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 at one of our classes.

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.

Email us your mailing address to request a printed Schedule of Classes.

The Spring Schedule of Classes is here!

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

Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class!

These spring classes are starting soon. For full course details, please see the Schedule of Classes or call (630) 942-2208.

Sherlock Holmes – Jan. 19
The Story of the Potawatomi – Jan. 19
Beginner's Bridge – Jan. 20
Bridge: Beginners and Beyond – Jan. 20
History of Ideas – Jan. 20
History's Great Lies – Jan. 20
The Cosmic Joke: The Absurdity of Contemporary Life – Jan. 25
Shakespeare's Richard III – Jan. 25
Classic French Opera – Jan. 25
The American Civil War – Jan. 27
Italian Culture and History through Film – Jan. 27
The American Civil War – Jan. 28
World Religions – Feb. 1
Tragedy in November: Great Cherry Coal Mine Disaster – Feb. 4
The Vikings – Feb. 9
The Grand Alliance – Feb. 9
Native Tribes of the American West – Feb. 10
Travel Poldark's Cornwall and London – Feb. 10


New Course Spotlight:

History's Great Lies
The real history of human social, political, and cultural evolution is rife with lies. What are the reasons for this? This class examines the effects of propaganda, power and profit on the recording of human history, how they are connected, and their uncomfortable relevance to life in the 21st century. Instructor: Marcus Sanghera

Wednesday, Jan. 20-March 9
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-021, $179; Lifelong Learner $139
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Italian Culture and History though Film
Have fun learning the history and culture of one of Europe's favorite destinations for Americans by exploring some of the classic Italian films that capture the essence of Italy. Film selections from the post-war era, the industrial miracle of the '50s and '60s to the present, are included.

Wednesday, Jan. 27-Feb. 24
1 to 3:45 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-007, $139; Lifelong Learner $99
On campus in Glen Ellyn

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.

Classic French Opera
French opera is one of Europe's most important traditions. Take an operatic journey from the court of Louis XIV and the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully to the 20th century. Along the way, sample the witty and cynical works of Jacques Offenbach, the tuneful and popular Carmen by Bizet, and the masterworks of Debussy and Gounod. View, listen and discuss the operas, operatic traditions and historical events that make the French musical tradition so wonderful!

Monday, Jan. 25 to Feb. 29
9:30 to 1:30 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-098, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange

Italian Fairy Tales
Have fun exploring the stories and origins of some of Italy's classic fairy tales. After studying these engaging tales, you'll want to check out Harlequinade: An Italian Fairy Tale at the MAC on May 14 and 15. Tickets for the performance are available separately through the MAC box office. Call (630) 942-4000.

Thursday, April 14
4 to 6 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-030, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Red Army: Film and Lunch
Enjoy an afternoon of food and film—right on campus! Start with lunch and casual film discussion at the Wheat Café, continue to the McAninch Arts Center to enjoy a showing of the award-winning documentary film, Red Army. End the day with a post-film discussion.

Wednesday, March 2
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-022, $25
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC); meet in the CHC lobby

The Lunch Box: Film and Lunch
Come to campus for an afternoon of food and film! Start with lunch and casual film discussion at the Wheat Café, continue to the McAninch Arts Center to enjoy a showing of the Indian film, The Lunchbox. End the day with a post-film discussion.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-023, $25
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC); meet in the CHC lobby

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. Instructors direct you toward the tools and skills necessary for your next steps. 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.

Jan. 13 – Greatest Person of the 20th Century
Jan. 27– Travel Andalusia Spain
Feb. 10 – Banned Books
Feb. 24 – The Potawatomi People
March 9 – Chinese Art and Music
March 23 – City of London
April 6 – Lord Byron
April 20 – The Sistine Chapel
May 4 – War of 1812
May 18 – Crimean War

Sage Series
Enjoy a variety of topics presented by local subject experts. Registration is required. For meeting times, see page 26 of the spring schedule or call (630) 942-2208.

Jan. 29 – Bloom Where You Are Planted—A Discussion with the Author
Feb. 13 – The View from Earth
Feb. 19 – Winter Reads
March 4 – Commedia dell'arte: Italian Comedy Explored
March 18 – Behind-the-Scenes at the MAC and Lunch at the Wheat Café with Diana Martinez
April 8 – Inside COD's Culinary and Hospitality Center
April 22 – Blackfish: Film and Discussion
April 29 –Social Security Maximization for Seniors
May 6 – Finding Vivian Maier: Film and Discussion

Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars. Whether you are interested in presenting a one-day seminar as part of our Sage Series, or delivering a longer course on a topic that inspires you, we look forward to having you share your knowledge and enthusiasm with Continuing Education students and your peers. We know you have a wealth of life experiences, and we encourage you to submit a course proposal or call us at the number listed below.

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.

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 the Lifelong Learning Institute schedule of classes in the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes. To learn more about our programs or request a printed catalog, 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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