The Fairfield Senior Center, in cooperation with Sacred Heart University and in affiliation with the Elderhostel Network, will offer four classes in January and February as part of its Lifelong Learners program at the center, 100 Mona Terrace.

Patricia Spoor, who holds a masters of arts degree in women's studies, will present the second part of "Women of the 50s as Seen Through the Lens of TV's Mad Men" 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and 9.

Dr. Edward Drew, former professor of politics at Fairfield University, will present "The Changing Balance of Power in the World." The course will look at Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, primarily focusing on today's political volatility.

The course will take place Tuesday, Jan. 17,

Monday, Jan. 23, and Tuesdays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.

Don Lamberty and Elsa Cantor, retired educators and travelers, will take students on a classroom tour of Turkey, India, Thailand/Vietnam and Israel, focusing on the lives of the people, their cultures and way of life. Village life will be combined with some geography, history and archeology. Each week will focus on one country. The course will be held Thursdays, Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and 9.

Dr. Mona Garcia, an historian with a special interest in the royal houses of Europe who last fall covered Henry VIII and his complicated family in her King's Club program, will focus on the grandsons of Denmark's King Christian IX, five of whom occupied the thrones of Europe in 1913, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Jan. 24 and 31 and Feb. 7 and 21.

The fee for each course is $20. If a student did not take a Lifelong Learner class in the fall of 2011, there will also be an annual $10 membership fee required.

Pre-registration is required. Interested seniors may acquire registration forms at the center, via mail by calling the center at 203-256-3166 or by viewing the January newsletter on the Town of Fairfield's website, www.fairfieldct.org.

Any resident of Connecticut age 50 plus is welcome to attend. Fairfield residents over age 60 or adults with a disability qualify for the center's bus service, which costs 50 cents roundtrip. To request transportation, call 203-256-3168.