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EIU School of Extended Learning

Academy of Lifelong Learning

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.


Pilgrimage Across Poland

Photos from Chris Cougill

Recorded presentation  

PowerPoint from Fr. Ryan McDaniel


 Pilgrimage Across Poland

Event Date: Recorded


In this pilgrimage of peace, two local men from EIU served as ambassadors. One a Catholic Chaplain and faculty member, the other a Religious Affairs Airman and employee at Booth, each of these men brought to and took away from this pilgrimage something unique. Every participant in the pilgrimage reflects the unique experience of each, whether Catholic, non-Catholic, or not religious at all. This extraordinary encounter will be recounted from two distinct perspectives to share a once in a lifetime experience walking over 200 miles in 10 days across Poland. 

Refer to the Program Guide below for complete details.


   It's Your Life!



It's Your Life! Write Your Own Obituary

Event Date: 11/12

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Writing your own obituary is a trend gaining traction.  You will be guided with the desired details, but crafting your story begins here.  This will be a fun session to get you started on a significant gift to your family.   

Refer to the Program Guide below for complete details.


Browse the Fall 2020 Academy Program Guide at the links below!

View the Fall Program Guide Online...

Fall 2020 Guide

Or Download a Printable Copy!


For membership and registration information, click here.

Give a gift membership, click here.

To donate to the Foundation, click here.

For volunteer opportunities, click here.


For Online Event Registration, click here.

For Registration by Mail:

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.

Contact the Academy

Marita Metzke, Director

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

Office Address
Academy of Lifelong Learning
School of Extended Learning
2201 Blair Hall

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Meet the Advisory Council

(alphabetical order)
Bonnie Buckley, Past Chair
Dan Cougill
Lois Dickenson
Diana Glosser
Chris Houchens
Al Joyner
Janet Messenger
Michael Murphy
Deanna Smith
Terry Smith
Carolyn StephensChair
Andrew White
Luz Whittenbarger

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Contact Information

School of Extended Learning

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5114

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