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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Want to learn something new? 7 places that offer affordable lifelong learning classes | The Tennessean

A  new year is the perfect time to challenge yourself to learn something new, and thanks to several lifelong learning programs that start in early 2019, there are dozens of affordable classes in which adults can learn all sorts of things, from languages to cooking to dance, music, art, current events and history.

Students listen to a class as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Photo: John Russell / Vanderbilt University

USN evening classes 
University School of Nashville's evening classes catalog is online at The winter courses are taught by Nashville professionals, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs as well as USN faculty and staff, all of whom volunteer their time.

This program has grown to include more than 160 classes in 10 categories, including music, literature, culture and politics; family, health and wellness; arts and hobbies; home and garden; career finance and technology; cooking, and wine and spirits.

The classes, which include a memoir writing session, a class on Nashville's architecture and a workshop on advance directives, run through March, with most being one-time classes. Most are priced from $27 to $100. All proceeds benefit USN's K-12 need-based scholarship endowment. 
To see the full schedule, go to or call 615-321-8019.

Vanderbilt Osher classes 
Vanderbilt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, open to those 50 and older, has some unique offerings, including Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Drugs and the Brain, and American Popular Music. There are still spots open in most of its winter classes that start the week of Jan. 13. Most classes are $60 for the six-week series, and scholarships are available. 
See for details or call director Norma Clippard at 615-343-0700.
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Source: The Tennessean