SU Gerontology Center announces Lifelong Learning Institute schedule for spring, summer
SU Gerontology Center announces Lifelong Learning Institute schedule for spring, summerFebruary 05, 2009Sara Millersemortim@syr.edu
The Gerontology Center at Syracuse University is again presenting its popular Lifelong Learning Institute this spring and summer. The multidisciplinary courses are unique in that each will balance academic pursuits with a community engagement component.
The institute-consisting of 10 courses designed for people over the age of 50-begins in a few weeks, and participants are encouraged to enroll now. Courses are taught by SU instructors and are offered to local residents and current and retired SU faculty, alumni and staff.
“We again wanted to offer a wide array of courses that emphasize both education and engagement in the community,” says Madonna Harrington Meyer, director of the Gerontology Center and professor of sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. “This year, students will have more unique opportunities to become integrated into the life and activity of the Syracuse community.””
Courses are offered in the spirit of continued learning-there are no credits and no grades. Students will participate in a wide variety of activities, reading and writing. Classes will meet at different times and locations for a total of 16 contact hours and at locations with convenient parking and accessible facilities.
Tuition for the institute is $115 for the first course and $110 for the second course. The cost includes a $5 annual membership fee for the Lifelong Learning Institute; all fees are nonrefundable. To register for courses or for more information, visit http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/cpr/gerontology/LLI/ or contact Martha Bonney at email@example.com or (315) 443-2703.
Spring/Summer 2009 courses:
- “Listening, Learning, and Loving Jazz” (LLI 001): Led by Kwame Dixon, professor of African American studies, this course is an introduction to appreciating jazz as an art form: sharpening listening skills, distinguishing different forms of jazz and learning about the contributions of jazz giants. Students will also attend several live jazz concerts in the Syracuse area and help organize publicity for local jazz concerts. Dates: March 17, 24 and 31, and April 7 and 14. Time: 6-9:15 p.m. Location: Regency Towers, 770 James St. Note: Students are encouraged to get NPR’s “Curious Listener’s Guide to Jazz” (Perigee Trade, 2002).
The Gerontology Center includes 30 faculty members who are engaged in aging research, education and policymaking. The center hosts scholarly conferences, oversees an undergraduate and graduate certificate in gerontology, and works to coordinate and foster interdisciplinary activities relating to gerontology across the SU campus.