The Ohio State University at Lima


Lifelong Learning Institute(LLI)

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Ohio State Lima began in 1991. A Road Scholar® program, LLI traditionally offers classes for seniors on four Tuesdays and Thursdays in April and October.

LLI volunteers, in coordination with Ohio State Lima, run our local program. Ohio State Lima provides administrative support, classroom space, audio/visual equipment, and technical support. Volunteer officers and committee members, course participants, and many moderators come from west central Ohio counties surrounding Allen County.

Courses on six subjects are offered each session. Individual classes last one and one half hours and meet at the same time each week. You may sign up for as many or as few classes as you wish. Classes are typically held in the Public Service Building, Rooms 212/213 on the campus of The Ohio State University at Lima. Registration and other program information for 2017 will be available soon.

TUESDAYS – October 4, 11, 18, 25

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Animation in the Movies
Moderator: David S. Adams, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology, The Ohio State University at Lima. Dr. Adams, who taught sociology at Ohio State Lima for 25 years, is the weekly movie critic for The Lima News and WLIO television and unofficial poet laureate of Lima/Allen County.

From Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to computer animation, stop-motion and Japanese-inspired Anime, we’ll look at hand-drawn animation and its many descendants in the movies.

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – The Queen of England, The Bard of Avon and The Prince of Denmark
Moderator: Judith E. Gilbert. After a career teaching high school English and journalism, Gilbert left education to work at BP Lima Refinery and BP Lima Chemicals, retiring in 1999 as Director of Community and Public Relations for the two plants.

How did 16th century England and the society ruled by Queen Elizabeth I produce the greatest writer in the English language? What in Shakespeare’s background fostered his genius for words and his mastery at storytelling? Why, 400 years after the author’s death, does Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, remain Shakespeare’s most famous character and most produced play? We’ll read and watch the play. Books will be available for a fee the first day of class.

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – Presidential Politics 2016
Moderator: William Angel, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, Political Science, The Ohio State University at Lima, holds BS and MA degrees from The Ohio State University and a PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published numerous articles and a book, Not All Politics Is Local, which details his experiences as chair of the Allen County Democratic Party during the 1980s and 1990s.

Dr. Angel will offer his assessment of the politics of the 2016 presidential election.


THURSDAYS – October 6, 13, 20, 27

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Selections from Ohio State Historians
October 6, 13, 27 – Moderator: Thomas N. Ingersoll, PhD, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University at Lima. Professor Ingersoll specializes in the study of pre-industrial America, the American Revolution, the Early Republic, and African-Americans. His presentations will include “The Courtship of Elizabeth I and the Duke of Alencon,” “The Loyalist Problem in Revolutionary New England” and “Fire and Brimstone and the Temple of Reason: Jefferson in 1800.”

October 20
Moderator: Allison Gilmore, PhD, The Ohio State University at Lima. Professor Gilmore teaches courses on American history, military history, comparative Asia, and modern Japan. Her presentation is “Civil-Military Relations and the War for American Independence, 1776-1683.”

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Art in Public Spaces
October 6 – The Art of Public Gardening
Moderator: Gretchen Staley, Volunteer Coordinator, Allen County Master Gardeners. Ms. Staley will discuss the sharing, inspiration, implementation and evolution of an outdoor classroom garden, the Children’s Garden at the Allen County Museum.

October 20 – The Art of Metal Transformation
Moderator: Joseph A. Bonifas is an artist, forger, and owner of Black Oak Forge in Spencerville. He was an instructor in art for more than 35 years and has presented workshops throughout the Midwest. His works included the ironwork at the Children's Foundation in Faurot Park, the gates to ArtSpace Lima's Ellen Nelson Gallery and numerous other sculptures and functional works of art. Mr. Bonifas will present different processes of metal manipulation discuss basic design development for metal working.

October 27 – LepoWorks Public Art
Moderator: David Lepo is a local artist specializing in large outdoor art. He will discuss two large art works –“Double Negative” and “Untitled” – created by LepoWorks for the Ohio State Lima campus as well as other off-site public art. “Double Negative” is featured on the front of this brochure.

2:45 to 4:15 pm – Topics in Museum Studies
Moderator: Raymond Schuck, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Museum Studies Program at Ohio Northern University. Mr. Schuck was formerly the curator of the Allen County Museum. He will present four topics from his Museum Studies program, including The Naming of Allen County, Ohio; The Pre-Revolutionary War of 1754 to 1763; and Analysis of Don McLean’s song “American Pie.”