The purpose of the Academy is to provide all community members informal opportunities for non-credit learning. We offer a wide variety of low-cost, high-quality short courses and events that enable participants to enjoy learning in a relaxed environment. Members may audit full semester courses for in depth study with the Academy Pass. Our goal is to encourage learning and dialogue to help individuals advance their abilities to cope with the continuous change that surrounds us today.


Spring/Summer 2015 Program Guide

Spring/Summer 2015 Registration Form

Icons have been implemented
on each listing for special details, i.e. whether the listing is for a one-day workshop, a multiple-meeting course, a travel opportunity, etc.

workshops Multi-Meeting Course a series of meetings scheduled for multiple dates, designed to investigate a topic in-depth. 

workshopsWorkshop a single-meeting event which serves as an introduction to a topic of interest. 

socialPerformance ...may include music, plays and other events that generally require tickets purchased in advance. A registration fee covers the cost of your ticket and event coordination. 

lunch Lunch & Learn  ...are free events scheduled monthly during lunch hours. These events are opportunities to socialize and to learn about travel experiences, resources in the Coles County community, or to be informed on a topic of interest. 

field trip Field Trip ...remember school days, taking field trips to area attractions and businesses to learn what goes on around us? A Field Trip is a short (1–3 hours) visit to a local business or establishment for an introduction to the location and how it impacts the community we live in. 

travelTravel Opportunity a day-long or multi-day, extended travel event that explores a topic or area in-depth. Transportation and, in the event of multi-day events, lodging and some meals are included in the cost of these events.

intergenerational Intergenerational Opportunity appropriate for pint-sized guests. Bring your child, grandchild, or favorite young friend for some intergenerational fun!

Please mail registrations to:

Academy of Lifelong Learning
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL  61920


Would you like to share your expertise with adults who enjoy learning? The Academy accepts proposals for workshops and courses from area experts in history, health, fine arts, etc. If you are interested, or have questions, please call 217-581-5114 or email

For examples of current workshops and courses, see our Program Guide.


Membership Information

Membership Application

Membership: $35.00 per September 1 through August 31  

A one-year membership for $35 includes these benefits:  

**Free monthly lunchtime lectures

**Discounted pricing for Academy events at the EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center

**Reduced registration fees for workshops, travel, courses and tours

**20% discount at the EIU University Bookstore (excluding technology purchases) 

**EIU Academy Pass:  Complimentary tuition and textbook rental to audit one EIU credit course per semester

**Discounts at supporting area businesses

Did You Know...?

Your Academy membership card is worth big savings at area businesses this year! Always present your membership card for verification to the businesses that have been gracious enough to provide these valuable discounts:

Bike & Hike of Charleston: 10% discount to Academy members 

Pensee's Bookshop on the Square: 10% discount to Academy members

EIU Bookstore:  20% discount (non-technology purchases)

Curves - Charleston, Mattoon & Effingham:  $59 registration fee waived!


The Academy’s mission is to grow and serve the educational needs of community members. We welcome your membership and ideas for future programming.

Add your membership to the registration form when you’re registering for your classes, or simply to join the Academy. Become eligible for the great member pricing for all our events, and enjoy all the additional benefits. Welcome to the Academy of Lifelong Learning!


Additional EIU Opportunities For Lifelong Learning

Online Courses and Certification

Conferences / Personal & Professional Development


  Academy of Lifelong Learning Advisory Council



Volunteer Opportunities

Academy Care Choir
Provide a soothing presence and comfort to Hospice patients and families with short, peaceful serenades of a capella songs.

   This event is FREE and open to    the public!
   Informational meeting:
   Saturday, April 18, 1 p.m.
   Sarah Bush Lincoln - 
   Prairie Pavilion 2, 2nd floor
   To participate, please attend,
   or contact 217-581-5114

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Help sort, organize, clean, price and merchandise donations of gently-used furniture, household goods, appliances and tools. Help raise funds to provide affordable housing to qualified Coles County residents.

   To participate, please contact
   the ReStore at 217-348-7066
   for specific information. 

Tarble Arts Center
Greet, count and assist visitors, and help monitor the galleries at a major cultural arts resource serving east central Illinois. Volunteer to cover a two-hour shift on a rotating or as-needed schedule.
   For more information,
   please contact 217-581-2787

For more information or to
register for these and other upcoming Academy events,
please call 217-581-5114 or

Sponsoring Businesses Offering Discounts

Bike & Hike of Charleston

Pensee’s Bookshop on the Square

Curves - Charleston,
  Mattoon & Effingham

Contact the Academy

Marita Metzke, Project Coordinator

Phone: 217-581-5114
Fax: 217-581-6697

Mailing Address
Academy of Lifelong Learning
School of Continuing Education
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL  61920-3099

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