Main Menu

Lifelong Learning program announces fall schedule, August 31 preview event

ISSUED: 18 August 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program kicks off its fall semester Monday, September 14, with a series of classes and brown bag lectures that runs through November 18. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, all classes and lectures will occur online using the Zoom platform. A course preview event will take place online Monday, August 31, at 4:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear from the course instructors about their classes.

Longtime favorite instructors are returning with new offerings in Short Stories with Sara Smith and Roger Bernstein, Opera with David Rampy, Creative Writing with Lee Doty, Psychology with Marty Amerikaner, Shakespeare with Pam Curtis, and 1960s with Mark Kohut.

This semester offers a particularly strong lineup of history courses, including History of Medicine, Modern History, 16th Century Christianity, Alexander Hamilton vs. Wall Street, and Methodology for Writing a Historical Novel. Science courses and lectures include Rocket Science, Bodies in Motion and Gravitational Fields, CRISPR Gene Editing, Psychology for Today, and Crisis Awareness and Resilience Experiences.

Election-year focused courses will include Rumors, Lies, and Logic and From Policy to Positive Law. Self-improvement courses offered this semester are Creating a More Fulfilling Retirement and Higher Education through Development of Emotional Intelligence.

The Lifelong Learning program also plans to facilitate national and international tours in 2021 including Celtic Roots: Highlands and the Hebrides, Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park, Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul, Rome and the Amalfi Coast, and South Africa Adventure.

Courses generally last six-weeks, although there some are shorter and some are longer. Lifelong Learning also offers one-time Brown Bag Lectures. Attendance in courses requires an annual membership starting at $85 per year plus class fees, which includes free Brown Bag Lectures.

Lifelong Learning is a volunteer, member-driven program dedicated to offering stimulating academic courses and activities to the community. For additional information and to register, visit  or contact Karen Rice, director, at or 304-876-5135.

— 30 —