ENID, Okla. — Lifelong Learning Institute of Enid is in its 27th year of providing classes for people who are 55 or older and who wish to keep their minds active by gaining knowledge and sharing ideas in a friendly, stress-free atmosphere.

There are no tests and no grades. The instructors are well-versed in the topics they teach and they encourage questions and discussions.

Fall 2019 classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 10 and running through Oct. 31 at Central Christian Church, 111 W. Broadway. Morning classes are 10-11:30 a.m., and afternoon classes are 1-2:30 p.m. Those who join LLI may take as many or as few classes as they wish.

On Tuesday mornings instructor Glen Haworth will talk about his trip to the Holy Land in 2018. He will show scenes from such places as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada National Park. His tour group was able to talk to Jews, Christians and Muslims. He will share their different viewpoints so class members will have a deeper understanding of the complex situation in that historic land. He also has invited a Christian minister, a rabbi and an imam to speak on different days. Haworth, a lifetime Enid resident, graduated from Phillips University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He worked at George E. Failing Co. through several corporate name changes for 41 years. He has volunteered for many organizations, including Our Daily Bread, Welcome Table and Red Cross Disaster Relief.

On Tuesday afternoons Sandra Cinnamon will use a video series from the Great Courses Company to teach a class about the history of the Supreme Court. She will introduce each video lecture and will lead a discussion and answer questions after each lecture. The lectures will trace the court's development from its founding to the present, focusing on the landmark cases that shaped America, including the social and political context of each case. The lecturer in the videos has a master' and a Ph.D. in political science and received his juris doctorate from Harvard. Cinnamon is the director of LLI. She received her bachelor's degree and her juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska. She is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and has filed cases in the court.

Great explorers and great explorations will be the topic of the classes on Thursday mornings. Some of the explorations were led by people whose names have come down to us in history, but others were made up of people whose names are lost to us. For instance, who were the first people to reach the Americas and how did they get here? What people first explored and settled the Polynesian Islands? Instructor Richard Stevens will discuss famous explorers like Marco Polo, Columbus and Lewis and Clark, but he also will talk about those people whose explorations changed history even though their individual names are unknown to us. Stevens received his Ph.D. from the Rocky Mount Bible College in North Carolina. He is currently the pastor of Grace Mennonite Church in Enid. He has taught classes for LLI in the past on Chinese history and the Reformation.

Enid is fortunate to have many organizations whose members are working to make a positive difference in the lives of its citizens. On Thursday afternoons representatives from several of these groups will talk to LLI about the history of their organizations, their goals and about what they have achieved over the years. Each class will feature speakers from one or two organizations. There will be time for questions. Some of the groups that will be represented are Bennie's Barn, Enid Arts Council, Hope Outreach, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, SPCA and CASA, a children's advocacy group. A list of speakers and the dates they will speak will be available at the beginning of fall classes.

Besides classes, LLI has occasional brown bag speakers and two pot-luck luncheons each semester. Members may participate in any or all of these extra activities. Hot tea, coffee and pop are provided each day.

Since there are expenses, such as paying instructors and printing brochures, it is necessary to charge a fee to attend LLI classes. If a person wishes to enroll in only one class, the fee is $75 for the eight-week semester. The fee for two or more classes is $100. However, paying $150 entitles a person to take as many classes as he/she wants for two consecutive semesters.

Anyone interested in learning more about the fall classes may attend any or all of the classes for free during the first week, or may contact Cinnamon at (580) 541-7074. Information also can be found on the Lifelong Learning Institute of Enid's Facebook page.

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