Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, was founded in India 2,500 years ago. As Buddhism has spread and developed, it has taken on a different form influenced by diverse cultures but remains fundamentally the same. Dr. Robert Bunger will discuss the Buddhist personal spiritual path, saints and male and female Buddhas as inspirations.
Chinese civilization is remarkable not only for its age (over 4,000 years) but also for its continuity and ability to absorb and transform change. There lived in China two men whose influence is central to Chinese civilization and to the East Asian cultures. Lao Tzu, a mystic hermit librarian, and Confucius, his contemporary, a teacher, and civil servant. We will study their teachings and the resulting cultural transformations. Their philosophies are different yet complementary. We will examine how these ideas continue on in relevance in the modern world.
"In this Century the world seems to be very small and people can reach each other in a matter of minutes but at the same time culturally they are very far away. In order to live in harmony and peace with each other, we should know each other's culture and their way of life. We should know about our differences, and similarities, our life values, family life and whatever is important and significant to each culture. For this purpose, we chose representatives of eight cultures (Afghanistan, Bosnia, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, India, Pakistan and Sudan) to come and talk about their cultures and the participants will ask questions. "
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.
This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.
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.

At Greenville's only Synagogue, Congregation Bayt Shalom, with Greenville's only Rabbi, Harley Karz-Wagman, explore Jewish customs and traditions.
This course is a brief overview of the evolutionary history of the universe. It is meant to introduce participants to information available today that was not readily available to our generation during our school-age years. It is information our grandchildren are learning in their biology, geology, astronomy, and anthropology classes.
Of necessity, early settlers gardened. In addition to growing food, sources of drink, medicine, preservatives, dye sources, and fibers, colonials grew "for pretty".
Do you know when you're down South? What makes the South a distinct cultural region within the USA? Is southern food part of the answer? How is "being southern" similar for such diverse groups as African Americans and Jewish Americans? How has southern culture shaped the region's political history? Has southern distinctiveness almost faded away today? Are southerners the only group to whom "politically-correct" limitations on humor do not apply?