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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Facing Our Truth and Intergenerational Dialogs
On Saturday, November 11th, the 7:30PM performance of Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege will be followed by Intergenerational Dialogues: Race and Racism in the Davidson Community, an intimate conversation between DavidsonLearns members, Town of Davidson residents and Davidson College students, faculty, and staff. Kanise Thompson and cast member Jennifer Jones will facilitate this conversation to uncover the roles of race in the formation of the Davidson Community and help bridge the generational and racial gaps.
Both the play (click here for more information) and the conversation will be held in the Barber Theatre in the Cunningham Theatre Center.
Tickets are free but required, due to limited seating. Click here to get tickets.
New Spotlight Event!
On November 13th at 7:15PM Dr. Scott Denham will address the question:
"Why Humanities, Why Now?"
During these tumultuous times it seems more important than ever before to have a clear sense of why we study what we do, why we value what we do, and how we share these values with others. The amount of information available is staggering so how do you determine what should be studied? If it can’t all be absorbed what rises to the top?
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Organizational Changes at DavidsonLearns
Since our founding in 2012 Amy Diamond has been the Executive Director of DavidsonLearns. Her countless hours and dedication to DavidsonLearns has helped it grow from an idea into a valued part of the Davidson landscape.
After five years as Executive Director, Amy decided it was a time for change. At our annual meeting in May, Amy was voted onto our Board of Directors and will serve as a Special Events Chairperson.
It’s impossible to replace Amy Diamond, yet the work must go on. As such, the Board of Directors has retained the services of Jake Jacobs as the new Executive Director of DavidsonLearns, effective May 1, 2017. Since moving to Davidson over 3 years ago, Jake has taken numerous DavidsonLearns courses every term and is a passionate proponent of lifelong learning. Prior to retirement, Jake had been a management consultant for over 35 years.
As we close out our 2016-2017 term, DavidsonLearns will be losing 4 members of our Board of Directors who have been with us since our founding. Ruth Ault, our Curriculum Chair, has been the driving force behind our course offerings for the past five years, working in every capacity from identifying topics of interest to finding exceptional instructors who share our commitment to lifelong learning. Richard Ault (who is the other half of the fabulous Ault team) runs our website, coordinates communications with our membership, helps to ensure that our classroom technology is operational, and so much more. Margo Williams has been our Secretary for the past two years, on our nominating committee, an energetic supporter of our classes and special events, and in so many ways our own personal town historian. And last, but not least, Cecil Clifton. Cecil was instrumental in establishing DavidsonLearns as a non-profit organization, helping to write our by-laws and serving as our Special Events chair for several years. Though these four founders are leaving our board of directors, their contributions, friendship, and love of lifelong learning will never be forgotten. We look forward to their continued support and participation in our courses and special events over the coming years.
Our annual meeting was held this past May 30th at Summit Outpost. A major event of the evening was the election of new members to DavidsonLearns Board of Directors. Effective September 1, 2017 DavidsonLearns will have 4 new board members:
Welcome to the Board, Wynn, John, Allyson and Amy.
Lifelong learning has made the Wall Street Journal
Seeking Intellectual Buzz, More Senior Citizens Audit College Classes
Henry Nusbaum, who turns 103 years old this month, is among the growing number of senior citizens auditing college classes
By Leslie Brody March 9, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET Wall Street Journal (May require subscription)
A Sea Symphony reception and performance
On Monday, May 8, DavidsonLearns offered a pre-concert reception and discussion of A Sea Symphony and its performance prior to the Davidson College Chorale, the Choral Arts Society of Davidson, Pro Arte Orchestra, and soloists Jacquelyn Culpepper and Dan Boye performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony.
Our Former 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 first Executive Director, talking about her experiences with DavidsonLearns among other topics. Click here to read the full article.
A Lunch with Miles Hoffman and Schubert's Ninth
On Thursday, February 9th, DavidsonLearns and WDAV presented NPR's Miles Hoffman in the Spotlight Series event "More than mere ordinary joy and sorrow", a discussion of Schubert's Symphony Number 9, "The Great" as a prelude to the Davidson College Symphony and the Charlotte Symphony side-by-side performance.
A Conversation About Enemies
On January 25th The Pines at Davidson and DavidsonLearns hosted UNCC professor Dr. Joyce Dalsheim for A Conversation About Enemies. What is an enemy? How do political enemies emerge? In light of our recent political season it is incumbent upon all of us to examine these questions and to ask ourselves what it will take, and under what conditions, will former enemies work together for the common good.
A PUBLIC CONVERSATION: When the ballots are counted, how to we make peace with our neighbors?
In association with Main Street Books and Nancy Barkemeyer Mediation,
DavidsonLearns presented the first Spotlight Series event of our 2016-2017 academic year, a moderated panel discussion from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday October 4th at Main Street Books in Davidson, NC.
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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