Midlands Lifelong Learning Program

Midlands Lifelong Learning Program

The Lourie Center, in keeping with its mission to provide opportunities for older adults to stay physically and intellectually fit, will officially launch the Midlands Lifelong Learning Program this October by offering four classes. The Midlands Lifelong Learning Program is a community education program of academically stimulating courses for adults 50 years of age and older. Classes meet weekly for four-week sessions.  Academics and professionals from the community will teach the classes on a range of topics from within the arts and sciences.      

Registration and payment can be made below at the center or by phone at 803-779-1971

Click here to download a brochure.

Winter 2019 Classes:

Purposeful Retirement  
Tuesdays , 1:30-3 pm/ January 8, 15, 22, 29
Your “Second Half” of life is about more than just, “Will I run out of income?” How will you identify your legacy goals and remain engaged and impactful as you age? Join us on this four-week journey, as we explore the nuts and bolts of investments and estate planning to identifying and fulfilling your legacy.
Elise Bidwell, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, and guest instructors

Civil Rights History in South Carolina
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 12:20 pm/ February 5, 12, 19, 26
Using materials from the USC archives as well as the Columbia SC 63 documentary project, this course will highlight key events, individuals, and places that shaped the civil rights struggle in the Palmetto State.
Dr. Bobby Donaldson, professor of history and director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at USC

A Reader’s Guide to “Tales of the Congaree”
Tuesdays, 1-1:50 pm/ February 5, 12, 19, 26
Dr. Edward C. L. Adams, a white country doctor, farmer, and folklorist published two collections of African-American tales and ballads in 1927 and 1928 which provide commentary on life in and around the swamps of Lower Richland County. Learn about race and resistance in the Midlands of South Carolina .
Rhonda Grego, English Faculty, Midlands Technical College

Who’s Afraid of Opera?
Thursdays, 1-1:50 pm/ February 7, 14, 28, March 7
Discover a new perspective into this very old art form.  No singing required.
Ellen Douglas Schlaefer , director at Opera at USC

Drugs: Relief and Misery in Humankind
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-1:50 pm/ March 18, 20, 25, 27
This course explores how drugs work and why they work differently in different people. Drugs used widely to relieve pain are highlighted, including their benefits and the misery they may cause in our society.
Sondra Berger, Emeritus Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina

Nuclear Energy: Costs, Benefits, and Environmental Hazards
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2- 2:50 pm/March 18-27
A mini-course on the history of nuclear energy, and its costs, benefits, and future. Environmental impacts of atomic bomb testing and nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima will also be discussed.
Timothy Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences at USC

Register HERE for winter classes.

Students: Access Class Documents and Information Archive HERE