Lifelong Learning is exciting!


If you agree, Wake Forest University may have just the program for you!

By Wanda Duncan

“There is something wonderful and exciting about being older and still learning.” 

This is just one of many enthusiastic comments made by participants in the new Wake Forest University Lifelong Learning Program, and we could not have said it better.

Lifelong Learning began at Wake Forest in 2014, in collaboration with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council. Classes are offered throughout the year, and are designed purely for the enjoyment of our students. Classes meet once per week for six weeks, and best of all there is no homework, no tests, no grades.

The first classes were held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. After two years, we’ve grown from one hundred members in our first term to over four hundred members, and we are still growing. Classes are offered in a wide variety of areas, and are designed to appeal to adult learners. Some of the topics offered thus far include Religion and the U.S. Constitution, Finding Your Family History, American Television Sitcoms, The Grandeur of Vienna’s Music and Culture, An Introduction to Contemplation and Meditation, A History of Winston-Salem, and Improvisational Movement for Mind and Body Health.

Dr. Anthony Parent is the director of the program and a professor of history at the University. He is enthusiastic about bringing together the academic resources of Wake Forest with local people who are seeking ways to enrich their lives personally and intellectually. “The Lifelong Learning Program offers accessible programming for a fast-growing and vibrant segment of our community,” says Dr. Parent. “We are very excited to collaborate with The Arts Council, and our faculty are eager to enrich and be enriched by our local community.”

In September of 2015, the Lifelong Learning Program moved to The Historic Brookstown Inn near downtown Winston-Salem. The new location provides flexible classroom space plus ample parking close to the building. It is across the street from Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge, Camino at Brookstown, Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant, and Meridian Restaurant, so members can meet friends and enjoy coffee and pastry or a meal before or after class.

The next set of classes will begin in the spring term of 2017. Among the offerings will be classes on Afro-Cuban Drumming, World War II, India’s Culture and History, Race and Image in American Film, and Classical Composers of  Verse and Song.

An annual membership fee of $70 covers parking, discounted access to the Wake Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and admittance to members-only events. The membership fee is waived for Wake Forest University graduates and Wake Forest University retirees. Once an individual is a member, then they are eligible to enroll in classes. The cost of the classes is $125 per course; if more than one course is taken during any given term, then the price is reduced to $100 per course.

If you agree that being older and still learning is wonderful and exciting, then please visit the website, to join our mailing list, or contact the Wake Forest University Lifelong Learning Office at 336-758-5232 or email Find us on Facebook:

Wanda Duncan is the Assistant Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program and the Lifelong Learning Program at Wake Forest University. Wanda has worked for over 20 years at Wake Forest University on both the medical school campus and the main campus. She completed her Master’s Degree at Wake Forest, and in her spare time she is a freelance writer for local and regional publications.


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