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 for Beginners Workshop
• Organizing Your Files and Folders
• Cleaning Up Your Computer
• Moving to Windows 10
• Word 101 Workshop
• Excel 101 Workshop

Full List of Computer Classes »


FALL SEMINARS:

JFK and the Kennedy Family
Presenter: Dr. Art Pitz

Camelot
Camelot, the fictional story of a world ruled by King Arthur is also synonymous with the iconic Kennedy Presidency and administration. The term Camelot was first used to describe JFK’s presidency by Jackie Kennedy in an interview after her husband’s assassination. We will discuss the reality of what Camelot was and why Jackie wanted the term used.
1 Thursday    July 25    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 50301    Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $10

JFK
Where were you November 22, 1963 when you heard about JFK? Shortly after being shot while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, TX, President Kennedy was pronounced dead. Within hours Lyndon Johnson, with Jacqueline Kennedy at his side in her famous blood stained pink suit, took the oath of office while on Air Force One with JFK’s remains on board. Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby and their roles in this national tragedy will also be discussed.
1 Thursday    Aug. 1    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 81044    Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $10

JFK and the Kennedy Family Legacy
Because of the iconic image of Camelot, the traumatic nature of his death and how it was relayed through modern media as well as other reasons, JFK remains an icon. Having been a key figure in several major events of the time, including the Cuban Missile crisis, the Space Program, and the Civil Rights Movement, to name just a few, a lasting impact was made. Join us as we discuss the legacy of JFK and the Kennedy family.
1 Thursday    Aug. 8    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 81045    Outreach – Rm. 406    Fee $10

Herstories
Presenter: Dr. M. Wherry
This class is an opportunity to look at Quad Cities’ history through the accomplishments of local women – some ordinary, some extraordinary. Our discussion cannot be all-inclusive but we can explore a rich array of personalities, experiences, contributions, observations and accomplishments that increases our understanding of how these women acted as powerful social, political, literary and scientific influences in society and public affairs.
3 Thursdays    Aug. 22 – Sept. 5    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 81265    Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $30

It Happened in the QCA
Presenter: Dr. M. Wherry
The history of the Quad-City area involves a nearly endless supply of colorful and fascinating events. Rather than relate a chronological narrative of history, we’ll explore an interesting collection of people and events of our past. These intriguing historical vignettes, or microhistories, are like the individual blocks of a much larger quilt of the fabric of Quad Cities’ history.
4 Thursdays    Oct. 17 – Nov. 7    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 81266    Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $40


LIFELONG LEARNER LUNCHES:

Quarters One: Jewel of the Island
Presenter: Dr. Maryan Wherry
For nearly one hundred and fifty years, Quarters One has graced Arsenal Island. Home to thirty-eight commanding officers and their families from 1872 through 2006, Quarters One remains one of the most elaborate and elegant houses in the area as well as the second-largest federal residence in the United States, behind the White House. The location, directly across from the Confederate Prisoner of War Camp, where over 1,900 Confederate POW’s perished during the camp’s existence, has also added to the intrigue of this beautiful structure.
Date: Wednesday, July 24
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: July 17
CRN: 50236

The Amish Incident
Presenter: Kelly Rundle, Documentarian and Filmmaker of Fourth Wall Films
Join us a documentarian and filmmaker Kelly Rundle discusses and shows the 25-minute film that tells the fascinating story of when local school officials decided to bus Amish children into town schools in November 1965. A newspaper reporter photographed an iconic image of the Amish students fleeing from authorities into a nearby cornfield. The incident and the photograph ignited a firestorm of arrests, fines and national controversy leading to a unique precedent-setting covenant between the “Plain People” and the state of Iowa. “The Amish Incident” blends interviews with an influential journalist and key local officials with newly discovered archival materials and period photographs to tell a fascinating and memorable true tale of rural conflict and compromise. Discussion will follow the film.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 5
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: Aug. 30
CRN: 81267

The History of Halloween
Presenter: Dr. Maryan Wherry
Halloween has become the second most popular holiday in American culture, but there’s more to it than pumpkins and witches. Join us as we take a historical look at where the traditions and practices come from and what they might mean.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 3
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: Sept. 26
CRN: 81268

Underground Railroad
Presenter: Angie Snook
Established in the early to mid-1800s, the Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by African-American slaves to escape into Free states with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Join us as we learn about the large part Illinois played in the history of participating in the Underground Railroad.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 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: Oct. 31
CRN: 81269

Sounds of the Season
Presenter: Davenport Central High School Choir
Our ever popular traditional holiday event returns again to kick off the season. Join us at the beautifully decorated Quad City Botanical Center to hear an engaging live performance of holiday music by the Davenport Central High School carolers. Don’t miss this opportunity to continue this popular tradition. Seasonal door prizes will be given away.
Date: Friday, Dec. 6
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: Dec. 2
CRN: 81270