Lifelong Learning returns with new educational opportunities

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Spring 2019 Lifelong Learning

Spring Session I: February 4 – March 8
Because education is never complete, Lipscomb University presents adults with the opportunity to expand their knowledge through informal and experiential learning environments through the Lifelong Learning program. Lifelong Learning will return January 22, 2019, with a kick-off reception for the spring sessions at 3 p.m. in the Paul Rogers Board Room, located in the Ezell Center. 

The Lifelong learning program offers courses, one-day special opportunities and global travel experiences for its students.

For Dr. Matt Hearn, a Lipscomb University English professor instructing World War II and American Film, teaching a Lifelong Learning course is a win-win situation.
“For people who love to teach, there is nothing better than teaching a group of students who are genuinely interested in what you’re teaching,” said Hearn. “The second great thing about teaching these courses is you don’t have to issue grades.
“In Lifelong Learning, you get both of those, and what is especially interesting for me and the course I am teaching is that a lot of people in that audience lived through the war or remember some of it. I get to teach and I get to learn – and I don’t have to grade papers.”
The first session, which includes Hearn’s course, will begin on Feb. 4 and continue through March 8, and the second session begins March 25 and ends April 26. Each course is offered in a five-week session meeting once a week for 90 minutes. 
First session courses:
Monday - Nathaniel Hawthorne: America’s Last Puritan
Tuesday - Famous American Speeches
Wednesday - World War II and American Film
Thursday - Italian Renaissance Art and Contemporary Culture
Friday - Cooking and Southern Hospitality 
Second session courses:
Monday - America’s Civics Lesson Continues… Spring 2019 Edition
Tuesday - German Americans – From Middle Europe to Middle Tennessee
Wednesday - Holidays and Holy Days: Exploring the Holidays of the Jewish and Christian Faiths
Thursday - The Cold War in Modern Memory 
Friday - Living the Mission
The 2019 spring session of Lifelong Learning will also include special opportunities such as four lunch-and-learn sessions, a teacher training series and an auditing opportunity to take an undergraduate bible course.  
Special Opportunities:
1. Lunch and Learn: For Duty and Honor: Tennessee’s Mexican War Experience
2. Lunch and Learn: Adelicia Grace, Grit & Gumption
3. Lunch and Learn: A Murder in Music City
4. Lunch and Learn: From Nuremberg to Now: An Abbreviated History of Accountability in the Modern System
5. God’s Word for Warriors Teacher Training
6. The Story of Jesus – An opportunity to audit an undergraduate Bible course
There is no education background required for anyone who wishes to participate in a Lifelong Learning course or special opportunity. There are no exams, grades or credits offered. The program is meant to encourage continual growth while simultaneously enriching the lives of adults who have a passion for learning. Laura Tywater, the Lifelong Learning program coordinator, said that Lifelong Learning provides all the good parts about learning with none of the bad. 
“We really gear our program around customer service,” said Tywater. “We strive to give it a homey atmosphere so students can come and feel comfortable in class. It is a place to make friends, develop relationships and grow their knowledge without any of the stress. It encapsulates all of the good things associated with learning without all of the exams, papers and stress.”
The cost is $80 per person for each class or $120 to enroll in two or more classes per person in one session. Some courses may require the purchase of a textbook. All suggested and required textbooks may be purchased online before courses begin. The cost of special opportunities varies from $35 to $200. 
Each year, Lifelong Learning offers opportunities for experiential learning through various trips internationally and locally. Lifelong Learning will travel to Cuba to spread the gospel March 9-16 on a mission trip. There are still a few spots left for this trip, click here to learn more information.
Although the 75th anniversary D-Day WWII trip scheduled is already full, Amy Hamar, the director of the Lifelong Learning program, can add those interested to the waiting list. For more information, or to be added to the waiting list, contact Hamar at 615.966.6216 or
To learn more about these trips, visit lifelong-learning-travel.
A printable registration form is now open, click here to download this form. 
For more information on the Lifelong Learning Program, including faculty biographies and course schedules, click here or contact Laura Tywater at 615.966.5733 or via email at