Lourie Center Announces Midlands Lifelong Learning Winter 2019 Schedule

The Lourie Center, in keeping with its mission to provide opportunities for older adults to stay physically and intellectually fit, now offers continuing education for seniors. The Midlands Lifelong Learning Program is a community education program of academically stimulating courses for adults 50 years of age and older. Academics and professionals from the community will teach a range of topics from within the arts and sciences.

Winter 2019

Purposeful Retirement         

Tuesdays, 1:30-3 pm

January 8, 15, 22, 29

Your “Second Half” of life is about more than just, “Will I run out of income?”  How will you identify your legacy goals and remain engaged and impactful as you age? Join us on this four-week journey, as we explore the nuts and bolts of investments and estate planning to identifying and fulfilling your legacy.

Instructor: Elise Bidwell, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, and guest instructors.

Civil Rights History in South Carolina

Tuesdays, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm

February 5, 12, 19, 26

Using materials from the USC archives as well as the Columbia SC 63 documentary project, the course will highlight key events, individuals, and places that shaped the civil rights struggle in the Palmetto State.

Instructor: Dr. Bobby Donaldson, Professor of History, Director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at US


A Reader’s Guide to “Tales of the Congaree”        

Tuesdays, 1-1:50 pm

February 5, 12, 19, 26

Dr. Edward C. L. Adams, a white country doctor, farmer, and folklorist published two collections of African-American tales and ballads in 1927 and 1928, which provide commentary on life in and around the swamps of Lower Richland County, from “slavery times” through Jim Crow.  Learn about race and resistance in the Midlands of South Carolina with historical, literary, and archival context.

Instructor: Rhonda Grego, English Faculty, Midlands Technical College

Who's Afraid of Opera?                         

Thursdays, 1-1:50 pm

February 7, 14, 28, March 7

Ever wondered why the opera singer is wearing horns? Is Phantom of the Opera really an opera? Does everybody die in opera?  Why are opera singers so loud? Why did that lady die and keep on singing? Discover a new perspective into this very old art form.  No singing required.

Instructor: Ellen Douglas Schlaefer, Director of Opera at USC

Drugs: Relief and Misery in Humankind
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-1:50 pm

March 18, 20, 25, 27
This course explores how drugs work and why they work differently in different people. Drugs used widely to relieve pain are highlighted, including their benefits and the misery they may cause in our society.
Sondra Berger, Emeritus Professor, College of Pharmacy, USC

Nuclear Energy: Costs, Benefits, and Environmental Hazards 

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2- 2:50 pm

March 18, 20, 25, 27

A mini-course on the history of nuclear energy, and its costs, benefits, and future. To some, nuclear energy offers a clean energy alternative.  To others, it summons images of disaster. What happens inside a nuclear power plant to bring such marvel and misery into being? Environmental impacts of atomic bomb testing and nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima will also be discussed.

Instructor: Timothy Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences at USC             

Classes held at the Lourie Center. Register by calling 803-779-1971 or online at the Lourie Center web site: http://louriecentersc.com/midlandslifelonglearning/ ‎

Fees, Per Course

  • Full Members of Lourie Center $10
  • Associate Members of Lourie Center $20
  • Non-Members $30

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