Midlands Lifelong Learning

Midlands Lifelong Learning

The Lourie Center, in keeping with its mission to provide opportunities for older adults to stay physically and intellectually fit, launched the Midlands Lifelong Learning Program in 2018. The Midlands Lifelong Learning Program is a community education program of academically stimulating courses for adults 50 years of age and older. Courses meet weekly or bi-weekly for 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 or at the center or by phone at 803-779-1971

February 2020 Classes:

Click here to download a February brochure.

Native Plants: How, When, Where, and Why
Mondays 11 am-12 pm
February 3, 10, 17, 24

This course will focus on how, when, where, and most importantly, why to use native trees, shrubs, and perennials in our home landscapes. Tangential topics include Permaculture and pollination.
Trace Ballou started as a full time volunteer with the Riverbanks Botanical Garden in the mid-2000’s, which led to Viva Verde, creating customized gardens and landscaping for clients. Serving on the Columbia Green board of directors since 2017 has deepened her resolve to educate the public about the importance of our natural habitats.

Exploring the Politics of Film
Tuesdays AND Thursdays 9:30 am -1 pm
February 18, 20, 25, 27

The objective of this course is to explore what it means to undertake a “political critique” of a film, as a way to increase our understanding of the role of film in reflecting and shaping our collective political reality. We will be exploring the political ideology implicit in any film.  At each class, a feature-length film will be screened, to be followed by lecture and discussion. The four films will include two Hollywood films and two independent films.
Course fee is $30 all Lourie Center members, $40 Nickelodeon Members (register here) and $50 non-members.
Class meets at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Main Street.
Class capacity is 30 students maximum.
David Whiteman is a retired professor of political science and film studies at the University of South Carolina, where his primary area of research and publication was the political impact of documentary film. He currently serves on the Board of the Nickelodeon Theatre.

The Declaration of Independence vs. The Constitution
Wednesdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm
February 5, 12, 19, 26
The class will explore the two remarkable documents that formed the foundation of The United States of America. It will also focus on the purpose of each document and how that can lead to conflict and the real cause of the Civil War. Finally, we will examine how to avoid the mistakes of the past in our current political environment.
Ken Brace is a retired teacher/coach from Montgomery County, Maryland. He has also taught classes for the Lifelong Learning Academy at USC Aiken.

How to Write a Short Story: A Primer
Wednesdays 1-2 pm
February 5, 12, 19, 26
Answer a question. Play out an obsession. Prove character is fate. You’ll learn the components of the short story, dissect a classic tale, write and workshop your own fiction. This means work inside and outside of class, so come ready to create!
Claudia Brinson, a former journalist, has published short stories and taught at Columbia College.

The Genetics of Being Human
Fridays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
February 7, 14, 21, 28
The course will focus on how genetics records the past and can predict the future, how our genes affect our behavior and our likelihood for disease, including cancer.
Dr. Phillip Buckhaults  is Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina  College of Pharmacy.

March 2020 Classes:

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Legislation in South Carolina
Mondays, 1-2 pm
March 9, 16, 23, 30
The course will cover election districts/redistricting, election process and security, legislative process, and ethics reform.
Janelle Rivers, LWV, Duncan Buell, Candy Waites, John Crangle.

Mastering the Art of Aging Well, Part 2
Tuesdays, 11 am-12 pm
March 3, 10, 17, 24
There is an art to aging well and it is all about celebrating encore years and careers with verve and vitality. It is about breaking barriers, breaking the mold and changing attitudes. In Mastering The Art of Aging Well Part 2, class members will be challenged to stay engaged as they age, develop a plan for combating isolation and loneliness considered the greatest health risk for older adults today and explore the many dimensions of wellness to assure quality of life as we grow older. The class is open to all including those who took Part 1 as we will introduce completely new topics and material.
Instructor Sandy Olson recently retired after nearly 30 years in Senior Living where she assisted older adults and their families as they made life-changing decisions. She is enjoying an “encore career” teaching classes and writing articles about Positive Aging.

Nineteenth-Century Opera
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm
March 3, 10, 17, 24
The great social and cultural upheavals, technological innovations transformed the way people composed, performed, and consumed opera. Developments in print technology enabled a wide circulation of operatic excerpts that presaged the explosion of recorded music in the twentieth century. The course will survey representative styles and types of opera from the nineteenth century but also explore the ways in which composers, performers, and audience members experienced opera.
Kunio Hara is an associate professor of music history at the University of South Carolina School of Music. His main areas of research are the works of Giacomo Puccini and musical representations of nostalgia.

History of South Carolina: 1920-1960  
Wednesdays, 1-2 pm
March 11 & 18
During this forty year period, South Carolinians faced economic hardship and  cultural and political changes that transformed the Palmetto State.
March 10th:  South Carolina Between World Wars.
March 17th:  World War II and its impact on South Carolina
Walter Edgar

Register here- or call the Lourie Center front desk during our business hours.  803-779-1971

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