Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars is an 11-week program that meets three afternoons per week and features academic lectures by university faculty and local experts on a variety of topics. While the format is lecture style, the afternoons are informal and interactive with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topics of the day. The Senior Scholars Council, an elected group of volunteers, helps with the program’s administration and participates in planning the classes. 

Sign up for the full year, the full semester, or for a single day. 

Senior Scholars course cost for the full semester:
Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $249
Nonmember: $276

Senior Scholars course cost for one day per week:
Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $122
Nonmember: $143
Click on the individual courses below.

Senior Scholars is supported by a generous gift from the Jane and Jon Outcalt Foundation.

Browse Senior Scholars Documents & Lecture Powerpoints

Ken Ledford
Tuesdays, September 03-November 12|1:30-3:30 p.m.

The treaties signed at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 changed everything about Europe and ushered in a twenty-year interlude of promise and tumult. Victors and defeated alike suffered loss, of complacency, of confidence, of certainty.Innovation abounded, in technology, in borders, in gender relations, in class relations, and in cultural expr

Earl Leiken, Former Mayor of Shaker Heights
Wednesdays, September 04-November 13|1:30-3:30 p.m.

The American Local Community: Its Role and Its Challenges

David Hammack, Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History Emeritus, CWRU
Thursdays, September 05-November 14|1:30-3:30 p.m.

American Giving: The History of Philanthropy in the United States

Allison Monroe
Wednesdays, January 8-29|1:30-3:30 p.m.

If asked what instruments were played in European “classical” or “art” music, most people would think of the piano, the voice, and instruments used in the orchestra such as the violin, the oboe, or the trombone. Fewer would list the vielle, the shawm, the theorbo, or the sackbut, and yet all of these featured in music of their own times.