The Renaissance Institute, a lifelong learning cooperative for adults 50 and over, offers members a unique voyage of discovery on the Notre Dame of Maryland University campus. Opportunities abound for members to express their creativity, enhance their physical and mental health, and become part of a vibrant, welcoming community.
Working with a campus-based director, the members plan, lead and enroll in a series of 40+ courses held on Tuesdays and Thursdays each spring and fall semester. The semesters are 13 weeks long, with some courses running for only six or seven weeks, and others for the full 13 weeks. This structure provides maximum flexibility for members’ schedules.
Classes, which are taught in large part by members, explore a wide range of interests including: acting, art, history, literature, music, philosophy, politics, public affairs, science, acting, computers, creative writing, drawing and painting, film, languages, t’ai chi, and yoga.
Membership is a valuable and rewarding experience. It offers a wide variety of activities and gatherings beyond classes, which help foster the sense of collegiality that is central to the program. The opportunity for social engagement between semesters and in the summer allows members to forge new friendships and enhance life both in and outside the classroom.
NOTE: For the safety of all participants, all Renaissance courses and activities will be delivered remotely using the Zoom platform for the Spring 2021 semester beginning February 2nd.
The Institute encourages applications from individuals of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and is open to people from all educational backgrounds with a keen interest in intellectual and creative pursuits.
Fall courses begin on September 7th, 2021 and Registration opens on May 10th. You can view the course catalogue to browse the courses offered and get a sense of the diverse offerings we provide each semester here at the Renaissance Institute. Membership costs $230 for the Fall semester or $440 for the whole year (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022).
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