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Providing Lifelong Learning in Rhode Island for 40 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 503(c)(3) non-profit organization, an umbrella for continuing lifelong learning education in the Providence area. Most of our in-person classes meet at Temple Beth-El.

Spring 2024

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"I have had the opportunity to learn subjects I never had the time to explore."

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*Registrations received by postal mail will not be processed until 2 PM on the day registration opens, as administrative time permits. Therefore, spaces are not guaranteed if your class selection fills up prior to 2 PM.  We strongly encourage you to register online and early.

RECORDING POLICY: LLC does not permit recording of classes due to the resulting inhibition of free and comfortable exchange of ideas and opinions. Any exceptions must be approved by the LLC President.

Key Dates for Upcoming Semesters

Summersession 2024:
Catalog announcement May 6
Registration opens May 13
Classes start week of Jun 17

Fall 2024: Classes start week of Sep 9 (approx)

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Cover photography, “Springtime, College Hill, Providence,” was taken by Linda Shamoon in our iPhonography class last spring. Linda has been a member of LLC for twelve years, and in that time has co-coordinated over twenty courses including this spring’s Artificial Intelligence class and Cell Phone Photo Club. Since starting in LLC’s iPhonography class, Linda is now an enthusiastic – and talented – cell phone photographer and photo editor. She currently heads our Digital Technology Committee.

Click to view/print the Spring 2024 catalog (PDF).

Registration now open.
Classes start the week of March 18. 

You must be a member of LLC to register for classes. Membership is $35 annually. Learn more.

We’re pleased to offer Zoom* courses and in-person courses this semester at Temple Beth-El (70 Orchard Ave, Providence, RI 02906). COVID vaccination is a mandatory requirement for attending in-person classes. By the act of registering for an in-person class you will be attesting to being vaccinated. Masks are optional in the Temple and classrooms, and classrooms will be at less than full capacity. We’ll keep current with trends and regulations and may change as needed.

*Zoom is easy to use and free to class members. If you have not used Zoom, here is a helpful introduction video.

For direct links to register, click the course titles below.

In-person classes are in BOLD (TBE = Temple Beth-El)

Mondays
Open Studio Art (AM) 

Tuesdays
Overlooked No More: Remarkable People Now Remembered (AM) – TBE
Learning About Opera Through its Ensembles (AM)
 – TBE
AI: The End of Humanity or the Beginning of a Better Future? (AM) – TBE
AI: The End of Humanity or the Beginning of a Better Future? (AM)
"Connections" on the Big Screen (Section 1: Tuesdays/Zoom) (AM)
Cell Phone Camera Club (PM) – TBE & in the field
World Music (PM) – TBE
Scrabble (PM) – TBE

Wednesdays
Reading Aloud: Contemporary Plays – TBE
How Great Structures Go Up – And Sometimes Fall Down (AM) – TBE
Write On, Write On: A Writing Workshop (AM) – Regency Plaza Apartments
Paint Like a Woman: 19th and 20th Century Women Artists (AM) – TBE
The Folly of War – A Study Through Films (PM) – CANCELLED
Beautiful Black and White Photography (PM) – TBE
Hot Topics (PM) 
The Genius of August Wilson: The Century Cycle (PM) – TBE
LLC Knits (PM) - TBE

Thursdays
Elemental: How Five Elements are Changing the Climate and Our Lives (AM)
Theater Conversations (AM) – TBE
"Connections" on the Big Screen (Section 2: Thursdays/In-person) (PM) – TBE
Writing a Memoir (PM) – TBE
Discover Providence at its Community Libraries (PM) – Libraries throughout Providence
Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) Photography – CANCELLED

Fridays
Anthropologists Who Shaped the Way We Think About Human Nature (AM) – TBE
Get Fit at Home (AM)
Public Art and the City (AM) – TBE & locations throughout Providence/Pawtucket
The History and Culture of Ancient Persia (PM)

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