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. Most of our classes meet at Temple Beth-El.

*Please note a recent change to our registration policy:  You can register by postal mail using the printable registration form (above), but please note that 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.

Cover artwork, “Lake and Birch Trees” (watercolor), was painted by LLC member Sophie Amsterburg in our Open Studio Art class last spring. Sophie has been a member of LLC for five years and in that time has become a regular participant in our art and photography classes. 

Click to view/print the Wintersession 2022 catalog (PDF).

Due to the pandemic, courses will be conducted exclusively via Zoom, which is easy and free to class members. If you have not used Zoom, here is a helpful introduction video.

Courses start the week of January 10. Click the course title below for direct registration links.

Open Studio Art (AM)
Poetry of Our Time (AM)

Luminous Things: African American Poetry (AM)
Armchair Travelers: Short Story Course (AM)
Take A Dive into the Titanic (PM)
Great Decisions (PM)

Jazz Singers and Musicians (AM)
Italian Renaissance Painting (AM)
How Precision Created the Modern World (AM)
LLC Knits (PM)
Hot Topics (PM)

The Best Short Stories 2021: O.Henry Prize Winners (AM)
Power and Politics in the 90s (AM) - CANCELLED
Current Issues in Education (AM) - CANCELLED
On Writing a Memoir (PM)

Get Fit at Home (AM)
New Yorker Podcasts, Season 4 (AM)