Our vision is to become a premier adult learning institute serving as a regional resource for any adult who wants to maintain an active mind and demonstrates a love of learning.
DavidsonLearns seeks to enhance the intellectual life of adults by providing a selection of challenging, diverse, and relevant educational courses and events, and, in so doing, form a community of learners. It is our belief that educational and cultural experiences provide a common ground where people come together with shared goals, expectations and vulnerabilities.
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Our Executive Director featured in ROAD SCHOLAR Newsletter
The ROAD SCHOLAR Newsletter's June 2016 issue led with and LLI Spotlight interview with Amy Diamond, our Executive Director, talking about her experiences with DavidsonLearns among other topics. Click here to read the full article.
Spring 2016 message from our Executive Director
As DavidsonLearns completes another term I am reflecting on all that we have accomplished in 4 short years. Our foundation will always be the courses we offer and I am very proud of what we have been able to bring to our participants. The range of classes has been wide and deep, the instructors have been excellent and the enthusiasm palpable. Evaluations repeatedly sing the praises of the teachers but they also stress the joy of interacting with other curious and motivated adults. Discussions are lively! Often participants come to the class with lots of life experiences and a knowledge base that enriches the class for everyone.
We have also become a valued part of the community we serve. We have partnered with Davidson College, Friends of the Arts, Davidson Lifeline, Read Davidson, Temple Kol Tikvah and the Town of Davidson to bring exciting events to the community. Some noteworthy examples: a sculpture walk with Dr. Shaw Smith during the April is for Art celebration, helping bring the acclaimed Southern author Lee Smith to town for a wonderful book talk and sponsoring one of the Concerts on the Green. Working together with other organizations is a natural way to extend our influence and reach more people.
But above and beyond all of this is the joy I feel when I see the community that has emerged. I see groups that are still meeting years after their class to discuss their writing, a group going to a B and B in SC to reconnect after bonding during a very powerful memoir class and a group going to Davidson College to participate with some student presentations. This is the value of DavidsonLearns! We are indeed creating a place where lifelong learning and community come together..
I hope you will join us-
Special Event A History of Davidson Basketball: The McKillop Years
On April 28th at 7:00PM DavidsonLearns, River Run Country Club, and Will Cannon(2002) of Parker Poe presented the second one night special event on the history of basketball at Davidson College. Eddie Nicholson drew on his extensive Davidson Basketball archive, including interviews and video clips, to cover a quarter century of the McKillop era.
Attendance was free for members of DavidsonLearns and $15 for non-members. Beverages and heavy hors d'oeuvres were served prior to the talk.
Special event: A History of Davidson College Basketball
On Thursday, November 6th at 6:30PM DavidsonLearns and the River Run Country Club, with additonal support from Parker Poe, presented a special one night event on the history of basketball at Davidson College. Eddie Nicholson drew on his extensive archive to recall six decades of Davidson basketball before the McKillop era.
Attendance was free for members of DavidsonLearns and $10 for non-members.
Screening of If a Tree Falls with the Davidson Film Club
On Saturday, September 13, at 7:00PM DavidsonLearns and the Davidson Film Club hosted a screening of the Oscar nominated documentary film, If a Tree Falls at the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. Marshall Curry, the film's director gave a brief introduction and answered questions after the show.
Admission was free for DavidsonLearns members and $6 for non-members.
Community Pint Night for DavidsonLearns at Summit Coffee Shop
Summit Coffee hosted a Community Pint Night on Wednesday, August 20th for DavidsonLearns. We thank them for their support!
Pictures and Video from DavidsonLearns' A Sculpture Walk Event with Dr. Shaw Smith
DavidsonLearns' instructor, Dr. Shaw Smith has given free walking tours of sculptures on the Davidson College campus as part of the April is for the Arts gallery crawl. We have a short video and pictures on our facebook page.
DavidsonLearns is proud to have been a part of April is for the Arts
Video of a DavidsonLearns Class Backstage on the Providence Gap set
Click here to see Jim Nash leading a tour of Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall for the DavidsonLearns course "The Music and Making of Providence Gap".
Jean Berg on the DavidsonLearns Experience
There are usually two sides to every issue; for me with DavidsonLearns, there are three. I will explain.
When DavidsonLearns began, I joined. I am a member. That opened doors not only for classes at a reduced rate, but offered opportunities to attend gatherings with the board and class instructors. Then I enrolled in two classes which I found hugely stimulating and enjoyable along with meeting interesting people I now consider good friends. I was a student.
This past cycle I had the privilege to lead a class. Or, in my case, I served as facilitator for the class “It’s My Story and I’m Stickin’ to it.” I was an instructor. The students’ life stories brought vitality, wisdom and humor to our meetings and some very fine writing emerged.
I plan to continue as an active participant and lifetime learner. Please join us.
Dr. Fred Smith on teaching a DavidsonLearns course
Dr. Fred Smith talks about his experience teaching a DavidsonLearns course in DavidsonNews.net blog posting: "COLLEGE BY DAY, DavidsonLearns BY NIGHT". Click here and scroll down to Dr. Smith's picture.
DavidsonLearns and Amy Diamond, our Executive Director, are featured in "An Active Mind" which appeared in Lake Norman Currents May 2013 issue (click on the small picture at the bottom right to go to the article).
DavidsonLearns continues to cultivate interested future presenters. Those looking to present course ideas to the board should contact Curriculum Chair Dr. Ruth Ault at email@example.com or submit a course proposal.
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