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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.

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

Summer Online Course Highlights

Illinois Archaeology

The rich archaeological heritage of Illinois will be surveyed by investigating such impressive sites as Koster, Cahokia, Dickson Mounds and the Modoc Rock Shelter. Many local sites also are examined. Instructor: Jack MacRae

Wednesday, June 2 to 30
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-048, $149; Lifelong Learner $99 

The Ascent of American Women

What challenges have American women faced and what victories and setbacks did they achieve in the years between the Revolution and today? In this eight-week class, examine how a wide range of women of different classes, races and ethnicities changed the cultural, political and social opinions and roles of both sexes over time. Instructor: Joan Krawitz

Tuesday, June 8 to July 27
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-013, $189; Lifelong Learner $149 

Lighting the Way: The Statue of Liberty in Popular Culture

Celebrate the 135th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty with a fascinating exploration of Lady Liberty’s iconic role in popular culture. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s statue
has been an important figure in films, comics, television shows, literature, music videos and collectibles. The class explores the behind-the- scenes stories and symbolic usage of the Statue of Liberty in everything from Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant to Planet of the Apes, from The Godfather, Part II to Ghostbusters II. Special attention will be given to the enduring relationship between Superman and the Statue of Liberty and to a sociological discussion of the historic and ground-breaking 1986 Liberty Weekend events in New York Harbor during the statue’s centennial. See the Statue of Liberty in a brand-new light! Instructor: María José Tenuto

Wednesday, June 30
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-001, $29; Lifelong Learner $19 

1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Join us as we explore all the elements of the fair. From the extraordinary buildings to the exciting rides to the participants and the new items introduced, this class reviews the details of the past before connecting them to present day Chicago and American culture.

Tuesday, July 6 to 27
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-020, $119; Lifelong Learner $79 

Simon & Garfunkel: Sound and Then Silence

If you took the musicality of The Beatles and matched it with the lyricism of Bob Dylan the result might be Simon & Garfunkel. Often considered the thinking person’s rock ‘n’ rollers, they were also one of the most successful musical acts of the 1960s. Using audio and visual content, trace the arc of Simon & Garfunkel’s career from their surprise teenybopper hit “Hey Schoolgirl”... to the folk-rock classic “Sound of Silence”...to the ever popular “Mrs. Robinson”...to the majesty of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Monday, July 12 and 19
10 to 11:30 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-056, $49; Lifelong Learner $29 

Read Aloud Sources and Strategies for Our Children and Grandchildren

Reading aloud to young people has never been more important! Using “The Read-Aloud Handbook,” we will review reading strategies. Read and discuss representative works with delightful, meaningful with award-winning illustrations. Instructor: Gerald Horan

Monday, July 19 to Aug. 2
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-002, $89; Lifelong Learner $59  

Who Wanted JFK Killed?

From his presidential victory in 1960 to the failed Bay of Pigs Operation, President John Kennedy was not loved by everyone within the Pentagon, and the supporters from his father’s inner circle were looking for their payoff in the end. JFK was on everyone’s radar. The new president was making changes and addressing foreign policy in a new way, and those efforts were not always supported. This class looks at the individuals and their possible motives behind his assassination. We also look into who Jack Ruby really was and his involvement in the case. Instructor: Tim Wilsey

Monday, July 19 and 26
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-015, $59; Lifelong Learner $39

10 in 10: Architecture Masterpieces within 10 Miles

Learn about 10 architectural masterpieces within 10 miles of COD’s main campus! As we view each architectural gem, learn its brief history, design significance and the architect’s background. Also, detailed information about visiting each site is provided. Instructor: Jennifer Scavone

Tuesday, Aug. 3 and 10
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-024, $59; Lifelong Learner $39 

The New York World’s Fair 1964-1965

Did you visit the New York’s World’s Fair of 1964- 1965? Relive the fun and excitement with a nostalgic tour of the pavilions and attractions, such as GM’s Futurama, Sinclair Oil’s Dinoland, and Michelangelo’s Pieta, and so much more. We’ll also look at the history and politics that brought us this magical moment in time. Instructor: Ruth Nelson

Wednesday, Aug. 11
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-040, $29; Lifelong Learner $19 


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 here.

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, please view the current Schedule of Classes.

  • The Twilight Zone: Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, July 15

Lunch Break Lectures

Sessions are free. Registration is required
Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. 

Fall Online Lecture via Zoom

  • June 9 - History of Chicago (The Band) with instructor Gary Wenstrup, HUMNT-0001-500
  • June 23 - The Forties with instructor Joan Krawitz, HUMNT-0001-501
  • July 7 - History of the Hot Dog with instructor Jack MacRae, HUMNT-0001-502
  • July 21 - Zoom Tips, HUMNT-0001-503
  • Aug. 4 - The Thirties, HUMNT-0001-504


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

Request More Information

Go to our General Information page to request more information.

Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please call us If you have questions about a course or need assistance with registration. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Summer 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).