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Letter: Numerous opportunities at Lifelong Learning Institute

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 11:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 11:35 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The phrase “back to school” brings back pleasant memories of seeing friends after a long summer, meeting new friends in new classes, new teachers, and especially having new topics of study.

I am, as a retiree, once again getting ready to go “back to school,” in the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Northern Illinois University. Once again, I’m looking forward to seeing friends I haven’t seen all summer, choosing classes that interest me and learning for the fun of it.

My classes will be taught by members of the program who have a long-time special interest they want to share, retired NIU professors, members who share their professional interests, like photography and computer skills.

This coming semester, Sept. 16 to Nov. 6, the choices are diverse, including Star Wars in the Pacific; Four Spanish Daughters: Four Spanish Queens; Better Living, Perhaps; Election-Year Politics: 2014 Edition; Age of Empire, 1870-1900; Digital Photography; War Stories: World War II; Taking Charge of the Rest of Your Life; Pillars of the Normal School, 1899; Orphans of Light: Lost Christianities of the Near East; Climate Change: Facts and Strategies, and World Cities and a Sense of Place.

You can go to class every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, both morning and afternoon, or you can select the classes of most interest to you.

If you prefer a weekly lecture on a different topic, each week you can attend the Notables Brown Bag Lecture on Tuesdays offered by speakers with expertise in their area of discussion.

To receive a catalogue, call NIU’s Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming at 815-753-5200 or email the NIU LLI at or go on the website at

I hope I have piqued your interest and I hope I see you in class this fall.

Joanne Dillman


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