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Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein University


Deepen your commitment to education by joining the Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein.

What is the Lifelong Learning Community?

A group of mature learners who are

  • Open to learning.
  • Curious about the world.
  • Committed to maintaining an active mind for a healthy body.
  • Interested in coming to the Otterbein campus for a year-long menu of workshops, lectures and May mini-courses designed for Lifelong Learning Community members.
  • Eager to meet artists, lecturers, writers and faculty in formal and informal settings.

Space is limited.

A membership in the Lifelong Learning Community is $60 per person; ½ price for a spouse, partner or friend! A one-year membership is Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 31, 2019.  Register by calling 614-823-1650.  Space requires that we limit membership. Once our limit is reached, we will take your information and contact you about public events, May mini-course offerings and enrollment for next year.

Benefits of Lifelong Learning Community Membership

  • Admission to special events with President John Comerford, experts and writers visiting campus
  • Exclusive offerings of lectures, discussions, workshops and May mini-courses created for the Lifelong Learning Community members, by members and by Otterbein faculty. A sampling of courses can be seen to the right.
  • Discounted Otterbein Theatre matinee performances during the summer of 2020 with opportunities to meet the actors, directors and playwright.

  • Discounted tickets for Lifelong Learning Community members for Westerville Symphony events in Cowan Hall in October, December, March and April.
  • Discounted rate of $5 to become a member of Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library (regularly $20), a Lifelong Learning Community partner. This applies to new memberships, or those who are not currently Friends of the Library.  Contact the library for more information.

  • Volunteer opportunities in the Westerville/Otterbein community.

 Sampling of offerings this fall:

Art:                                      Opening Doors to the World

History:                               Mexican Conquests, Past and Present:
                                           Understanding Our Neighbors' History   

Literature:                          Literary Perspectives on the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Books:                                 Reading groups prior to the convocation with the author of
                                           The Underground Railroad

                                             Discussion of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried

Psychology:                       Development of Taste, Smell, & Flavor
                                          Perception during Early Life -
                                           Or How I Learned to Eat My Spinach and Love It

Music:                                 Lecture and Otterbein choir performance

Health:                                Medicare 101

Social Issues:                     Senior Scams

Social Opportunities:       Holiday Lunch with musical program

                                             Board Games and Cards

                                             Brown bag lunches

Day trip:                             Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center