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"Just love the people who are in LINEC"

“Once I retired, I was looking for ways to broaden my horizons.
LINEC absolutely accomplished that and continues to.”

Andres Institute of Art-Brookline, NH

“There are always such
an interesting variety of courses with
knowledgeable instructors.
I’m never disappointed with LINEC classes.”

Henniker, New Hampshire

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Learning Institute of New England College

Bridge to Knowledge, Continuing the Journey!

LINEC, the Learning Institute of New England College, is a program created to educate, entertain, and enhance life. It offers non-credit, peer-led, peer-taught courses to retired and working adults – all for the sheer pleasure of learning.

LINEC classes are sponsored in conjunction with New England College. 

LINEC offers four to eight week courses in the fall, spring and summer.

  • Fall Term is in October and November.
  • Spring Term is in April and May.
  • Summer Term is in July.

Spring 2024 Registration Starts February 17 (Deadline March 15)

Click here for listing or see below. 

2024 Spring Catalog

Check out the travel opportunities that are happening in 2024 listed below.

Membership 2023-24 fees are due September thru August

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Membership Benefits

How to Become a LINEC Member

  • The pleasure of learning with peers, from peers
  • Reasonably priced classes 
  • Many opportunities to volunteer
  • Course catalogs
  • Invitation to LINEC’s Annual Meeting
  • Invitation to special New England College (NEC) events
  • Free loan of LINEC course videos stored in NEC’s Danforth Library
  • Use of Danforth Library
  • Reduced fee for per-credit NEC courses
  • Opportunity to audit one NEC course per semester on a space-available basis at no cost 
  • Membership in LINEC is required to take fall and spring courses at $15 a class with membership.
  • If you are curious about LINEC, but are not yet ready to become a member, you can enroll in as many summer courses as you wish for $25. Membership is not required for Summer Term. If LINEC is a good fit for you, you can become a member in the fall.
  • Membership is $40 per person each academic year (September through August).
  • Please add LINEC Membership by clicking the blue button next to course selections. To begin the process, click the button below.


Travel to Tanzania led by Eric Simon open to LINEC members
July 29 – August 10, 2024

Are you interested in international educational travel courses with LINEC?

Join Prof. Eric J. Simon as he presents educational travel opportunities around the world. Each trip includes:

  • Pre-and post-departure online Zoom classes to learn about the biology, culture, and logistics of the trip.
  • Service opportunities to help each local community.
  • All-inclusive pricing: domestic transportation, Eric and Amanda co-leaders, local guides, tips, park fees, meals, bottled water; price does not include international air fare, optional trip insurance, alcohol, souvenirs, or other items as specifically noted.

Travel to Tanzania July 29th – August 10th, 2024

Tanzania boasts sprawling landscapes dotted with herds of wildlife, making it a dream destination for explorers of every kind. Join Prof. Eric Simon on this 12-day adventure to marvel at Tanzania’s spectacular wildlife in its most stunning national parks and to celebrate Africa’s diverse indigenous groups with authentic cultural encounters in local communities. Set out for daily wildlife-viewing drives, and enjoy an unforgettable four-day exploration of the Serengeti to witness the world-famous Great Migration and much more. Return each day to memorable accommodations nestled amid idyllic African beauty, from the rim of Ngorongoro Crater to luxury tented camps perfectly positioned to access migration paths.

Trip to Tanzania (Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Karatu)

Cost: $6,995 all inclusive (except for international airfare and visa fee)

Number of travelers: 10-16 (including 2 leaders)

Activity level is light: riding in safari jeeps, walking 1 mile on flat terrain, appropriate for travelers with a wide range of physical abilities.

Details about this trip can be found here:

Contact Eric Simon at with any questions or for information about other upcoming travel opportunities. Eric will soon be figuring out what trips to run in 2025 (Patagonia? Iceland? Costa Rica?), so contact him to help him decide!

Course List

To read more about a class please click on “Register” next to each class listing.

To put each course in alphabetical order, please click on the “Event” arrow on the top bar.


Event Venue Date
PICK FIRST: 2023-24 Membership (Lifetime & New) | Registration & NEC Alum
  • September 1, 2023 12:00 am
  • November 13, 2023 8:00 am
24Sp- A Epic Poetry: The Iliad 24Sp-Poetry (ZOOM)
  • April 1, 2024 10:00 am
24Sp- B Shakespeare: Richard III & The History of Troilus and Cressida RM-Baker Free Library (Classrm)
  • April 2, 2024 1:30 pm
24Sp- C Ethics in Economics 24Sp-C Ethics (ZOOM)
  • April 2, 2024 4:30 pm
24Sp- D The Novel Reading Group RM-Novel Reading Gr (Classrm)
  • April 3, 2024 1:30 pm
24Sp- G Philosophy 101 24Sp-G Philosophy (ZOOM)
  • April 4, 2024 1:30 pm
24Sp- H In Darwin’s Footsteps 24Sp-H Darwin (ZOOM)
  • April 4, 2024 4:30 pm
24Sp- I The Films of Ingmar Bergman RM-Baker Free Library (Classrm)
  • April 5, 2024 10:00 am
24Sp- E How the Mountains Grew 24Sp-E How Mtns Grew (ZOOM)
  • April 10, 2024 1:30 pm
24Sp- F Gouverneur Morris: The Most Interesting Founding Father RM-Hopkinton Town Library (Classrm)
  • April 11, 2024 10:00 am

Arts at New England College

Gallery locations

French Hall Gallery, 148 Concord St. Manchester
Roger Williams Gallery, 77 Amherst St., Manchester
Chester Gallery, 39 Main St., Henniker

Gallery hours
Hours might vary. Check with NEC for schedule.

Tuesday and Thursday 12-6
Friday 12-7
Saturday 1-3
Tuesday-Friday 12-5

NEC Theatre:

Putnam Center for the Performing Arts
10 Weare Road, Henniker

All performances  are open to the public. 

Reservations & Information: 603-428-2382
and for upcoming performances visit
or email

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Bridge to Knowledge,

Continuing the Journey!