Lourie Lectures February/March 2023

Lourie Lectures February/March 2023

The Lourie Center Continuing Education Program Offers In-Person Classes this February and March

The Lourie Lectures continue to provide engaging lifelong learning, educational presentations and discourse for adults over 50.  Taught by academics and content experts, topics explore the arts and humanities, science, culture and more.  Satisfy your thirst for learning through these weekly talks, presented by the Lourie Center, a 501(c)(3) organization….because learning never retires!                                                   






Continuing Education Classes in February and March 2023

Columbia, SC- The Lourie Center offers its winter schedule for the Lourie Lectures courses and is now accepting registrations. Lourie Lectures continuing education courses provide engaging discourse for adults over 50. Taught by academics and content experts, topics explore the arts and humanities, science, culture and more. Satisfy your thirst for learning through these fun and informative weekly talks.

February and March 2023 courses are offered in-person  at the Lourie Center.

Each course meets once per week for four weeks.

  • Lourie Center Full Fitness Members $10 per course
  • Lourie Center Associate Members $20 per course
  • Non-Members $30 per course

Bring a friend for FREE! The Lourie Lectures is offering a Guest Pass to each paid registrant for each course. Simply enter their name and email address at registration and they will be invited to attend the course as your guest.

Register Online at louriecentersc.com/lourie-lectures or call 803-779-1971 x 103.

February and March 2023 Schedule

Art and Architecture in Italy from the Roman Empire to the Baroque

Tuesdays 12-1 pm                                                          

February 7-28

Join us for a visual feast of awe-inspiring Italian art and architecture! This course will explore the origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from the 1st through the 16th centuries.

Instructor Laura Hughes teaches Art History at USC Sumter and Columbia and has been a co-leader with husband Tom Hughes of the Darla Moore School of Business Study Abroad program for 8 years, traveling to Turkey, Greece, and Cuba. 


Premier World Discovery 2023 Travel Expo

Tuesday February 28, 1:15 pm

A travel expo for the 2023 trips, featuring:

  • Cape Cod & the Islands: June 17, 2023
  • California Discovery: August 9, 2023
  • Highlights of Italy’s Amalfi Coast: October 24, 2023
  • Santa Fe Holiday: November 29, 2023

Led by Laura Driggers, SC/GA District Sales Manager for Premier World Discovery.


South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm                        

February 20, 27, March 6, 13

Based on the 2022 book Taste the State: Signature Foods of South Carolina, Recipes, and their Stories”, by Kevin Mitchell and David S. Shields, this course explores the cultural histories of regional ingredients and showcases specialty dishes found throughout the regions of South Carolina.

Instructor David Shields is Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina.  His recent book “Taste the State: Signature Foods of South Carolina, Recipes, and their Stories” is co-authored with chef Kevin Mitchell and features the richness of South Carolina’s culinary history, reconnecting South Carolinians with the recipes and ingredients of their past.


The Mystery Behind Digital Finance

Mondays 1- 2 pm                                    

February 20, 27, March 6, 13

Join us while we journey beyond online banking to find out the mystery behind digital finance, blockchain currency, online banking to mobile banking, regular currency to digital online and fractional trading, and even apps like CashApp, Venmo, and Zelle that allow us to move cash from one bank account to another.

Mike Ward is your certified technology instructor, a technology entrepreneur, and Toastmaster since 2013.  He also teaches at the Shepherd’s Centers of Columbia and Saint Andrews.


Downsizing: Who wants the China, Crystal, and Baby Clothes?

Tuesdays 11 am-12 pm                                                

 March 7, 14, 21, 28

Join professional organizer Kinsley Turnipseed as we discuss how to create a plan for all the STUFF that is creating anxiety in today’s “sandwich generation” families. We will discuss how to rightsize, downsize, age in place, declutter, donate, digitize, and more!

Kinsley Turnipseed is founder, owner, and principal consultant for My Other Mother, a professional organizing and senior move management company serving families in South Carolina.


Caring Beyond the Counter: A Conversation with Your

Pharmacist About Over-the-Counter Medications

Tuesdays 1-2 pm                                                            

March 7, 14, 21, 28

Come and discuss with Thayra Rios Schad, a Clinical Pharmacist and USC College of Pharmacy graduate about over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements and learn more about how you can take advantage of what pharmacists can offer.

Thayra Rios Schad, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, is currently a clinical instructor at the USC College of Pharmacy and is a PGY-1 Community Resident at Medicine Mart Pharmacy in West Columbia.


There’s Always Something to Learn About Wine!

Wednesdays 1 pm-2 pm                                            

March 1, 8, 22, 29

note: no class on March 15

The goal of these sessions is to provide a solid base of information to help you on the shopping trip for your weekly supply of table wines or the evening glass you enjoy. We will explore the most common grapes used in wine and a few stars of the less common grapes. Other terms and phrases you encounter on a trip to the wine shop will also be explained. Each session will offer a tasting of several wines related to the course content.

Instructor Robert Croom is a Certified Specialist of Wine and Wine Consultant at Bottles Beverage Superstore in Columbia, SC, where he has worked for the past three years following retirement.