Lifelong Learning

Save the date for Senior Expo 2017!

April 23 from noon to 4 p.m.

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. Our popular Lifelong Learning classes offer a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 55 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. A reduced senior rate applies.

We remain appreciative of your years of curiosity, commitment to growth and learning, and your support of COD programs. We believe that learning never stops. Come join us for one of our classes!


Spring Classes are Just Around the Corner

We invite you to check out the great selection in Lifelong Learning this  term, as well as the broad range of inspiring programs throughout Continuing Education. New courses begin each week. Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class. Call (630) 942-2208 or fill out our online form.

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Course Spotlights

Women of Power and Intrigue in Chinese History
Examine the lives of three powerful women who influenced and changed the course of history in China: Empress Wu Zetian (624 -705) of the Tang Dynasty, Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) of the late Qing Dynasty and Madame Chiang Kai Shek (1898-2003) of the Republic. Instructor: Nancy Chen

Monday, March 6 to 20
1 to 2:30 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-062, $59; Lifelong Learner $39
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Modern Chicago Skyline
Explore Chicago's architectural masterpieces as you study the Modern and Post Modern architectural gems in our favorite city—where the skyscraper and modern architecture were born! Instructor: Jennifer Scavone.

Tuesday, March 7 to 28
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-068, $109; Lifelong Learner $69
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Using your iPad or Tablet
Get the most from your new device! Work with instructor Mark Pusinelli to learn the basics and get comfortable exploring the world of your iPad or Android tablet.

Wednesday, March 15 to April 5
1 to 3 p.m.
COMPT-0001-014; $129; Lifelong Learner $89
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Great Battles of Military History
Explore the great land, air and naval battles that shaped the world. Discuss battles from the perspective
of strategy, tactics, deployment, logistics, maneuver, final outcome and larger impact upon the wars of
which they were a significant part. Team taught by instructors Marcus Sanghera and John Schreiber.

Wednesday, March 22 to May 10
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-049, $189; Lifelong Learner $149
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Guns, Germs and Steel
Based on Jared Diamond's seminal, Pulitzer Prize-winning book, this course explores theories of societal evolution and attempts to answer the question of why some societies thrived and came to dominate others. Did societal success actually depend on things as arbitrary as the orientation of a continent, native species of plants and animals, and exposure to diseases? Instructor: Eric Phillipson.

Thursday, March 23 to April 27
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-059, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Hollywood and WWII
Discuss the World War II era and how Hollywood addressed it both behind the scenes and on film. Watch movies from the era that cover various aspects of this war, including "The Mortal Storm," "The Story of G.I. Joe" and "The Best Years of Our Lives." Instructor: Brian Kleemann

Tuesday, April 4 to May 9
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-030, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind.
See Plus 50 page for full details.


Free Enrichment for Lifelong Learners

Enjoy the topics and the company! Continuing Education presents free lectures and discussions through our Sage Series and Lunch Break Lectures. Join us for an inspired selection of new topics this spring.

Lunch Break Lectures
Join us for engaging lectures and discussions during the noon hour on Wednesdays in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Registration is recommended.

March 8 – Guns, Germs and Steel
March 22 – Early History of Glen Ellyn
April 5 – Three Critical Years in Late-Medieval England
April 19 – The Supreme Court: Does One Nomination Matter
May 3 – Epic Match-ups in History
May 17 – The Vikings

Sage Series
Enjoy a variety of topics presented by local subject experts. Registration is required. For meeting times, please view page 29 of the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or call (630) 942-2208.

Feb. 24 – A Bite of China: A Perfect Blend of Five Flavors
March 10 – 50 Years at College of DuPage—A Panel Discussion
March 24 – Behind-the-Scenes at the MAC and Lunch at the Waterleaf with Diana Martinez
April 14 – The Celluloid Closet: Film and Discussion
April 28 –Travel Normandy and Burgundy 

Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars! Call (630) 942-2208 for assistance with completing a New Course Proposal Form.

Continuing Education wants to hear from you!

Let us know what kind of Lifelong Learning programs you'd like us to offer. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions—complete the Lifelong Learning Survey.

Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund

Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs.If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please choose "Lifelong Learning Programs" on the College of DuPage Foundation donation page or call (630) 942-2462. 

Register today!

See additional Lifelong Learning Institute classes in the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes. To learn more about our programs or request a printed schedule, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Kathleen Mullin

    Kathleen MullinContinuing Education

    “Teaching adults is so rewarding, because they are lifelong learners and when I look at their faces in my classroom, it makes me want to continue to grow and learn as they have.”

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  • Carmela Martino

    Carmela MartinoContinuing Education

    “I love teaching almost as much as I love writing. I learn so much from it, not only from the work I do in preparation to teach but also from my students.”

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  • Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "I love to share and learn from my students at the same time. I understand how important it is to build a working relationship with students and embolden them to learn a subject.

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  • John Schreiber

    John SchreiberContinuing Education

    "I encourage an open classroom environment where the students are free to engage me with questions, comments, additions and corrections."

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