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Welcome to the Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning, one of Salisbury University’s newest departments. The Center connects the community and the University in two ways, through professional and leadership development programs and also through an array of enriching lifelong learning programs covering a variety of interests.

We are an evolving department, so please check back often to our website to see what is new at the Center! We are looking for your feedback, so if you have an idea for a course, program or instructor, please let us know. Contact us at and subscribe to our emails to keep up to date on our news and events!

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  • Poetry Writing Retreat
    with James Arthur
    August 23 - 24

    Salisbury University’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning hosts a two-day poetry writing retreat with poet James Arthur , August 23 -24. Register online now or by calling 410-543-6090. Registration is $175, $160 for ESWA and ESV members.

    This retreat provides an immersion into poetry writing for poets of all levels. Participants examine several contemporary poems, paying close attention to structural elements like meter, assonance, refrain and the poet’s management of the verse line.

    They also determine how each poem establishes expectations in the reader’s mind, then either gratifies or subverts those expectations. Brief in-class writing exercises give participants the opportunity to apply these techniques in first-draft poems of their own.

    Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic and Poetry, among others. His honors include Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, Stanford University’s Stegner Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship and the Discovery/The Nation Prize. His debut poetry collection, Charms Against Lightning, is available from Copper Canyon Press.

    An assistant professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, he also has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to the Seamus Heaney Centre in Northern Ireland. In summer 2017 he was in residence at the Al Purdy A-frame in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, Canada.


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SU on the Road
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  • U.S. Capitol Tour
    June 13, 2018
    Space is limited! Reserve today!

    Join CELL on a tour of the U.S. Capitol, where the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have met for more than two centuries. Today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and our system of representative democracy. The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world.

    CELL will travel by SU bus to DC, where we will tour the Capitol at 11:30 a.m., including a 45-minute guided walking tour as well as a 13-minute orientation film. You will have the remainder of the day free to tour other DC attractions. We will leave Washington at 6 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Register online below or call 410-543-6090 to register over the phone. 

    Please review this list of prohibited items before the trip, and browse the website for frequently asked questions about the tours!

    Register Now!

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  • An Island Out of Time
    Walking Tour of Smith Island
    with Tom Horton
    Thursday, May 17

    Located nine miles off of Crisfield in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island's marshy archipelago has preserved an extraordinary natural environment and island culture. Smith Island is the hub of the country’s soft shell industry and a fishing haven for herons, egrets, ibis, osprey and pelicans. Once home to 800 residents, Smith Island now has 240 year round residents, spread between the villages of Ewell, Rhodes Point and Tylerton. The Baltimore Sun recently published an article about plans and strategies to preserve this unique culture and place. 

    The walking tour is led by Salisbury University Professor Tom Horton. Tom lived on Smith Island for many years and has written extensively about the island. Our day includes visiting residents Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall. Mary Ada will prepare her infamous Smith Island Cake, the State Dessert of Maryland. The cost of the ferry trip, lunch and a signed copy of An Island out of Time by Tom Horton is included. $180/pp includes ferries, lunch and autographed book.

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