Ageless Learning Seminars

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Meramec | Wildwood | Center for Workforce Innovation | Off-Site

Informative, historical and fun presentations designed to open a world of knowledge to continue your lifelong learning. Open to the general public and free of charge.

Program Contact

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

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Please call 314-984-7777 to register for classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

Ageless Learning Seminars are offered to the public for free but registration is required. Registration opens Aug. 19.

Seminars offered at Missouri History Museum:

SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

  • The St. Louis Mystery: Hoax or Literary Phenomena?
  • The Story of Archer Alexander
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Charles Lindbergh: Hero or Hypocrite?
  • The 60’s in St. Louis: 1760s, 1860s and 1960s
  • 1904 World’s Fair
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • Secrets of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI 
  • The German Heritage Corridor
  • African American History at Bellefontaine
  • St. Louis and Missouri Political History
  • The First Congress
  • Gone With the Wind: The Author, the Movie, the Secret
  • World War I Veterans of St. Louis
  • From Extras to Bulletins! The Power of the Press and Media in St. Louis History
  • George Washington’s Cabinet 
  • Missouri’s Statehood
  • St. Louis’ Cultural Landmarks
  • John Marshall: The Creation of the Supreme Court

Seminars offered at STLCC campuses:

Are You New to Medicare?

Are you nearing Medicare eligibility? Come discover tips about Medicare enrollment, differences between Medicare Advantage and Medigaps, how to choose a part D plan and methods to protect your benefits. Small class setting supports questions from participants. Class is presented by CLAIM, a nonprofit organization providing information about Medicare to Missourians. All of CLAIM’s services are free, unbiased and confidential. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this seminar opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

A Fashion Revolution

During much of fashion history-from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 20th century-women’s clothing was cumbersome and restrictive with tight-laced corsets, stiff petticoats and long, full skirts. But for one brief period, from about 1790 to 1820, everything changed. An extraordinary revolution in fashion freed women from corsets, full skirts, flounces and frills. Come learn about the social, political and cultural forces that influenced a change in women’s dress and in the process, discuss some broader questions on the purpose of clothing, who or what decides what is fashionable and why you dress the way you do. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

St. Louis Libraries of All Types

Our libraries come in all shapes and sizes. They serve communities. They serve institutions of learning. They can be free or by subscription. You can borrow a book, a rake, a French DVD, a guitar or a telescope. St. Louis hosts 12 Carnegie libraries. There is a library in the city hidden underneath a basketball court. Plus, there are libraries focusing on medicine, railroads, individual towns and even a library that will reduce your library fee for every beer you drink! Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

The Wild West

The Old West - an exciting part of history - is closer to us in Missouri than really anywhere else! Come explore Dodge City, James Gang, outlaws, lawmen, Great Plains Indians, gunfights, the gateway to the west and the history and stories of our western heritage. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

The Revolutionary War at Sea

More colonial troops died on ships than on land. Sea power determined whether the colonies would gain their independence or not. Join us to discover how the British, Americans and French conducted the Revolutionary War at sea and about three St. Louis cannons with ties to a British frigate that tried to bombard Charleston, South Carolina in 1776. Explore the beginnings of submarine warfare and learn about a tiny island (smaller than Kirkwood, Missouri) that was pivotal in our defeat of the British. Finally, hear how John Paul Jones apologized to the British after the Revolutionary War. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

Mindfulness: The Science and Practice Beyond the Hype

Mindfulness, a state of awareness and a way of processing information, has been linked with a variety of psychological benefits. These include stress reduction, increases in working memory and improved emotional well-being, among others. Mindfulness has grown immensely in popularity, and with this growing awareness comes the possibility of misunderstanding and misapplication. In this lecture, Sophia Pierroutsakos, Ph.D., professor of Psychology, will discuss the benefits of mindfulness. She will also share strategies guests can use to train their brains to be mindful in their daily lives. Program is free but registration is required. Light refreshments and open seating starting at 6:30 p.m. Lecture will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

Foods of Italy

For those planning a trip to Italy or those who would like to, join us on a virtual gastronomic trip across the ocean for a slideshow tour and enjoy a glimpse of the diverse regional cuisines of Italy. From the arancini of Sicily to bagna càuda of Piedmont, you’ll discover the splendor of some of Italy’s regional gastronomic favorites. Andiamo! Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

Neuroplasticity: Protecting and Rewiring Your Brain

Up until the 1960s, researchers believed that changes in the brain could only take place during infancy and childhood. By early adulthood, it was believed that the brain’s physical structure was, for the most part, permanent. Modern research has demonstrated that the brain continues to create new neural pathways and alter existing ones in order to adapt to new experiences, learn information and create memories. Come join us as Syed Chowdhury, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, shares his own research data, recent studies and current findings in the interesting yet vastly enigmatic field of neuroscience. From this lecture, you will gain a greater understanding of how brain functions can be improved and preserved as well as concerns related to abnormal plasticity. Light refreshments and open seating starting at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

Debbie Reynolds

Take a walk through the outstanding career of Debbie Reynolds-a legend in her own right, from her big break in “Singin’ in the Rain” to the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” and everything in between, including her marriage to Eddie Fisher and her incredible Hollywood memorabilia collection. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

Cary Grant

From his very early years in film with Mae West, throughout his madcap acrobatic and comedic roles with such notables as Irene Dunne, Katherine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell,come take a fascinating journey through all of Cary Grant’s remarkable life as a true movie star and leading man. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

The 25 Secrets of Bogart and Bergman’s “Casablanca”

Return to Rick’s Café American for one more night of romance, intrigue and discovery into one of the world’s most powerful films. Fans and newbies alike will gain new insight into behind-the-scenes workings of World War II Hollywood and the enduring legends of love and liberty that they created. Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

The Director’s Cut: Frank Capra

Join us for a captivating reflection on this Oscar-winning, Italian-born director whose movies embodied humor, sympathy and American goodwill. With over five decades of memorable films from which to choose, such as “It Happened One Night” to the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” you’ll be in Hollywood heaven. A very special tribute to a very special director! Program is free but registration is required. Registration for this program opens 8/19.
SENR:702 | 1 session | NO FEE

 

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