Registration for the Fall 2017 semester is open!
LifeWords Reading Circles
LifeWords Reading Circles uses the reading and discussion of literature to spark connection and conversation between adults 60+ and college-aged adults.
Our aim in offering the LifeWords program is two-fold: on an individual level, we want students from both demographics to challenge themselves intellectually and learn something new; on a community-wide level, we aim to foster deeper relationships between older and younger adults, with literature and discussion serving as catalysts for connection. And, as recent studies suggest, by better connecting these generations, we help strengthen our community in general.
The program is organized by fall and spring semesters, with students meeting weekly. Each session explores a particular theme, and assigned texts represent a mix of genres, from poetry, to short fiction, to nonfiction articles. Prior to each meeting, students read selections independently and reflect on discussion questions. At weekly meetings, instructors provide pertinent historical and/or literary information and facilitate session activities. Students spend time discussing texts and relating relevant themes to lived experiences.
Sherrill Hills Retirement Community
271 Moss Grove Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37934
Parkview Senior Living
1314 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37801