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


Washington's Lieutenants
Instructor: Tim Dailey
The class analyzes the military strategies and operations of General George Washington and his commanders during nthe American War of Independence. Examine Washington's strategic genius, his operational initiatives, and his relationships with subordinates such as Greene, Arnold, Lafayette, Gates and many others. Their campaigns, battles and decision-making abilities during the conflict will be a focal point of the class. 

Tuesday, Sept. 3 to Oct. 1
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-077, $149; Lifelong Learner $109
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


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. 

Aug. 21 - FISA: Secret Surveillance Court

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.

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. 

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 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday