Continue the Journey

Today’s blog is written by Morgan A. Jordan, Director, Lifelong Learning at Wofford

This fall, Wofford College again will welcome adult learners to classes with its Lifelong Learning program. Lifelong Learning begins its third year in September, offering 22 stimulating and fun, academic and non-academic classes to retired adults. Membership enrollment in the program has reached 345.

“Current research suggests that encouraging cognitive activity at all stages of life plays an important role in increasing the health of our entire community,” says Dr. John Simmons, a meditation instructor in Lifelong Learning. “Learning new skills and exploring interests as they emerge helps to delay or eliminate some of the challenges of the retired adult community.”

Classes range from the music and culture of the 1960s to “The Modern American Presidency” to the nature of dogs to Hollywood movies of the ‘20s and more. “Legendary Lives of Appalachian Women,” taught by Spartanburg native Dr. Maxine Appleby, will be offered this year with a special guest, New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb. Native and new Spartanburg residents will be able to experience the community in a new way through a hiking series taught by Roger Upton, known as the “Carolina Trekker.”

Whether they are looking to improve their bridge game or learn more about current Russian politics, lifelong learners prove each semester that learning doesn’t stop at graduation. Classes are casual and entertaining and are taught by neighbors, local experts and knowledgeable enthusiasts.

New class and workshop proposals always are welcome and may be submitted by anyone with expertise, knowledge and passion for their subject.

The fall semester begins Sept. 18, with classes typically running once a week until Nov. 10.  The annual Lifelong Learning membership is $50 per person; each course is $40 for members.

For a complete listing of courses, visit or call 864-597-4415.