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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!

Fall Online Course Highlights


The Tragedy of the Donner Party

This class will look at the fateful events of 1846 when a long wagon train carrying 87 men, women, and children became stranded by an early-season snow storm in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Their struggle to survive for the next for months became one of the tragic legends of the American West. Instructor: Jack MacRae

Thursday, Nov. 5 to 19
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-022, $89; Lifelong Learner $59


America Dreamin': 19th-Century Utopias

In the decades before the Civil War, the United States was home to scores of utopian communities. Thousands of men and women left their homes and moved to remote areas to try out a new and radical way to live, and to find a perfected society. From the free love of Oneida to the racial equality of Nashoba to the religious zeal of the Shakers, these utopias reflected the idealistic and boisterous nature of American society. This course will be taught online via Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or use their COD student email. Instructor: Joyce Haworth

Monday, Nov. 9
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-006, $29; Lifelong Learner $19


The History of Motown

In Detroit in the 1960s, Motown Records produced hits as efficiently as the Ford Motor Company produced automobiles—110 Top Ten hits to be exact! It was the "Sound of Young America" sung by performers like The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Using audio and visual content, we'll trace the amazing musical journey from the power soul of "Dancing in The Streets" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to the psychedelic soul of "Cloud Nine" and "What's Going On" to the pop soul of The Jackson 5. Timeless music that moved us then and moves us now. Instructor: Gary Wenstrup

Thursday, Nov. 12 to Dec. 3
10 to 11:30 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-055, $59; Lifelong Learner $39


'Mad' Ludwig of Bavaria: Inside the Mind and Life of Germany's Fairytale King

Although he once famously said: "I wish to remain an eternal enigma to myself and to others," King Ludwig II, who was born 175 years ago, is perhaps the most illustrious of all Germans. Best known as an eccentric whose love for art (especially the music of Richard Wagner) and architecture is legendary, the young King had a charmed but also tragic existence. Join German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., as she unravels this "eternal enigma" and presents you with mesmerizing insights into the Fairy-tale King's truly extraordinary life! This class is taught virtually using Zoom. Students need a computer or other media device (such as an iPad or tablet) and reliable internet service. Students must provide an email address upon registration or utilize their COD student email.

Monday, Nov. 16
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-701, $29; Lifelong Learner $19 


Four American Artists Part IV

Continuing our series on American artists this module will focus on Gilbert Stuart, one of America's foremost portraitists, Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American artist to gain international fame, Thomas Hart Benton, a leader of the Regionalist movement and Mark Rothko, an abstract expressionist whose "multi-forms" remain hugely popular. Courses do not need to be taken in sequence. Instructor: Ruth Nelson

Wednesday, Nov. 18 to Dec. 9
7 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-034, $119; Lifelong Learner $79 


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.

  • Our Amazing Universe - Saturday, Nov. 14

Lunch Break Lectures

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

Fall Online Lecture via Zoom

  • Oct. 28 - Caffenie in Early Modern Europe with instructor Dr. Sarah Kernan, HUMNT-0001-505
  • Nov. 11 - The Last Voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald with instructor Jack MacRae, HUMNT-0001-506
  • Nov. 25 - The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower with instructor Joan Krawitz, HUMNT-0001-507


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. 

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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 will be online (some exceptions apply).