LIFE@Elon - Providing learning opportunities for people over the age of fifty.

Program Update:

Our current members have until May 31, 2016, to register for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you are interested in joining the program, please contact Kathryn Bennett (see her information to the left) to find out more and have your name added to the waiting list.  

Classes for the fall semester will begin on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14 and are held for twelve weeks. We do not have class the week of Thanksgiving, so they will end on December 6 and 7.

 

Elon University’s lifelong education program completed its fifth year on May 4, 2016! It has been a great success and continues to get better and better thanks to the good work of our volunteers. The program was designed to offer non-credit learning opportunities to people ages 50 and older. The learning institute, called LIFE@Elon, features weekly presentations conducted in an engaging format. The learning community is led by current and retired Elon faculty and staff members and other area educators.

There are 12 classes offered per semester (fall and spring) and they are held in Johnston Hall on Elon’s South Campus. We offer three sessions, two of which are on Tuesdays with the same, or similar, curriculum in each: a morning session from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and an afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The third session was added in 2013 in response to demand for the program. It is held on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., in the same location, and is taught mostly by past presenters that we invite back. When registering, a class time is chosen from the three options and that is the one a member attends for the year.

Members pay a yearlong membership fee of $125, which includes enrollment in all 24 sessions, convenient parking for the classes, borrowing privileges at Elon’s Belk Library,  and discounted tickets to many events on campus.

Examples of sessions examined in previous semesters are:

• A Short History of Jazz
• How Media Shapes Politics
• Music Theatre at Elon
• Stem Cell Research and the Future of Health Care
• The Drama of Our Oceans
• Post-Civil War History
• Cathedrals of Europe

For full lists of past presentations, the current schedule and registration information please check the side bar to the left of the website.