The Lourie Center, in keeping with its mission to provide opportunities for older adults to stay physically and intellectually fit, offers continuing education for seniors. The Midlands Lifelong Learning Program is a community education program of academically stimulating courses for adults 50 years of age and older. Academics and professionals from the community teach on a variety of subjects from within the arts and sciences. We have a lineup of five great courses set for February, offering a variety of topics to challenge and inspire participants.
Native Plants: How, When, Where, and Why
Mondays 11 am-12 pm
February 3, 10, 17, 24
This course will focus on how, when, where, and most importantly, why to use native trees, shrubs, and perennials in our home landscapes. Topics include Permaculture and pollination.
Trace Ballou started as a full time volunteer with the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, which led to Viva Verde, creating customized gardens and landscaping for clients. Serving on the Columbia Green board of directors since 2017 has deepened her resolve to educate the public about the importance of our natural habitats.
Exploring the Politics of Film
Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30 am -1 pm
February 18, 20, 25, 27
In partnership with the Nickelodeon Theater-We will be exploring political ideology implicit in any film and what it means to undertake a “political critique” of a film, as a way to increase our understanding of the role of film in reflecting and shaping our collective political reality. At each class, we will screen a feature-length film, followed by lecture and discussion. The four films include two Hollywood films and two independent films.
*$30 all Lourie Center members, $40 Nick Members, $50 non-members
Class meets at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Main Street.
Class capacity is 30 students maximum.
David Whiteman is a retired professor of political science and film studies at the University of South Carolina, where his focus of research and publication was the political impact of documentary film. He currently serves on the Board of the Nickelodeon Theatre.
The Declaration of Independence vs. The Constitution
Wednesdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm
February 5, 12, 19, 26
The class will explore the two remarkable documents that formed the foundation of The United States of America. It will also focus on the purpose of each document and how that can lead to conflict and the real cause of the Civil War. Finally, we will examine how to avoid the mistakes of the past in our current political environment.
Ken Brace is a retired teacher/coach from Montgomery County, Maryland. He has also taught classes for the Lifelong Learning Academy at USC Aiken.
How to Write a Short Story: A Primer
Wednesdays 1-2 pm
February 5, 12, 19, 26
Answer a question. Play out an obsession. Prove character is fate. Learn the components of the short story, dissect a classic tale, write and workshop your own fiction. This means work inside and outside of class, so come ready to create!
Claudia Brinson, a former journalist, has published short stories and taught at Columbia College.
The Genetics of Being Human
Fridays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
February 7, 14, 21, 28
The course will focus on how genetics records of the past and can predict the future, how our genes affect our behavior and our likelihood for disease, including cancer.
Dr. Phillip Buckhaults, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Registration is open. Call 803-779-1971 or visit the Lourie Center web site: http://louriecentersc.com/midlandslifelonglearning/
Register today-To ensure a quality learning experience, space is limited to just 30 participants.
Fees, Per Course
· Full Members of Lourie Center $10
· Associate Members of Lourie Center $20
- Non-Members $30
*Exploring the Politics of Film fees:
$30 all Lourie Center members, $40 Nickelodeon Members, $50 non-members