Lifelong Learning Institute


This class examines ways spiritualism was considered a legitimate response to 19th century theological challenges. It will focus on how women took leadership roles within the movement and how it is connected to today's reform movements-including women's rights. We will also discuss how spiritualism gives rise to the entertainment culture and spirit photography.

Friday, October 16, 2020, WDC*D140
This class will review the outbreak by discussing the afflicted and accused, and the role judges played in accelerating the affair. The trials causes and controversies will be analyzed. We will explore the community and causation, the social context of witchcraft, how gender and ethnicity played a role, the legal aspects, and the legacy of the trials.

Friday, October 30, 2020, WDC*D140
This class will explore the initial discovery and more about the man who started it all. We will discuss types of mining, the miners' successes and failures, camp life and mining towns, racial and ethnic tensions, and impacts to local indigenous peoples. Come learn why all that glitters is not gold.

Friday, November 13, 2020, WDC*D140
This course provides a broad look at the overall March to the Sea. We will discuss Sherman's overall strategic plan; follow the army through the long march; learn about the expectation of the soldiers; and the relationships with southern whites and blacks. Finally, we will consider the ways that Sherman and his march are remembered after the war.

Friday, December 11, 2020, WDC*D140
Whether you are considering a 3D printer in the future or you would just like to experience this exciting technology in action, this class is for you. You will learn where to find 3D files and how to create your own 3D models for printing.

Monday, October 12, 2020, TECH*V115
Monday, November 9, 2020, TECH*V115
Monday, November 30, 2020, TECH*V115
Designed to serve as an introduction to 3D printing technology, this three-week workshop will provide you with the opportunity to print your own simple 3D project. Learn about the software involved in 3D printing, internet resources and experience the KCC Innovation Lab in this hands-on class.

September 14-28, 2020, TECH*V115
Learn how to use a laser engraver and practice engraving wood, acrylic, paper, cardboard, leather and more. This class will cover creating digital files compatible with a laser cutter. Each student will have the opportunity to create a small project as they learn the laser cutting process from start to finish.

Monday, November 23, 2020, TECH*V115
In this introductory class, you'll learn about different types of voiceovers and the tools you need to find success. The facilitator is a working voice actor who will take notes as you read a real script, and offer some coaching to improve your delivery

Thursday, October 1, 2020, WDC*D124
Discussion of current events in an online setting between individuals from diverse walks of life with the purpose of understanding what is happening in our country. No political discussion. The goal of the discussions are increased understanding. We welcome newcomers. Moderator is a Retired RN, with a degree in Healthcare Administration. Sharing research and thoughts should aid in more informed voting. Moderator has a degree in Healthcare Administration and worked for 35 years as a nurse. The group meets virtually via Zoom or Webex. Before the first session begins, you will be emailed a link to join the online discussion.Discussion of current events in a relaxed setting between individuals from diverse walks of life with the purpose of understanding what is happening in our country.

September 9, 2020 to December 16, 2020, Online Course
This is an introductory course to playing guitar in a group setting, intended for students without prior knowledge of the instrument. You'll learn music notation and tablature for guitar, fingering for basic open chords, interpreting basic chord symbols, right hand strumming techniques and styles, playing simple song melodies, use of chords as accompaniment, and right hand picking technique.

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Join this live virtual webinar as we ponder the fate of the Bourbonnais Grove natives leading to their eventual move west of the Mississippi. Role playing will include local French trader Noel LeVasseur. The class will be recorded to promote local history investigations in the future.

Friday, October 23, 2020, Online Course
Is there a historical fiction book (or book series) that has made an impact on you? Please join us as we share historical fiction authors and books that helped us learn about our world. Enjoy a discussion and go home with a new list of authors and books to enjoy.

This course contains no sessions
Discover over 200 ways to travel free while having the time and money to travel as much as you want. Earn free airline tickets, hotel nights, and tours in the USA and worldwide! Topics will include volunteering, fun work-vacations, paid travel and remote work opportunities. You also will learn important travel tips on health and safety to prepare you for the new travel normal, including the best places to travel, travel insurance, and what to do if you fall sick.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, Online Course
Waterfalls have attracted humans for as long as we have been on our planet. Their mesmerizing effect, sheer beauty and raw power draw us to them. Illinois has a large number of waterfalls, many of which are easily accessible on public land.

Friday, November 13, 2020, Online Course
This live webinar is vital for anyone who works with dementia and needs skills and proven strategies to provide optimal care. Learn the assessment tools and critical interventions you need to identify and differentiate between dementias, prevent and reduce difficult behaviors, and improve your ability to communicate with cognitively impaired patients. This seminar will offer practical solutions to some of the most challenging real-life situations you face.

Friday, September 11, 2020, Live Webinar
Join us for this virtual chat with author Tracy Brogan. Brogan will share her personal journey from aspiring writer to Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling novelist with more than 3 million copies sold. She'll explain how the grain of an idea grows into a full-fledged story, what inspires her, how she deals with writer's block and themes she loves to explore in her work.

Thursday, September 17, 2020, Live Webinar
Genome editing is a technology that allows scientists to add, remove or otherwise alter DNA at particular locations in the genome. One type of gene editing is called CRISPR-Cas9. This technique has scientists excited for applications because it is faster and cheaper, as well as more accurate and efficient than previously used genome editing methods. This presentation will discuss what this technique is, how it can be used therapeutically and discuss any ethical concerns with the technology.

Friday, October 2, 2020, Online Course
Join Barb Bancroft for his fascinating webinar overview of zoonoses and the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Topics will include how these happen, how to stop them and how we can be better prepared for the next global pandemic. This is a "can't miss" webinar for everyone interested in the current situation and how to prevent a repeat.

Friday, September 18, 2020, Live Webinar
Gain helpful tips in order to work more efficiently within an excel spreadsheet. You will begin with covering the basic functions of a worksheet, types of cell entries, selecting ranges, as well as copying and moving data. You will then review formatting functions and be shown helpful tricks when working with and creating charts. Common keyboard shortcuts will also be shared. This seminar is scheduled for approximately an hour and will be presented in an online format. So grab your lunch and login from the comfort of your home or office.

Thursday, December 3, 2020, Live Webinar
Word is packed with a multitude of features that can help make the creation of documents, reports and text files easier. Begin with reviewing basic document templates, page layout, and formatting. From there you will cover features such as auto text, macros, printing envelopes and labels, as well as utilizing proof reading tips. Common keyboard shortcuts will also be shared.

Thursday, October 8, 2020, Live Webinar
This webinar provides an update an overview on the pathophysiology of cancer -- how it starts, how it spreads, the role of oncogenes, the role of the environment (Viruses, hormones, chemicals, etc.) as well as other facts and tidbits about the growth and differentiation of cells. Specific cancers to be discusses include breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, hematologic malignancies, brain tumors and gastrointestinal cancers.

Friday, November 6, 2020, Live Webinar
Throughout history and across cultures, women have faced innumerable challenges and injustices. We're taking a moment to recognize a few of these women who overcame adversity, broke through barriers, and changed the world.Join Maggie Wolf in this virtual discussion conducted via Zoom or Webex. Maggie has an advanced degree in history and is KCC's Director of Adult Education.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Online Course