Lifelong Learning Institute of Enid will begin its spring semester on Feb. 11.
Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 11 to April 2 in the multi-purpose room (room 205) at Central Christian Church, 1111 W. Broadway. Each course meets once a week for 90 minutes. Morning classes will be 10-11:30 a.m., and after classes will be 1-2:30 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Institute of Enid is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that offers non-credit courses for adults 55 and older. There are no exams, no prerequisites and no grades. The mission of Lifelong Learning is to provide a unique and challenging program so retirees can continue to expand their horizons and keep their minds active through continued education.
Instructors are qualified professionals who enjoy sharing their knowledge.
The only requirements for membership are to be 55 and over, have an interest in a continuing educational experience and support the program through participation and payment of a membership fee. Membership fees are $75 for a single class or $100 for all classes offered one semester.
The Tuesday morning class will be “Art History of the Americas.”
Instructor Ken Kelsey will explore the diversity of American art, from ancient Mayan pottery to 19th-century paintings of Canadian icebergs, from the flower pictures of Georgia O’Keeffe to the Western movies of John Ford. Each week this class will focus on a different culture or time in the art of the Americas.
Kelsey has taught several art courses for Lifelong Learning and worked for 10 years at Dallas Museum of Art, helping prepare docents and area educators to teach in the museum. He received a master’s degree in history from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in art history from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. He teaches art and history classes for NWOSU.
The Tuesday afternoon class is “The Agency: A History of the CIA.”
Instructor Jody Turner will use lectures from “Great Courses” DVD lecture series, created by CIA expert Hugh Wilford, to examine the origins, purpose and history of the CIA.
Turner served 21 years in the Air Force. She lives in Enid and is a board member for several local organizations. She is a history buff who has a deep interest in studying various aspects of history.
The Thursday morning class will be “From Colonies to Nation-State: The First 200 years of the USA.”
Instructor John Cromwell will explore the social, religious, intellectual and political affairs of our country’s earliest history.
Cromwell, an Enid native, is a semi-retired business man who reads constantly in the fields of history and public affairs. He earned a B.A. in history with minors in English and philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. He has lectured several times for Lifelong Learning on various aspects of history, including the American Civil War, the British Royal Navy and the history of the Roman Empire.
The Thursday afternoon course is “Cultural Impact of Mark Twain’s Career.”
Instructor Mary McDonald will examine a few of Twain’s short stories and essays, especially ones written toward the end of his life. Participants will discuss several lectures by Twain scholar Stephen Railton and take a close look at “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court “and “Pudd’nhead Wilson.”
McDonald taught English literature, AP English and the works of Shakespeare for 39 years before retiring from Enid Public Schools. She has a B.A. in English from Phillips University and a M.A. in English from UCO. She currently serves on Enid Symphony Board, Enid News & Eagle editorial board and Enid Chautauqua Council.
For information, call McDonald, administrative director, at (580) 747-9207.