Lifelong Learning Program

Mission Statement

StudentsThe College of Liberal Arts began a new outreach effort with the Lifelong Learning Program in May 2015. The program is an accessible learning experience for those who want to learn more about their community, state, nation, and world. While many alumni and community members are still interested in learning and staying aware of topics in the news, this program’s goal is to meet and exceed expectations of those attending.

2021 Program Information

The Lifelong Learning Program went virtual in 2021 with a theme of “The Roaring Twenties.” Just as the 1920s offered opportunities for economic growth and new cultural developments, we are hopeful that the 2020s will do the same—except for Prohibition, of course.  You can access the recordings from each session below.


10:00- 11:00 AM

Roaring to Forget: France 1919-1929

The Roaring Twenties in France, Les Années folles, were not all days and nights of jazz, banana skirts and modernist writers. France at this time was a study in contradictions between the glitter and excitement that brought expatriates from all over the world to Paris, and the crushing reality faced by unemployed veterans, widows, and orphans who were forced to deal with the legacy of the Great War.

Presented by: Dr. Nancy Goldberg, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

1:00- 2:00 PM

Exploring Chicago, Vaudeville and The Roaring Twenties

Join musical theatre professor, Kristi Shamburger and explore John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, Chicago and how the "roaring twenties" and conventions of Vaudeville are used in telling this wild tale of the 1920s!

Presented by: Kristi Shamburger, Department of Theatre and Dance


5:00- 6:00 PM

Distilling in Tennessee: The Lasting Effects of Prohibition

This session will explore Prohibition’s lasting impact in both the distilling industry and the state of Tennessee. We will be joined by the Tennessee Distillers Guild’s Executive Director, Sara Beth Urban (B.A. History, ’11; M.A. Public History, ’13), and representatives from Cascade Hollow Distillery who will provide participants with recipes for signature drinks that can be prepared in advanced and enjoyed during the discussion. Click here for sample recipes from Cascade Hollow.

Presented by: Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. and the Tennessee Distillers Guild

Cascade Hollow Logo    TN Distillers GuildTN Whiskey Trail

Since 1870, the fine folks at Cascade Hollow have honored George Dickel's dream of crafting the smoothest Tennessee whisky around. Today, 150 years later, they are still making award-winning whisky at their historic distillery in Tullahoma, TN. Tucked away in the Tennessee hills and surrounded by 600 protected acres of forest and crystal-fresh springs, Cascade Hollow has always been their home. Led by General Manager and Distiller Nicole Austin, the team at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. continue the tradition of producing smooth sippin' whisky through high standards of authenticity and craftsmanship. A proud member of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, they invite you to visit our home and learn more about how they make George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. For more information, go to or check out @georgedickel on Facebook or Instagram. 

The Tennessee Distillers Guild is an organization of 31 distilleries across the state that collectively advocate for and promote the spirits industry in Tennessee. In 2017 they formed the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a statewide attraction that draws millions of visitors each year.