Emeritus Society

About the Emeritus Society

The goal of the Emeritus Society is to provide stimulating noncredit opportunities for adult learners of all ages.  The program provides a learning environment that affirms the unique attributes that the adult learner brings to the classroom – delight in the joy of learning, intellectual savvy, and substantive life experience.  Students are encouraged and supported in pursuing their intellectual interests with like-minded peers.  Our college-level courses are designed to satisfy a hunger for intellectual nourishment without the pressure of tests and grades.  

Emeritus Society courses are open to men and women of all ages and educational backgrounds.  The program is a self-supporting arm of the University.  Class fees, not tax dollars, are used to meet costs for the program.  


Summer Special Event will be in-person!

We've updated our registration system to a system called RegPack, which is different from what we used for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. You will need to create a new account. The person who creates the account is considered the primary and has the ability to register him or herself or another individual. One account can register one or more students, no need to create two accounts. It will save payment information, if you would like, to make the payment for each student easy, please follow the steps when prompted.


Please be sure that the email address you provide is current.  

You are registered only when payment is received. Register early to avoid inconvenience. Late registrants could miss important announcements. Partial registrations to attend portions of the classes cannot be accepted. Detailed information on class location and parking will be supplied upon confirmation.


  1. Look through the course descriptions below this section
  2. Click "Register Here" linked below (browsers other than Safari, like Chrome or Firefox work best for registration)
  3. Create an account
  4. Register yourself
  5. Complete class selections
  6. Confirm selections
  7. Make a payment (save if you wish to register a friend or spouse)
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for additional students (they do not have to create a separate account)
  9. You will receive a registration confirmation email and a payment confirmation email for each registration.

Register Here! 


Please note: The charge will appear on your statement as being from Emeritus Society or SERVE, Inc. We will not be accepting mail-in registrations for Summer 2021.


To receive a refund, a written request must be received (emeritus@serve.org) prior to the first class meeting. A $5 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Cancellation requests received  after the first class meeting but before the second meeting will receive a full refund minus a $15 cancellation fee.


If you experience any issues registering please call (336) 740-0211 or email us at emeritus@serve.org.


Click on the titles of the class to jump to their descriptions.


Red China on Screen

This course is based on a series of films as a way of understanding the tremendous changes China underwent in the 20th century. The emphasis is not on issues of art, cinematography, or the directing or acting involved in filmmaking, although these issues are always relevant and may certainly be discussed. We will use these six feature films made in China in the 1980s-1990s as a window into Chinese society, culture, and history to explore several underlying themes: traditional Chinese society’s interaction with the West; patriarchy and the ever-changing role and position of women within Chinese society; the impact of war, revolution, and communism on modern China; as well as the Cold War, nationalism, and China’s changing position and aspirations within the international economy.


  • Girl from Hunan (1986); directed by Xie Fei
  • Ju Dou (1990); directed by Zhang Yimou
  • Raise the Red Lantern (1991); directed by Zhang Yimou
  • The Blue Kite (1993); directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang
  • Ermo (1994); directed by Zhao Xiaowen
  • To Live (1994); directed by Zhang Yimou


Mondays & Wednesdays

June 7—June 23

1:30-4:30 p.m. EST


Location: Union Square Campus* • 124 E. Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro, NC 27401 (South Elm & Gate City)

Cost: $100

Jeff Jones (Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill) is an Associate Professor of History. Jeff is a native North Carolinian (born in the mountains in Jefferson; grew up near Greensboro in Liberty, NC) and did all of his undergraduate and graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently an Associate Professor of Russian-Soviet and contemporary world history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His love of film developed as a graduate student learning Russian through watching Russian films. From that experience, he came to believe that the best window into a foreign society and culture is a country’s films.