Lifelong Learners Program

Program Description

Enjoy our classes that are designed for anyone 55 years or better, but all adult learners are welcome.

The Lifelong Learner Lunches are offered during the day at various venues in the Quad-Cities area. Our guest speakers focus on topics of local interest.


Technology

  • Getting Started with Your Computer Workshop
  • Windows 10 for Beginners Workshop
  • Maintaining a Healthy PC
  • Moving to Windows 10
  • Word 101 Workshop
  • Excel Level 1A
  • Excel Level 1B

Full List of Computer Classes »

 

Spring Seminars

Regional Micro-histories

Presenter: Dr. M. Wherry

Join us as we discuss even more fascinating aspects of the Quad-Cities area’s colorful history. Rather than relate a chronological narrative of history, we’ll explore all new interesting collections of people and events of our past. These intriguing microhistories are like the individual blocks of a much larger quilt of the fabric of Quad-Cities’ history.

3 Wednesdays    Mar. 25 – Apr. 8          9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

CRN 11021          Outreach – Rm. 406  Fee $30

 

Quad-Cities and the Civil War

Presenter: Dr. M. Wherry

The tri-city area really was a microcosm of the conflicts surrounding the Civil War ranging from the 1850s to 1870 involving all three perspectives of the conflict. Topics discussed will include: the Dred Scott issue, the Underground Railroad, Camp McClellan, Ladies Relief Societies and nurses, prisoners of war and the construction of the arsenal.

3 Wednesdays    Apr. 22 – May 6           9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

CRN 11022         Outreach – Rm. 407   Fee $30

 

Peopling the Quad-Cities

Presenter: Dr. M. Wherry

For generations, people have migrated to the Midwest in hopes of finding a better life. Join us as we discuss the migration and settlement patterns, influences and contributions of the many ethnicities and races in the Quad-Cities that have made it a diverse and exciting community.

3 Wednesdays    May 13 – May 27         9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

CRN 50016         Outreach – Rm. 407   Fee $30

(Registration for this class begins April 7)

 

Lifelong Learner Lunches

If you require a gluten free or vegetarian option notify 309-796-8248 or roodhousea@bhc.edu before the last day to register date of lunch.

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe            

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

Join us as award-winning and 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.

Date:            Thursday, March 12

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:  March 4

CRN:             11023

 

 The Life and Crimes of John Looney, Notorious Early 20th Century Quad-Cities Gangster   

Presenter: Roger Ruthhart, Co-Author of Citadel of Sin: The John Looney Story

Join us as we learn more about John Looney’s story, he was not just locally known, but rather, he ran a nationwide crime organization from Rock Island. We will learn the notorious history of one of the nation’s biggest crime bosses. Looney’s crime organization ruled Rock Island, the Quad-Cities and much of the rest of the country in the era of the teens and early 1920s. Looney controlled protection, gambling, illegal liquor, prostitution, stolen cars and more through his crime organization.

Date:            Thursday, April 9

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:  April 1

CRN:             11024

 

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:            Thursday, May 7

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:  April 29

CRN:             11025