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!


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 nearing Medicare eligibility 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 or costly problems.


This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.
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!


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 nearing Medicare eligibility 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 or costly problems.


This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.

Courses

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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Practical Communication Skills

This course can help you with clear speech, organizing your message effectively, being assertive instead of aggressive, listening effectively, and feeling comfortable speaking to a group.

Practical communication skills are those skills you need in everyday situations. Come join us for information, interaction, and practical skills that will help you navigate the everyday communication situations in your life.



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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.

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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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.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Do you get stumped with your computer? This beginners' course is intended to acquaint you with taking care of your Windows 10 operating system and learning to use all its features. We will not be digging deep into the workings of the operating system, just offering the information you really need to get the most form your system. Bring your laptop and your questions, as making sure you get the answers you really need will be a priority! 



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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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Biking is a great hobby and physical activity. Join our seasoned cyclist, Greg as we discover important pieces of information every bicyclist should know.


Thursday, April 4, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
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.



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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. We will start each class with a lesson on writing and using the elements of a story. We will write one story for each class session and read those stories. It's better than reading a book; because you are creating the book, with new pages every time you write a story.

Participants will be provided with a spiral bound copy of stories compiled by this class as the end of the semester.



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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.



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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.


Friday, April 12, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
In 2018, the NC Durable Power of Attorney statute was significantly modified and updated. The course will detail why a Durable Power of Attorney is such an important legal document and discuss the 2018 changes to the law and how/whether they affect those with an existing Durable Power of Attorney. 


Friday, March 29, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you'll play. It may be as simple as driving your loved one to doctors' appointments or to get groceries, leading to more complex tasks, such as preparing meals or handling finances.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
In this workshop we will explore how to use up the scraps left over from other sewing jobs. Bring your sewing machine, iron, scissors, rotary cutter, mat, and of course, your scraps.


April 24, 2019 to May 8, 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.

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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The Virtual Dementia Tour is a hands-on exercise that allows participants to experience what it would be like to live with dementia.


Friday, May 10, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church, Parlor Room
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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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.


Thursday, April 11, 2019, College of Nursing, Health Science Building Room 1150
The name Cajun is a corruption of the word Acadian. Cajuns are the descendants of French-speaking Acadians. Several thousand French-speaking refugees from the region of Acadie (now Nova Scotia, Canada) made their way to Louisiana after being expelled in 1755 by the newly ascendant British, and sent penniless from their home territory. 


Thursday, April 4, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Do you have an interest in learning to cook recipes from other cultures? In this course, we will make both an Afghan and Bosnian dish.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Grace Church
Do you often see or hear a bird and wish you knew what it is or could identify it by name? This course will help you learn more about our feathered friends.



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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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Many people have seen a Mountain Dulcimer during a vacation to the Appalachian Mountains, they may even have one displayed on the wall or discretely stored under a bed, but many are unaware of the ancestry of this uniquely American folk instrument. In addition to exploring the dulcimer's history and how it moved from being a regional to a national instrument, the course will discuss the people involved in its development and demonstrate the music traditionally played on the Mountain Dulcimer.



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The heart and circulatory system both have complex functions. This course will start with the basic; the parts of the heart and how they work including structure and function; and the circulatory system. Once we better understand the heart, we will discuss the importance of heart health, unique features of the heart, and heart diseases and their effects.


May 7-28, 2019, ECU Heart Institute
Holistic, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Health: The What and Why. Perhaps you've heard of some of these practices or know someone who has experienced them and have questions but didn't know who to ask.


Monday, March 4, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Normal aging or dementia? In this course we will explore the natural brain changes that occur in older adults and compare them for changes that occur with types of dementia.



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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.


April 4-18, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Decorating for the holidays can be fun and exciting, and having handmade decorations adds to the enjoyment. This course will help you make no-sew bunnies for Easter; no-sew spiders, and ghost and pumpkin garland for Halloween, felt Christmas trees for Christmas. These projects also make great gifts.


Saturday, March 23, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This four-session course will be a mini course in cultural anthropology.


April 5, 2019 to May 3, 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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In this course, we will explore the basic features of the iPad: the home screen, dock, applications, opening and closing apps, rearranging and deleting apps, the multi-tasking bar, settings and a few other features. We'll even cover a few tips and tricks: hidden special characters, adding PDF's to your iPad, controlling notifications, and more.


March 7-14, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
For over 3,000 years, since Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Jews have often called themselves
the "ever dying people." Philosopher Simon Rawidowicz wrote, just after the Holocaust,
that an "ever-dying people" means an "ever resilient people."



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Everyone wants a healthy brain! Cognitive decline is one of the most feared consequences of aging, but it is not necessarily inevitable.



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Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most beautiful resources in North Carolina. The lake is located near the center of Hyde County, just west of the Outer Banks.


Friday, May 17, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
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."*


April 16-23, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Take control of your medication, starting with this class. As we continue to increase the number of prescription medications on the market and the number we consume, there can be increases in medication errors, and side effects can potentially be life-threatening.



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The QAR Conservation Lab in Greenville, N.C. has opened its doors for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the exciting work being done at our facility! We conserve, document, and investigate the artifacts recovered from the shipwreck identified as the pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab
Join us for a private wine tasting where we will learn proper tasting techniques as well as what makes a great wine.


Friday, March 22, 2019, Firefly Wine Shop
Join Dr. Margaret D. Bauer, ECU Professor and Rives Chair of Southern Literature and recipient of the 2017 North Carolina Award for Literature, as she discusses Elaine Neil Orr's Swimming Between Worlds.


Thursday, March 14, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Technology companies have finally discovered that senior citizens are an under served market. Too many seniors are hesitant to try technology assisting devices; fearful they will not understand how the device functions and what it does.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Well, they're not really lost. Dr. Mercer has many of them on his bookshelf. They are,
however, not very well known.


Thursday, March 28, 2019, Cypress Glen Retirement Community, Auditorium
Through commissioned portraits, famous works of art, political cartoons, and feature-length films, learn how Marie Antoinette is a very misunderstood historical figure. This
presentation will discuss how these misconceptions have come to be ingrained in the
public's perception of her.



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The "divided" years after the German invasion of France in 1940 will be explored with
excerpts from the documentary La France Divise.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Is this one of the most turbulent and divisive periods in American history? The media and social scientists are inclined to say "yes". However, the intellectually keen observer of American politics Jon Meacham has offered a more cautionary view.


March 20-27, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
With over 16 acres of gardens, the Tryon Palace gardens are some of most known gardens in state of North Carolina. Designed by Morley Williams, who assisted with restorations of gardens at both Mount Vernon and Stratford Hall, the gardens are designed in the Colonial Revival style that was widely popular in the mid-20th century. Stroll through the gardens at your own pace and admire the spring blooms.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Upcycling, or the method of recycling something into an object of higher value, is becoming quite the trend. The website Pinterest is a great resource for such projects.



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French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo's life story, with spectacular shifts in status and fortune, is in some ways not so different from that of his Les Misrables hero, Jean Valjean.


Thursday, April 25, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This interactive presentation will include information about the latest in dementia care, types and progression of dementia, and answer your question, "What is Alzheimer's and what is dementia?" Attend to become a more empowered caregiver to help both the person with dementia and yourself.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019, ECU Heart Institute
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.



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The twentieth century American philosopher Alfred North Whitehead described all philosophy as footnotes to Plato. Why was Plato so important, even now?


Monday, April 29, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H