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.

History and Evolution of the Supreme Court
Instructor: Kathy Mullin

Listed as Article III in the United States Constitution, the Supreme Court is probably the least studied and understood of the three branches that were created. Study the history of its development and investigate many cases involving civil liberties, property rights and federal power. Explore court decisions within the context of the historical period they were made. 
Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Nov. 14
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-001, $179; Lifelong Learner $139
Roselle Public Library

Thursday, Sept. 27 to Nov. 15
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-002, $179; Lifelong Learner $139
On campus in Glen Ellyn

The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower: Lost Boys, Suspect Kings, and a Cold Case 500 Years Old
Instructor: Joan Krawitz

Can you crack the case? The victims: King Edward V, age 12 and his brother, 9. The suspects: Richard III and Henry VII and his mother, as well as others. Together we inspect the scene, analyze clues and question the suspects. Beginning with the story of the princes in the tower, use the mystery of their disappearance as a lens through which to focus on the nature of kingship and queenship at a historical moment that lies squarely at the crossroads of Medieval and Modern England. 

Thursday, Sept. 27 to Nov. 1
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-005, $149; Lifelong Learner $109
On campus in Glen Ellyn

When Jazz Was King: Early Chicago
Instructor: Barry Winograd
Students will enjoy and investigate a period in popular American music 'when jazz was king.' Artists examined include Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, the Austin High Gang, and many other household names from the 1920s. These are the sounds and the artists that showcased America's popular music culture to the world! Join WDCB's Barry Winograd for a snapshot of his popular Saturday morning program, When Jazz Was King.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 to 24
3 to 5 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-097, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn 

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 

Free; Registration is required.
For full descriptions and locations, please visit page 26 of the current Schedule of Classes.

Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. - A Bite of China: Staple Food
Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. - Behind-the-Scenes at WDCB Public Radio with Station Manager Dan Bindert 
Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. - Behind-the-Scenes at the COD Greenhouse with Greenhouse Supervisor Amy Hull
Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.- Behind-the-Scenes at the MAC and Lunch at the  Waterleaf with Diana Martinez (Tour is free; Lunch is optional and additional)
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. - Black Holes with Joe DalSanto 
Friday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m - The Twilight Zone: Six Degrees of Separation 

Lunch Break Lectures

Free; Registration is requested.
Lectures are scheduled on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127

Aug. 22 - How the Supreme Court Works 
Sept. 5 - The Plantagenets
Sept. 19 - The Trojan War: Fact vs Fiction 
Oct. 3 - Historic Place Names in Chicago: Dearborn Street
Oct. 17 - The Tudors
Oct. 31 - Confederate Cavalry in the Civil War
Nov. 14 - "Defiance" by John Patrick Shanley and the BTE
Nov. 28 - Walt Whitman Does Sexuality Matter?
Dec. 12 - The Stuarts

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

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email CE@cod.edu. You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or the Fall 2018 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information


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

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

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Kathleen Mullin

    Kathleen MullinContinuing Education

    “Teaching adults is so rewarding, because they are lifelong learners and when I look at their faces in my classroom, it makes me want to continue to grow and learn as they have.”

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  • 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.”

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  • Spotlight: Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "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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  • Spotlight: 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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