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Registration for the Fall 2017 semester is open! 

Already paid for the semester but need to provide registration information? You can do so here (if you meet at Sherrill Hills) and here (if you meet at Parkview). 


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.


Program Locations:

Sherrill Hills Retirement Community

271 Moss Grove Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37934

Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm



Parkview Senior Living

1314 W. Broadway Ave.,  Maryville, TN 37801

Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30pm