Providing Lifelong Learning for over 30 years

Lifelong Learning Collaborative (LLC, formerly BCLIR) was established in 1984 as the Brown Community of Learning in Retirement, and has been an active educational model for lifelong learning for over three decades.  In May of 2008, we became an independent non-profit organization, an umbrella for continuing lifelong learning education in the Providence area. We have developed partnerships with multiple sites: Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, Rochambeau Public Library Branch and Temple Beth-El.

Fall 2017

Classes held at Temple Beth-El unless otherwise noted.  Classes start early September.  See catalog for details. 



Monday mornings:
Concerts & Conversations (RI Philharmonic Music School)
Winter Waterfowl Up Close!
The Short Story

Monday afternoons:
Hot Topics
Creative Photography
Coming to America: RI Immigration, 1636-2017

Tuesday mornings:
Russia in the 21st Century
Journalism, Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir: Writing Workshop
Justice Springs Eternal
The Greatest Films of All Time

Tuesday afternoons:
Approaches to Narrative: Visual Story-Telling Across the Ages
Passport to Crime: Intro to International Crime Fiction
Made in Rhode Island: Then to Now
Elementary Italian, Part 1 (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Elementary Italian, Part 2 (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Scrabble Social Club

Wednesday mornings:
Armchair Tours of the World’s Greatest Museums
Harry Truman: An Uncommon Man
Exploring the Complex World of Empathy Through the Arts, Discussion and Guest Speakers

Wednesday afternoons:
Reading and Understanding Poetry (Rochambeau Library)
Exploring the National Parks
Rembrandt and the Bible
Theatre Games: Creative Arts - Improvisation

Thursday mornings:
Theatre Conversations, Section 1
Theatre Conversations, Section 2

Thursday afternoons:
Armchair Tours of Archaeological Sites

Friday mornings:
The Write Stuff
Fascinating and Fun Mathematics

Friday afternoons:
Elementary Italian, Part 1 (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Elementary Italian, Part 2 (Tuesdays & Fridays)

Click here to register online.

Registration Policy

  1. Lifelong Learning Collaborative (LLC) classes are filled on a “first come/first served” basis up to the enrollment limit. Enrollment limits will include coordinators. No exceptions will be made to the enrollment limits.
  2. No registration is accepted until payment is received.
  3. Date/time of registration will be determined by the computer-generated date/time of online registration or the postmark of registrations sent in by mail.
  4. A waiting list of up to four people will be formed after a class is full. People will be offered the opportunity of registering for an alternative course in lieu of remaining on the waiting list. When a waiting list is full, applicants turned away from a course will be encouraged to register for another course.
  5. Exceptions to the “first come/first served” rule include the following: Two places will be reserved for new members in each class until five (5) weeks before the start of the semester, at which time, if they are not filled, the places will be filled from the waiting list.
  6. Coordinators need not register or pay for the courses they coordinate. They must, however, be paid members of LLC.
  7. The registrar will send, on a daily basis, by email or USPS (for members without email) acknowledgment of registration.
  8. LLC reserves the right to cancel classes with fewer than ten participants up to the time of Convocation. The decision will be made jointly by the coordinator and the Curriculum Committee chair. The registrar will offer all people in cancelled classes the opportunity to sign up for other classes or to receive a full refund.
  9. If a registrant withdraws from a class for any reason, a refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, will be issued up to the date of Convocation. No refunds will be issued after the Convocation unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances. (For Wintersession classes, withdrawals must be requested before the start date of the class.) REQUESTS FOR REFUNDS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING (email LLC Administration at Refund requests made through the Coordinator(s) will not be honored.
  10. Those on the waiting list who are not accepted into the class of their choice by the time of Convocation will be offered the opportunity to choose another class or receive a full refund.
  11. Guests are welcome in LLC classes one time only, with the advance approval of the Coordinator(s). There are no auditors.