WUSTL’s Lifelong Learning Institute to host information session for prospective members

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Washington University in St. Louis will host an information session titled “Show Me LLI” for prospective members from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the university’s West Campus in Clayton. Registration and check-in is at 12:45 p.m.

The Lifelong Learning Institute is at 9 N. Jackson Ave. Parking is free for this event in the West Campus parking garage. Entrances to the parking garage are on Jackson Avenue and on Lee Avenue off Forsyth.

The information session, which will feature an overall orientation followed by several sample classes, is free and open to adults ages 55 and older. Refreshments will be served.

LLI offers a variety of courses that emphasize peer learning and active class participation by senior adults. Classes are not for credit and there are no exams or grades. Most subjects are offered in three eight-week regular terms (fall, winter and spring) and one four-week summer session.

The LLI offers more than 30 classes, which are held at the LLI, on topics ranging from Broadway musicals, politics, current events, science and opera to genealogy, writing, literature and movies. Course offerings change each term.

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Lifelong Learning Institute members J.J. Burke (far left) and Peggy Gibstine listen as Raymond Robinson leads a discussion during a LLI World War II course that spanned four years and covered every aspect of the war. (Credit: Sid hastings/WUSTL Photos)

Sponsored by University College in Arts & Sciences, LLI currently has more than 1,000 active members.

“Members join for the sheer love and pleasure of learning,” said Katie Compton, LLI’s executive director. “Having retired, many of our learners finally have the time to read James Joyce or study neurophilosophy or write their memoirs.

“They benefit from the knowledge and life experience of their classmates and often make new and lasting friendships with people who share their interests,” Compton said.

For more information and to RSVP, visit lli.ucollege.wustl.edu or call (314) 935-4237.

About Lifelong Learning Institute

The Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University in St. Louis offers peer learning through courses in art and architecture, contemporary issues, creative writing, economics, film studies, history, literature, math, science, technology, music and philosophy.

Knowledgeable members plan, develop and present the courses and related field trips, workshops, and cultural and social events. When a person enrolls in a course, he or she becomes a member of LLI. Course listings are available online at lli.ucollege.wustl.edu. For more information, contact (314) 935-4237.