Lifelong Learning Personal Enrichment Courses
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.
A.S.K., LLI 458 – Hours: 15
Are you intellectually curious? If so, then A.S.K. (Adults Seeking Knowledge) is for you! A.S.K. offers an array of weekly programs and lectures, including invited experts who present l
ectures covering a wide range of topics. Past topics have included subjects from the categories of current events, science, history, world travels, mediation for seniors, opera, alternative medicine, and fitness and health. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Being Human: A Cross-Cultural Look at Who We Are, LLI620 – Hours: 8
Of what is human identity made? Where does our sense of self come from: culture? Upbringing? External circumstances? The opinions of others? If you had grown up in a different culture—or as the opposite gender—or in a different century—would you still be you? Are you the same person now as you were 20 years ago? The concepts of self and existence vary greatly from culture to culture; even the manner in which we think and interact with the world is culturally prescribed. Join anthropology instructor Julie Castillo for a thought-provoking cross-cultural discussion on personality, consciousness, and self. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
History of Islam and Impact of Globalization, See course listing under History and Current Events.
Being Human: The Origins of Us, LLI621 – Hours: 8
What sets human beings apart from other creatures? Is it merely our big brains and dependence on culture? Or is it our unique sense of ourselves, or our relentless quest to find meaning in the universe? Where in the evolutionary process did we become, not merely homo sapiens, but human? In this thought-provoking class we’ll take a journey back into the paleontological and archeological records to search for clues to the origins of human consciousness. We’ll discuss the development of language, culture, personality, science, and religion—and weigh these factors against our own assumptions. Join us for a series of lively discussions! Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.