Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is going on the road! We started “Adventures” — a series of courses at sites around the state. Many Wake Forest alumni rarely if ever get to hear one of today’s stellar Wake Forest teacher/scholars. And we also know that many of our Lifelong Learners in the Triad area like to travel. We are offering an all-day Saturday format (9:30—4:30) which allows for those traveling to the site to make a weekend of it, or if the site is close enough to home, to just drive back.


International Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Venice, Italy

June 4-10, 2023

Program Fee: $1450

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Get your passports ready! Lifelong Learning is going abroad! This International Adventure in Lifelong Learning takes us to beautiful Venice, Italy. Join the Wake Forest Venice faculty for lectures on Venetian history, art, religion, and culture at Wake Forest University’s Venice campus, Casa Artom (the palace in the center of the above photo, next the Guggenheim Museum), which will be celebrating 50 years with Wake this year. The lectures will be followed by behind the velvet rope tours, experiencing Venice in a way unavailable to tourists. We will enjoy an evening tour through San Marco, visit the numerous basilica and museums that house famous Venetian art, enjoy conversations with art preservationists, meet individuals protecting Venice, take a boat tour of the lagoon. All excursions will be led by the Venice faculty, providing Lifelong Learners an insider’s view of Venetian history and culture. We will end the week with a reception full of Venetian treats in the courtyard of Casa Artom. The program fee covers all museum passes, lecture fees, a seven-day vaporetto pass, the occasional spritz, and other associated program fees. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation to Venice. We will provide an extensive guide to recommended accommodations, restaurants, and an insider’s perspective on Venice. 

Planned site visits include, but are not limited to:

Basilica San Marco

Basilica dei Frari

San Giorgio Bell Towers

Chiesa Santa Maria della Salute

San Rocco

Palazzo Ducale

Torcello and Lagoon Tour

Galleria dell’Accademia

Sample Day Schedule:

9:00 AM Meet at Casa Artom for a lecture on Venetian artist Titian with Agnese Chiari. 

12:00 PM Lunch (on your own). Grab a delicious panino at the Corner Pub, a popular hangout for Wake Forest students just a few feet from Casa Artom or head to Campo Santa Margherita to dine outdoors at one of many restaurants in the square.     

2:00 PM Meet at the Accademia vaporetto stop to travel to Piazza San Marco

2:30 PM Tour of Palazzo Ducale led by Agnese Chiari

4:30 PM Aperitivo at a local cafe. Enjoy a spritz, a Venetian classic, and a light snack. 

6:00 PM Dinner (on your own)

8:00 PM Meet at Basilica San Marco for an evening tour of the Basilica with Agnese Chiari. This free from the crowds tour will explore all parts of San Marco, including the crypt. 

Each day will include a lecture at Casa Artom by Venice Wake Forest faculty and at least one site visit or tour led by that faculty member. Additional guest speakers and local experts may accompany the daily lecture or site visit. Even though we will provide a weekly vaporetto passes, Venice requires a lot of walking to get to certain sites. Be prepared with some comfortable walking shoes! 

Due to space limitations for various site visits, we are limited to 20 participants with a minimum of 14 participants. 

Payment information:

$250 non-refundable deposit due at time of booking

We will maintain a waiting list for individuals beyond the 20 person limit. 

March 31, 2023: We will send confirmation that the trip met the minimum number of participants.  MINIMUM HAS BEEN MET.

April 10, 2023: Final payment of $1200 due for all confirmed participants, including anyone from the waiting list. 

Cancellation policy:  50% refund, less deposit, up to May 1, 2023

Travel insurance is highly recommended

An Asheville Adventure-CANCELLED

Refunds will be issued to all participants at the earliest convenience.

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Asheville North Carolina
Fee $175 or $160 discounted rate for WFU Affiliates

Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is home to renowned tourist destinations, world-class educational institutions, and enchanting artists. Asheville is also a site for important preservation efforts for historic places of worship.

Our one day course explores multiple houses of worship, where we will learn about the intersections of art and historical preservation under the guidance of award winning filmmaker, Chris Zaluski, and author, Dr. Thomas Frank. Our day begins and ends at the First Baptist Church. Designed by architect Douglas D. Ellington and completed in 1927, it is one of Asheville’s greatest architectural treasures, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tom Frank, author of Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Places in American Life, will lead a discussion about his research and current preservation work in the Asheville area. We will then screen the award-winning documentary Theirs is the Kingdom, which follows the creation of a contemporary fresco, located inside the Haywood Street Congregation sanctuary, that depicts homelessness, addiction and mental illness in the Asheville community followed by a discussion with filmmaker Chris Zaluski. In the afternoon, aboard our motor coach, Dr. Frank will guide a tour of multiple historical sites and places of worship, including a visit to the Haywood Street Congregation sanctuary to view the completed Fresco.

The One Day Course includes morning snack, lunch, bus transportation around the Asheville area, and a copy of the book, Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Places in American Life.

Dr. Tom Frank, author of Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Place in American Life
Chris Zaluski, director of the documentary Theirs is the Kingdom


Early North Carolina : Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration

Like all thirteen American colonies of England, North Carolina’s development was never straightforward or easy. From early confusion over boundaries and property lines, to the influx of a wide variety of racial and ethnic cultures, slavery, war, the struggle for settlement and civic stability, North Carolina’s history is a fascinating, complex, and often troubling story.

This daylong course will move quickly across many different chapters of this history. Beginning with how North Carolina was similar and distinctive compared to other colonies, the course will explore varied episodes of the state’s narrative. The upheaval of Revolution particularly for the peaceful Moravian settlers, the shock for soldiers from northern colonies coming to the state to fight in the Revolution and seeing slavery of Africans firsthand, and the determination of educated clergy to establish lasting institutions such as Wake Forest College, all are intriguing stories in themselves.
We will examine primary documents: letters of soldiers, detailed reports of the Moravians, and letters and diaries of the Wait and Merriam families in contemplating a college in a slave-holding state. With ample time for questions, we will have a full and absorbing day.
Speakers include:
Jake Ruddiman, Wake Forest University Associate Professor of History
Mary Tribble (’82, MA ’19), Wake Forest University Associate Vice President and Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies
The day includes morning snack, *lunch, and the expertise of Wake Forest University Faculty.


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