Wesleyan Institute of Lifelong Learning

Courses

Study Tour of British Theatre and Shakespeare - March 27-April 7, 2016. 

A wine and cheese reception and orientation with the tour leader will be held Friday, October 30th at 4pm at the Wasch Center. More information is availabe by navigating to the Study Tour page on the sidebar.

Current Courses

Archive of Past Courses


Spring 2015

  • Psyche and Science: Conversations about Parallel Roads to the Mysteries of Life, Time, and the Cosmos
  • Happily Ever After
  • A Perfect Omelet
  • The Sewing Machine and the Typewriter: A Very Short History of Work in America
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust, Parts I and II
  • Three Operatic Femmes Fatales: Carmen, Dalila, Salome
  • Inventing America: How Art and Literature Shaped American Identity
  • Due Process of Law
  • All Aboard! The Romance of Trains

  • Fall 2014

  • Epidemics: Past and Present
  • Henri Matisse: From Fauve to Modernist Art
  • Hyphenated Americans: Contemporary Stories of Lives Lived Between Two Cultures
  • Crime and Punishment: A Mystery Tour
  • Exploring the Challenges of Personal Finance
  • "Painting for the People": Lithography in France in the 19th Century
  • Keeping your Nerve: A Fiction-Writing Course
  • All About Food: Healthy Cooking
  • Travel with a Geologist: Hephaestus' Realm, Poseidon's Trench, and Apollo's Temple

  • Spring 2014

  • Clarifying the Mysteries of the Self
  • Parsing Camille, the Heroine Harlot, from Life to Stage, Song and Film
  • Retirement as Reinvention
  • The Poetry of Memory: A Reading and Writing Workshop
  • The Nibelungenlied (Song of the Nibelungs) of Love and Death and Heroes
  • How to Get Into Print and Get the Most Out of It: A Freelancer's Guide to Publishing
  • Return Journeys: Second-Generation Americans Explore "Home" and Identity
  • Exploring the Natural History of the Lower Connecticut River

  • Fall 2013

  • Film Studies at Wesleyan: Definition and Demonstration
  • Science and the Currents of Modernism
  • Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec
  • From Abstraction to Post-Modernism: American Prints, 1950's -1980's
  • The First Amendment
  • Appreciating and Writing Travel Literature
  • All About Food: Ethnic Cuisine
  • Mystery Thursdays: Five Characters in Search of a Culprit
  • The Art and Science of Meditation

  • Spring 2013

  • Middletown's Architectural Heritage
  • The Housatonic Valley
  • Adventures in Opinion Writing
  • The Cycle of Life - A Rite de Passage for the Elder Passage
  • The Issue of Succession: Shakespeare's History Plays-Kingship under Elizabeth I
  • Exploring the Challenges of Personal Finance

  • Fall 2012

  • The Paintings of Paul Cezanne 1839-1906: Classicism Rejected and Renewed
  • Picturing America: Highlights of 20th-Century Photography
  • Positive Psychology
  • All About Food: Enlightened Eating
  • Murder Under the Midnight Sun
  • Taiwan: The Crisis of Identity and Ownership
  • King Lear

  • Spring 2012

  • Germs Are Us
  • Exploring the Challenges of Personal Finance
  • Machiavelli Revisited: Arch Villian, Immoral Politician, Father of Political Science?
  • The Book of Job
  • Legacies in Words: An Introduction to Memoir Writing
  • The Saturday Institute for Lifelong Learning: Rolling on the Connecticut River
  • Happily Ever After

  • Fall 2011

  • I Love a Mystery
  • The Paintings of Vincent van Gogh: Images for Life
  • Dürer, Rembrandt, Picasso: Reconsidering the Masters at the Davison Art Center
  • Shakespeare’s Cleopatra, Egypt’s Harlot Queen?
  • Art and Geology of Old Volcanic Massifs in Connecticut
  • " People don't do such things!"-Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler
  • Civil War Narratives Come Alive

  • Spring 2011

  • Legacies in Words: An Introduction to Memoir Writing
  • Life's Great Transitions and Four Essential Dialogues
  • Exploring the Mysteries of Finance
  • Positive Psychology
  • Life Is But a Dream
  • Germs Are Us
  • Brownstone Stories: Quarries and Dinosaurs

  • Fall 2010

  • Middletown History Day
  • The "Home Front" in Revolutionary Connecticut
  • Geology and Art
  • The Infectious Microbe
  • Food, Culture, and Identity
  • Deciphering Gauguin
  • Hamlet’s Soliloquies: Method and Madness