Lifelong Learning

Special Event

Wisdom, Wonder and Wellness Senior Expo 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019, Noon to 4 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of education and information on living well at any age! Save the date for a FREE community event presented by College DuPage Continuing Education!
RSVP today!


Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. We offer a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 50 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. A reduced senior rate applies for participants 55 and over. Come join us - new courses begin each week.

In Continuing Education, we believe that learning never stops. Find out all that Lifelong Learning has to offer!

Spring Course Spotlight

We've chosen a few to share with you here. Find all of our classes in our Schedule of Classes online! If you don't already receive our schedule at your home, please let us know and we'll have one in your mailbox within days.


Walt Whitman: An American
Instructor: Frank Serafino
The Poetry Foundation calls Walt Whitman "the first writer of a truly American poetry." Whitman quit school at age 11, became a journalist, and then self-published Leaves of Grass (1855), his innovative and influential collection of poems. Whitman's use of free verse, affirmation of individual freedom, and broad-mindedness of sexuality, created both controversy and admiration. Join us as we examine this great American literary figure and explore the intricacies and influence of his work. 

Tuesday, March 5 to 26
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-023, $119; Lifelong Learner $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn


China, the U.S. and the South China Sea
Instructor: Pat deRosset
The rise of China has put tension on the international system. The U.S. has experienced direct confrontation with China in the South China Sea in recent years. How this problem is or is not solved may have a direct bearing on our ability to deal with a rising power like China. Until disputes are behind us, the South China Sea promises to remain a fulcrum upon which the geopolitics of trade and the global economy pivot. Let's discuss how the problem evolved and how it's likely to be handled.

Monday, March 11
1-3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-072, $29; Lifelong Learner $19
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3559


Oscar: Foreign Film Beginnings
Instructor: Brian Kleemann
Learn how the Academy began honoring foreign language films and watch early honorees films from France, Italy and Japan.

Tuesday, April 2 to May 7
6 to 9 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-010, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A02


Free Enrichment for Lifelong Learners

Enjoy the topics and the company! Continuing Education presents free lectures and discussions through our Sage Series and Lunch Break Lectures. Join us for an inspired selection of new topics.

Sage Series 

Sessions are FREE. Registration is required.
For full descriptions and locations, please visit page 26 of the current Schedule of Classes.

Friday, April 12, 1 p.m.–Film: Miss Brodie is 50 Years Past Her Prime!
Friday, April 26, 10 a.m–LGBTQ: Past and Present

Lunch Break Lectures

Sessions are FREE. Registration is requested.
Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127. 

March 6–Queen Victoria
March 20–Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water 
April 3 -–Indian Mounds of DuPage County
April 17 –How the Supreme Court Works
May 1–Thoroughbreds, Racing and the Kentucky Derby
May 15–Queen Elizabeth

More for Lifelong Learners

The Plus 50 Program
Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind.

Share Your Passion and Experience
College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars! Call (630) 942-2208 for assistance with completing a New Course Proposal Form.

Continuing Education wants to hear from you!

Let us know what kind of Lifelong Learning programs you'd like us to offer. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions—complete the Lifelong Learning Survey.

Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund

Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please choose "Lifelong Learning Programs" on the College of DuPage Foundation donation page or call (630) 942-2462. 

Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or the Summer 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Kathleen Mullin

    Kathleen MullinContinuing Education

    “Teaching adults is so rewarding, because they are lifelong learners and when I look at their faces in my classroom, it makes me want to continue to grow and learn as they have.”

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  • Spotlight: Carmela Martino

    Carmela MartinoContinuing Education

    “I love teaching almost as much as I love writing. I learn so much from it, not only from the work I do in preparation to teach but also from my students.”

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  • Spotlight: Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "I love to share and learn from my students at the same time. I understand how important it is to build a working relationship with students and embolden them to learn a subject.

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  • Spotlight: John Schreiber

    John SchreiberContinuing Education

    "I encourage an open classroom environment where the students are free to engage me with questions, comments, additions and corrections."

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