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AU Lifelong Learning Announces February Programs

Registration begins this week for all AU Lifelong Learning programs including: 

Beginning T’ai Chi Chih     

T’ai Chi Chih is becoming increasingly popular around the world to increase physical energy and reduce stress, as well as improve poster, balance, flexibility, stamina, and general quality of life. It is a moving meditation similar to the Chinese martial art, T’ai Chi Chuan, which has existed for several hundred years. 

T’ai Chi Chih can easily be learned in eight weeks and can be practiced by individuals of any age.  Movements may be modified for those with physical limitations. Eight week course meets Mondays from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 13.  

Sharpen your pencil: Sharpen your writing      

If you have a story in your head or in your heart, please don’t miss this opportunity to work with a published author and teacher to get your story on paper, or to make your story and your writing sharper and more professional.        

Our five-week writing workshop will be tailored to the individual needs of students and will focus on improving skills in writing prose, fiction or non-fiction. Beginners: bring your ideas. Students who have a project underway: please bring a sample of your work. During the workshop sessions, students will work on their writing and get advice and response from the group. Five week series meets Mondays from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 13 at SENIOR Solutions on Clemson Blvd in Anderson.       

Montaigne: How to be reconciled to this colicky life

Montaigne’s biography How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell is written in the form of a delightful conversation across the ages with one of most appealing, likeable writers who ever lived. Join us for a lively and thoughtful book discussion as we explore Montaigne’s advice including: “Be born”; “Do a good job, but not too good”; and “Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow-witted.” Six week program meets Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. beginning Feb. 14.

Great Decisions 2011

Since 1954, the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” program has brought millions of Americans together to talk about the most pressing international issues of the day. Using the FPA Briefing Books and DVD as a guide, the six topics for discussion this spring are: Middle East realignment; Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq; State of the oceans; Indonesia; Energy Geopolitics; and Mexico. Six week program meets Tuesdays beginning Feb 28.  


Other non-credit short courses beginning later this spring include: “Drawing for the Non-Artist” beginning March 13; “Mother Savannah: Savannah River History to the Present” beginning March 20; and “Flannery O’Connor” Beginning March 28.   

Anderson University Lifelong Learning, affiliated with Elderhostel, is a member-driven organization that presents non-credit courses for mature learners who want to improve skills, explore new ideas, and interact with interesting and active people. 

For more information, to register for a program, or for a complete description of all spring Lifelong Learning programs, please contact the LLI Office at Anderson University. Email:, voicemail: 864-231-2058.    

 Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online.  Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of the 46 “Up & Coming” universities in America (#1 in The South).  It is also ranked as one of America’s “100 Best College Buys.”



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