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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!

Fall Online Course Highlights

 

The Beatles: A Magical History Tour

Join us as we discover the Beatles' story, their personalities and, most importantly, how their music continues to influence our culture and our expectations of popular music. With the use of audio and visual content, students learn the arc of the Beatles career from their development in Liverpool, through Beatlemania into their psychedelic phase, and finally their dissolution. Deepen your appreciation for the Beatles' incredible productivity, their musical and lyrical maturity and their cultural impact. This course will be taught online via Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or use their COD student email. Instructor: Gary Wenstrup

Monday, Sept. 14 to Oct. 19
2 to 3:30 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-015, $129; Lifelong Learner $79

 

Eliza Jumel: From the Bottom to the Top

"Rags to riches" stories are common in American history, but this one is exceptional. Eliza Jumel was born in a brothel in the year that the Revolutionary War broke out. She went on to become one of the richest women in New York City and to marry — and divorce — Aaron Burr. Jumel thrived through a keen ability to remake herself and a savage determination to keep what she had, whatever the cost. Her remarkable rise shows just how much was possible in the young United States. This course will be taught online via Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or use their COD student email. Instructor: Joyce Haworth

Monday, Sept. 21
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-008, $29; Lifelong Learner $19

 

Indian Mounds of Illinois

The rich archaeological history in Illinois is exemplified by the stunning Indian Mounds found across the state. This program will look at the people who built the mounds and the reasons for their construction. Remarkable details about Cahokia and Dickson Mounds will be discussed. This course will be taught online via Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or use their COD student email. Instructor: Jack MacRae

Thursday, Sept. 17 to Oct. 1
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-025, $89; Lifelong Learner $59

   

Chicago's Modern Architecture Series - Burnham's Columbian Exposition: The White City

Explore the architects who designed Chicago's architectural masterpieces. Study architectural gems in our favorite city where the skyscraper and modern architecture were born! This class is taught virtually using Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or utilize their COD student email. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 15
3 to 5 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-080, $49; Lifelong Learner $29

 

The Woman Behind the Teddy Bear—The Awe-Inspiring Story of Margarete Steif

It is common knowledge that President Theodore Roosevelt was the namesake of the world famous Teddy Bear. Hardly anyone knows, though, that the cuddly stuffed toys were invented by an amazing woman from Southern Germany who overcame terrible sickness and incredible challenges and turned her tiny workshop into one of the most recognizable international brands—and all that in the male dominated world of the 19th century! Join German historian Anette Isaacs as she relates the story of the truly awe-inspiring life of toy maker and business maven Margarete Steiff! This class is taught virtually using Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or utilize their COD student email. 

Monday, Oct. 12
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-700, $29; Lifelong Learner $19 

 

The Rise of Andrew Jackson and the Democratic Party

Andrew Jackson was our first president of plebeian origins, and with his rise came the rise of the Democratic Party, the party of "the common man." This lecture examines how Jackson came into power the nature of his political support among the various segments of the American population, and to what degree he brought the ambitions and desires of regular people into the national conversation. It will also examine the conflicting definitions of freedom held within the Democratic Party and among the American people. This course will be taught online via Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or use their COD student email. Instructor: Joyce Haworth

Monday, Oct. 12
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-005, $29; Lifelong Learner $19

 

America Dreamin': 19th-Century Utopias

In the decades before the Civil War, the United States was home to scores of utopian communities. Thousands of men and women left their homes and moved to remote areas to try out a new and radical way to live, and to find a perfected society. From the free love of Oneida to the racial equality of Nashoba to the religious zeal of the Shakers, these utopias reflected the idealistic and boisterous nature of American society. This course will be taught online via Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or use their COD student email. Instructor: Joyce Haworth

Monday, Nov. 9
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-006, $29; Lifelong Learner $19

 

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.

  • The Twilight Zone: Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Sept. 25
  • Our Amazing Universe - Saturday, Nov. 14

Lunch Break Lectures

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

Fall Online Lecture via Zoom

  • Sept. 16 - A Journey Through America's National Park System with instructor David Kroese, HUMNT-0001-502
  • Sept. 30 - The Astonishing Life of Carl Akeley, The Father of Modern Taxidermy with instructor Jack MacRae, HUMNT-0001-503
  • Oct. 14 - The Seventies: A Nation in Search of Itself with instructor Joan Krawitz, HUMNT-0001-504
  • Oct. 28 - Caffenie in Early Modern Europe with instructor Dr. Sarah Kernan, HUMNT-0001-505
  • Nov. 11 - The Last Voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald with instructor Jack MacRae, HUMNT-0001-506
  • Nov. 25 - The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower with instructor Joan Krawitz, HUMNT-0001-507

 

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
Email: CE@cod.edu
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 ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 will be online (some exceptions apply).