The purpose of the Academy is to provide all community members an outlet for their educational, social and creative pursuits. We provide opportunities to learn new skills, engage in discussion topics of interest, explore new areas of learning and enjoy sharing our unique perspectives. Lifelong learning is generally thought of as ongoing and self-directed. We encourage you to continue the journey with us.



Spring/Summer 2014 Program Guide

Spring/Summer Registration Form

 Audit CoursesThe ArtsEnrichmentHealthy Living

HistoryLocal Interest - SociologyUpcoming Travel Plans

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 Fall Multi-Meeting Courses a series of meetings scheduled for multiple dates, and is designed to investigate an in-depth topic. 

workshopsFall Workshops a single-meeting event lasting one to three hours, which serves as an introduction to a topic of interest. 

socialFall Member-Only Social Events reserved for Academy members only (and their guests in the case of Intergenerational Opportunities). 

lunch Fall Lunch & Learn Lectures ...are free events scheduled monthly during lunch hours. 

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-term (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:  

**Travel Opportunities

**Coordinated Social Events

**Free monthly Lunch & Learn Discussions

**Free Field Trips

**EIU Library Privileges

**One Free audited college course per semester

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 - $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




Exploring Lincoln's Roots
October 10–12, 2014

Partnership/Sponsorship Opportunities

Please consider becoming a sponsor of the Academy of Lifelong Learning. Your generosity will promote learning opportunities for lifelong learners in your community ....more info

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors


Towne Square Jewelers


  • Clark’s Hearing Aid Service, Gene & Joan Clark
  • Cougill Senior Apartments
  • First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Central Illinois
  • State Farm Insurance, Dick & Lucy Stark
  • State Bank of Arthur
  • Sutterfield Law Offices, David Sutterfield
  • Winning Stitch

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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