Courses

In November, we'll discuss Of Love and Dust, a novel by Ernest J. Gaines, an African American writer from south Louisiana (author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying). This book can be purchased from the ECU bookstore or through Amazon.


Monday, November 14, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
Join us for a fun-filled day on the coast. For this trip, we will visit the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center where we will tour the facilities, hear from carvers, learn about some of the local history or learn more about sea-level rise and hurricanes. We will also take a short 20-minute pontoon-type ferry ride over to Cape Lookout to see the lighthouse learn about its history and get some sand on your toes if you would like. If we're lucky we might even catch a glimpse of the ponies on Shackleford Banks or some dolphin on the way.


Friday, October 28, 2022, Meet in Willis Building Parking Lot
This workshop will take a deeper dive into the Community Resiliency Model (CRM)®. CRM is a biological-based model of intervention based on emerging neuroscience that is easily accessible, affordable, and adaptable to all audiences.


Friday, December 2, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
While older adults are at increased risk of adverse outcomes, inappropriate antibiotic use impacts individuals of all ages and can result in increased health care costs and death. During this session, attendees will be provided a brief overview of the history of antibiotic use and how it has led to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.


Thursday, December 8, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and affects both men, women, and most racial and ethnic groups. Fortunately, there are many diet and lifestyle factors that influence one's risk of heart disease. This course will focus on evidence-based nutrition approaches to help improve heart health and lower one's risk of heart disease.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
Join us for a trip to the coast and visit the ECU Outer Banks Campus, home of the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI). Learn about the coastal and marine science research and education projects of CSI through a guided tour of the facilities. Interact with CSI faculty and staff and learn about all of the fascinating work happening on ECU's coastal campus. Experience the beauty of the estuary through an on-the-water boat program highlighting our coastal ecosystems and how CSI scientists are studying them. Join us for a fun-filled, educational experience at the coast!



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In this class, led by the Executive Director of the Greenville Museum of Art (GMoA), students will explore the social and cultural history of NC artworks through observation, personal reflection, and group discussion.


October 20, 2022 to November 17, 2022, Greenville Museum of Art
Are you struggling to get enough sleep, fall asleep and stay asleep? Many people, especially since the pandemic began, report trouble with sleep. This session will discuss real ways to retrain your brain to get that quality sleep so many desire.


Monday, October 10, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
Participants will learn how to garden smarter, not harder while making sure that their own health is as good as their garden's. Together we'll plant the seeds of sun, heat, hearing, vision, pest and pesticide safety. We'll sprinkle in wisdom about how to choose just the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and learn how adaptive tools can take the stress off your hands, knees and back. If you're an avid gardener or even a beginning one, you'll find something of interest here!


October 13, 2022 to November 10, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
After watching the movie "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me", we will share insights into life of the caregiver and the care recipient after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis - the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short "Goodbye Tour" but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME is the true tale of how America's greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds. A discussion will follow the movie and snacks will be provided.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Willis Building Conference Room
Enjoy a sumptuous catered holiday dinner provided by Aramark, then be transported to The Memorial Baptist Church for the Greenville Choral Society's annual holiday concert.


Saturday, December 17, 2022, ECU Campus - Willis Building
Join the Lifelong Learning Program as we tour three houses of worship right here in Greenville. During this morning trip, we will have the chance to tour the Hindu Temple, The Eastern Islamic Center and Mosque, and Congregation at Bayt Shalom and learn a little more about each religion.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Meet in Willis Building Parking Lot
Do you like the feel of opening up a brand new book? Interested in having your own journal, scrapbook, or sketchbook that you created? Maybe you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend who loves books. This class is for you!



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Join us for a brief overview of the history and beliefs of the Baha'i Faith, exploring essential themes such as the oneness of God and religion, the oneness of humanity and freedom from prejudice, the progressive revelation of religious truth, the fundamental equality of the sexes, the harmony between religion and science, the importance of education, and the community-building activities and social action Baha'is and their neighbors around the world are actively engaged in together.


Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
Thank you so much for your interest in the Lifelong Learning Fall Kickoff! The Lifelong Learning program staff will be available from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Willis building auditorium to provide registration services. We will have Fall course catalogs, refreshments, exhibits, and music!



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MumFest is a combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors, and great food in the beautifully restored setting of historic downtown New Bern and its waterfront.


Saturday, October 8, 2022, Meet in Willis Building Parking Lot
After my previous class, Listen Up! Ways to Enhance Your Musical Experience, students asked to hear more music of all varieties. This workshop encompasses multiple styles and sounds of music allowing the listener to dive more into music and appreciate the many sounds.


November 14-28, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
Sometimes it is challenging to keep those wiggly little ones attentive as you read your favorite picture book. We will learn how to keep a child's attention during the read aloud making the experience more enjoyable for you and your grandchild. We will learn how to select books suitable for your child's age and interests. Best of all, we will have hands on time with classic children's books along with new award winning books available in our local libraries. Grandchildren are welcomed to join us during our final workshop day.



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Southern literature is iconic, often touching, and sometimes sad.  This discussion group will examine southern literature and authors from the standpoint of common themes, rich descriptions, the role of picturesque settings of mountains to the shore, and ways in which memorable characters are built. Sessions will meet weekly for three weeks. A book list from which to choose what you wish to read will be sent 2 weeks prior to the first class.  



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We take a look at how Zen Buddhist koans and joke psychology can shed light on parables, a highly effective teaching method used by Jesus.



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From CE 1400-1700, the Tuscarora tribe of the Haudenosaunee nation was a dominant force in what would become eastern North Carolina. This program will consider the history and culture of the Tuscarora tribe--its origins, its history, its folkways--and the series of events that led to a mass migration of tribe members to upstate New York in the eighteenth century. The program will highlight the legacy of the Tuscarora language on the region and the tribe's response to European settlement on the formation of the Carolina colony. The program will also examine Tuscarora agriculture, noting especially the plants that had profound impact on the tribe's viability.



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This course focuses on the Universe Story, a book written by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, that details the transformation of the universe from the Big Bang some 14 billion years ago to the present day. It is a story that includes us as human beings and speaks to our place in and responsibility for the universe, particularly the earth. It is a story we all should know, it is a story that opens possibilities for unifying divisive humanity.


October 24, 2022 to November 7, 2022, Willis Building Conference Room
Participants will; See how USN &USMM crew live, work, and play. See how cargo is loaded on ships. Relate military and economic interests. Learn how politics causes marine causalities through the sinking of the SS Marine Electric and others.


Thursday, October 6, 2022, Willis Building Auditorium
Like a fine wine, Pitt County is a great place to age well. This informative class is for people of all ages just not older adults. Participants will learn how they can serve and be served by this vibrant and thriving Council of Aging agency. From home-delivered meals, also known as Meals on Wheels, to Medicare counseling to trips around the world, the COA has something for everyone. Come and see why over 800 people a week are visiting this rockin' place.



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