Please scroll down for information on a new Center initiative and also a statement from the Center's director on our spring schedule.

The Selim Center for Lifelong Learning engages adult learners in quality educational opportunities that promote growth in body, mind and spirit. Now in its 46th year, the Center provides lifelong learning and intergenerational programming for people 40 and older. Please visit the individual program pages in the right column for more information on our upcoming lecture series and other events.  The slide show features images from our programming and Center outreach activities.  We also encourage you to view our Selim Center 40th Anniversary video on our "About the Center" page for an overview of the Center and its rich history at UST.

New Center Initiative

We're excited to announce a new initiative on our Facebook page to keep you connected with the Center and to keep engaging in lifelong learning. Please give our page a "like" and also follow it to see these features in your feed. (Search: University of St. Thomas Selim Center)

  • Monday Mission: each Monday, we'll post a new "mission" for you to engage in that week. The mission will provide you with a virtual lifelong learning opportunity.
  • Thursday Thoughts: each Thursday, we'll share some thoughts from our learners, intended to inspire you and warm your heart.

Selim Center Statement Regarding Our Spring Schedule from the Selim Center's Director, Bob Shoemake

Dear friends and students of the Selim Center for Lifelong Learning,

Like the rest of the world, we at the Selim Center are doing our best to respond appropriately to the coronavirus global pandemic. As directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continue to evolve, so, too, our response is evolving.

As the CDC underscores over and over in its guidance:

  • Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your heart or lung function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

This guidance is of special relevance to the Selim Center since many of our students are in one of these vulnerable categories. We want you to be as safe and healthy as possible.

The University of St. Thomas, of which we are a part, has moved all classes, including ours, to an online format for the remainder of the spring. This move is causing frequent changes to our programming. Our website ( and our Facebook page ( are the best places to look for the most up-to-date information in a rapidly changing environment.

Here is the current information about our spring programming:

  • With the exception of Everyday Economics and The Geology of Natural Disasters, our spring lecture series will go forward in an online format.
  • Our Lunch’n Explores with Dave Nimmer and with Tim Penny, and the Salon will be postponed.
  • Additional information with specific information about each course or event will be coming via email (or by phone if we don’t have an email address). Stay tuned.

We hope that, by offering our spring programming online, we are offering you one way to counteract social isolation as you practice social distancing, and to make your brain happy as you keep learning.

We look forward to seeing you again face to face as soon as is safely possible. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves.

I look forward to seeing you online.

Best regards,

Bob Shoemake
Director, Selim Center for Lifelong Learning