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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 Schedule

Operation Freedom - The Berlin Airlift

It was perhaps one of the greatest adventures in American military history: the Berlin airlift of 1948/49. Soviet troops closed all access routes to West Berlin by land, sea and rail, thus threatening the lives of 2.5 million people and provoking the first major international crisis of the Cold War. American General Lucius D. Clay did not hesitate and proceeded to build a bold and fantastic bridge across the sky, involving 700 planes and 250 000 flights over a period of 14 months. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of this exciting time in her country's postwar history. This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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. 

Thursday, June 11
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-705, $19
Online

Sears Homes of Chicagoland

From 1908 to 1942, Sears Roebuck and Company sold about 65,000 ready-to-build kit homes through catalogs. Despite the rash of teardowns in the Chicago area, some of these houses have managed to survive—undiscovered treasures hidden in plain sight. Explore the Sears kit homes built right here in DuPage County. This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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. Instructor: Lara Solonickne

Wednesday, June 17
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-702, $19
Online

Greatest Warriors in History

Who were the real historical heroes of ancient myth and how do they shape our modern heroes of today? Learn about champions of ancient times, King Arthur, Robin Hood, Three Musketeers, Pirates and Superheroes. What is the hero's journey and why do we gravitate toward it? Instructor: Michael McCann. This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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.

Tuesday, June 23
1 to 2:30 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-707, $19
Online

Current Affairs – Germany

After the recent federal elections it took almost six months until Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to create a new coalition government. Last spring Europe's most populous nation was taken by surprise when the United States threatened high tariffs on luxury cars and other products made in Germany. Add to that the challenging integration of refugees and the disappointment of many East Germans over unequal living conditions 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall—no wonder the country is currently experiencing turbulent times. Join Germany expert Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of her home country's current affairs! This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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. 

Thursday, June 25 to July 9
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-703, $59
Online

Motown: Music That Moved the World

In Detroit in the 1960's 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. This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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. Instructor: Gary Wenstrup.

Wednesday, July 1 to 15
10 to 11:30 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-700, $39
Online

History of Superheroes

You have been watching them in blockbuster films and popular television shows for years. Now, learn the true history of your favorite superheroes, and discover their connections to legendary myths. Instructor Michael McCann leads you on a journey that explores the creation of these heroes, and why they still connect to our culture today. This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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.

Tuesday, July 14
1 to 2:30 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-708, $19
Online

Self Discovery for Plus 50

Evaluate your past accomplishments, current interests, skills and future goals in a friendly and supportive environment. Designed for the adult who is returning to school, entering the workforce, or exploring volunteer opportunities, this course explores some assessment tools, including writing exercises to help you uncover your true interests. Develop an awareness of yourself and your goals for the next step. This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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.

Thursday, July 16 to Aug. 6
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-706, $35
Online

Levi Strauss, the Gold Rush, and the World's Most Famous Pair of Pants

Everybody loves them, everybody wears them. Jeans are no doubt an iconic garment and they tell the legendary story of the American West. Did you know they were made world famous by an adventurous Bavarian Jew, born 190 years ago, who combined his marvelous business sense with German ingenuity? In this 170th anniversary year of the Gold Rush, join German Historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., for a fascinating look at this magnificent period in American history and learn about Levi Strauss and his amazing life! This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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. 

Thursday, July 16
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-704, $19
Online

The Glory of Their Times

The story of the early days of baseball featuring anecdotes and pictures of the players in the first half of the 20th century. Instructor: Gerald Horan. This class will be taught virtually using the Zoom. Students will 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, July 20
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-709, $19
Online

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 visit page 26 of the current Schedule of Classes.

  • Fall topics to be announced

Lunch Break Lectures

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

Summer Online Lecture via Zoom

  • June 24 - The Beatles' Abbey Road with instructor Gary Wenstrup, HUMNT-0001-701

Fall topics to be announced

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
Email: CE@cod.edu
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 ce@cod.edu at any time.

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