Living Room Learning


Back for its 55th year, Living Room Learning was started by Sweet Briar College alumnae. The series offers university-level lectures for lifelong learners who seek to expand their knowledge without having to take a final exam. Join us for this 7-week daytime lecture course.

True to its name, Living Room Learning was organized by a group of Atlanta women who had a passion for learning past their university years attending Sweet Briar College and held classes in the living rooms of their homes. Over the years, lecturers have included some of the greatest scholarly minds in Georgia discussing topics related to history, art, literature, and much more.

 The series gradually expanded and became more popular, growing from 12 women to hundreds of people, necessitating the move outside of living rooms and to a formal lecture hall.

Atlanta History Center became the host venue in 2013, and now coordinates the series.

Over the past several years, the series has gradually been working its way through 20th century history and has now arrived at the 1980s. We hope you’ll join us for this year’s course, Marching Through the 20th Century: The 1980s, which begins on January 17, 2024. The series will focus not only on the milestone cultural and historical developments in the United States, but takes a global perspective with lectures on the former Soviet Union, Europe, and Latin America.

All lectures will take place in McElreath Hall. Doors open at 1:30pm and lectures begin promptly at 2pm with a brief intermission. Parking is free.

To purchase your tickets, please click the below link to make your purchase online. You can either purchase the entire 7-week series or individual lecture tickets. The entire lecture series is $120 for non-members/$110 for AHC Members, or individual lecture tickets are $25. If you need assistance with your purchase, please call our main ticketing line at (404) 814-4000 during business hours. For further questions, please contact Claire Haley, Vice President of Special Projects, at or (404) 814-4129.

Weekly Lectures. 2024 Schedule.

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