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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—for the sheer pleasure of learning.

LINEC classes are sponsored in conjunction with New England College. 

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

  • The Fall Term is from October to November.
  • The Spring Term is from April to May.
  • The Summer Term is in July.

Register for the 2024 Summer Term!

Click here for the Summer Courses

Registration starts on June 5, 2024

NEC alumni attends for Summer Free

Yearly Membership fees are due in September

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Membership Benefits

How to Become a LINEC Member

  • Learning with and from peers
  • Reasonably priced classes
  • Access to course catalogs
  • Many opportunities to volunteer
  • Reduced fee for per-credit NEC courses
  • Opportunity to audit one NEC course per semester (based on course capacity) at zero cost 
  • 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
  • The LINEC membership is $40 per person per academic year (Sept. through Aug).
  • LINEC membership is required for the Fall and Spring terms. The membership fee is due in Sept.
  • With the membership, Fall and Spring courses are just $15 each.
  • Membership is not required for the Summer term. You can enroll in as many courses as you wish during the Summer term for just $25.

Start your exciting journey with other LINEC members!


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 worldwide. 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 airfare, 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)

The activity level is light: riding in safari jeeps and 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

Please click “Register” next to each class listing to read more about a class.


Event Venue Date
  • November 13, 2023 8:00 am
2024 Summer- Pick Me First
  • July 1, 2024 8:00 am
24Su - A - Poets of Place: Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Tilbury Town, Maine RM- John Lyons Center, NEC
  • July 15, 2024 10:00 am
24Su - C - Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream RM-Baker Free Library (Classrm)
  • July 16, 2024 1:30 pm
24Su - D - Lincoln & Finch: Attorneys at Law 24Su - Lincoln & Finch (Zoom)
  • July 17, 2024 10:00 am
24Su - G - Four Clint Eastwood Movies RM-Baker Free Library (Classrm)
  • July 19, 2024 10:00 am
24Su - B – Culturally Curious? Great Stories from Art History 24Su - Zoom Culturally Curious?
  • July 23, 2024 10:00 am
24Su - E - The Novel Reading Group RM-Tucker Free Library (Classrm)
  • August 7, 2024 1:30 pm

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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!