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The Harper College Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) provides high-quality educational opportunities to learners aged 50+ in our community through a self-sustaining program. LLI members enjoy great discussions, innovative classes and new friendships. Click here to learn more about LLI.

Through our partnership with the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA), we are pleased to offer the following courses at Barrington’s White House, 145 West Main Street, Barrington. Click here for registration information.

Spring 2019 LLI Course Schedule at Barrington’s White House

Click on the links below to learn more and to register:

The 27 Amendments of the U.S. Constitution: Thursdays, 1/24-1/31, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Over 11,700 proposed amendments have been introduced in the U.S. Congress. Only 27 have been adopted. We have corrected oversights and omissions (e.g. how many terms a President may serve), we have responded to social pressure (e.g. granting women’s suffrage), we have clarified delicate situations (e.g. how do we determine if a President is unable to serve) and in one case reversed a mistake (cancelling prohibition). We all know the first 10 as “The Bill of Rights” but the stories behind all 27 are fascinating and important. Join Professor Gary Midkiff for a study of our constitutional amendments.

Checking in on Germany’s Current Affairs: Thursday, 2/7,  1:30-3:30 p.m.

After the last German elections and their upsetting results, it took almost six months until Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to create a new coalition government. Last spring Europe’s most populous nation was taken by surprise when the Trump administration threatened high tariffs on luxury cars and other products made in Germany. Add to that the challenging integration of Muslim refugees and the disappointment of many East Germans over unequal living conditions thirty years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall – no wonder the country is currently experiencing turbulent times. Join Germany Expert Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of her home country’s current affairs!

You Are What You WriteThursday, 4/4,  1:30-3:30 p.m.

This class will cover the history of graphology followed by the basic principles of handwriting analysis. Dr. Kissane will share her years of expertise. She will collect handwriting samples from each member of the audience and . as she speaks, illustrate her points with aspects of these handwriting samples. The class will be supplied with paper, pen and be told what to write. After an hour of interactive learning, she will answer individual questions that were not raised during the presentation. Due to time constraints, she will not be able to provide an extended analysis of any one person’s writing sample.

Telling My Story: Thursdays, 4/25-5/2,  1:30-3:30 p.m.

Create a legacy for future generations by writing your life stories. You don’t need to be a writer to record your experiences, just bring your memories. Laura Ehrke will provide a list of questions and prompts to get you started, as well as sharing writing tips to tell your tales in full detail. After class, submit your stories to be included in an online showcase on our LLI website. All stories related to Barrington will be archived in the Barrington Area Library’s Local History collection, where you may also choose to record your stories on audio or video. Class meets April 25th and May 2nd 2019.

History of the 7 Barrington SuburbsThursday, 5/9,  1:30-3:30 p.m.

This talk covers the fascinating history of the seven sister suburbs of the Barrington area. It is a social history with rich anecdotes, ranging from heartfelt to humorous, with a few scandalous stories along the way. Author Dr. Sharon Kissane has conducted extensive research on the area, including over 400 interviews of Barrington-area residents and the reading of hundreds of articles and all available books relevant to the subject matter.

The Presidency of Harry TrumanThursdays, 5/23-30,  1:30-3:30 p.m.

A compromise choice for Vice President, Truman was pulled onto the international stage with little experience and no preparation. And yet during his nearly two full terms in office he faced every problem head on, made momentous decisions in a collegial manner, acted both tactically (e.g. Berlin airlift) and strategically (e.g. NATO), and when faced with a constitutional crisis (i.e. MacArthur’s challenge to his Presidential authority) made the correct decision in the correct way. Truman faced more significant challenges while President than any other President (except Lincoln). Our appreciation of him grows every year. This is a 2 part class running 5/23/19 and 5/30/19.


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