What is Senior College?

Senior College of West Central Minnesota offers a lecture series each Fall and Spring and a short course in Winter. Established in the Fall of 2006, the first season was offered in the Spring of 2007. Designed for adults 50+, adults of all ages are welcome. Senior College aims to “bring the liberal arts to life” offering informative and challenging college level learning that is simulating and social without the pressures of tests, grades or degrees.

  • Senior College Fall Season begins September 13

    Jul 18, 2022 by Senior College   Updated: 09/14/22

    College-level scholars from around Minnesota will provide provocative lectures on a variety of topics – from history and political science to economics, geography and biology (see this season’s line-up below). 

    The Fall 2022 Season begins Tuesday, September 13 and continues Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:45 pm, through October 27. All lectures are currently planned to be held live via Zoom. In the event in person sessions are possible, a hybrid of on-campus and live stream will be offered.

    Once registered, a link provides access to join the program. With a single click, you are joining the group. You can safely connect from ANY device with internet access that has audio – computer, laptop, iPad, or smartphone. 

    Admission for the lecture series is by season membership only.  A single registration fee of $125 covers the entire lecture series.  Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact the Customized Training Center at 762-4510 or 888-234-1313 or register using the link below:

    Register for Senior College >> 

    Senior College Fall 2022 Lectures

    • How Do We Know What We Know?- Jay Sieling, Liberal Arts, Alexandria College
    • The Weird, Wonderful World of Wild Bees - Daniel Cariveau, Entomology, University of Minnesota
    • Aging in Place: Sustainable Urban Planning- Matt Lindstrom, Political Science, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
    • The State of the Economy - Louis Johnston, Economics, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
    • Wastewater 101: Processes, Innovations, and Things You Did Not Know You Needed to Know - Paula Pentel, Geography, University of Minnesota
    • Unmaking the Mississippi - Roopali Phadke, Environmental Studies, Macalester College
    • The Christian Nationalism of Hitler and the Nazis - Michael Lackey, English, University of Minnesota Morris
    • The Horror of the Putin Revolution - Nick Hayes, History, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
    • Foreign Affairs Update - Thomas Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, University of Minnesota Duluth
    • Can We Learn Anything from History: Reflections on the American Experience in Afghanistan - Ken Jones, History, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
    • How to Identify and Protect Minnesota from Invasive Terrestrial Plants - Robin Trott, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension
    • Sleep Health Across the Lifespan - J. Roxanne Prichard, Neuroscience/Psychology, University of St. Thomas
    • Music & Migration: A World of Music in Minnesota - Allison Adrian, Music, College of St. Catherine
    • The Beauty of Photosynthesis - Van Gooch, Biology, University of Minnesota Morris

    Register for Senior College >> 


Additional Resources:

Title Download Link
Senior College Season Schedule Download Senior College Season Schedule Document pdf
Senior College Brochure Download Senior College Brochure Document pdf

Senior College News:


Contact Senior College

Customized Training Center: 320-762-4510

Toll Free: 888-234-1313

Email Senior College seniorcollege@alextech.edu