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 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.

Famous Americans
Instructor: Kathy Mullin
Explore the lives and contributions of Famous Americans, selected on the basis of their contributions in the political arena, science, the arts,  and sports. Among those selected will be Ben Franklin, John James Audubon, Jane Adams, Mark Twain and Louis Armstrong. During each two hour class (with the exception of the first meeting), two people will be introduced and discussed. Most importantly, a historical foundation for their lives will be developed and an assessment of their contributions to our country will be analyzed. It is hoped that there will be lively discussion and the sharing of life experience appropriate to topic.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 to March 20
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-006, $189; Lifelong Learner $139
Roselle Public Library

Thursday, Jan. 31 to March 21
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-007, $189; Lifelong Learner $139
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118 

The First Five World Wars: 
Europe between Louis XIV and Napoleon, 1688-1815
The first two World Wars did not occur in 1914 and 1939. While significant, WWI and WWII were just two more world wars in our history. There were five wars in Europe between 1688 and 1815 that could legitimately be categorized as 'World Wars.' These 127 tumultuous, cataclysmic years between King Louis XIV of France and the Emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte, included the Wars of the Grand Alliance, Spanish Succession, Austrian Succession, Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars. Historian Marcus Sanghera retells the fascinating stories behind World Wars one to five.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 to March 20
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-042, $179; Lifelong Learner $139
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127

Ice Age DuPage County
Instructor: Jack MacRae
15,000 years ago, at the end of the most recent "ice age," DuPage County's prehistoric landscape provided habitat to elephants, camels, bears and wolves. Learn about this fascinating period and the local natural history of the Pleistocene.

Monday, Feb. 4 to 25
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-088, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1437

Partners in Command
Instructor: Tim Dailey
This course analyzes some of the most significant collaborations between civilian and military leaders during the American Civil War, including the following: Lincoln and McClellan; Davis and Johnston; Lee and Jackson; Grant and Sherman. Examine the personalities and careers of these commanders as well as their successes and failures over the course of the war. The class focuses primarily on the qualities of leadership and cooperation as they impacted the totally unprepared civil governments and military organizations of both North and South.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 to March 26
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-018, $179; Lifelong Learner $139
Villa St. Benedict, Lisle (Please enter from Subiaco Drive)

Sherlock Holmes
Instructor: Jim Fox
Join fellow Holmes and Watson enthusiasts for a return to late Victorian London to discuss the life and times of the immortal duo. In addition to discussions of the settings and locations of many of the stories and portrayers of Holmes and Dr. Watson through the years, discuss one of the long stories and a number of the short stories selected by the class.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 to 26
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-060, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

The Beatles: A Magical, History Tour
Instructor: Gary Wenstrup
The Beatles have ceased to be a musical entity for more than 45 years, but their music, story and personalities continue to influence our culture and our expectations of popular music. Explore the arc of The Beatles' career, through the use of audio and visual content. Begin with their development in Liverpool, travel through Beatlemania, voyage through their psychedelic phase and, finally, examine their dissolution. Gain a deeper appreciation for The Beatles' incredible productivity, musical and lyrical maturity and cultural impact.

Thursday, Feb. 14 to March 14
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-063, $149; Lifelong Learner $99
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123


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.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. - The Hubble Space Telescope

Friday, Feb. 151 p.m. - A Bite of China: A Perfect Blend of Five Flavors

Friday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. - The Twilight Zone: Six Degrees of Separation

Friday, April 12, 1 p.m. - Film: Miss Brodie is 50 Years Past Her Prime!

Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. - LGBTQ: Past and Present


Lunch Break Lectures

Free; Registration is requested.
Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127

Jan. 9 - The Sixties

Jan. 23 - The Plantagenets

Feb. 6 - Simon & Garfunkel: Sound and Silence

Feb. 20 - Travel Normandy and Burgundy

March 6 - Queen Victoria

March 20 - Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water 

April 3 - Steppe Nomads

April 17 - Cavalry in the Civil War

May 1 - Thoroughbreds, Racing and the Kentucky Derby

May 15 - Queen Elizabeth I 


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

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2019 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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