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!

Fall Course Spotlight

We've chosen a few to share with you here. Find all of our classes in our Schedule of Classes online. If you don't already receive our schedule at your home, please let us know and we'll have one in your mailbox within days.

On the Waterfront

Instructor: Gerald Horan
"On the Waterfront" is a 1954 film directed by Elia Kazan. This award-winning film is ranked 8th on the AFI's all-time list. Watch the film and explore its development, the social and political issues involving Kazan and the brilliant music of Leonard Bernstein.

Monday, Sept. 9 to 23
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-029, $79; Lifelong Learner $59
Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange

Tuesday, Sept. 10 to 24
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-030, $79; Lifelong Learner $59
On campus in Glen Ellyn

The Philosophical Ideas and Writings of Bertrand Russell

Instructor: Marcus Sanghera
He was Britain's ubiquitous thinker and philosopher of the 20th century. Logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist, Bertrand Russell made a mark on the world of critical thinkers still felt and enjoyed today. In this graduate seminar-style class, historian Marcus Sanghera discusses the writings of Bertrand Russell, one of the founders of analytic philosophy. (Class participation required)

Friday, Sept. 20 to Nov. 8
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-045, $179; Lifelong Learner $139
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1447

The Oscars: Best Actress 1958

Instructor: Brian Kleeman
One of the most exciting Oscar races for Best Actress in history, 1958 saw five iconic women who had never won previously in contention: Susan Hayward, Deborah Kerr, Shirley MacLaine, Rosalind Russell and
Elizabeth Taylor. Watch all of their nominated films: "Auntie Mame," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "I Want to Live!" "Separate Tables" and "Some Came Running."

 Tuesday, Oct. 1 to 29
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-012, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A06

Four American Artists, Part III

Instructor: Ruth Nelson
Continuing our study of American painters, this course will focus on Benjamin West, the court painter of King George III; Thomas Eakins, the brilliant, but disgraced artist; Jacob Lawrence, who brought the African-American experience to life; and Jackson Pollack, the bad-boy of abstract expressionism. Courses do not need to be taken in sequence. 

Thursday, Oct. 3 to 24
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-036, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

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 visit page 26 of the current Schedule of Classes.

  • Friday, Sept. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. - Introduction on Chinese Painting and Discussion
  • Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to noon - How Do We Know Climate Disruption is Us?
  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:30 to 9 p.m. - Pluto...and Beyond!

Lunch Break Lectures

Sessions are free. Registration is requested.
Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127. 

  • Sept. 4 - Shakespeare's Theater
  • Sept. 18 - The True and Fascinating History of the Garden Gnome
  • Oct. 2 - Medieval and Renaissance Cookbooks
  • Oct. 16 - Elizabeth I in the Morning
  • Oct. 30 - Famous Vampires
  • Nov. 13 - Next Generation Batteries
  • Nov. 27 - Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate
  • Dec. 11 - The Tudors

More for Lifelong Learners

The Plus 50 Program

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

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. 

Contact Continuing Education

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

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday