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 photograph taken by LLC member Richard Indeck during the Spring 2020 Snapix photography course. Richard is an amateur photographer who has taken several photography courses since becoming a LLC member in 2015.

Click to view/print the Fall 2021 catalog (PDF).

Due to the rapid Covid changes we are delaying registration until at least August 16 to allow for further developments and clarifications of potential Covid restrictions. Check back here for more information.

IN-PERSON CLASSES: A Covid vaccination is a mandatory requirement for attending in-person classes. By the act of registering for an in-person class, you are attesting to having been vaccinated.

ZOOM CLASSES: Some fall courses will be conducted via Zoom, which is easy and free to class members. If you have not used Zoom, here is a helpful introduction video.

Use the direct links below to read full course descriptions and to register:

Open Studio Art (AM - ZOOM)
RI Winter Waterfowl of RI – Up Close! (AM - Temple Beth-El)
The Early Days of TV: 1940-1970 (AM - ZOOM)
Civil Rights Generation: Freedom Fighters of the 1960s (PM - Temple Beth-El)
Historical Novel Book Club (PM - ZOOM)
The Best Short Stories Evah! (PM - ZOOM)

The Fourth Estate (AM - Temple Beth-El)
More of Luminous Things/Poetry (AM - ZOOM)
iPhonography (PM - Temple Beth-El)
What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You (PM - Temple Beth-El)
Odd Colony Out: RI Colonial History (PM - Temple Beth-El)
Travel from Home: Food and Culture (PM - ZOOM)
Scrabble Social Club (PM - Temple Beth-El)

Best Science and Nature Writing (AM - ZOOM)
Italian Renaissance Painting (AM - Temple Beth-El)
Wonderful World of Black Theatre, Music, Art, and Dance (PM - ZOOM)
Fall of France (PM - Temple Beth-El)
Hot Topics (PM - ZOOM)
LLC Knits (PM - Temple Beth-El)

Pilot Project Tutoring (AM - ZOOM)
Poetry of Robert Frost (AM - Temple Beth-El)
Theater Conversations 1 (AM - Temple Beth-El)
Theater Conversations 2 (AM - Temple Beth-El)
International Artists of Color (PM - Temple Beth-El)
Travel and Location Photography (PM - Temple Beth-El)
On Writing a Memoir (PM - Temple Beth-El)
Ticket to the Opera (PM - ZOOM)
The Holocaust in Cinema (PM - ZOOM)
Beyond the Snapshot (PM - ZOOM)
Fiction Writing Group (PM - Temple Beth-El)

Get Fit at Home (AM - ZOOM)
Short Stories of Jorge Luis Borges (PM - ZOOM)