Have you always enjoyed learning new things, taking special field trips, reading up on new topics, meeting new friends, and creating things with your own two hands? James Madison University’s Outreach & Engagement department has been providing all of the above to local adults for the past 20 years. If you fall into this category — and you aren’t already involved — you may want to check out JMU’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI)!
About JMU Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI)
Direct from JMU LLI:
As an integral part of James Madison University, the member-driven Lifelong Learning Institute (JMU-LLI) promotes lifelong learning by providing affordable, not-for-credit, intellectual, cultural, and social experiences to enrich the lives of adults in the central Shenandoah Valley.
Join our members in their passion to live life to the fullest. While there is no age restriction to our activities, most classes meet during the weekdays, once a week for two hours for five weeks. We offer a wide variety of classes – history, art, music, current events, religion, science, literature, languages, hobbies and many others. Classes meet at a variety of locations across Rockingham County. There are no tests or grades, just the love of learning.
To give you an idea of the courses provided, some offerings by JMU LLI include:
- Eat Like a Goddess: Mediterranean Cooking Class
- Creating Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils
- Wine Appreciation: An Introduction
- Beginning Ballroom Dancing
- Politics in Classical Music
- Scandals in the US Presidency
- The Dark Worlds of Poe, Hawthorne & Melville
- Hands-Only CPR
- … and many more!
JMU Outreach & Engagement has also produced a short 30-second commercial that highlights LLI:
20th Anniversary Gala
JMU’s Life Long Learning Institute will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a gala on June 1, 2016. The event will be held at the JMU Festival Center, and will include a reception (with cash bar), dinner, dessert, and program. The featured speaker will be nationally known author, Dr. Richard W. Lindsay, M.D. There will also be special recognition of the founder of the JMU LLI program, the late Dr. Cecil Bradfield.