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).

As we all have seen, recent trends in Covid are alarming and the forecast is for worsening conditions. After input from Temple Beth-El, local medical experts, and much thought, our LLC leaders have decided to cancel plans for face-to-face courses this fall. We simply cannot anticipate safe and enjoyable in-person learning through November. At the coordinator's request, Waterfowl, Odd Colony Out, What the Doc Didn't Tell, Scrabble, and Travel and Location Photography have been cancelled.  All the other Temple courses have switched to Zoom. All these changes are reflected in the catalog below.

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)
The Early Days of TV: 1940-1970 (AM)
Civil Rights Generation: Freedom Fighters of the 1960s (PM)
Historical Novel Book Club (PM)
The Best Short Stories Evah! (PM)

The Fourth Estate (AM)
More of Luminous Things/Poetry (AM)
iPhonography (PM)
Travel from Home: Food and Culture (PM)

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

Pilot Project Tutoring (AM)
Poetry of Robert Frost (AM)
Theater Conversations 1 (AM)
Theater Conversations 2 (AM)
International Artists of Color (PM)
On Writing a Memoir (PM)
Ticket to the Opera (PM)
The Holocaust in Cinema (PM)
Beyond the Snapshot (PM)
Fiction Writing Group (PM)

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