The Institute for Learning in Retirement Inc. at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT (ILR) is a non-profit, community-based group of retired and semi-retired people who share a love of learning. At its heart, LR is an academic program designed to suit varied interests. We enjoy college level academic pursuits without concern for credit, grades or prerequisites. This creates unique educational opportunities made possible by members who volunteer their time and by collaborative leadership.
Our Study Group leaders include current and retired professors from Yale, SCSU, Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, and other institutions. Some of our courses are also led by members whose avocation is learning. They share their own passion for research with their peers, whether the topic is medicine, music, language, history, literature, movies, food, geography or politics. We have a spring (April and May) and a fall semester (October and November). Our classes are held mainly at Albertus Magnus College, which generously allows us the use of their Aquinas Hall classrooms.
We issue course catalogs to members twice a year and offer between 25 and 30 courses each semester. All classes are held between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays. There are more than 300 lifelong learning groups throughout the United States and Canada. Each sets its own by-laws and fees. Our ILR prides itself on being affordable even by those on tight budgets. Annual membership is $20, and the registration fee for each course is $10 plus the cost of photocopied materials, dvd’s, and other supplies required in some subjects.