Seattle Arts & Lectures has announced its 2005-2006 Wednesday University series, in which grown-ups get to go back to school and learn...

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Seattle Arts & Lectures has announced its 2005-2006 Wednesday University series, in which grown-ups get to go back to school and learn cool stuff without the burden of onerous tuition fees, incessant tests and cumulative GPAs. Here’s the lineup:

Autumn: “Mapping the Dickens World”

Richard Dunn, chair of the University of Washington English department, examines the massive societal shifts Dickens chronicled in his novels.

Winter: “When Theater Mattered”

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Barry Witham, drama professor at the UW, looks at the era between World War I and World War II, when playwrights such as Eugene O’Neill and Lillian Hellman wrote works that highlighted the big issues.

Spring: “Five Italian Cities”

Claudio Mazzola, another UW teacher, excavates the layers of history, culture and human experience that have built Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and Naples.

Courses, which consist of five classes (every other Wednesday) and take place at the Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus, are open to everyone for the unbelievably low price of $75, or all three for $195. For more details, visit www.lectures.org or call 206-621-2230.

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor