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 Student Services Center building on the campus of The Ohio State University at Lima.

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Tuesdays October 4, 11, 18, 25

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10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – The Merchant of Venice
Moderator: Judith E. Gilbert
Following a career teaching English and journalism, Judith E. Gilbert left education to work at BP Lima Refinery and BP Lima Chemical, retiring as director of community/public relations for the two plants.

Although classified as a comedy because it features love, marriage and disguises, The Merchant of Venice also includes high drama, prejudice and a suspenseful court scene. Is it then a tragedy? Merchant has been referred to as a “problem play,” “disturbing” and “controversial.” What are we to think? Watch, read and discuss with LLI.

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Politics with Focus on the 2022 Midterms
Moderator: William Angel, PhD
William Angel, PhD, associate professor emeritus in political science at Ohio State Lima, 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.

Normally, midterm elections are seen as a referendum on the party of the incumbent president, but the 2022 midterms could be different. Partisans on both sides would like a reset from the results of 2016 and 2020. Obviously, there are many issues to discuss, including Democratic dissatisfaction with Biden, the dismay that evolves with each new disclosure from the January 6th Commission, specific election races to watch, and issues, foreign and domestic, including the state of the economy.

2:45 to 4:15 p.m., October 4, 18, 25 – Fossils: A partial glimpse at life of prehistoric Earth
Moderator: Dr. Mark Kleffner
Dr. Mark Kleffner, professor of earth sciences and associate dean at Ohio State Lima, is a paleontologist and stratigrapher who enjoys sharing his passion for geology, especially fossils and dinosaurs, with individuals and groups of all ages. His research, which has been supported by two National Science Foundation grants, focuses on Silurian rocks and conodonts.

  • October 4: Fossils: What they are, how they form, and why there is a National Fossil Day
  • October 18: Life in Lima, Ohio, during the Early Paleozoic Era
  • October 25: How paleontologists know what they know about dinosaurs

2:45 to 4:15 p.m., October 11 – League of Women Voters “One Hundred Years and Still Going Strong”
Moderator: Holly Norton, PhD
Holly Norton, PhD, is serving her second term as President of the League of Women Voters of the Lima Area and teaches composition and literature courses at the University of Northwestern Ohio.The history of the League of Women Voters and discussion of current concerns and accomplishments, particularly in Ohio.


THURSDAYS – October 6, 13, 20, 27

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Seen Any Good Movies Lately?
Moderator: David S. Adams, PhD David S. Adams, PhD, associate professor emeritus of sociology at Ohio State Lima, taught for 25 years and was also the weekly movie critic for The Lima News and Hometown Stations. Sample 24 Best Picture Oscar winners, including romances like “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938), World War II films like “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957), and bio-pics such as “Out of Africa” (1985). Enjoy excerpts from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (1948), “The Artist,” an artsy film from 2011, and gangster flick “The Godfather” (1972), among others.

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – How Do They Do That?
October 6: Cooper Farms–Turkeys, From the Egg to the Table. Learn about the production of turkeys at Cooper Farms with general manager Greg Cooper.
October 13: Wilson Sporting Goods Company. Learn about the manufacture of Wilson footballs with Plant Manager Andy Wentling.
October 20: Tour of the Borra Center for Health Science led by Angela Heaton, dean of health sciences and public service at Rhodes State College. The tour begins at 12:45 p.m. at 8 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801.
October 27: History of Our National Anthem: From George Washington to Jimi Hendrix with Robert Mix.

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. – Flora and Fauna of Ohio
Moderator: Dan Hodges Dan Hodges, naturalist at Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, earned a BS in Zoology and Environmental Science from Miami University.

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