LLI members enjoy great discussions, innovative classes and new friendships.
FREE Lifelong Learning Institute Program
Walt Whitman's Lincoln
Monday, December 12, 10:00-12:00pm
Join us as Brian "Fox" Ellis recreates a program Whitman delivered on the Life of Lincoln.
Includes Whitman's Civil War poems, commentary on the war from hospital tents, and recollections of their encounter during the war.
Lifelong Learning Institute Open House
Friday, January 6, 10:00-1:00pm
Join us at our Lifelong Learning Institute Open House for a showcase of what you can expect from our spring class schedule. We’ll have refreshments, mini-lectures, information sessions, performances, and campus tours to help you get ready to engage your mind this spring and take advantage of the long-term benefits of active learning.
Lifelong Learning Institute Annual Membership
Become a Premier Member of our popular program for mature adults and receive exclusive benefits:
- Access to exclusive premier members-only courses and book discussion group
- 50% discount on designated LLI courses
- Membership is just $50 for the whole year and pays for itself after three LLI courses.
Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is an experiential and discussion learning program for mature adults. It offers you fresh, relevant and fun courses in a seminar format. That means no exams or homework – just spirited discussions, hands-on activities and new connections with lifelong learners just like you.
Learn in intimate groups led by distinguished Harper College faculty and experts in a variety of professional fields. Program leaders create engaging and innovative programs specifically for lifelong learners. Choose from a new group of featured seminar topics each semester.
Our Members Say It Best…
"I've enjoyed making time for Harper's Lifelong Learning Institute for several years now. As all retirees know, our days are filled with lots to do, and Harper gives us the added advantage of new ideas, programs, lectures and an opportunity to meet like-minded people. I consider the membership fee that the Institute charges one of the best investments I've made."
"I'm a member of Harper's LLI because I have always loved to learn new things in many different areas, especially history, music of all types, painting, sculpture and current events. LLI offers reasonably priced classes in these areas taught by interesting experts. It's a productive and fulfilling way to spend my time."
"Harper's Lifelong Learning program has been a great place to learn more about the things I'm interested in, to broaden my horizons, and to make new friends. I have really enjoyed the variety of courses. Now, if we only had a course about how to make more time in one's day!"
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What types of courses and activities does LLI offer?
LLI offers a mix of lectures, short-term courses, and seminars presented in media-equipped classrooms at Harper College and in some cases at partner sites across the Harper College District. In response to the pandemic, courses are currently being offered online only.
Are there homework assignments, tests, grades and other requirements?
LLI courses require no prerequisites, grades or exams. Some instructors may suggest reading certain texts and other materials for participants to gain full benefit from the class experience.
What do classes cost?
LLI course fees are designed to cover the direct costs of running classes, while being low enough to make it possible for fixed-income students and others to attend. Fees are listed after each course description in the catalog. Some courses carry the same fee for both LLI members and nonmembers, while most others are available to members at a discounted fee.
Where do LLI classes meet?
Courses can be online or in-person. LLI courses are held at the Harper College main campus (1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067) and at LLI partner sites. Free parking is available at all LLI course locations.
Are classes or events ever cancelled?
Every effort is made to hold all LLI classes scheduled. However, a minimum enrollment is set for most classes, and a course will be cancelled if the minimum enrollment is not met.
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David is a truly amazing teacher who makes learning the harmonica lots of fun. His enthusiasm is contagious and he has a heart of gold.
The Writing Salon was so much more than a writing class. The experience was energetic, enthusiastic and supportive. I highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to develop their skills as a writer!
As always, your Spanish classes are packed with new information about the language. You make it easy to learn Spanish and keep it very interesting. Thank you!
I have participated in many LLI classes over the past two years. Gary is a terrific discussion facilitator and brings excellent background knowledge to our classes. I'm learning so much about Foreign Policy.
Just want to let you know how much I enjoyed your class. Hope you will have more classes since I am a novice in the wine area and am anxious to learn.