Dear Lifelong Learners,

Thank you for your patience with the implementation of our online learning plans.

We are happy to inform you that our first wave of online classes will begin this week. Class schedules have been modified for the online format. Each course includes six 90-minute class sessions. Classes meet once per week.

Our online registration plans included honoring existing course enrollments first before allowing for open registration. Seats remain in each of the courses listed below.

Registration for remaining seats will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Later this week, we will send another email detailing the additional courses scheduled to come online next week.


Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign 

Tuesday's, 9:30-11:00am  |  May 5-June 9, 2020 | Course Instructor: Peter Dalton


Registration Note: Registration and payment is collected via ACEware Student Manager.

This course examines the historical significance of Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign, including the strategy and tactics of the battles, the routes traveled by the opposing armies, and the overall significance of the campaign to the Civil War. Information will be conveyed through the observations of three key characters in the struggle: General Thomas "Stonewall Jackson," Jedediah Hotchkiss, and Colonel Turner Ashby.


Spanish II

Wednesday's, 9:30-11:00am  |  May 6-June 10, 2020 | Course Instructor: Guillermo Fernandez


Registration Note: Registration and payment is collected via ACEware Student Manager.

This conversational course builds upon the basics established in Spanish I. It is intended to help students develop basic speaking proficiency, indicated by the ability to form complete sentences from combined parts of speech. Although Spanish I is not required as a pre-requisite to enroll, students should have some familiarity with nouns, articles and adjectives before taking this course.


Finding & Exploring the Polar Regions of the Earth

Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00pm | May 6-June 10, 2020 | Course Instructor: Ralph Allen


Registration Note: Registration and payment is collected via ACEware Student Manager.

This course looks at what we can glean from the expeditions of early explorers about the Earth's Polar Regions, and how these vast landscapes have a profound effect on the Earth's climate and ocean systems. Life in Earth's two polar regions can be incredibly difficult due to the subzero temperatures and extreme annual variations of sunlight. Early European explorers braving these harsh conditions encountered ice barriers that prevented traversing a sea route leading to the Far East (the Northwest Passage). Today, these once frozen waterways are becoming more navigable as the planet's rising temperatures cause Arctic ice to thaw at a rate faster than normal. Locked within semi-permanent ice sheets is a unique record of what our planet's climate was like over the past one million years and hints about how long-term temperature changes at the poles may impact us all.


Hidden Treasures in Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Naples

Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am | May 7-June 11, 2020 | Course Instructor: Kay Arthur


Registration Note: Registration and payment is collected via ACEware Student Manager.

This course attempts to recapture the spirit of the 18th century grand tour, when travelers had time to contemplate and absorb the atmosphere of these five cities. We will explore the history of Venice as a republic and trading center, its islands, churches, and art, before it sinks into the sea. In Bologna, we will look at the Church, and the earliest medieval university, the arts, learning, and political tensions. In Florence, we will look at noble family palaces, villas, and private art collections. In Rome, we visit early Christian basilicas, Raphael's frescoes, and little gems of Baroque architecture and sculpture. In Naples, we explore the Kingdom of Aragon, hardly remembered today, and the rulers' patronage of culture and the arts.


LLI Office Hours
Monday - Friday

8:30AM - 4:30PM

Email: LLI@jmu.edu

 Phone: 540.568.2923


2019-20 LLI Advisory Board

President: Joanne Bell
Past President: Bill Ingham
President-Elect: Joe Laughland
Secretary: Deane Geier
Curriculum Chair: Kathy Picerno
Hospitality Chair: Jackie Gerrard
Lectures & EdVentures Co-Chairs: Kris Stern & Yogi Gillete
Membership Chair: Phil Updike
Nominations Chair: Mark Keeler
Publicity Chair: John Noffsinger
Historian: Bill Ingham
Member-at-Large: Linda Bradley
Member-at-Large: Jim Totty
Member-at-Large: Hartley Gaston

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