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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Spotlight Event: A Sea Symphony reception and performance
On Monday, May 8, the Davidson College Chorale, the Choral Arts Society of Davidson, Pro Arte Orchestra, and soloists Jacquelyn Culpepper and Dan Boye will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. This powerful and majestic work from one of Britain’s most beloved composers will offer moments of excitement and introspection, coupled with text from the legendary American poet Walt Whitman.
DavidsonLearns is offering a pre-concert reception and discussion of A Sea Symphony and its performance. Click here for more information.
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)
Fall 2016 message from our Executive Director
I thought I would write this message months ago and talk about the crisp fall air and the excitement of getting ready to go back to school. Well, the crisp fall air has waited until now to arrive and while it is exciting to think about going back to school the real excitement comes when I visit the ongoing sessions of our DavidsonLearns classes. In the past few weeks I have watched people greet each other who were together in our first class! “Hi! How have you been? Have you been taking classes? Were they good?”
Or, “I was hoping I would see you. I read that book you suggested and you were right, it gave a great overview of the topic. Very balanced.”
These are but two of many. As I visit the class to welcome everyone and introduce the instructor there is a buzz that emanates from the participants as they reflect on what they have experienced and what they hope to learn in the new class. I laugh as I try to get their attention but can’t get them to stop talking! And I step back and appreciate what DavidsonLearns has achieved in just 4 years. The value of the knowledge gained is immeasurable but so is the value of the relationships formed.
Our relationships go beyond the interpersonal to the partnerships we have formed with other organizations in the area. We were pleased to be a sponsor of the Concerts on the Green and the Read Davidson events and appreciate the support and assistance of the Davidson Parks and Rec Department. This term we are grateful to the YMCA for letting us use their classroom for several of our classes.
Our organization is richer for the partnerships we have formed, our participants are richer for the relationships they have formed and in turn, I hope we can continue to make our community richer by providing opportunities for lifelong learning opportunities.
Come join us!
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.
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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