Registration begins Feb. 8 for spring classes offered by the Lifelong Learning Institute at Ohio Wesleyan University. The virtual classes are open to those 55 and older. (Photo by Iman Ashraf ’20)

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Registration Begins Feb. 8 for Adults 55 and Older for Ohio Wesleyan’s Lifelong Learning Institute

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Growing a garden. Becoming a citizen scientist. Reforming health care. Becoming an antiracist. Online classes on these topics and others are being offered this spring through the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Ohio Wesleyan University.

For a flat fee of $75, Delaware County residents 55 and older are able to take as many courses as they wish during the spring session, which begins the week of March 15.

To support personal safety, all spring classes will be held online via Zoom. The classes are taught by volunteers, including Ohio Wesleyan professors, practitioners, and others in a non-competitive environment. Scheduled classes are:

  • The Long Road to Health Care Reform
  • How Does Your Garden Grow?
  • Become a Citizen Scientist!
  • LLI Potpourri – Featuring a variety of topics including solar power, the “Cityscape/Landscape” exhibit at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, the Ohio Literary Trail, and Pet Tales.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees
  • The Role of the First Lady
  • Healthy U: Chronic Pain Self-Management
  • How to Be an Antiracist – Part 2: Theory into Practice

Online, mail, and telephone registration for the spring session opens Feb. 8 and runs through March 5. Thanks to support from SourcePoint, the LLI is able to offer a limited number of $50 scholarships this spring. Scholarship applications are due Feb. 17.

For additional class descriptions (including dates, times, and instructors), for scholarship applications, and for online registration, visit owu.edu/LLI. Confirmation of course registration will be sent to each paid registrant.

For questions, contact the Lifelong Learning Institute at lli@owu.edu or (740) 368-3078.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more undergraduate majors than many universities its size and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at owu.edu.