Peer learning means that groups convene in seminar-style discussion groups, without an instructor. Peer learning allows you to learn with and from each other. Subjects for study are conceived by members who are called coordinators.
The coordinators are not required to have expertise in the subjects they suggest. Anyone with a passion for a subject can become a great coordinator. A committee of members reviews proposals from the coordinators and those that meet their criteria are included in the catalog. Coordinators create a syllabus and select the text for the study group, and they facilitate study groups, but they do not teach.
Each semester, LLI offers over 30 diverse study groups in the following disciplines and others: Literature, Creative Arts, History and Government, Philosophy and Theology, Science and Tech, and Contemporary/Sociological Issues. Most study groups range in size from 10 to 25 members.
Yes, financial assistance is available and awards are strictly confidential. Please contact LLI Director Beth Epstein-Rosenthal at 224-233-2366 to learn more about our scholarships and to fill in an application form.
Absolutely! It’s simple, just contact the office at 224-233-2366 to purchase a gift. A gift card will be sent notifying the individual that the gift has been made.
Free, covered parking is available directly outside the 5202 Old Orchard Road building.
Most of our members do travel and some are out of town for the winter months. Since there are no attendance requirements, missing a class is not a problem but we do ask that you tell your coordinators ahead of time that you will be absent. We do offer 10 and 12 week classes in both the fall and the spring sessions for flexible schedules.
Enthusiasm for our program is contagious and referrals are our best marketing. We encourage every member to bring guests to classes and/or other events.
We urge you to try our classes. Just contact the Director at 224-233-2366 to arrange a visit.