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Courses and Schedule Registration Form


LINEC is a program, open to both retired and younger adults, offering non-credit volunteer peer-led courses to educate entertain and enhance life – for the sheer pleasure of learning.

LINEC offers three terms each academic year, each lasting approximately five weeks:

  • Fall (October and November)
  • Spring (April and May)
  • Summer (July)

LINEC Summer Term 2019

See our LINEC Courses Schedule here.

Registration Form

Membership and Registration Fees

Membership fees for the academic year (September to August) are:

  • $35 for an individual
  • $50 for a household

After membership fees are paid each year, registration for each term is $15.

Members may take as many courses as they desire during that term. Fees and registration costs cover the expenses of printing, mailing, and administering the LINEC program.

Membership Benefits

  • Catalogs describing all LINEC courses to be offered for each term
  • Invitation to LINEC’s annual meeting held every September at New England College (NEC)
  • Borrow LINEC course tapes and videos that are stored in the Danforth Library
  • Reduced fee for per-credit NEC courses
  • Ability to audit one NEC course per semester on a space-available basis at no cost
  • Invitations to special college events at NEC
  • Use of the resources at the NEC’s Danforth Library

Questions, or to Request a Catalog


LINEC, NEC Box 75 New England College 98 Bridge Street Henniker, NH 03242

Or call Fran Philippe, Curriculum Chair, 603.717.9632

PARKING: With the permanent green parking permits hung from the rear view mirror, LINEC members can park anywhere on campus. Parking registration forms will be available at the campus security building the first week of classes each term.

Note: Larter is now the John Lyon Center, 55 Depot Hill Road, with parking down the street to the right.

All buildings used by LINEC are handicap accessible.

Here’s What Members Say About LINEC

“LINEC assures lifelong learners that there is no end to inquiry, no end to education, no end to the pleasure of learning.”
– Heleen Kurk, Weare

“LINEC is a great way to share one’s love of learning with others.”
– Gail Beckett, Henniker

“Each spring and fall I can’t wait for classes to begin. And the “Current Issues” course I look forward to throughout the year.”
– Sally Chase, Hopkinton

“LINEC is a wonderful way to keep learning, spending time and making friendships.”
– Judith Eliasberg, Concord

LINEC’s classes have given me the chance to fill in a lot of the courses there just wasn’t time for in college. It has been wonderful to learn with LINEC’s lively students.”
– Rosanne Fisch, Bow

“It’s the opportunity to enjoy, be entertained and enrich the next stage of one’s life.”
– Helen Moffatt, Contoocook

Steering Committee 2018-2019

This committee administers the programs and tends the business of the organization.  

Chair: Louise Cyr  (428-3012)

Vice Chair: Ken Traum 

Secretary: Jean Buck

Treasurer: Lee DeBell

Registrar/Membership: Heleen Kurk (529-7253) hkurk@gmx.com

Curriculum Committee: Fran Philippe, Chair  (717-9632) franphilippe38@gmail.com, Jean Buck, Tom Delisle,  John McCausland, Alice Nye, Edda Poggio, Abbyann Wasilew, Dave Wasilew     

Catalog: Edda Poggio, Chair; Fran Philippe, Layout; Anne McCausland, Nola Jordan, Judy Eliasberg, Alice Nye, proofreaders

Nominating: Abbyann Wasilew, Carolyn Damour, Anne McCausland

Mailing:  Abbyann Wasilew, Carolyn Damour, Anne McCausland

Publicity/Marketing: Alice Nye

Websites: Dave Wasilew, Rebecca Bense, Rick Farr 

Auditor: Judy Eliasberg

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)