Oakmont Lifelong Learning

Oakmont Lifelong Learning partners with Santa Rosa Junior College's office of Community & Contract Education to offer a full schedule of enrichment classes at Oakmont.

To register online, please CLICK HERE to log in, or to create a new user profile. Then click the registration links below to enroll for Oakmont Lifelong Learning classes. To register by phone, call SRJC's office of Community Education at (707) 527-4372 option 6.

These courses are taught at Oakmont. For SRJC's full menu of Community Education course offerings, please click here.


Due to Shelter-In-Place orders, Oakmont Lifelong Learning has canceled all Spring 2020 course offerings. New course offerings are suspended until further notice.


Abraham Lincoln statue

From Buffoon to Philosopher King: The Many Faces of Abraham Lincoln

Instructor: Mick Chantler, MA
Mondays | Apr. 13 - May. 18 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Berger Center
6-week session, $110, Class ID: 8027


Greatest leader, country bumpkin or dictator? The Great Emancipator or racist? Study the many conflicting opinions about Lincoln that swirled about him during his lifetime and since. Oakmont favorite, Mick Chantler, asks: "Will the real Abe Lincoln please stand up?"

Mick Chantler is a 40-year student and instructor of early American studies and member of scholarly organizations including the Lincoln Forum. 


Planet Earth hovering over a pair of open hands

Creating a Global Democracy for a Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World Community

Instructor: Dr. Bob Flax
Wednesdays | Apr. 15 - Apr. 22 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Berger Center
2-week session, $52, Class ID: 8028


Our major problems have globalized; including war, terrorism and social justice. Yet, our global system seems incapable of solving them. This course presents a proposal advanced by numerous visionaries to create a global democracy to handle our toughest challenges. 

Dr. Bob Flax is the Executive Director of Citizens for Global Solutions, faculty member at Saybrook University and former prison psychologist. 


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Four Films Revealing Reality: How Documentaries Convince Us

Instructor: Dr. Ernie Rose
Thursdays | Apr. 16 - May 7 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | East Recreation Center
4-week session, $81, Class ID: 8030 


Watch and discuss The Tank Man, unsolved mystery of a man confronting tank columns in Tiananmen Square; Stories We Tell, a Canadian masterpiece about families; Active Measures, Vladimir Putin's 30-year political warfare; and 63 Up, following the lives of nine children from diverse backgrounds. 

Oakmont resident Ernie Rose has worked on over 200 films and taught filmmaking at ten universities in the U.S. and abroad. 


Guitar painted with bright colors and the words "Dream of Love"

The Summer of Love: San Francisco Rock in the 1960s

Instructor: Richie Unterberger
Wednesdays | Apr. 29 - Jun. 3 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Berger Center
6-week session, $110, Class ID: 8029


Explore the San Francisco psychedelic revolution that captured the imagination of the world and created legendary music that endures to this day. Through film and music, Unterberger brings legends like Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin to life. 

Richie Unterberger has authored numerous rock history books and lectures in the Bay Area and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 


Crowd of protesters, sign reads "We Are Better Than This"

Damaged Democracy: On the Roots of Contemporary Democratic Dysfunction

Instructor: Dr. David Peritz
Thursdays| May 14 - Jun. 11 | 2:30 – 5:00 PM | East Recreation Center
5-week session, $110, Class ID: 8031 NOTE: Early Start Time


Seek a deeper understanding of the discontent and dysfunction roiling politics by examining the social, cultural and technological roots of populist movements. What kinds of reforms are needed to ensure that democracy, with its roots in 18th century ideas, can survive?

Dr. David Peritz has a degree in politics from Oxford University, teaches at Sarah Lawrence College specializing in theories of democracy and justice.