Every Monday morning 15 people gather in a National Louis University classroom to study the writings of William Faulkner. Every person in the room is of retirement age. The coordinators are both retired businesspeople. Class members include a former teacher, an attorney, a homemaker, physician and they all come well prepared. The two-hour session is lively, full of discussion, controversy, humor, disagreement, insight and wisdom. After class, the talk spills out to the hallways, down to the onsite deli or out to the parking lot. The class is one of 30+ different study groups offered by The Lifelong Learning Institute at NLU every semester.
The Lifelong Learning Institute at National Louis is:
- A vibrant, active community of men and women 55+
who enjoy exploring different topics and discovering new friends.
- A participatory environment of 30+ stimulating and provocative study groups,
in science, literature, film, history, philosophy, current events, fine arts and more.
- Lunch & Learn programs, special events, travel opportunities
and a myriad of social and enrichment activities throughout the year.
No tests, no grades and no teachers. At NLU our program is modeled around peer learning made popular by the Great Books Foundation where discussion is the key. Members select and submit topics for approval to a committee of their peers. They then become coordinators for the study group -- choosing the text and/or other learning materials/media and planning the schedule. At each meeting, members volunteer as discussion leaders. By previously reading or in-class viewing of a film, everyone comes to class with the same frame of reference. Leaders pose the questions and discussion begins.
A program run by the members. If you decide to join our program at NLU, you will become a member of a community of lifelong learners that depends on your participation for its success. We hope that you will volunteer for at least one aspect of the organization. Whether it is joining a committee, serving on the advisory council or coordinating a study group, your contribution will be an important one.
Four sessions offered each year. LLI study groups are offered during four sessions per year including fifteen-week fall and spring sessions and five-week winter and summer sessions. Study groups meet weekly for two hours during the day.