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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.

Summer Course Highlights

In Continuing Education, we believe that learning never stops. Find out all that Lifelong Learning has to offer this summer.

History of the Cold War

Study the history of the Cold War, from
Communism’s revolt against traditional world
order, through the acute conflict and struggles
of the Second World War, to the collapse of
Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet
Union in the 1980s. Examine how domestic
factors in the United States and the Soviet Union
contributed to the Cold War, and explore the Cold
War’s modern legacy. Instructor: Robert Garfield

Thursday, June 1 to July 6
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-019, $159, Lifelong Learner $119
On campus in Glen Ellyn 

Hollywood Art Collectors and Their Collections

When you’re a movie star, where do you put your
money? Some of the biggest stars of cinema’s
golden age invested in art and amassed impressive
collections. Some actors even took up painting. Join
us for a nostalgic and sometimes surprising look at
this lesser-known dimension of some of our favorite
stars. Instructor: Ruth Nelson

Wednesday, June 14
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-043, $29, Lifelong Learner $19
Virtual Classroom

Homer’s Odyssey

Meet the Greek hero Odysseus as he struggles to
return home to his wife, son and extended family on
the island of Ithaca after the great Trojan War. During
his fantastical, 10-year adventure, Odysseus faces
horrific man-eating monsters, treachery, death and
beguiling sorceresses. The “Odyssey,” which has
had a lasting influence on modern culture, reveals
the raw power of humanity as it wins out over
insurmountable odds. (The text is helpful. The E.V.
Rieu translation is preferred.)

Tuesday, June 20 to Aug. 15
1 to 3 p.m. (no class July 4)
HUMNT-0001-012, $189, Lifelong Learner $149
On campus in Glen Ellyn

The Lone Ranger Rides Again

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Lone
Ranger, the fictional character first featured on a
radio show in 1933 who has had a lasting influence
on American culture. Learn the fascinating story of
how the characters known as the Lone Ranger and
Tonto were created. View photographs shared by
the family of actor Clayton Moore, who portrayed
the Lone Ranger on television and in movies.
Instructor: Maria José Tenuto

Thursday, July 13
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-017, $29, Lifelong Learner $19
Virtual Classroom

Travel to Morocco: Visit the Architectural Wonders of the Maghreb

Join this exploration of Morocco’s history through
its architectural wonders. Learn about the famous
landmarks in Ait Benhaddou, Casablanca, Fes,
Marrakesh, Tangier, Essaouira and Volubilis.
Instructor: Claire Boyle

Monday, July 17 to 31
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-045, $89, Lifelong Learner $59
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Democracy Versus Authoritarianism

Examine democracy and authoritarianism in history and the current world. Explore different government types, origins and philosophical foundations. Can countries transition between democracy and authoritarianism? Discuss whether hybrid regimes are possible or probable. Instructor: Pat deRosset

Tuesday, July 18 and 25
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-028, $59, Lifelong Learner $39
On campus in Glen Ellyn

The Plus 50 Program

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind. Learn more about the 50 Program.

  • Career Search for Plus 50 - Tuesday, June 27 to Aug. 8
  • Career Readiness: Beyond the Resume - Thursday, June 22 to July 27 
  • Self-Discovery for Plus 50 - Wednesday, July 12 to Aug. 2

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, view the current Schedule of Classes.

  • Inside COD's Culinary and Hospitality Center - Thursday, July 20
  • Inside COD - Russell Kirt Prairie Tour - Monday, June 12

Lunch Break Lectures

Sessions are free. Registration is required. All lectures are Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and are held virtually via Zoom.

  • June 7 - Women Who Ruled
  • June 21 - The History of Rod Stewart
  • July 5 - Sir Isaac Newton and the Counterfeiters
  • July 19 - The Dust Bowl 
  • Aug. 2 - From Faith Healers to the Flat Earth Society: A History of Zion IL.

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.

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, choose "Lifelong Learning Programs" on the College of DuPage Foundation donation page or call (630) 942-2462. 

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
Email: CE@cod.edu