Lifelong Learning courses are designed primarily for students age 50 and over. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. See schedule of Lifelong Learning classes to find current schedules, location, dates, and costs.Current Events: Food For Thought
Italy in the Age of the Renaissance, See course listing under Art and Art History
World History: A Comparative Survey from the Ancient World to A.D.1500, LLI-610, Hours: 37.5
This course covers the world’s great cultures, religions, and political systems. It offers you the opportunity to understand contemporary life in terms of the accumulated cultural experiences of the world and to appreciate the growing inter- dependence of modern nations. Join us for this comparative inquiry into the emergence and flowering of ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean civilizations; the Christian Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe; China and the development of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; Hinduism and Indian empires; Islam and its conquests and the rise of the Ottoman Empire; civilizations of the Americas; and African developments. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
The Lincoln Penny as a Course in U.S. History, LLI-711, 12 Hours
Do you pick up a penny when you see it on the ground? Let’s take a closer look and explore the symbolic significance and historical background of elements used on both sides of the coin as representation of the entire American Experience and foundation precepts of American society. Topics include history’s ideas of the Declaration of Independence, the role of President Lincoln in U.S. History, religion as a form of freedom, and more. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Montgomery County in the Civil War, LLI-667, 7.5 Hours
This course commemorates the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and its impacts on people, lives, communities, and landscapes of Montgomery County. As the Civil War unfolded across the nation, the residents of Montgomery County lived in a war zone. Strategically located next to the Federal City of Washington, Montgomery County and Mary- land were of vital importance to the security of the nation’s capital. For the first time since the War of 1812, the people of Montgomery County felt the impact of war. This course will use a multimedia approach to bring alive the history of the Civil War in Montgomery County including lecture, Power- Point slide presentations, video, live music of the Civil War era by a costumed re-enactor, and first-person portrayal of a local Civil War surgeon. Additionally, this course will include a historical overview; a discussion of slavery; and a showing of the Emmy award winning video Life in a War Zone that one of the instructors, Susan Soderberg, helped to produce. This class is presented by published authors who are instructors at the Montgomery County Historical Society. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Women in the Civil War in Montgomery County, LLI-826, 6 Hours
This course commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and its impact on the people and the lives of Montgomery County. As the Civil War unfolded across the nation, the residents of Montgomery County lived in a war zone. Course topics will include: the account of Rockville resident Dora Higgins facing up to the Confederate Army; nurses and nursing during the Civil War; and women who served as spies during the War. This course will use a multimedia approach to bring alive the history of the Civil War in Montgomery County: lecture, PowerPoint slide presentations, video, and a first person portrayal in costume, of a local Civil War nurse. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Exploring Local History, LLI-724, 6 Hours
Rockville, Maryland, has a long and fascinating history. Settled by the 1750s, selected as the seat of Montgomery County government in 1776, incorporated in 1860, and having experienced phenomenal growth since World War II, Rockville has been an important base for trade and legal matters for 250 years. Early residents, and those who passed through this area long before and since, left evidence of their lives here for us to see. This course will use a multimedia approach to bring Rockville history alive: lecture; PowerPoint and slide presentations; and a guided walking tour of historic Rockville. Historical booklets and books written by the instructor will be available for those who may wish to purchase them. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Conflict - Modern Middle East, LLI-637, 37.5 Hours
Join us to examine the contemporary conflicts and problems of the Middle East and their impact upon world politics, including U.S. foreign policy. The class covers the period from the late 18th century to the present and explores the Islamic heritage, the impact of Western imperialism, modernization and the tension between traditionalism and modernity, the rise of Arab nationalism and political revolutionary change, inter-Arab rivalries, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the impact of oil, and the role of the superpowers. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
U.S. Women’s History: From Suffrage to Now (100 Years), LLI-816, 10 Hours
This course explores the history of women in the United States from the early Suffrage movement to the lifting of the Combat Exclusion in 2013. We will discuss political, scientific, and entertainment strides that were made during the Twentieth Century. Students will learn about and discuss contributions from Alice Paul, Lucille Ball, Grace Hopper, Sally Ride, Rosie the Riveter, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (Iraq). The final class will be a field trip to one of the women’s museums. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
The Great War That Changed the World, LLI-820, 10 Hours
You will learn the history and politics that led up to World War I and examine not only the great battles on land, but also those on the seas and in the air. Your instructor will explain how emerging technology in transportation, communications, and armaments affected the conduct and outcome of those battles. You will also explore how the outcomes of the Great War affected the post-war world order for the rest of the century. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
International Political and Social Issues (New Topics), LLI-692, 12 Hours
Every year new discoveries, technologies, understandings, conflicts, and occurrences from around the world contribute to trigger citizen-led movements; shift the balance in the US between various political, economic, and social groups; and set new tipping points. Join in lively and frank moderated round table discussions with select guest expert speakers. Topics may include: Muslim Women and Human Rights; Trends in the World War Use; Nuclear Power in Rogue Countries; China’s Military, Economic, and Political Impact; and Democracy and Benevolent Dictatorship. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
History of Islam and Impact of Globalization, LLI-682, 6 Hours
This class will include a brief survey of the followers of Islam today where the overwhelming majorities are non-Arabs with historical and cultural roots in democratic social and political orders. Islam with Judaism and Christianity are referred to as the Abrahamic religions or the religions of the book. In its core beliefs, Islam has no conflict or contradiction with Christianity and Judaism. It is essential to seek the commonality between these three great religions to strengthen the process of globalization to build a peaceful world and fight common dangers that threaten all of us collectively. Students will be engaged into a fascinating discussion. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Historical Book Discussions, LLI-800, 8 Hours
This course examines one of the most highly acclaimed political biographies of the modern era and uses it as a platform for a fresh look at the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson on the 50th anniversary of his Great Society programs. Join us in an instructor-led analysis and engaging discussion of “The Passage of Power,” fourth volume in Robert Caro’s monumental series on Johnson. “The Passage of Power” focuses on the period 1958 to 1964. It insightfully tracks Johnson’s path from powerful Senate majority leader to frustrated vice president to successor to the assassinated John F. Kennedy. It details President Johnson’s historic achievements on civil rights and the War on Poverty, all ultimately overshadowed by the tragedy of Vietnam. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.