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  • Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning

    Hodges University's Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) was established in 1996 by the university and local leaders as the first lifelong learning program in Collier County. The CLL provides quality year-round educational programs to adults in the community at a reasonable cost.

    The CLL is a member-directed, multigenerational learning community that invites participants to experience diverse, collaborative, life-enhancing intellectual and social activities. The broad-based curriculum includes stimulating discussion groups, lectures, field trips and workshops in current events, the arts, literature, economics, the environment, health and wellness, philosophy and spirituality, creative writing and much more.

    Special Events 

    5th Annual Elliott Katz Lecture Series
    Beginning January 26, 2017, the CLL and Hodges University are hosting a special lecture series on the Holocaust presented by Elliott Katz. Mr. Katz is a docent with the Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum in Naples and well known for his knowledge of the Holocaust and World War II. The cost for the series of six lectures is $50, or attend individual lectures for $10 each. Read more about the lecture series, or register online

    If you are interested in learning more about the beneficial aspects of lifelong learning, please read our article, “ Four Benefits to Lifelong Learning.” In it you will find valuable insight from experts, as well as hear from a member of the CLL regarding their experience. 

    An affiliate of Elderhostel/Road Scholar, the CLL is part of a national network of lifelong learning institutes.


    • Mid-January through mid-April,
    • Mid-June through mid-August, and
    • Mid-October through mid-December.


    • Issues of the day
    • Topics of intellectual expansion
    • Opportunities for experiential learning
    • Areas of study include anthropology, art, economics, the environment, health and wellness, history, music, religion, sociology, world travel and culture, writing and literature, and much more.
    • Leadership for courses and lectures is provided by the members, community volunteers, experts in their fields, and faculty and staff at Hodges University.


    Thank you to the sponsors of the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning:

    CLL - Elderhostel Inststute Network

    CLL - Elderhostel Inststute Network

    Arbor Trace

    Bonita Bay

    Elderhostel Institute Network

    Moorings Park at Grey Oaks

    Sandalwood Village

    Terracina Grand

    The Carlisle Naples

    The Terraces at Bonita Springs

    The Vineyards

    For more information, to become a sponsor or a member, to participate as a volunteer program leader, or to help expand the efforts of the program, contact the center by phone at (239) 513-1122 ext. 6133, cll@hodges.edu, or visit us at our office at Hodges University’s Naples campus. 

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