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Providing Lifelong Learning in Rhode Island 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 503(c)(3) non-profit organization, an umbrella for continuing lifelong learning education in the Providence area. Most of our classes meet at Temple Beth-El.

Deb, Websters

"I have had the opportunity to learn subjects I never had the time to explore."

Fall 2022

Catalog | Class Calendar | Class Websites | Printable Registration Form*Registration Policy

*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.

RECORDING POLICY: LLC does not permit recording of classes due to the resulting inhibition of free and comfortable exchange of ideas and opinions. Any exceptions must be approved by the LLC President.

Cover artwork, Birches in Sunlight (watercolor on paper), was painted by LLC member Claire Morley in our Open Studio Art class in the Spring of 2022. Claire has been a member of LLC for one year and has taken several art classes.

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

We’re pleased to offer Zoom courses and in-person courses this semester at Temple Beth-El (TBE) 70 Orchard Ave, Providence, RI 02906. COVID vaccination is a mandatory requirement for attending in-person classes. By the act of registering for an in-person class you will be attesting to being vaccinated. Masks are optional in the Temple and classrooms this fall. We’ll keep current with trends and regulations and may change as needed.

Some 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 September 12 (with two exceptions).
Click the course title below for direct registration links.

Open Studio Art (AM) - ZOOM
Winter Waterfowl (AM) - TBE & field locations
The Magic Box - Life and Times of the Classical Guitar (PM) - TBE
Historical Novel Book Club 2022-2023 (PM) - ZOOM
Cell Phone Camera Club (PM) - ZOOM, TBE & field locations

Great Performances, Great Performers (AM) - ZOOM
Travel and Location Photography (AM) - TBE & one ferry trip to Newport
Luminous Things: The Amazing Poetry of Women Poets Laureate (AM) - ZOOM
Conscious Aging: Embracing the Journey with Mindfulness (PM) - TBE
Scrabble Social Club (PM) - TBE

We’ll Always Have Antwerp: Investigating Europe’s Lesser-Known Cities (AM) - TBE
Helping Kids Learn (AM) - ZOOM
Rhode Island's Great Industrial Past (AM) - ZOOM & field trips
The Impact of Social Media on Our Lives (AM) - TBE - CANCELLED
Hot Topics (PM) - ZOOM
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (PM) - TBE
Policing in America: Past, Present, and Future (PM) - TBE - CANCELLED
LLC Knits (PM) - ZOOM

Theater Conversations (AM) - ZOOM & live theater performances
Frederick Law Olmsted (AM) - TBE
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (AM) - TBE
What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You (PM) - TBE - CANCELLED
Women of Influence from Sappho to the Suffragettes (PM) - ZOOM
Writing a Memoir (PM) - TBE
Peacocks on Parade: Male Fashion Icons (PM) - TBE
Impressionistic Photography (PM) - ZOOM & photo shoots on location
Ticket to the Opera: Shakespeare and Friends (PM) - ZOOM

Get Fit at Home (AM) - ZOOM