Lifelong Learning

Our popular Lifelong Learning Institute classes are designed especially for adults 55 and older, and 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 at one of our classes.

Lifelong Learning Institute offers a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures in a wide range of topic areas, such as art and hobby, health and wellness, history and the humanities, and more. From popular favorites to brand-new topics, Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age.

Email us your mailing address to request a printed Schedule of Classes.

Fall Offerings

We invite you to check out the great new courses in Lifelong Learning this fall, as well as the broad range of inspiring programs throughout Continuing Education.

Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class!
The following offerings start soon. Class start date is listed; for full meeting details, please see Schedule of Classes or call (630) 942-2208.

Constitution: The Founders and Creators – Sept. 23, two class options available: on campus in Glen Ellyn or at Roselle Public Library
Great Films – Sept. 23
Lincoln as War President – Sept. 29 at Villa St. Benedict, Lisle
The Oscars: 1950 – Sept. 29
Searching for Marquette – Sept. 30
Lunch Break Lecture: Indian Mounds – Sept. 30
19th Century British Military History – Oct. 1
People of the Risorgimento – Oct. 2
Indian Mounds of Illinois – Oct. 6
Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore – Oct. 6
Moving Nature: The Birth Stories of Chicago – Oct. 7
Sage Series: Searching for Marquette – Oct. 8
The Italian Americans – Oct. 8
The Great American Novel – Oct. 13
Lunch Break Lecture: Life & Death of Vincent van Gogh – Oct. 14
Ukiyoe: Japanese Wood-Block – Oct. 15
Sage Series: Behind the Scenes at the MAC – Oct. 16
Opera Appreciation Basics – Oct. 19
Native Tribes of the American East – Oct. 19
Sage Series: Italian Food for the Holidays – Oct. 23
Hamlet – Oct. 26
Late-Tudor England – Oct. 26
Understanding the Qualities of Great Art – Oct. 26
Economics of Modern Investing – Oct. 28
Lunch Break Lecture: Eleanor of Aquitaine – Oct. 28


Featured Event:

Experience theTotal Lunar Eclipse
Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m.
Meet at the north side of COD's Berg Instructional Center (BIC).

On Sunday evening, September 27, the Americas will be treated to a spectacular lunar eclipse in which the full moon will cross through Earth's shadow and darken dramatically. Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto will host a viewing through College telescopes and binoculars from 8 p.mto approximately 11 p.m.. You may arrive at any time to catch the eclipse and enjoy spectacular views. College of DuPage Astronomy Club members will be present to assist your viewing and provide explanations.

New Course Spotlight:

Moving Nature: The Birth Stories of Chicago
Discover how and why our great city grew out of a swamp. Learn the birth stories of Chicago by exploring its geological underpinnings and fortunate geography, as well as the geopolitical and economic forces that drove exploration—and upon which Chicago still depends today.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 to 28
6:30 to 8 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-046, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn

People of the Risorgimento
The 19th Century Movement for Italian Unification was inspired by the realities of the new economic and political forces at work after 1815. As a manifestation of the nationalism sweeping over Europe in the 19th century, the Risorgimento aimed to unite Italy under one flag and one government. For many Italians, this was not only a movement toward political unity, but toward the renewal of Italian society and people, and freedom from foreign control. Learn about some of the major figures in the Risorgimento: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Giuseppe Mazzini, Conte Camillo Benso di Cavour, the Bourbon Dynasty and more.
Friday, Oct. 2 to 30
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-047, $129, Lifelong Learner $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1125

Ukiyoe: Japanese Wood-Block
Based in part on James A. Michener's book, The Floating World, this class examines the history and influence of the Japanese wood-block print popular in Japan from 1600 to 1860. Look at the traditional art form, its influence on 19th century Western artists and its evolution into today's modern Japanese prints. One of the greatest collections of print today is housed at the Art Institute in Chicago. The instructor, Ruth Nelson, was introduced to this rich cultural icon while living two years in Osaka, Japan.
Thursday, Oct. 15
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-026, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Get Connected to the MAC

This new series of courses helps you prepare for the exciting concerts and theater productions coming to COD's McAninch Arts Center. Take a class, then attend College events with a newfound understanding.

  • Oktoberfest: Origins and History – Sept. 24
  • Opera Appreciation Basics – Oct. 19
  • Understanding the Qualities of Great Art – Oct. 26
  • Classical Composers – Nov. 2

Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

In partnership with the Plus 50 Encore Completion Initiative sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind. Instructors direct you toward the tools and skills necessary for your next steps. See Plus 50 page for full details.

The Sage Series
Continuing Education offers an inspiring new series of topics for enrichment courses, presented by community members who want to share their passion, experience and knowledge. The offerings are free of charge to community members 50 and over. Lectures will take place on Friday afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required.

  • Searching for Marquette – Oct. 8
  • Behind the Scenes at the MAC and Lunch – Oct. 16
  • Italian Food for the Holidays – Oct. 23
  • Chinese Film and Discussion – Nov. 13

Lunch Break Lectures

Our popular Lunch Break Lecture series continues with engaging topics presented by Continuing Education subject experts. All Lunch Break Lectures are sneak peeks at upcoming classes. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please call (630) 942-2208 to register.

  • Indian Mounds - Sept. 30
  • Vincent van Gogh - Oct. 14
  • Meet Eleanor of Aquitaine - Oct. 28
  • Arthurian Legend - Nov. 11


Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars. Whether you are interested in presenting a one-day seminar as part of our Sage Series, or delivering a longer course on a topic that inspires you, we look forward to having you share your knowledge and enthusiasm with Continuing Education students and your peers. We know you have a wealth of life experiences, and we encourage you to submit a course proposal or call us at the number listed below.

Areas of interest include history, literature, politics, philosophy, art, travel, history and the humanities. We are also experiencing a growing interest in financial and career-related topics.

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

College of DuPage Continuing Education is dedicated to serving the educational needs of all COD district residents. Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs. Individuals who wish to apply for, or contribute to, this fund are encouraged to contact Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or

Register today!

See the Lifelong Learning Institute schedule of classes in the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes. To learn more about our programs or request a printed catalog, 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


Faculty Spotlight

  • 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. Their questions make me think more deeply about the writing process. I hope my students feel affirmed in their desire to write.”

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  • Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "Teaching is sharing knowledge. 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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  • Babette Dean

    Babette DeanContinuing Education

    "Singing is also therapy. We all need it and some need a supportive, understanding teacher to get them started. My class covers a lot of information about the mechanics of singing and about choosing the right songs in the right key.

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  • Wanda Schlafly

    Wanda SchlaflyContinuing Education

    "I am inspired by seniors who live full and productive lives, continuing to learn and grow at all ages. I love hearing stories of people's lives and families and capturing them on video for later generations."

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  • Matthew Medina

    Matthew MedinaContinuing Education

    "Listening and participating in student discussions had taught me the value of learning as a process and not an end."

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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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