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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. We offer a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 50 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. A reduced senior rate applies for participants 55 and over. Come join us - new courses begin each week.

In Continuing Education, we believe that learning never stops. Find out all that Lifelong Learning has to offer!

Spring Online Course Highlights 

Classic Films and the Books that Bring Them New Meaning

Explore the history of silent films, "complicated women" in pre-code films, and the dances of Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers through movie clips and related book suggestions that explore these subjects in greater detail. Instructor: Brian Kleemann

Wednesday, Feb. 2 to 16
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-010, $119; Lifelong Learner $79 

Coffee, Tea and Chocolate: A History of Caffeinated Drinks in the Western World

The ubiquity of coffee, tea and chocolate obscures their past at the center of geographical exploration, religious debate and medical observation. Explore topics like the medical properties of chocolate and immorality in early modern coffeehouses. Instructor: Dr. Sarah Kernan

Monday, Feb. 3 to 24
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-004, $119; Lifelong Learner $79 

The Civil War in America's National Park System

More than 70 of our 419 National Park Service sites have a direct connection to the Civil War! Such is the impact the Civil War had on American history and the country we live in today. Explore these sites and some of their fascinating aspects, revisiting their profound stories and the heroism and tragedy in events that changed the course of our nation. Instructor: David Kroese

Thursday, Feb. 4 to 25
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-023, $119; Lifelong Learner $79 

Roger Williams and the Rights of the Native Americans

Did any of America's colonial settlers care about the rights of Native Americans? Roger Williams did. Best known as the founder of Rhode Island and the first advocate of religious liberty, Williams was also an early advocate of Indian land rights. After he was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony he hoped to create a new colony where different races and cultures could live together in peace—a vision that ultimately proved to be an illusion. Instructor: Joyce Haworth

Monday, Feb. 8
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-061, $29; Lifelong Learner $19 

Silent Heroes: The Resistance Movement in Nazi Germany

The 85th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany presents us with the perfect opportunity to look at the relatively unknown, and sometimes even forgotten, heroes who often gave their lives in order to fight against the Nazi regime. Join German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., as she pays homage to Sophie and Hans Scholl, Georg Elser, Baron von Stauffenberg, the women of Rosenstrasse, and other groups who made up the German Resistance.

Saturday, Feb. 13
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-033, $29; Lifelong Learner $19 

Amish: A Sociological Journey

This engaging and fun multimedia presentation takes participants on a sociological journey through the history of the Amish, including the origins, life stages, traditions, customs, food, religion, and community of one of America's most famous subcultural groups. Through the use of photographs taken during field research, a fascinating story of people who preserve unique and traditional ways of life despite great challenges will be told, revealing lessons more modernized societies could learn from the Amish.

Thursday, Feb. 18 and 25
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-038, $59; Lifelong Learner $39 

Historic Place Names of the Chicago Area

The names of our towns, parks, schools and thoroughfares are a wonderful history lesson. This class looks at fascinating people and surprising events that had an impact on the development of today's communities. Instructor: Jack MacRae

Monday, March 1 to 22
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-092, $119; Lifelong Learner $79 Virtual Classroom 

Art Treasures of the Vatican

Explore the enigma of the Vatican Gardens, the drama of St. Peter's, and the mysteries behind the Papal Tombs. This class unlocks the sophisticated iconographies of the Renaissance through ancient symbols and allegories. Special emphasis will be given to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and the Pieta. Instructor: Ruth Nelson

Wednesday, March 3 to 24
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-068, $119; Lifelong Learner $79 

The Plus 50 Program

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind. Learn more here.

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.

Sage Series

Sessions are free. Registration is required.
For full descriptions and locations, please view the current Schedule of Classes.

  • A New View of the Universe - Saturday, Feb. 20
  • The Twilight Zone: Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, March 5
  • Film and Discussion: Frida - Friday, April 16

Lunch Break Lectures

Sessions are free. Registration is required
Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. 

Fall Online Lecture via Zoom

  • Jan. 20 - The Six Wives of Henry VIII with instructor Joan Krawitz, HUMNT-0001-500
  • Feb. 3 - Zoom Tips for Lifelong Learners with instructor Richard Morton, HUMNT-0001-501
  • Feb. 17 - The Beach Boys with instructor Gary Wenstrup, HUMNT-0001-502
  • March 3 - The Fascinating History of the Garden Gnome with instructor Jack MacRae, HUMNT-0001-503
  • March 17 - The Ascent of Women with instructor Joan Krawitz, HUMNT-0001-505
  • March 31 - Fleetwood Mac: The Chain...Broken with instructor Gary Wenstrup, HUMNT-0001-506
  • April 14 - The Legacy of Shabbona with instructor Jack MacRae, HUMNT-0001-507
  • April 28 - Frida Kahlo with instructor Jennifer Scavone, HUMNT-0001-508


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.

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. 

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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at at any time.

Please note: all programming for Spring 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).