Off-Campus Studies is a CWRU Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program offered in collaboration with ACE.

It began in 1947 as Living Room Learning, developed by Grazella Shepherd at Cleveland College who encouraged the Women’s Association, predecessor of ACE, to help design and promote classes.

The program features discussion-based courses based on common reading. Courses are 8 weeks long and meet for 90 minutes once per week in locations throughout Greater Cleveland, extending to Lake, Summit, and Lorain counties. Classes meet in homes, libraries, community buildings, retirement communities, and churches.

There are no written assignments or exams; rather the classes provide an open environment for lively discussion based on meaningful examination of shared texts. Leader-Teachers facilitate the discussion and provide academic background and context.

Off-Campus Studies is unique among continuing education programs because it is organized in collaboration with its participants. Designated Class Coordinators volunteer to serve as the liaison between the office and the study groups. The discussion groups select the courses with the help of the Class Coordinator and the office. Participation is open to everyone and groups welcome new members with enthusiasm.  Participants are responsible for securing their own books.

The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program welcomes the formation of new groups. Please call 216-368-2090 if you would like to establish a study group in your neighborhood. Sessions require a minimum of ten participants.

Check out the full list of Winter Off-Campus Studies below.

Off-Campus Studies Eastside

Viva Mexico!

Instructor: Joseph Jacoby

Mondays, 10:30 a.m.

January 16- March 6

Coordinator: Caroline Morgan 440.893.9697/ Concierge Desk 440.247.1300


Walk a Mile in My Skin

Instructor: Jim Lane

Mondays, 1:00 p.m.

January 16- March 6

Coordinators: Chelie Eagan 440.338.3357/Sue Ellick 440.720.1432


Living the Law

Instructor: Barbara Greenberg

Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

January 17- March 7

Coordinator: Peter Pesch 216.707.7498


Creating the Panama Canal

Instructor: Stanford Sarlson

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

January 19- March 9

Coordinator: Skip Grip 440.247.2352


Rules of War

Instructor: Jim Lane

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

January 19- March 9

Coordinators: Med Bigornia 216.991.5382/ Tom Weil 216.292.6537


Music of the Baroque Era

Instructor: Joel Keller

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

January 20- March 17, No class February 10

Coordinator: Donna Weinstein 216.595.0023


The Detective Novel from Page to Screen

Instructor: Terry Meehan

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

January 20- March 17

Coordinator: Clare Bechtold 216.382.9473




Off-Campus Studies Westside

The Middle East: Courage and Challenge

Instructor: Barbara Parr

Mondays, 10:00am

January 16- March 6

Coordinators: Marianne Wagner 440.808.0076/Lynne Taliak 440.826.0658


The Violinist’s Thumb

Instructor: Joe Konen

Mondays, 1:00 p.m.

January 16- March 6

Coordinators: Kathy Wendling 440.331.4052



Instructor: Charlene Mileti

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

January 19- March 9

Coordinator: Barbara Fear 440.826.3795


English Booker Prize Winners

Instructor: Joseph Jacoby

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

January 19- March 9

Coordinators: Sandra Berendt 440.892.4931/ Joan Grace 440.777.9381




Off-Campus Studies Southside   


France Perkins: The Woman Behind the New Deal

Instructor: Pamela Belknap

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.

January 17- March 7

Coordinators: Judy Coleman 440.717.9418


Winston and Clementine Churchill

Instructor: Pamela Belknap

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.

January 18- March 8

Coordinators: Carolyn Portman 330.867.3673


World History as Told by Salt

Instructor: Ted Smith

Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.

January 24- February 28

Coordinator: Jane Petrie 440.526.4213