Lifelong Learners Program - Black Hawk College

Lifelong Learners Program

Program Description

In-person vs. virtual classroom vs. online?

  • An in-person class provides the traditional on-site instruction.
  • A virtual classroom provides real-time, online instruction. A student is responsible for the technology needed to attend the class.
  • An online class provides online instruction but not in real-time. A student is responsible for the technology needed to complete the class.


All sessions of the Spring Seminars will be held via ZOOM.

The 13 Colonies from 1607

Presenter: Dr. Art Pitz
The 13 Colonies, also known as the British Colonies or the American Colonies hold a profound amount of our history. Join us as we learn how each of the 13 Colonies came into existence and the events that transpired leading up to The Declaration of Independence in 1776. This four-part series will examine the establishment of Jamestown by The Virginia Company in 1607 and the subsequent colonies; The French and Indian War, what led to The American Revolution, including The Stamp Act, The Boston Massacre, and The Boston Tea Party; The Causes of the American Revolution and a history of that Revolution; and the Consequences of The American Revolution including a man who refused to be a king or dictator—George Washington.
4 Thursdays     Mar. 4 – Mar. 25     10:00 a.m. – Noon

Virtual Classroom CRN 10992       Fee $40

FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt            

Presenter: Dr. Art Pitz

Join us as we discuss the background and marriage of the Roosevelts prior to 1933 and what led to FDR’s presidency. The second session covers him assuming office during the Great Depression and how our 32nd President and First Lady had a profound impact on the country in a time of great uncertainty. Unique to FDR, he was our only four-term president. FDR is known for many things, especially The New Deal which established The Social Security Act.  Acting as his eyes and ears, Eleanor played an important role in this time period and later with her work for Civil Rights and beyond. The third session will cover FDR’s role in WW II, as well as his supporting the First Lady’s active role in politics and his health issues, as he lost his battle with his illness at 63 years of age. Eleanor, who was the longest serving First Lady, left quite a legacy of her own remaining very active after her husband’s death.

3 Thursdays     Apr. 8 – Apr. 22        10:00 a.m. – Noon

Virtual Classroom CRN 10993       Fee $30



Lunches Seminars

Harriett Beecher Stowe  

Presenter: Kelly and Tammy Rundle, Documentarians and Filmmakers of Fourth Wall Films

Join us via Zoom as award-winning, Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films present Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe, a new documentary which tells the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850. After her move to Maine, she adapted her Midwestern experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

1 Sunday    Mar. 14                         1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Virtual classroom CRN 10994                       Fee: $15


Women’s Right to Vote    

Presenter: Angie Snook

In August of 1920 the 19th Amendment was ratified; thereby, guaranteeing women the right to vote, the culmination of a decades-long movement for women’s suffrage at both state and national levels. Join us as we discuss what it took for American women to obtain the right to vote and the role Illinois women played in achieving the major milestone in American History.

Date: Wednesday, April 21

Location: Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

Fee: $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)

Last day to register or receive a refund: Apr. 7

In-Person CRN 10995


Westerns and the Portrayal of Bravery  

Presenter: Dr. Bill Hampes, Professor Emeritus, Black Hawk College and Author

Join us for an interesting presentation by Dr. Hampes on his book, Cowboy Courage: Westerns and the Portrayal of Bravery. Dr. Hampes will discuss how Westerns have demonstrated different types of courage (physical, moral and psychological) while using discussion and video clips from film and television westerns to show how courage can lead to and even enrich other virtues, such as redemption, authenticity, love, friendship, community, justice, and growing up and growing old successfully.

Date:   Wednesday, May 19

Location: Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

Fee: $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)

Last day to register or receive a refund: May 5

In-Person CRN 10996