Education: Applying the Gray Matter

A boom in adult courses proves you are never too old to learn

Twice a year they descend, a 10,000-strong army of the night, on New York University's Shimkin Hall. There they wait patiently in line to register, at $55 to $117 a ten-to twelve-week session, for more than 800 courses ranging from Arabic to Zen. The electronically minded can choose from among 75 courses that explicate computer wizardry; language devotees can immerse themselves in Gaelic, Serbo-Croatian or Swahili. There are more than 80 courses in the down-to-earth business of real estate. And a beguiling "Broadway Matinee" course offers tickets to four...

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