COTC’s Lifelong Learning Institute to Host Civil Rights Series

August 28, 2015—Newark, OH—The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will host a 4-part series on The Civil Rights Movement and Black Power, beginning Wednesday, September 2, and running each Wednesday to follow - September 9, 16, and 23. Each program runs from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., and takes place in Hopewell Hall, Room 53, on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark. Residents of Licking and Knox Counties, over age 60, are invited to attend the course free as part of the institution's "Celebrate Lifelong Learning" introduction to the greater Licking County and Knox County communities. 

This series will address the significant events, goals, strategies, activists, and organizations of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Discussion will also include how to evaluate and approach the history, scholarship, and popular representations of Black Freedom Movements. Further, the sessions will explore: the intersections between local and national civil rights goals; the role of gender in the Movement; the role of violence/non-violence; and connections between civil rights and Black power.

"It is a pleasure to provide our senior population with stimulating educational opportunities, as well as the occasion to interact socially with other lifelong learners," explained Vicki Maple, manager of the LLI at COTC. "We offer a blend of courses and events that focus on everything from the arts, technology, spirituality, and literature, to philosophy, science, languages, economics and everything in between. There is literally something for everyone because our LLI membership actually selects the topics and instructors."

The Civil Rights Movement series will be facilitated and taught by Tiyi M. Morris, an associate professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. in African & African American Studies and Liberal Studies from Emory University, and a Master's and Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. She has taught courses such as 20th century U.S. History; Gender, Sex and Power; Black Feminist Thought; and The Civil Rights-Black Power Movements. She is the author of Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi (UGA Press, 2015).

The LLI is operated through the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at COTC. It is peer-led and membership-driven, offering a year-round menu of courses, including lectures, workshops, book discussions, field-trips, and "Coffee & Conversation" events that focus on a variety of topics. The 2015 LLI Autumn Course Catalog is now available.

Annual membership opportunities are also available. Membership for any Licking County resident over the age of 60, qualifies for a 50% savings (value $45) thanks to participation in and support from the Licking County Senior Levy. Seniors that reside outside of Licking County pay an annual membership fee of just $90. The annual membership fee covers ALL courses offered from September 2015 through August 2016.

"The beauty of the annual membership is that one may choose as many or as few of the programs and courses as they wish to experience, and they're all covered in that $45 or $90 annual membership fee!" Maple elaborated. "Once you become a paid member of LLI, you do not have to pay non-member course rates associated with each course; rather, ALL of the courses for the year are available at no additional cost. We are opening up this first Civil Rights Movement course to the Licking and Knox County communities in an attempt to expose them to the quality programming we offer through the LLI."

Contact Vicki at the Lifelong Learning Institute for details. Call 740-364-9565, or email ."