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Georgian Court Announces McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning

Institute to Offer College-Level Enrichment Classes for Active Adults

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 3, 2009—Georgian Court University is launching an exciting new program tailored for those 50 and over who want to take advantage of college-level courses on GCU’s beautiful, historic campus without tests, grades, or credits. If you want to continue the joy of learning in a stimulating intellectual environment with others who share your passion for the topic, then the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning is for you. Special five- to seven-week courses will be taught by college faculty in a friendly and informal learning environment.

This new institute is especially designed for more mature students who are not necessarily well served by the standard continuing education curriculum. Courses in such programs tend to attract students of all ages eager to accumulate units to complete degrees or to acquire career upgrade skills. By contrast, this institute allows more senior students to continue educational and cultural pursuits without homework or examinations. Insight, knowledge, discussion, friendship—these will be the hallmarks of the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning.

An annual membership fee of $25 opens the door to thought-provoking topics taught by experienced professors year round. Institute members will have a chance to suggest future courses from literature and history to art and music. Members will also have opportunities for volunteer leadership by serving on an advisory committee, evaluating courses, arranging special events, and introducing speakers.

Special members-only benefits include:

  • Exclusive access to McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning classes
  • Early notification of designated institute programs
  • Special invitations to select meet-and-greet events with headline speakers and entertainers (with paid admission)
  • Discounts for select McAuley Community Center programs and events
  • Two social networking events per year on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus
  • Window cling for your vehicle

The following two classes have been announced for the fall semester. Each class is open only to paid institute members. The cost per class is $130 per person, which includes all five sessions, refreshments, and all curriculum materials.

American First Ladies: Not Elected, But Not Without Influence: Part 1
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Fridays); 10:00 am–12:00 noon
Times have changed since First Lady Martha Washington described herself as “more like a state prisoner than anything else.” During this course, participants will examine the role of the American First Lady as it has evolved over 200-plus years, the lives of the women who have held the position, and the influence they have had on their husbands’ administrations and on American life. This course will be held on the Lakewood campus; specific location to be announced.

The Canterbury Tales = Life in Medieval England
November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11 (Fridays); 10:00 am–12:00 noon
The Canterbury Pilgrims frieze, painted by Robert Van Vorst Sewell in 1897, depicts 24 of the characters described in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Prologue to The Canterbury Tales. Standing 7 feet tall and 84 feet long, the frieze wraps around three walls of the Mansion’s Great Hall on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus. See Chaucer’s famous work illustrated, and learn about his themes, influences, and context. The course will cover Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron and its effect on Chaucer’s life, the history and rebuilding of the Canterbury Cathedral, and the turbulence of the great schism, all of which give historic context to Chaucer’s work. This class will be held in the Mansion’s Great Hall on the Lakewood campus.

To register for the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning and either of the two classes listed above, please contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or You may also visit our Web site at for a printable registration form.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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