Lifelong Learning

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Charleston Academy for 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.

Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning
Winter Term Catalog 2023

All classes will be held at The Riley Center for Livable Communities, 176 Lockwood Drive unless otherwise specified below. Registration is online at or in person at the Center for Creative Retirement’s Monday lectures. 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 email


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
        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, 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 AM, The Riley Center or ECPI.

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, Tuesday Afternoons, 6 weeks, The Riley Center or ECPI.

If you would like to facilitate a class in the future, please email or CALL Coordinator Diana Barth at

Who We Are

The Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning is a program offered by the College of Charleston Center for Creative Retirement (CCR). CCR sponsors Monday afternoon lectures at the ECPI University building on Paramount Drive in North Charleston. You can learn more about CCR and/or register to join the organization at  The cost to join CCR is $50 annually.

The Charleston Academy for Lifelong Learning requires a separate registration. You can join C.A.L.L.’s Fall Term online at a cost of $40 per term. For that amount, which funds the program, members may take as many of this term’s six offerings as they choose. 

 CALL is also on Facebook at

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