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.


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Tuesdays October 5, 12, 19, 26

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10:00 a.m. - Critical Race Theory(CRT)
Dr. Bill Angel, The Ohio State University at Lima
Dr. Jessica Johnson, the Ohio State University at Lima
This module on Critical Race Theory (CRT) will illustrate how matters of race have been embedded in our economic, educational, cultural and political institutions in ways that effectively have discriminated against racial minorities. The explanation will be historical, beginning with our country's Founding and continuing to the present day.

On the first day, Jessica and Bill will open the session with a broad overview of what CRT is, with Jessica contributing her insights based on her own experience incorporating African American history into her own classes.

1:00 p.m. – Robert Mix: Organization of the Theory of Relativity in Music
What is "Organization of the theory of relativity in music"? Come and be surprised!

2:45 p.m. – Dan Hodges, Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District
Join us for a deep dive into our county Park District! No nature is off limits, but topics may include the insect orchestra of autumn, ecology of crayfish, fall foliage of Ohio trees, and wonderful world of lichens.

THURSDAYS – October 7, 14, 21, 28

10 a.m. - Judith E. Gilbert: Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"
"Cupid's crafty arrow" seems to have gone astray in William Shakespeare's giddy, screwball comedy. Considered his most light-hearted play, "Much Ado" features disguise, treachery, sparring lovers, a bumbling constable and a tragic "Hero."

1:00 p.m. - David Adams. Film Musicals
Hear Hollywood's guys and dolls sing. See them dance. Visit the "Golden Age of Musicals." Learn how songs can help (or not) tell a story. Enjoy some of our favorite musical scenes.

THURSDAYS October 7, 14 at 2:45

Amy Craft, Director of the Allen County Museum
Do you know how long the Allen County Historical Society and Museum has been operating? Do you know where it gets its support? In this session, Museum Director Amy Craft will share a general overview about the Museum's history and operations -- its board, revenue, new strategic plan, new educational programs, and exhibits. Learn what makes this county Museum unique.

Brittany Venturella, Curator of Cultural Affairs, the Allen County Museum
In this session,will share information about the kinds of artifacts the Museum houses, what happens when you donate an object, and how the Museum cares for over 200,000 objects. Additionally, information about online access to collections will also be shared.

THURSDAYS October 21, 28 at 2:45 p.m.

Sally Windle, Director of ArtSpace Lima
This session will share information on current activities and programs at ArtSpace/Lima.

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