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 photography by LLC member Duane German.

Click to view/print the Fall 2020 catalog (PDF).

Our Fall courses will be conducted exclusively via Zoom due to the continuing Coronavirus environment. You will note that we have reduced course fees to reflect our lower operating costs using Zoom.

Using Zoom is quite easy and is 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

Click on any course title below to read a full description of the course.

Open Studio Art (AM)
Robert Moses and the Battle for the Soul of NY (AM)
Robert Frost (PM)
Nelson Mandela (PM)
Journeys (Films) (PM)
The Historical Novel Book Club (PM)

The Short Stories of Alice Munro (AM)
Another Time, Another Place: Three Historical Fiction Novels (AM)
Climate Change (AM)
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery (AM)
The Middle East and the Emergence of Israel (PM)
Peeling the Tangerine: Calming the Restless Mind (PM)