Courses

Our homes are a system that works like the body, where all parts interact together for a common purpose. In this interactive course, you will learn how your home's performance affects your comfort and your wallet, and how to calculate energy items throughout your home. Special information will be provided on building science-related issues for healthy living, such as the causes and remedies for wet crawl spaces.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Seahorse Restaurant
This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

The moderator will introduce various topics after which the floor will be open for discussion by all participants. Everyone is encouraged to seek supporting data in order to remain as objective as possible. Reading multiple sources on each subject will give everyone a broader view of the issues. Some topics may carry over from month to month. Share your ideas and learn from the opinions of others.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Book group members are often women, but here's a group for men, though women are welcome. The focus is on non-fiction books of history and historical figures. Members will choose and discuss a different book every month. You will get the chance to make new friends and discuss interesting and stimulating topics.



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Today's retiree's may find themselves having to consider other options in addition to Social Security, retirement plans, and personal savings to help meet financial needs. HECMs (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, also called reverse mortgages) can, in the right circumstances and with the right borrower, offer both shorter-term (immediate need) and longer - term benefits and help close in the gaps.


October 22-29, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Have you ever read a book and longed to have someone to talk to about it? Well, here is your chance to do just that! Join this Women's Book Group, choose what you want to read, and come together to discuss a different book each month. Being part of the group gives members the opportunity to make new friends and expand the scope of your reading.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

The people that work with TED Talks believe passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. TED Talks is a website that lives by their slogan "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world". We will discuss a new topic each month. We will utilize TED Talks to listen to a speaker and then discuss the topic at hand.

Registration fee covers parking for the semester.



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As adults age, their risk for injuries due to fires and falls significantly increase. Designed by the National Fire Protection Association, Remembering When uses an iconic nostalgia theme to communicate safety messages through trivia games and discussions, while outlining prevention tips for safety.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Belly dancing is an activity and exercise class. The class will begin with basic stretching exercises, including simple yoga movements.



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This course will consist of four sessions that will cover brain plasticity,or study of a physical process resulting in changes in our abilities; Glial Cells and Neurons, including the purposes they serve; Cognitive Changes in Aging, including normal and abnormal; and the importance of keeping your brain functioning at its highest level.


October 30, 2019 to November 26, 2019, Cypress Glen Retirement Community, Auditorium
This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Put your stories into words and share your life experiences with other class members. What you remember will no doubt trigger memories in others. Write a different story for each session and read it to the class for their feedback.



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Modern Board Gaming has come a long way since the days of Monopoly, Life, and Candy Land. There are multitudes of different board games and game types available for all kinds of people. In this class, we will explore the different types of Modern Board games, where to find them locally and on-line, and how to play.



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During the demonstration you will watch the resident glass artist create a glass object or figurine. You will learn about the history of glass making and techniques that are used for glass blowing.



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The Lifelong Learning program is excited to once again host its bi-annual kickoff where attendees will have the chance to meet Lifelong Learning Instructors, Office of Continuing Studies Staff, partnering programs and many more. The catalog will be available for pickup, and attendees will have the opportunity to register for upcoming courses, special events and trips. Refreshments will be available. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.



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There are no costumes, makeup, special lighting, or movement. For the audience it is like listening to a story on the radio. Like radio drama, much is left to the listener's imagination.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Cypress Glen Retirement Community, Auditorium
This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam in historic and contemporary perspectives.



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In Fall 2017, EbzB Productions is bringing Ian Finley's two-man play called Native to ECU and the Greenville/Eastern North Carolina community. Finley's play dramatizes the collaboration between North Carolina playwright Paul Green (author of The Lost Colony) and African American novelist Richard Wright to adapt Wright's novel Native Son for Broadway.



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According to Mehmet Oz, M.D., "Energy Medicine is the next big frontier of Medicine."
So join us if you'd like to learn proven ways to increase vitality, enhance health, boost joy and send healing to areas of your body using easy practices everyone can do in a few minutes a day. It's fun, it's easy, and there's nothing to buy.


November 5-19, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Intermediate Origami (the art of Japanese paper folding) is ideal for students that have taken a beginning origami course, or have some experience with paper folding. The first class will briefly review folding techniques and reading diagrams and starting the first project.



This is a short course for those who want a quick, easy and fun introduction to the Italian language and culture. If you are traveling to Italy soon or just want to find out if Italian is for you, then this is the course.



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Join Tamyra Jovel, the Family Caregiver Resource Specialist at Mid East Commission Area Agency on Aging as you view an eye opening film on Alzheimer's disease. The film will be followed by discussion and conversation with those in attendance.


Friday, October 25, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Have you always wanted to write your memoirs but are not sure where to begin? This course will be a short introduction to the basics of story writing, including ideas and suggestions to get you started and helpful tips for along the way. We will write at least one memoir during this course and discuss ways to evaluate and critique your writing with helpful feedback from the class. After you learn the basics in this class, feel free to register for either of the memoir interest group to keep the creative juices flowing.



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Have you and your family talked about the transfer of your non-titled property after you die? Estate planning discussions often focus on land, houses, cars and money. Too often, non-titled property, such as family heirlooms and keepsakes, don't get discussed. For many people, these items have more meaning and are more important than titled property.


Thursday, November 21, 2019, Pitt County Agriculture Center
Immerse yourself in the culture, taste authentic Greek food, and learn why this country is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.


Saturday, October 5, 2019, St. James United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
Through folk songs we are provided insights into local culture, history and language. Though you may be familiar with some of the folk songs we will cover in this course, we will look deeper into the meanings and background information on each. You might be surprised at what you learn. Come prepared to sing.


November 13-20, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
A. I. is increasingly part of our lives. Self-driving vehicles are just one example that's present and quickly accelerating. A. I. is used in military simulations, athletic training, medical delivery and diagnostic programs, predictive clinical analytics (e.g. when might a patient relapse), drug manufacturing research, banking, stock investing, video games, sequencing genomes, diagnosing cardiac conditions, and gene editing, to name just some of the complex functions.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Willis Building Auditorium
In this course you will learn how to make a simple, exposed spine book that can be used for journaling, sketching, painting and more. We will cut chip board and paper to create beautiful and unique covers, then we will learn to sew the pages and covers together. You will leave the class with a book for yourself or to give as a gift to someone special. With the skills you learn in this class you can make all kinds of journals, scrapbooks, and sketchbooks.*Supplies to make one book will be provided in class.


Saturday, December 7, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Did you know that North Carolina's state insect is the honey bee? One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey each year, but an average worker bee only produces about 1/2 teaspoon of honey in it's lifetime. Four members from the Tar River Beekeeper Association will present on the basics of building and maintaining a hive, the process in which honey is made, the importance of preserving our bee population, and answer the lingering question: are bees in danger?


November 18-25, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This course will discuss, with the assistance of philosophical/theological lessons, how members of the Jewish faith find Joy (Simcha) and Satisfaction (Shalom) each moment, day, week, and year. We will explore Jewish rituals; including daily, annual, and life cycle, as sources of Simcha and Shalom. We will incorporate history of celebration, and how they celebrated both then and now, even when persecuted.


October 15-29, 2019, Congregation Bayt Shalom
Have you wondered if climate change/global warming is really happening? And is it due primarily to human activities? Did you know that evidence indicates that many biological species are rapidly declining in number? Did you know that there have been six global mass biological extinctions in the earth's geologic past? This course will explore these past six mass extinctions and their causes and relate them to what might be happening now.


October 3-24, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
CSS Neuse was one of the 26 ironclads commissioned by the Confederate navy. Delays in construction, low water, and lack of ground support prevented the gunboat from entering combat outside of Kinston. In March of 1865 as Union troops occupied Kinston, the vessel was burned and sank. In 2012 the Neuse hull was moved to its current location at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center on Queen Street. Following our tour of the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center, we will dine locally and conclude the afternoon with a tour and tasting at Mother Earth Brewery.Note: The cost of lunch will be on your own.



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The Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum 1840-1940, began as a small exhibit of local farm tools at the Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair in 1976 as part of the commemoration of the Bicentennial celebration of the United States.



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In this class, we will watch and discuss, End Game, a Netflix original film, dedicated to relieving suffering, and to changing the way we think about, and make choices about, how we live our lives as we near life's end. The second part of this class will encompass advanced care planning documents and the importance of having them in place to help your wishes be carried out the way you desire.


December 5-12, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
The 2-hour class will review North Carolina laws and Clerk of Superior Court requirements in settling estates. Participants will learn what to expect in settling an estate, how advance planning can make administration easier on your loved ones and how to save money and time in the process. The class will include opportunity for general Q & A but is not intended to provide specific legal advice for individual cases.


Thursday, October 24, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature at ECU, will give a presentation on almost 30 years of the national award-winning literary magazine/scholarly journal hybrid published right here at ECU. Find out why a subscription to NCLR should be on your holiday gift list for every reader in your family.


Thursday, December 5, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This session will provide information about falls, risks and prevention measures that can be applied daily to increase safety and decrease fall-related injuries. Learn about the various programs that can help increase strength and balance. There will also be free falls risk screening using the Center for Disease Control STEADI initiative, timed up and go and balance testing.



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This course is great for retirees that have questions pertaining to managing and maintaining their wealth and investments. Topics covered include, investment strategies & portfolio balancing, maximizing Investment potential & minimizing risk, estate planning challenges & utilizing trust strategies, investment income planning and strategies to help make it last, long term care planning, wealth preservation, and much more.



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On our guided tour of the factory, we will learn more about the history of Grady White boats, and how far the boating industry has come. Note: The group will meet at Grady White boats factory, and is limited to 15 people.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Grady White Boats
This course will take you through the basics of Facebook including: A brief overview of Facebook, adding and changing photos/videos, searching for people you may know, following pages, privacy settings and more. Note: Attendees will need an active email address that you have access to (one email address per person) and/or an already established Facebook account. Please bring your laptop or tablet to class.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
With the constant noise in the markets, it can be difficult to stay focused on your long-term goals. Join us for our seminar to discuss timely market topics (what's happening today) and potential solutions to help you stay on track toward your financial goals. The class will include opportunity for general Q & A but is not intended to provide specific investment advice for individual cases.



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Do you have an interest in making earrings, but aren't ready to make the investment with the tools and materials? In this class, Suzie will supply the tools and materials, and you walk away with the finished project! In this class you will learn how to make earrings that match your style and anything in your closet.



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Our state is blessed with a dozen National Wildlife Refuges, all but one being here in our coastal plain. They attract tens of thousands of waterfowl, ducks, geese, and swans, each winter. But they also provide vital habitat for wildlife of all kinds. Nature documentaries have been done on National Parks, but up to now none on the hidden treasure of our National Wildlife Refuges. The course will explore this wonderful world, and feature one of these films from "Refuge -- The Series", done by STRS Productions.


Monday, September 30, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
We will explore these historic buildings via guided and/or self guided tours, and have lunch at one of the many downtown Raleigh offerings.



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New words and terms keep popping up in the popular press, and in health and healthy cooking magazines. If you are trying to eat healthy, especially to manage your weight or a health condition, or just to feel great, you may be trying to figure what advice to follow. Are the trendy foods, diet plans, and cooking appliances worth the extra costs? Do any of the diets, such as the MIND diet, have significant effects on our overall health and/or cognitive decline? Dr. Kathy Kolasa, professor emerita, Brody School of Medicine, has been answering consumer questions weekly in the Daily Reflector since 1986, and will answer these questions and more!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers' tactics are becoming more complex. While no one is immune, you can take steps to Outsmart the Scammers.The class will include opportunity for general Q & A but is not intended to provide specific investment advice for individual cases.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
In the first week, we will discuss the importance of researching heritage and how to properly record information. Week two will cover and introduction to familyserach.org so students can record information into their family history site. The next class will be spent covering any questions attendees may have about their sites as well as an introduction to the Family History Center. Our last class will discuss more family research, the importance of vital records and family stories, and how to make and print your own family booklet. **Please bring your own laptop or tablet to access the internet during the class.


October 31, 2019 to November 21, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Professor Margaret Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature at ECU, will lead a discussion of Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong, who grew up in 1970s Boiling Springs, NC, where and when the novel is set. To avoid spoilers, attendees should read the novel in advance. Truong will be at ECU for a reading from her newest novel in October 1, 2019 at 6:00pm which will be free and open to the public.



Being one of the largest entities in Pitt County, have you ever wondered what efforts ECU is taking toward sustainability?


Thursday, October 17, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Health Care is ubiquitous in the industrialized world. Yet,every medical development, technique, and procedure impacts the environment. Green bioethics synthesizes environmental and biomedical ethics, thus creating an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable health care. Notably, green bioethics addresses not the structure of environmental sustainability in health care institutions; but, the sustainability of individual health care offerings. It parallels traditional biomedical ethics by providing four principles for ethical guidance: distributive justice, resource conservation, simplicity, and ethical economics. Through these four principles, green bioethics presents a coherent framework for evaluating the sustainability of medical developments, techniques, and procedures. The future of our world may very well depend on how effectively we halt ecological destruction and conserve our resources in all areas of life.


Monday, November 4, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This unique trip will allow you to go behind the scenes to chat with chefs and artisans to learn more about the restaurants, and enjoy the delicious foods.Note: There are is a limited number of seats for this trip, transportation is provided. Attendees should be able to successfully navigate downtown Raleigh at a reasonable pace to keep up with the itinerary.



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David will take you on a sessions on some of the trips I've undertaken to explore our world. The sessions will be on Antarctica, Israel, the Amazon River, and Alaska. Each session will consist of pictures, discussion of travel arrangements, what needs to be done prior to beginning a trip, what needs to be done at the end of the trip, and suggestions on how to really enjoy a trip outside the continental United States. Further discussion will include such topics as: how much clothing to take, how much cash to take, how mobile do you need to be, are there concerns with drinking water and local food, and addressing other questions the class might have.



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