LifeLong Learning

The Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning offers peer-to-peer learning in 4-6 week classes in the Fall and Winter/Spring semesters.  You can attend any classes or facilitate one in the future.

The Winter 2023 classes are summarized below. All classes will be held at The Riley Center for Livable Communities, room 176 Lockwood Drive unless otherwise specified below. Registration is online at
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Once you register for Winter Term ($40), you will receive a form allowing you to sign up for any or all of the following eight courses. Dates for individual classes vary according to presenters’ schedules and room availability, but they will be held between February 14 and March 24. For more information check the CALL Winter 2023 Catalog or email

Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning
Winter 2023 Schedule


10 AM to 11:30 AM – Patton’s 3rd Army, Feb. 21, 28, March 7
Bill Cosgrove: “Patton’s Third Army: Combat Operations in the European Theatre of Operations 1944-45; three 90-minute presentations focusing on the combat stories of WW2 veterans interviewed as part of the Witness to War program. Tuesday mornings, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7, The Riley Center

12:30 to 2 PM – Learn Programming by Making Games in Scratch, Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21.
Bob Irving: “Learn Programming by Making Games in Scratch”. This course will walk you through the basics of programming in an engaging and simple way. You will learn the basics as you create your own video game. We will use the completely free online platform called Scratch, which is made for people of all ages to learn the basics of programming while building their own creations. You will need to bring a laptop! Tuesday afternoons, The Riley Center


10 AM to 11:30 AM – Physics, Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22
John Preston: “Natural Philosophy from Stonehenge to Gamma Rays: The Almost No Math Physics Class.” This course teaches physics concepts, refuting the idea that you can’t understand physics without math. Six classes, Wednesday mornings, 10 AM, The Riley Center.

12:30 to 2 PM – Osa & Martin Johnson, Zoom Only, March 1, 8, & 22
Russ Hutchins: “Osa and Martin Johnson, Explorers & Adventurers”, three 90-minute presentations about the couple and the places and cultures they documented in film, many now gone, to be presented via Zoom. Wednesday afternoons, March 1, 8 & 22nd. Via Zoom only.


10 AM to 11:30 AM – Constitution, Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23
Vince McGuire, The U.S. Constitution: Government without Politics. We will discuss the framers’ principles and ideas, along with readings from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and a few select Federalist papers, Thursday mornings, 10 AM, Riley Center.

12:30 to 2 PM – Telescopes, Feb. 23, March 2, 9 & 23
John Barth, To See What Man Has Never Seen Before: Galileo to James Webb, 4 sessions. Explore man’s quest to see more of the universe from Galileo’s simple refractory telescope to today’s James Webb Space telescope. See the other sections of the electromagnetic spectrum and how we can see so much more beyond the visible light with our naked eyes. Learn how technology and science have enabled us to see what man has never seen before, Thursday afternoons, The Riley Center.


10 am to 11:30 AM – Reader’s Theatre, Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17 & 24
Diana Barth, Reader’s Theatre, all the drama without memorization, costuming and scenery. This term’s focus: “A Man for All Seasons,” Robert Bolt’s play about Sir Thomas More, a man of conscience in defiance of the pressures of his times. 6 weeks, Friday mornings, ECPI University, Room 214, 3800 Paramount Drive, N. Charleston

12:30 to 2 PM – Banned Books, Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24.
Diana Barth, Banned Books & Censorship, a look at what’s been banned and why, with discussion about censorship incorporated into the curriculum, Friday Afternoons, 6 weeks, ECPI University, Room 214, 3800 Paramount Drive, N. Charleston.