Society for Lifelong Learning (SLL) members recently got to share their classroom with a younger generation and enjoy lively discussions and perspectives on Stoicism, an ancient Hellenistic philosophy that’s widely misunderstood.
For seven weeks during the spring semester, WKU students from Dr. Audrey Anton’s Philosophy 342: Skeptics, Stoics, Epicureans class joined SLL members in the SLL class “Living Like a Stoic.”
“This collaboration provided the opportunity for two generations to learn together and participate in lively discussions about this philosophy and their perspectives on it,” said Dr. Cindy Ehresman, lifelong learning program manager. “SLL members enjoyed learning alongside WKU students who also have a love of learning and are interested in the world around them.”
The unique opportunity provided students and SLL members to discuss their insights on the philosophical views of Stoics.
“This has been a great opportunity for these two generations to work and learn together and Dr. Anton has made it happen. It allows the WKU students to learn about SLL and visa versa. There are more than a dozen in each group making for a lively discussion each week of this seven week course for SLL,” she added. “We hope to work with other WKU faculty in the future to provide opportunities for SLL members learning alongside current WKU students.”
The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its spring/summer 2016 term next week with 23 classes and four Food For Thought events. The term begins March 15 and runs through May 5, with additional travel programs in the summer.
Over 120 SLL members have registered for courses, which include several new classes, such as a study of The Civil War from a Kentucky perspective, the world of cyber security and a look at galaxies, black holes, the Big Bang & the fate of our universe. Other new classes include geocaching, a study of presidential elections of the past and a class on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which includes a trip to Louisville to see the nationally recognized production of “Shakespeare Behind Bars.”
The SLL is a membership organization for people 50 and over who value learning for a lifetime. Membership provides access to all SLL classes and events throughout each term. Many classes and events are included in the membership fee – others require a nominal fee to cover materials or other necessary costs.
Visitors are welcome to attend a single class to sample what SLL membership offers. Food For Thought events are also open to the public, allowing everyone to enjoy a light meal together and learn something new from interesting guest speakers.
The Food for Thought schedule includes the following:
- The Beatles vs. The Stones, presented by Scott Harris, Director of the WKU Department of Music – Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Immigration in Kentucky, presented by Leyda Becker, International Communities Liaison with the City of Bowling Green – Wednesday, April 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Tips for Staying Healthy as We Age, presented by Jae Kim, Certified Health Education Specialist – Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Taking Care of Elvis, presented by Letitia Henley Kirk, Elvis Presley’s private nurse for over 10 years – Wednesday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Most SLL activities take place at the Knicely Conference Center located at 2355 Nashville Road. Food for Thought presentations are open to the public. Registration is $10 (in advance) and includes a light lunch.
For more information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll or call 270-745-1912.
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
The Society for Lifelong Learning was founded in 2014. It is a member driven organization dedicated to offering a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for ages 50 and over who have a love for learning.