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 stimulating and social without the pressures of tests, grades or degrees.

  • Senior College Spring 2023 Season begins March 14

    Jan 24, 2023 by Senior College   Updated: 01/25/23

    College-level scholars from around Minnesota are preparing lectures on a variety of topics – from history and political science to economics, geography and biology. The Spring 2023 Season begins Tuesday, March 14 and continues Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 20. All lectures will be held live in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-5:15pm.

    Admission for the lecture series is by season membership only.  A single registration fee of $125 covers all lectures for the season.  Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 320-762-4510 or 888-234-1313 or register using the link below:

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    Senior College Spring 2023 Lectures

    • Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100, Jill and Deane Johnson, Authors
    • 10,000 Lakes and More: Minnesota’s Aquatic Ecosystems, Miriam Gieske, Agronomy/Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota
    • Books and Readers in Early Medieval England, Janet Ericksen, English/Medieval English Literature and Language, University of Minnesota
    • The Biology and History of the Bubonic Plague, Rachel Johnson, Biology, University of Minnesota
    • Is it the End of Night? A Talk on Darkness and Light Pollution, Paul Bogard, English/Environmental Literature and Writing, Hamline University
    • “The Plank is Large Enough”: Abraham Lincoln on Racial Coexistence in a Post-Slavery America, James Read. Political Science, College of St. John’s/College of St. Benedict
    • The Last Ice Age in Minnesota and Upper Midwest, Keith Brugger, Geology, University of Minnesota
    • Queen Elizabeth II and the End of Britain’s Empire, Jacqueline R deVries, History, Augsburg University
    • Itasca State Park: Traveling Through History, Deane Johnson, Author
    • The Importance of In-Person Presence in the Age of Zoom, Noreen Herzfeld, Science/Religion, College of St. John’s/College of St. Benedict
    • Could Climate Change Turn Minnesota into the New Kansas?, Lee Frelich, Director of Minnesota Forest Ecology, University of Minnesota
    • The Supreme Court and Reproductive Rights, Tim Johnson, Political Science, University of Minnesota

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