NIU Lifelong Learning Institute offers online courses for winter term


DEKALB — For more than 20 years, the NIU Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) has welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds to learn in a casual, non-competitive setting. The goal of LLI is to create a community of adults who wish to expand their horizons and connect with others who love learning.

Registration is now open for the winter 2022 LLI session. The winter session will take place online via Zoom, from Jan. 18 through Feb. 10, 2022. For just $25, participants may attend any or all of the six weekly sessions. Register at

The winter sessions cover a wide variety of topics. On Tuesday mornings, “Armchair Italy” will allow participants to virtually visit six of the most interesting historic sights of Sicily. On Tuesday afternoons, the LLI will host expert speakers, including NIU faculty, for the “Notables” lecture series.

On Wednesday mornings, participants will hear “Tales from Texas,” based on works by Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, Baxter Black and other writers. In the afternoon, they’ll explore the where and why of unusual place names, such as Dong, Frognot and Looneyville, and learn about how place names become official.

On Thursdays, participants will learn about “Women in Science” in the morning session and explore “The Gold Age of Radio” in the afternoon session. They’ll leave with a better understanding of the outstanding contributions of women in science, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as a new appreciation for the humorous, dramatic and thrilling programs of radio’s golden age.

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