Featured Courses
Lifelong Learning Membership

Your membership is important to us. Your participation in the classes and other events will contribute to the vibrancy and growth of our learning community and you as a lifelong learner!
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.
The Program consists of a series of eight lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country.
Before Sweden's finest orchestra performs as a part of ECU's S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, wouldn't it be nice to understand the program? Learn what the composers were thinking as they crafted their works. Learn about musical themes to listen for during the movements. Join Chris Buddo, Dean of ECU's College of Fine Arts and Communication, for a "fireside chat" in Wright Auditorium's FRIENDS Lounge. Enjoy refreshments and remarks, then hear the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra perform live in concert. This event includes a reception, a mini-lecture, a performance ticket and parking instructions.
Featured Courses
Lifelong Learning Membership

Your membership is important to us. Your participation in the classes and other events will contribute to the vibrancy and growth of our learning community and you as a lifelong learner!
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.
The Program consists of a series of eight lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country.
Before Sweden's finest orchestra performs as a part of ECU's S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, wouldn't it be nice to understand the program? Learn what the composers were thinking as they crafted their works. Learn about musical themes to listen for during the movements. Join Chris Buddo, Dean of ECU's College of Fine Arts and Communication, for a "fireside chat" in Wright Auditorium's FRIENDS Lounge. Enjoy refreshments and remarks, then hear the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra perform live in concert. This event includes a reception, a mini-lecture, a performance ticket and parking instructions.

Courses

A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance (https://www.ncoa.org/resources/program-summary-a-matter-of-balance/)
It is important for everyone becoming eligible for Medicare to obtain accurate information for coverage and delivery options, supplemental health insurance, Medicare health plans, and prescription drug coverage. Attention to these issues will help you avoid serious costly problems. This workshop will help you map your journey to Medicare, highlighting roadblocks and warning signs along the way.
Tour the Arboretum Gardens which include Gardens and collections of herb gardens, container gardens, mixed borders, perennial borders, fire hydrant garden, landscape plants for wet sites, butterfly gardens and others to include turf grass plots.After your tour learn all about air layering. Air Layering is a method of propagating a plant by girdling or cutting part way into a stem or branch and packing the area with a moist medium, stimulating root formation so that the stem or branch can be removed and grown as an independent plant.
If you want to write your memoirs and don't know where to start, this class is a good place to begin. We will provide ideas and tips to get you started writing stories.
Beginning Origami (the art of Japanese paper folding) is for students with little or no experience. The first class will start with a brief history of this craft. Students will learn basic folding techniques, how to read diagrams, and follow (printed, verbal, and visual) instructions. There will be four sessions. The first week will be focused on basic skills needed to make simple folded paper objects. Each consecutive week will involve learning more challenging skills needed to make more complex products. Students will make a minimum of two origami objects per class, more if time allows. Solid color origami paper (7"x7") will be provided. Students may purchase fancier paper if desired. 7"x7"or larger origami paper is required. Mrs. Brooks taught art in the public schools for 30 years, and taught origami to numerous classes. She also taught origami to adult students in her home studio. This craft was always a favorite.
This class will be an introduction to Belly Dance (Middle Eastern Folk Dance) and will include a brief history. Belly dancing is an activity and an exercise class; muscle tone and flexibility will be improved.
Join us for an educational and engaging visit to the UNC Coastal Studies Institute located on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Learn about the research, projects and educational programs of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute through in depth tours, hands-on activities and on the water experiences at the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified state of the art research facility. For more information on the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, please visit: www.coastalstudiesinstitute.org.
This FREE, evidence-based 6-session workshop is open to all community members to include individuals with diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, COPD, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and other such chronic health conditions.
This FREE, evidence-based 6-session workshop is open to all community members who experience chronic pain, to include individuals with conditions, injuries, or health events that cause chronic pain - - e.g., diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart conditions, back strain, falls, heavy lifting, motor vehicle accidents, traumatic injuries, surgery, depression, kidney disease, and other such conditions, injuries, or health events.
Although an hour drive from Greenville to the Aurora Fossil Museum you will travel 28 million years back in time. George Powell is a local amateur paleontologist, and will be leading this trip. On this trip, you will see fossil remains of creatures that lived in Eastern North Carolina including: whales, walrus, seals, sharks, stingrays, and fish.
Many books of the Bible wonderfully emerge from the experience of ancient Israelites and early Christians with each other and their God. "Holy" Bible doesn't mean these writings are divorced from real world, thoroughly human experience. One dimension of that experience often overlooked is humor. We'll take a journey through both testaments to highlight how humor is utilized to communicate the teachings and experiences of these ancient peoples. Part of the presentation is based on my published research, where I provide a literary/psychological study of the parables and proverbs of Jesus. This approach yields some interesting results. There are some very good stories here! You will enjoy.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
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.
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. Topics will include - the art of debate, protecting our oceans, sustainability, illusion of skin color, how things work, nature, inventions, and climate change. We will utilize TED Talks to listen to a speaker and then discuss the topic at hand.
This course is designated for Lifelong Learning Members Only. To register for this course, please contact our office at 252-328-9198.
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Why do I need to know anything about this? Is it going to cost me any money? I don't need to know anything about computers and technology stuff so why should i care? Older adults especially need to know and understand how IoT devices are going to affect them. Many of you are using IoT devices and do not realize it. In tihs session, you will hopefully learn enough about the IoT to decide which of the devices you need and gain an understanding of which ones can be helpful to you.
Explore the annual cycle of Jewish holidays, with our only local Rabbi, at our only local Synagogue. Hear and experience rituals of Rosh Hashanah; Yom Kippur; Sukkot; Hanukah; Tu BiSh'vat; Purim; Passover; Shavuot, and such recently added holidays as Holocaust Commemoration Day and Israel Independence Day. Learn insights. Gain emotional and spiritual benefits of holiday rituals and history. Ask all the questions you have about any Jewish subject.
This American folk instrument, which was born in the Appalachian Mountains in the early 1800's, can be played "by numbers," by the most experienced musician or someone with little to no musical background. The instrument sits on your lap and only has 3 or 4 strings (this is not a hammered dulcimer). While many people have purchased this instrument in their travels through the mountains, many do not have the resources to learn to play. This is your opportunity to get out and see what it sounds like.
Lunar New Year is an important traditional holiday celebrated in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Join us for Luna New Year lunch and learn about the myths and traditions this centuries old festival.
Conversations about personal values and goals of care are the best way to ensure that your family and loved ones know what's most important to you should they ever have to represent your preferences for you. These conversations can be challenging to start. Now there's a tool that helps makes this more comfortable and can even be fun, a game called "Hello."*
This class is a commemoration of the one hundredth Anniversary of the "War to End All Wars" - World War I. It presents the final allied offensive of the war, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, that stretched along the western front and was fought 47 days, before the armistice on November 11, 1918. This was the largest battle of the United States military history with over one million American service personnel participating. Come and review their contributions to American history, their sacrifices, and their steps to victory.
This interactive multimedia exhibit will commemorate the centennial of US entry into World War I and focus on North Carolina's role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium.
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.
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.
Founded in 1934, Duke Gardens is now considered one of the top 10 public gardens in the United States. It features four distinct gardens, the Historic Gardens, including the popular Terrace Gardens, the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, a representation of the flora of the southeastern United States; the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, devoted to plants of eastern Asia; and the Doris Duke Center Gardens, including the new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden.
This demonstration style cooking class offers techniques on how to prepare quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy meals using Spice Bouquet rubs and seasonings. After the cooking demonstration, participants will enjoy a delicious meal.
Stocks may play a major roll as investors try to reach their long-term financial goals. This presentation shares basic information to help investors evaluate how this type of investment may fit into an overall strategy. Stocks: The Nuts and Bolts looks at common versus preferred stock, dividends, investment strategy, and different ways to own stock.
This four-part discussion series provides participants an opportunity to read and discuss short stories, poetry, and non-fiction pieces relating to various aspects of health and medicine. Assigned readings (provided) will explore a different topic each session: Friends and Family, The Experience of Illness, Disability, and Death and Dying. This is a group participation discussion course.
People love to hear, read, and share stories. Nowadays, it is critical to be able to convey your experiences and stories with a purpose. What makes a great storyteller is when you become the message and deliver your stories with impact. Whether audience is your children, friends, community members, employees, or leaders, the art of storytelling is a proven method that will help you inspire and influence others. In this program, the instructors will demonstrate techniques on how to better share stories that will have an impact on your audience. Students will learn through exercises that aim to build self-confidence and poise, connect with audiences and better express their unique style through storytelling.
This course will be a one-time lecture/image presentation on the history and development of Tansu, Japan's antique cabinetry tradition. Tansu embodies Japanese aesthetics and design, and is of interest to a wide general audience, including woodworkers and designers. These cabinets reflect the efforts of three craftsmen and were used by the merchant, samurai and farmer. They encompass some unique designs, such as the step-chest, a combination of stairs and storage. Tansu represents a furniture tradition not unlike our own colonial cabinetry, and highlight the cultural, political, and economic forces at play in 17th, 18th, and 19th century Japan. Examples of Japanese cabinetry will be on hand, and a discussion of design, construction, and restoration will follow.
The earliest examples of biowarfare. When Europeans invaded the Western Hemisphere, they brought with them far more than gunpowder; Small Pox, Measles and Mumps were also introduced. These three diseases killed more Native Americans than any of the invading forces and ultimately determined the conquest of the Americas. The use of these agents continued right up to modern times and still represent a major concern to health care workers and the military.
Using the journalist's basic approach to reporting news articles (whom, what, where, when, how, and why), plus interactive Q and A classroom discussion, we will analyze the Declaration of Independence from a historical and philosophical (logical) point of view to understand exactly what the document says and how it says it.
The purpose of this hands-on session is to demonstrate and help participants create a "stand alone" movie that can be run automatically with self-created slides, audio, video, automation, and transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint, leading to a ppsx-Read Only file.
This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam in historic and contemporary perspectives. Participants will learn the basic terms of Islamic jurisprudence, leading them to an understanding of Islam and the beliefs and practices of Muslims. Course topics include: reasons for understanding Islam, the life and ministry of Muhammad, the Qur'an, the central beliefs and principal practices, status of women in Islam, Muslim community in history, Muslim personal and communal life, and diversity in Islam.
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.
Vermiculture or worm farming has many benefits. It is very inexpensive, uses recycled ingredients and helps you grow healthy plants and vegetables. Worm castings or waste is a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer and soil conditioner. Worms can eat and break down many times their weight in organic materials like apple and banana peels, kitchen waste, and egg shells. Worm bins take up little space and can be kept in or outdoors year round. When properly maintained, they do not smell. In this course, you will learn how to create your own worm farm.
One hundred and fifty years after the war, new historical sources continue to emerge, and new events prompt us to see the past from new perspectives. Whether you are new to Civil War history or have studied it for many years, this course will offer fresh insights into the events of 1861-1865.
Who put the Pinta on the Santa Maria? There are many controversies regarding the origin of syphilis, or the Great Pox, and its' impact on history. During this session we will examine the effects of syphilis on humans, discuss whether the disease came from the Western Hemisphere or was already in Europe, and we will examine major historic figures who probably had syphilis. Today syphilis is again becoming a major health issue as antibiotic resistant strains emerge.
The "Talking With Your Doctor" presentation offers tips for how to prepare for a medical appointment, including a list of questions to ask your doctor; effectively discuss health concerns, including sensitive issues; coordinate assistance from family and friends; make decisions with the doctor about treatment; and much more. It has interactive activities to involve the audience and reinforcer some of the important points in the discussion and a list of resources on health and aging. The information in this presentation comes from the National Institute on Aging, a Federal agency that is part of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.In addition to this presentation the instructor will also provide information about the Brody School of Medicine's Office fo Clinical Skills Assessment and Education, including ways to get involved in medical education and skill development of future Brody students.