Learning for Life
Launched in 2014, the Robert Searson Learning for Life program promotes lifelong learning through engaging programs on a variety of academic and community-oriented topics organized and conducted by Tri-C faculty and guest speakers.
The series gives members of the College and community a chance to discuss topics ranging from arts, culture, wellness and current local, national and international events. Come learn with us!
2023-2024 series—In Pursuit of Happiness Lecture Series
Happiness and satisfaction with our lives is at an all time low. A study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago in 2020 found that just 14% of adults say they're happy. While so much of many people's current unhappiness has to do with concepts out of our control, like finances, health, or the state of the world, we know there are certain things that make us feel better: our favorite song, a comfort meal and many more types of self-care.
The In Pursuit of Happiness Lecture series will investigate what brings us joy. Join faculty, staff, community members and students as we discuss the journey toward happiness and fulfillment. Each lecture will focus on one topic that can facilitate happiness in our own lives. Each session will be led by a panel of experts, either from within Tri-C or from the community. Lectures are free or low cost to attend.
Music and Happiness
Wednesday, March 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Does hearing a specific song make you want to dance or burst into tears? Join local musicians Jodi B. Dobos and Andrew Lipian as they discuss the correlation between music and our emotions — and most importantly, our happiness.
Free to attend! Registration encouraged, but not required. You can register here.
History of Learning for Life
The Robert Searson Learning for Life program was originally launched in 2014 as the Year of the Brain series, which focused on understanding the complicated nature of the human brain. The series continued to expand and developed into the Learning for Life series, allowing a broader scope. Topics have varied from sustainability to lectures on current faculty and student research projects and more.
Robert Searson served as the first dean of Academic Affairs at the Westshore Campus until his retirement in 2021. He believed that Tri-C could serve as a gateway to connect and enhance the lives of people through innovative educational experiences on campus. In 2022, the Learning for Life series was renamed the Robert Searson Learning for Life series.
The Robert Searson Learning for Life program provides the College and community with enriching topics and information presented by Tri-C faculty, staff, students and guest speakers, bringing the community lectures on topics ranging from arts, culture, wellness and current local, national and international events. The series includes a variety of topics designed to improve the quality of life in our diverse community, establishing the Westshore Campus as a resource for learning and enrichment for both students and the greater community.
Archived Learning for Life Presentations
Sept. 17, 2020 A Conversation with Honest Abe
Jan. 29, 2020 The Problem with Plastic Pollution presentation