Lawrence artist Cathy McLaurin will address the MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) opening session at 2 p.m. on October 4 – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved


Submitted by the MILES program at Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College will host artist Cathy McLaurin at the fall Opening Session of MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

MCC’s MILES program offers stimulating, interactive daytime seminars and workshops – with no term papers, tests or grades – for active, older adults ages 55+. This Opening Session provides community members an opportunity to learn more about MILES and the courses being offered – and is a good opportunity to meet instructors and peers. Light refreshments will be served.

A New Hampshire artist, McLaurin connects history and current social issues with notions of values, morals, national identity, philanthropy, kinship and legacy in her work. Through extended relationships with personal and institutional entities – along with research in archives and libraries – she challenges the systems that underpin complex social concerns.

McLaurin is Special Projects & Beland Gallery Director at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence. Her artwork is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Otis College of Art & Design, and UCLA, among others.

MILES Fall 2017 Session runs Monday through Thursday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 14, on the Bedford campus. Study groups meet from 2 to 4 p.m., in one-, two- or five-week sessions, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field, including some MCC faculty and staff. Workshops and seminars focus on a variety of topics, including movies, nature, art, literature, technology, health and environmental issues, and history. All MILES participants enjoy free use of the MCC Fitness Center and library.

Each MILES course is $15 up to a maximum of $95 for multiple classes. The Fall 2017 class schedule will be announced by September 25.

For the complete schedule of MILES courses, contact Lauren Ellis at 781-280-3669 or visit To register for MILES courses, call 1-800-818-3434.

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