LINEC History

History of LINEC

New England College has been involved in providing educational opportunities for older adults since the beginning of the Elder-hostel program which had roots at NEC. The College wanted to create an institute for learning in retirement for those adults who live within commuting distance of the College. The Institute would provide non-credit college-level courses.

In the early fall of 1989, an invitation to attend a planning meeting for the new institute was issued by Professor of Economics, Thea Braiterman, and Professor of Education, Marvin Seperson. Jim Verschuren, then the Director of Elderhostel’s Office of Support and Development, was the principal speaker.

Two meetings followed in November. Eighteen people paid the first membership dues – on good faith! The late Marvin Braiterman was the first Chair. Committees were formed and the first statement of policy was drafted.

Classes started in the spring of 1990. The rest is history, which is well documented in course brochures, Steering Committee and Annual Meeting minutes. At our Annual Meeting in the fall of 2014 LINEC celebrated its 25th Anniversary. We continue to be inspired by the dedication of those who guided LINEC through its formative years and by the talents and gifts of its members since that time.

LINEC continues to offer courses in most disciplines: science and technology, philosophy, literature, art and music, social sciences, mathematics and film. Members are invited to offer suggestions for future courses.

LINEC is a member of the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN)

LINEC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration took place in the Great Room at the Simon Center at NEC, on September 13, 2014. Luncheon was served at noon, followed by a welcome by Stephen Waters, LINEC Chair; a welcome by Michele Perkins, NEC president and by guest speaker, Steve Lembke, Vice President of Road Scholar Institute. A recognition of LINEC’s faculty and honored guests ensued. Over 65 members attended. Please click on the link and view wonderful photos taken during this event by Dave Feltus.