forum began in 2001 with a humble cohort of forty inquisitive participants across four classes and has since flourished
into a tapestry of more than 500 engaged learners spanning twenty-six diverse courses.
Governed by a participant-elected Steering Committee, the Evergreen Forum invites you to embark on a voyage of knowledge and discovery.

How it Works

The Evergreen Forum is based in Princeton, and courses are available in-person in Princeton as well as online and as hybrid options which include both in-person and online participants. Online and hybrid classes draw participants from across the United States and beyond.

Courses are taught by volunteer leaders selected by the Evergreen Forum’s Steering Committee. These course leaders are from a wide variety of backgrounds, and they teach thought-provoking legal, political, scientific, arts and literary courses.

Most Evergreen Forum courses take place during the spring and fall. The duration of these courses ranges from three to eight weeks.

Spring courses begin in late-February
Fall courses begin in late-September

Summer and Winter “Samplers” in which each class is taught for one week by one person are also available.

Our Brochure

Check out our fall 2024 online printable brochure to find
all of our courses in an easily accessible document.

So, Which Format is Right For Me?

Our advice? Follow your interests when choosing a course. Nonetheless, we understand our variety of course types and formats may impact your decision-making process. To help with your choice, we have defined these terms, offering a roadmap for selecting courses with your unique interests and needs in mind.

Course Types

Course Types

Special Note: Due to space limitations and administrative needs, participants MUST attend the course as they have registered and are not able to switch back and forth between attending in-person or virtually on Zoom. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances, like extreme weather.

Registration Information

The Evergreen Forum uses a first-come, first-served registration system. Registration typically starts approximately a month prior to the first week of courses and continues until the semester’s commencement.

Mark your calendars:

Fall 2024 Registration — Opens August 27 at 9:30 a.m.


Evergreen Forum strives to provide the utmost quality courses in a variety of academic disciplines. To support our program and the Center for Modern Aging, Princeton, we charge fees for our courses.

Six- to Eight-Week Courses—$110

Three- to Five-Week Courses—$85

Scholarship Opportunities

For more information, contact Johanna Peters, director of social services, at jpeters@cmaprinceton.org, or 609.751.9699, ext. 111 to apply.

Your Support Makes a Difference

In addition to your registration, we invite you to make a donation to help ensure that CMAP has the tools to provide the classes, services, and resources you’ve come to love and expect. As a community nonprofit, over 80% of our budget comes through corporate and annual sponsorships, grants and individual donors like you.


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The Schedule

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Our Course Leaders

Many of our course leaders are retired faculty, seasoned educators, or experts in their related fields—all generously contribute their time and expertise. With courses spanning a flexible three- to eight-weeks, our leaders can craft enriching learning experiences related to their passion to a classroom of engaged learners. The best part? No tests or papers to grade!

Leaders typically choose their topics/courses based on experience or interest. They submit course proposals each semester to the curriculum subcommittee and are selected based on the holistic needs of the Evergreen Forum.

Interested in Becoming an
Evergreen Forum Leader?

The Evergreen Forum is always looking for new course leaders. If you have a course idea that you would like to be considered, let the curriculum subcommittee know by sending an email using the link below.

The Steering Committee

The Evergreen Forum is governed by a steering committee composed of active course leaders and participants, elected by participants at an annual meeting. This committee establishes policies for course offerings and selection of instructors and orchestrates both the annual meeting and other participant gatherings. The Evergreen Forum is administered by staff at the Center for Modern Aging Princeton who handle registration, technical support, and publicity.

Evergreen Forum Steering Committee Membership 2024–2025

Philip Carchman
Marna Golub-Smith
Lois Harrod
Harold Heft

Leonie Infantry
Christina Kales
Barbara Kirsh (Vice-Chair)
Sandy Kurinsky (ex-officio)

Ida Lawrence
Shashank Otiv
Jill Sandel
Peter Smith

Barbara Vilkomerson
Jianping Wang
Judith Wooldridge (Chair)
Fred Young

Role of Active Participants

Any active participant in the Evergreen Forum may attend the annual meeting, cast votes for steering committee members and other pertinent matters proposed by the steering committee.

Interested in Joining the Steering Committee?

Prior involvement as a course participant or leader is required to serve on the steering committee. Membership of one of its working committees (curriculum, evaluation, outreach, and volunteers) is open to persons who are not steering committee members. If you are interested in being on the steering committee or in serving on a working committee, please send an email to khendrickson@cmaprinceton.org.

CMAP thanks donors for targeted support of the Evergreen Forum:

The William and Nancy Lifland Evergreen Forum Steering Committee Chair
The Lee V. Harrod Evergreen Forum Literature Series
The Harold and Joan Kuskin Evergreen Forum Performing Arts Series
The Iona and Maurice Harding Evergreen Forum Natural Sciences Series
The Home Instead Evergreen Forum History and Political Science Series

Evergreen Forum Corporate & Sustaining Sponsors

Terms and Definitions

"I've loved every course I've taken with Evergreen. The standout factor is not just the instructors, but also the students and their engagement. After fifty-three years of teaching high school, I can confidently say these courses offer an optimal educational experience."




Your generosity is truly the fuel that empowers CMAP to change lives and to help older adults discover their “why!”

We invite you to donate to the 2023–2024 Annual Giving Campaign by June 30 to help us reach our goal.