Lifelong Learning

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Charleston Area Lifelong Learning (CALL) provides an opportunity to go back into a classroom with your peers, to facilitate a class or just to learn. It’s a great way to make new friends. You can choose to be on either side of the desk as experts share a lifetime of knowledge and experience with their peers. See the “Who We Are” section below to learn more about us.

The CALL FALL 2022 SCHEDULE will be announced in September 2022. Below is last semester’s schedule to show the breadth of topics that may be offered next semester.


CALL Winter Term Schedule 2022
February 15 through March 25
Registration is available online at
***All in-person classes are at the Riley Center, 176 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston ***


“Electricity, Magnetism, and Magic”; Facilitator: John Preston; five consecutive Tuesdays (Feb. 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15), 10 to 11:30 AM.  Format: In Person (vaccinated and/or masking required)

Course description:
For most people, the technological wonders that are part of our everyday life are inexplainable. Most of us are familiar with the fictional world of Hogwarts where Harry Potter and his friends are learning to master the magic that surrounds them every day. In this series of five classes, we employ a whimsical approach to learning the secret mysteries of electricity and magnetism from the perspective of students who aspire to learn the magic that surrounds us. Join me as we explore the truly magical world of electricity and magnetism with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor. Here is a preview.

“Recognizing Relationships”; Facilitator: John Preston; Tuesday, March 22 only, 10 to 11:30 AM. Format: In Person (vaccination and/or masking required)

Course description:
This one-time only presentation will provide a glimpse of how representing relationships through graphs leads to “the language that god talks”: calculus. It is designed to remove some of the mystery from that branch of mathematics. Initially prepared as part of John Preston’s previous math course “Thinking with Numbers”, this expanded offering focuses on understanding calculus. It was never presented due to the arrival of Covid 19. (It is open to everyone but is free to those who were registered for the previous course. Former math class registrants will receive an email allowing them to register without payment.)

“Women Spies in World War II”; Facilitator: Russ Hutchins; three consecutive Tuesdays (Feb. 15, 22 & March 1); 12:30 PM to 2 PM. Format: Virtual (Zoom) Only.

Course description:
Did you know that from 1939 to 1945 some 72 Allied women spies helped win WWII on the continents of Europe and Asia. Famous ladies like Audrey Hepburn, Julia Child, and Margaret Mead were spies. We will discuss how the ladies were selected and trained by both British and American spy organizations and their use of tools and gadgets. Come join us as we find out what was done to spy on the enemy and defeat the Nazis and Japanese.


“Fun Facts about the Birds of the Lowcountry”; Facilitator: Cale Shipman; six consecutive Wednesdays (Feb. 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23); One hour only, 10 to 11 AM; Format: Hybrid (in person (vaccinated, masked) or via Zoom.

Course description:
Join us as we learn about the birds we might expect to observe in and around our area. Be prepared to share your knowledge as part of this basic introduction to birding. The course will culminate in a field trip that should put our new awareness of the birds around us to the test.


“Intro To Improv Comedy”  Facilitator:  Susan Van Bavel, six consecutive Wednesdays, February 16, 23 & March 2, 9, 16, 23, 11:30 AM to 1 PM. Forum: In-Person (vaccinated, masked)

Course Description:  Get ready to learn how to create short funny scenes right off the top of your head. Learn how to work with a partner and have a great time doing it, all by joining this improv workshop. No experience needed. Anyone can learn how to do improv.

This special course, presented by Susan Van Bavel of Theatre 99, replaces the previously scheduled Reader’s Theatre course that would have been presented by Diana Barth.


“Memoirs Done Write”; Facilitator: Barbara “Archie” Burkel; five consecutive Thursdays (Feb. 17, 24 and March 3, 10 & 17; 10 to 11:30 AM. Forum: In Person (vaccinated and/or masked)

Course description:
Come and learn a simple, yet effective way to write your memoirs. Hat Lady Archie Burkel will provide students with the tools–and the motivation–to get writing.  This is a fun way to pass on family history, memorialize your recollection of a life-changing event, or more. Three ring binder and typing paper (circa $10) required.


“Desert Queen – The Life and Times of Gertrude Bell”: Facilitator: Diana Barth; five consecutive Fridays, February 25 & March 4, 11, 18, 25; 10-11:30 AM. Format: Hybrid (in person (vaccinated, masked) or via Zoom.

Course Description:
Come learn about Gertrude Bell as we read and discuss Janet Wallach’s biography Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia. This class will allow us to talk about both Bell’s extraordinary life and the explore the politics of the Middle East in the aftermath of WWI.

More information is available in the CALL Winter 2022 Catalog.

Who We Are: 

The Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) is a program offered by the College of Charleston Center for Creative Retirement.

  • Our classes are peer-to-peer and meet online and/or in person at the College of Charleston’s Riley Center for Livable Communities, 176 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston. Parking is plentiful and free.
  • Courses are online, in person, or a hybrid, i.e., a combination of both.
  • Classes meet weekly for anything from one to six weeks and are 90 minutes each, unless otherwise specified in the course description.
  • CALL offers fall, winter, and summer terms.
  • CALL participants pay $10 per course (a token amount to cover costs during the current pandemic).
  • Participants may register for any or all the courses offered that term. They will receive a confirmation with the time, place and a parking permit. If the course is offered online, they will also receive a Zoom link to that class.
  • As a peer-to-peer lifelong learning organization, we are always looking for facilitators with an interest or passion to share. We are now looking for a wide variety of courses for our Winter Term (Feb/Mar).

Register/Contact Us:

Registration is secure and online at  If you have any registration questions, email us at

 CALL is also on Facebook at

CALL Committee Chair Diana Barth can be reached at CAforLifelongLearning
The Riley Center for Livable Communities can be reached at (843)953-6103.

You do not have to be a member of CCR to take CALL classes. You can also reserve a spot in a class by mailing, completing payment and registration on the first day of class. Everyone who registers will receive an emailed confirmation.

If you want to be a part of the CALL committee, are interested in facilitating a class for future terms, or just want to ask a question, Email or CALL Coordinator Diana Barth at