Lifelong Learning

Our popular Lifelong Learning Institute classes are designed especially for adults 55 and older, and a reduced senior rate applies. We remain appreciative of your years of curiosity, commitment to growth and learning, and your support of COD programs. We believe that learning never stops. Come join us for one of our classes.

The Lifelong Learning Institute offers a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures in a wide range of topic areas, such as art and hobby, health and wellness, history and the humanities, and more. From popular favorites to brand-new topics, Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age.

Summer Classes are Beginning!

We invite you to check out the great selection in Lifelong Learning this summer term, as well as the broad range of inspiring programs throughout Continuing Education.

Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class

For full course details, please call (630) 942-2208.

Genealogy at the Library—July 7
Art Appreciation 101—July 11
Classical Composers—July 11
Czars and Czarinas: Russian Power, Murder and Intrigue—July 11
Virtual Tours—July 11
Continued Computer Skills for Plus 50 Part II—July 12
Backyard Wildlife—July 13
Using iPad and iPhone for Plus 50—July 13
Genealogy at the Cemetery—July 14
Virtual Biographies—July 15
Female Face of French Cinema—July 19
Economics of Modern Investing—July 20
Winston Churchill—July 20
Crime and Politics in Chicago—July 21
An Irish Maiden's Voyage—July 21
Polish Cinema II—July 28
Civil War: Medicine—July 29
History's Greatest Warriors—Aug. 4
House History—Aug. 4
Travel Normandy and Burgundy—Aug. 5
Using Gmail for Plus 50—Aug. 10
Civil War: Weapons—Aug. 12
Genealogy for Digital Images—Aug. 18

Course Highlights

Brother Kings in the House of York
Edward IV and Richard III were England's last Plantagenet kings. Discover how and why they succeeded to the throne and their father Richard, Duke of York, did not. In the end, what was it that brought down their royal house and ceased more than 200 years of Plantagenet dominance? Instructor: Marcus Sanghera

Wednesday, July 20 to Aug. 24
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-019, $159
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1403

Civil War—Innovations
Explore innovations from the Civil War including female nurses, submarines, telegraph lines and more! Instructor: David Overeem

Friday, July 15
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-021, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2622

Film—Censoring Hollywood
Discuss the Motion Picture Production Code that provided a strict set of guidelines for films released in Hollywood from 1930 to the mid-1960s. Watch the pre-code "Baby Face" and code-pushing films such as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." Instructor: Brian Kleemann.

Tuesday, July 5 to 26
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-048, $129; Lifelong Learner $89
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2622


Get Connected to the MAC

This new series of courses helps you prepare for the exciting concerts and theater productions coming to COD's McAninch Arts Center. Take a class, then attend College events with a newfound understanding.

Art Appreciation 101—Understanding the Qualities of
Great Art
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more you appreciate and understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the more you will gain from the all of the opportunities to view and appreciate art right here at home and wherever you may travel. The Cleve Carney Gallery on the COD campus offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. Bring the insight you gain in this course to all the great art you'll find inside the MAC.

Monday, July 11 to Aug. 1
4 to 6 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-064, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Classical Composers
Get an introduction to the lives and music of the great classical composers, from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart to Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Engage in discussion of their most inspired and popular compositions, while exploring social, political and historical backgrounds. Instructor: Bob Kucaba.

Monday, July 11 to Aug. 15
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-044, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind.
See Plus 50 page for full details.

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 this spring.

Lunch Break Lectures
Join us for engaging lectures and discussions during the noon hour on Wednesdays in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Registration is recommended.

June 22 – Shakespeare's Tragedy Plays
June 29 – Alfred the Great
July 13 – Backyard Wildlife
July 27 – The Inklings

Sage Series
Enjoy a variety of topics presented by local subject experts. Registration is required. For meeting times, please view the schedule of classes or call (630) 942-2208.

June 18 – The Hubble Space Telescope: 25 Years
June 20 – Inside COD–Russell R. Kirk Prairie Tour
June 24 – Alternative News Sources
July 8 – Behind the Walls at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery with Justine Witte
July 22 – Behind the Scenes at the MAC and Lunch with Diana Martinez
Aug. 5 – Chicago—The Birth of a Great City

Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars! Areas of interest include history, literature, politics, philosophy, art, travel, history and the humanities. We are also experiencing a growing interest in financial and career-related topics. We are also seeking tutors in several topic areas.

Email or call (630) 942-2208 for information about how to submit your course proposal.

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

College of DuPage Continuing Education is dedicated to serving the educational needs of all COD district residents. Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs. Individuals who wish to apply for, or contribute to, this fund are encouraged to contact Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or

Register today!

See additional Lifelong Learning Institute classes in the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes. To learn more about our programs or request a printed schedule, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email

Contact Information

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


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Faculty 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. Their questions make me think more deeply about the writing process. I hope my students feel affirmed in their desire to write.”

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  • Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "Teaching is sharing knowledge. 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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  • 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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