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DECONSTRUCTING THE NEWS (LAA 0021): With the term “fake news” so prevalent, how can we determine what is reliable? With “post-truth” and “truthiness” in our vocabulary, is truth relevant in the news? This course provides tools to make your own informed analysis. Laura Ehrke helps you deconstruct a news story and evaluate the elements that make it news (or not). Engage in a lively discussion of current news topics and reporting. Each term, we’ll explore a different aspect of news reporting, so take this course as often as you wish. This class is part of the Illinois Press Association’s News Literacy/Civic Engagement project.

GREAT DECISIONS DISCUSSIONS (LLI 0104): Engage in a lively exchange of opinions on world events led by Gary Midkiff. Prior to the discussion, you will read a topic in the briefing booklet prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. Each topic is written by experts and provides a concise, comprehensive overview. Our registration deadline is one month prior to the first class meeting. You will receive confirmation that the course will be held, topics for discussion, and information on how to purchase the briefing book from the Foreign Policy Association. Course meets every other week. 55+ LLI Program.


ARCTIC GREENLAND-INUIT AND ICE (LLI 6052): Explore northwestern Greenland’s ice-filled fjords and colorful villages above the Arctic Circle. This is land where a subsistence lifestyle continues today, and most transportation is provided by sled dogs and boats. This small ship expedition from 2015 reveales a newly popular travel destination. 55+ LLI Program.

OUTBACK AUSTRALIA (LLI 6075): Discover central Australia through this virtual tour of the south’s vibrant, cultural capital, Adelaide; Coober Pedy, the underground opal mining town; and remote cattle stations. Ride the elegant Ghan railroad through sweeping desert to the Red Center’s popular Alice Springs. Travel by camper van and on foot to explore Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) and Kings Canyon. Continue on the Ghan north to tropical Darwin on the Top End to uncover aboriginal culture and history in Kakadu National Park and Arnhemland. Photos are from the instructor’s 2016 visit. 55+ LLI Program.

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya

Chichen ItzaTravel to Mexico May 21–30, 2018 with Harper College Professor Dr. Helmut Publ and WorldStrides

Imagine visiting ancient Mayan sites with an expert archaeologist. Join Harper College anthropology professor Dr. Helmut Publ on this trip to important Mayan archaeological and cultural sites throughout Mexico. Develop your understanding through site visits and short lectures.  You will depart for Mexico on May 21 and return home on May 30, 2018. The registration deadline with WorldStrides is January 31, 2018. Click here for details.


Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.