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 an important 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, “2020 Breakaway” (watercolor), painted by LLC member Nancy Dubler.

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

Our Summersession courses will be conducted exclusively via Zoom due to COVID. You will note that we have reduced course fees to reflect our lower operating costs using Zoom. Using Zoom is easy and free to class members. A Zoom Task Force has been created to help navigate the new distance learning environment. If you need help or have Zoom questions, please contact the Zoom Task Force at

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

All That's Jazz (AM)
Current Decisions (PM)

Summer Films (AM)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (AM)

Plein Air Art (AM)
Hot Topics (PM)
Sound and Story (PM)

New Yorker Podcasts, Season Three (AM)

Get Fit At Home (AM)