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EIU School of Extended Learning





The purpose of Eastern’s Academy of Lifelong Learning is to provide adults various opportunities for non-credit learning. The Academy promotes self-directed learning which encourages participation in short courses that appeal to individual interests.  Members may audit full-semester EIU courses for comprehensive study with the Academy Pass. Our goal is to encourage learning and dialogue to enhance appreciation of our ever-changing world.


Registration requested for all events through this link or by emailing

  Lost in a Free Land   Lost in a Free Land  

This presentation will highlight the story of one man’s flight from the political oppression of his homeland and the lasting impact on his family. As a child of an immigrant and a first-generation college graduate, Amy Davis has navigated two diverse cultures for the past 50 years. She challenged her father’s culture as well as embraced her heritage. Come and listen to this story and gain a new perspective on cultural diversity, compassion, and acceptance. 


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The Zoom link can be found here:



Decisions After 50


Decisions After 50

     When:   04/09/2021  |  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  
EIU - 1140 Buzzard Hall  |  Charleston, IL  

Life circumstances mean that many people must give up sexual activity or challenge traditional mores in their lives.  During this session, participants will look at real-life situations and discuss what would be moral and ethical behavior for the individuals.   


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   Nature Journaling    

 Nature Journaling

     When:   04/16/2021  |  9:00 am - 11:00 am  
Douglas Hart Nature Center  |  2204 Dewitt Ave E, Mattoon, IL  

The sights, sounds, and solitude of nature have so many benefits from relieving stress and increasing happiness. In this class, we will share some of the health benefits of being outdoors but also share the joys and benefits of nature journaling. Every participant will receive a journal and practice one entry in their journal on the grounds of the Douglas-Hart Nature Center using mixed media for their journal. Participants will also learn how for years, educators and nature enthusiasts, like Henry David Thoreau, have used nature journaling to learn about their natural surroundings, make vivid observations of species, experiment in different art techniques, and simply enjoy nature around them. 


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Browse the Spring 2021 Academy Program Guide at the links below.
View the Spring Program Guide Online...
Spring 2021 Guide

Or Download a Printable Copy!

Membership and Donations
  For membership information,
click here.
  To give a gift membership,
click here.
  To donate to the Foundation,
click here.


Event Registration
  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





Meet the Advisory Council

(in alphabetical order)

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



 Contact the Academy  

    Marita Metzke, Director

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

    Office Address 
    Academy of Lifelong Learning
    School of Extended Learning 
    1420 Buzzard Building

   Email us




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School of Extended Learning

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

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