Students may have returned to school months ago, but Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Leaning Society is just gearing up for the fall semester. From traditional small college towns to universities in larger population centers, retirees have begun flocking to their alma maters to audit university courses and capitalize on the benefits offered. FAU’s Lifelong Learning Center, with its stellar location in the heart of retirement-heavy South Florida, is certainly a fit for the continuing education concept and the active retiree population.
FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society is a marriage of higher and continuing education. Lectures, seminars, workshops, performances and college courses are offered to the public (young and old) so citizens can plug in to the latest in science and technology as well as bone up on liberal arts. The lectures and courses offered by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society give students the opportunity tap into the college experience and put the finger to pulse of current affairs, all without the stress of midterms, finals and essays. Not to mention, it gives students and course auditors a unique opportunity to learn from each other’s generations within a collegial atmosphere.
Led by FAU professors, visiting lecturers and adjunct experts, the Lifelong Learning Society offers noncredit, university-level courses in a multitude of subjects and interests in FAU’s Jupiter and Boca Raton campuses. Courses and lectures run the gamut from foreign policy, history, science and current events to music, art, literature, philosophy and films, among others.
Running somewhat concurrently with the seasons (rather than a semester course), Fall 2012 one-time lectures and performances are picking up their stride at Jupiter’s John D. MacArthur Campus. On November 1, Dr. Jack P. Hailman will lead the lecture “National Parks: America’s Evolving Idea,” followed by a concert by pianist Robert Prester, professor of the FAU course Deconstructing Jazz.
Jupiter’s Fall 2012 four-week and eight-week courses have begun, with multiple courses running Monday through Friday, including “Fitzgerald and Hemingway” on Wednesdays from 12:15-2 p.m. and “The Rise of Turkey” on Thursdays from 7-8:45 p.m. For the course catalog of one-time Lectures and ongoing courses, see Lifelong Learning Society’s website.
FAU’s Boca Raton campus has been the model of lifelong learning since 1980, enriching not only the lives of its more than 10,000 active members but the university system as well. The campus offers a range of courses each day, such as “Music Americana: Mastery of the Art,” “In the Land of Mink-Lined Pools: Hollywood Films about Hollywood,” “The Middle East in Turmoil: Implication and Opportunities” and “The Elephant in the Room: India and its Regional Neighbors.” Many courses have already begun, and more start the beginning of November. Four-week course schedules are also available. Check here for the complete schedule.
Boca Raton’s Lifelong Learning Society’s one-time special events continue through November with lectures such as “Making Sense of the American Civil War: Slavery to Emancipation” on November 8 and “Making Sense of America’s Economic Crisis: Consuming Our Way to Economic Recovery” on November 15. Starting December 10, the Lifelong Learning Society changes gears for the distinguished lecture series, 16 two-hour long lectures and performances compacted into a four-day run. For the full course catalog, see Boca Raton’s Lifelong Learning Society’s website.
- The Winter 2013 courses and lectures are nipping at our heels, with classes beginning January 7. For complete course catalogs, click for Jupiter or Boca Raton.