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.

Fall 2023 Program Information

The CLA Lifelong Learning Program returns for Fall 2023 just in time for us to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Tennessee Manuevers during World War II.  Join us for an exciting program with Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, Professor of History and Director of the Albert Gore Research Center. Registration and parking for the program are free. Space is limited.


World War II in Tennessee: Stories of Heroism, Sacrifice, and Change from the Collections of the Albert Gore Research Center

Saturday, August 26, 2023
9 AM - 12 PM
Albert Gore Research Center
Todd Hall

Tennessee and Tennesseans played a critical role in World War II. U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, a native of the Cumberland Plateau, guided the nations diplomacy in the year leading up to and during the war. Representative Albert Gore, Sr. supported U.S. assistance to Great Britain. Once the nation entered the war, Tennessee served as an important military training site, hosting the Tennessee maneuvers, and bases across the state. Thousands of Tennesseans served in the military. Tennesseans also served by working in war industries, ensuring our soldiers had the materials needed for victory.

This one-day minicourse will explore the experience of World War II in Tennessee through the archival collections of the Albert Gore Research Center. Participants will study original speeches, letters, oral histories, and other original documents to understand how World War II transformed Tennessee.

The course will be led by Louis M. Kyriakoudes, PhD, director of the Albert Gore Research Center with assistance of the Gore Center’s archivists.

2021 Program Information

The Lifelong Learning Program went virtual in 2021 with a theme of “The Roaring Twenties.” You can view the program recordings at the link below.

2021 Program Recordings