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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. ILL458 – 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 lectures 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.

A.S.K. in a Nutshell, Course: ILL678, 7.5 Hours

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 lectures 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:  In Myth, Literature, and Film, ILL570 - Hours: 8

What does it mean to be human? Science and religion have their answers, but in this class we’ll explore the nature of humankind from the storyteller’s point of view. What do centuries of myth, classics of literature, blockbuster films, and iconic TV shows tell us about ourselves? In this thought-provoking class, third in the popular Being Human series, we’ll explore origin myths from numerous cultures. Investigate the concept of sentience in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Discuss sub-humans, super-humans, artificial humans, and post-humans, as well as post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and utopian societies. Join us for a unique blend of anthropological and literary perspectives, and a series of lively discussions! Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Genealogy: Researching Your Family History, Course: ILL691, 8 Hours

Early in our lives we may wonder how our parents, grandparents, and other family members lived, and how they accomplished what they did given the tremendous obstacles and the absence of conveniences and technology. Our curiosity about these circumstances may be put on hold while we go about our active lives. We may not pursue researching our family legacies, resulting in an inability to tell current and future generations about important aspects of their heritage. Learn what you can do to put an end to such neglect and discover who you are and what binds past to present and future generations of your family. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only. You must purchase textbook(s)/materials and bring them to the first class.

Historical and Cultural Tour of Paris, ILL660 – Hours: 6

Experience, learn about, and enjoy the City of Lights, incomparable and romantic–Paris. We will use videos and virtual tours to see sites such as le Louvre, Montmartre, Notre Dame, la Sainte Chapelle, La Sorbonne, and many more significant landmarks. This will enable you to learn the history and appreciate the significance of these Paris-based landmarks to the French. To further immerse ourselves into French culture, we will discuss the latest trends in French food and wine. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

International Films with Discussions, Course: ILL683, 10 Hours

Are you interested in watching fascinating foreign films, analyze and discuss them? This class is a general history of postwar fictional feature-length foreign films, with a special emphasis on the evolution of film form and the inter-relationship between film and national histories and cultures. The first class will give the students a brief overview of film terms and concepts. In addition to addressing the individual countries whose films will be used, there will also be a concerted effort at highlighting the inter-cultural influences between those countries and Hollywood. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

The World of Chess for Mental Fitness, ILL665 – Hours: 12

Learn how to play chess and explore many aspects of this ancient game that fascinates millions. Become familiar with its artistic and cultural links, mental health benefits, and social and competitive facets. Each session will include a lecture and an instructor-supervised playing period that will give you a hands-on opportunity to practice and improve your skills. Topics will include rules of the game, strategy and tactics, chess as mental exercise, memory skills and blindfold chess, history of famous players, chess and computers, and advice on how to navigate the vast literature of the game. This course is intended for beginners and novices, or those with very minimal knowledge of the game. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

 

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