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What Would You Like to Learn?

LLC offers about 75 courses each year on dozens of topics ranging from academics to the arts – plus some for self-improvement and some just for fun. Courses run from four weeks to ten weeks, some in-person at Temple Beth-El or other convenient locations, others on Zoom, and a few "hybrid" courses available both in person and on Zoom. Catalogs are issued online for each of four seasonal sessions (see key dates for upcoming semesters).

You must be a member of LLC to register for classes. Membership is $40 annually. Learn more.

Our courses are led by volunteer coordinators and taught by the participants. This Collaborative Learning system is one of the things that make LLC special in the eyes of our members.

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.

PHOTO AND VIDEO PERMISSION: As LLC expands its efforts to attract new members, the Marketing Committee will occasionally seek to gather images and comments of members for use in promotional materials. By registering for an LLC class, you give permission for your image and/or comments to appear in photographs and videos taken during the class, to be used by LLC in any medium, including online and in print. Read our entire UPDATED REGISTRATION POLICY here.

“I really like the way this is done, how it’s taught, how it’s learned. I’m astounded at how much I’ve learned in the Cell Phone Camera Club. For me, it’s also been social, getting to know people.”

Elizabeth Siftar, Foxboro, MA

Cover photography, “Double Exposure: Newport Bridge and the Sunset,” was taken by Anne Caldarella in our Cell Phone Photography Club last fall. Anne has been an active member of LLC since 2011 and in that time has taken a variety of courses, including seventeen with a focus on photography. She is a regular participant in Cell Phone Photo Club, an ongoing class where members experiment with cell phone photography and photo editing.

Come learn with us!

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After LLC member Joan Hausrath delivered her presentation on African masks in The Social Life of Objects (Fall 2023), she brought a gingerbread mask which the class devoured in short order.

Click to view/print the Summersession 2024 catalog (PDF).

Registration now open.
Classes start the week of June 17.

You must be a member of LLC to register for classes. Membership is $40 annually. Learn more.

We’re pleased to offer Zoom* courses and in-person courses this semester at Temple Beth-El (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, and classrooms will be at less than full capacity. We’ll keep current with trends and regulations and may change as needed.

*Zoom is easy to use and free to class members. If you have not used Zoom, here is a helpful introduction video.

For direct links to register, click the course titles below.

In-person classes are in BOLD at Temple Beth-El (TBE) or other sites in RI/MA.

NOTE: Since LLC does not maintain insurance for off-site courses held outside of the Temple, participants must sign a mandatory waiver to participate.*

Mondays
Unusual Travel Experiences (AM)
All That's Jazz (AM) & TBE (Live Jazz Showcase)

Tuesdays
Current Decisions (AM)
Beach Reads (AM) – TBE
Cell Phone Photography Club (PM) – TBE

Biographies of Admired Unknown and Well-Known People (PM) – TBE
Scrabble Social Group (PM) – TBE

Wednesdays
Plein Air Art (AM) – Multiple sites throughout RI/MA / WAIVER REQ'D*

Thursdays
Zoom to the Moon! (PM)

Fridays
Get Fit at Home (AM)
Forget Plymouth Rock – It All Started Right Here (AM) – Multiple sites throughout RI/MA / WAIVER REQ'D*

 

Key Dates for Upcoming Semesters

Summersession 2024

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Registration now open
Classes start week of June 17

Fall 2024

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Catalog announcement July 15
Registration opens July 22
Classes start week of September 9

2025 classes begin around January 9 (Wintersession); March 20 (Spring); June 17 (Summer); and September 11 (Fall).

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