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February 15, 2023 | By Cole Hatcher

Registration begins Feb. 20 for the spring session of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Ohio Wesleyan University. The classes, which previously included ‘The Supreme Court’s Greatest Hits’ taught by Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Hejmanowski, are open to those 55 and older. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

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Registration Begins Feb. 20, Classes March 27 for Spring Session of Ohio Wesleyan’s Lifelong Learning Institute

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Ohio Wesleyan University is offering 11 courses this spring, with topics ranging from examining the film studios behind the stars, ragtime literature, an armchair history of Delaware County, putting sustainability into practice, and an immersive experience with the Central Ohio Symphony.

For their $75 registration fee, individuals 55 and older are able to sign up for as many courses as they wish during the spring session, which runs from March 27 through May 5 for most classes.

The multi-week classes are taught by volunteers, including current and retired Ohio Wesleyan professors and other experts in a non-competitive environment. All classes will be held in person unless otherwise noted. Scheduled spring classes are:

  • Studios Behind the Stars – James Dean and Marilyn Monroe
  • Sustainability in Practice: OWU and Delaware
  • Is America Facing a Mental Health Crisis?
  • An Armchair Tour of Delaware County History
  • LLI Potpourri, featuring single-topic sessions including:
    • Songs that Abraham Lincoln Loved
    • The American Dunkirk: How People Trapped in Manhattan Got Off the Island on 9/11
    • Title IX – 50 Years of Progress
    • Death as a Part of Life: Living Mindful of Mortality
    • Fine Arts Graduating Seniors Exhibition
    • The Art of Remembrance, Memorialization and Tragedy
    • 1973: The Year of Shocks and the Age of Limits
  • A Musical Immersion with the Central Ohio Symphony
  • Delaware County: The Dynamics of Rapid Growth
  • Reading Ragtime – American Literature, History and Culture
  • Science Meets the Paranormal (online only)
  • A Matter of Balance

Online, mail, and telephone registration for spring session opens Feb. 20 and runs through March 20. The LLI is able to offer a limited number of $50 scholarships for the spring session. Scholarship applications are due by March 8.

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

Launched in 2019, the Lifelong Learning Institute at Ohio Wesleyan University encourages individuals to “discover ideas, acquire knowledge, and fuel your curiosity” with fall and spring sessions each year. For questions, contact the Lifelong Learning Institute at 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 than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and global perspective, and translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. 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. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at or learn more at