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 503(c)(3) non-profit organization, an umbrella for continuing lifelong learning education in the Providence area.
To provide a diverse population of mature adults with varied opportunities for lifelong learning – seminars, lectures, cultural events and social activities – in a pleasant, accessible environment at a reasonable cost.
What is LLC?
An independent, not-for-profit, peer-run, adult continuing education organization in Providence, Rhode Island. Our model is collaborative learning. Peer coordinators develop the syllabus and facilitate class sessions. Class participation fosters a sense of community, with discussion often continuing over lunch or coffee. There are opportunities for members to attend cultural and social events, museums, theater, concerts, lectures.
Who are our members?
Active, intellectually curious adults from many career paths. A flexible schedule and a love of learning are the only prerequisites. Members plan and participate in peer-led classes and a variety of activities that offer academic challenges. Join us.
Where do we meet?
Daytime classes meet once a week usually for ten weeks for two hours. We have developed partnerships with multiple sites: Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and Temple Beth-El. Courses include a wide-range of topics and interests: art, theater, music, literature, history, science, current events, economics.