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2024 Spring Semester

Registration for our 2024 Spring Semester opens March 1, 2024 at 12:01am

View or print the catalog .  Courses are now available to prview the 2024 Spring Semesster course offerings on iine, Click here

Membership and Tuition Fee to rise January 1, 2024

As you know, it is no surprise that ILR has had to face increases in services and costs to maintain the organization with a declining membership. In order to continue to provide high-quality classes and ensure the survival of our organization, we had to make a difficult decision to raise our fees. [ more ]

Registration for our 2024 Winter Semester opens January 4, 2024 at 12:01am

We are very happy to announce we are offering three courses in the 2024 Winter Semester! 

Click here for full course descriptions, dates and times.

W24-01 Doris Lessing's Martha Quest led by Joel Feimer (Zoom)
W24-02 Great Decisions led by Holly Chepow and Carolyn Starr (in-person)
W24-03 The Friend by Sigrid Nunez led by Hedda Kopff (Zoom)

December 2023 Newsletter

Hi All.  Take a look at our December 2023 Newslettter. It's chock full of interesting information and interesting people.  The Holiday Season is upon us so consider gifting a Membership to a friend.  It will be a surprise and open a door to enriching and enjoyable experiences. (Click here to view)

On behalf of the ILR Board, we wish you joy and health for the holidays. [ more ]

2023 Fall Semester Registration Open Now

ILR is happy to announce that registration for the Fall Semester began on September 4, 2023 and continues throughout the semester. This semester is chock full of great courses, 59 of them [ more ]

2023 Lifelong Learning Summer School in England

Every summer the Girton College of Cambridge University presents a Lifelong Learning Summer School. The program features academics, social and College Life programs. You can actually stay in the dorms. The program runs from August 20-September 2, 2023 for 1 or 2-week stays. For more information, click here.

2023 Annual Spring Business Meeting, Luncheon and Election of Officers

Wednesday, June 7 11:30am – 2:30 pm
Racebrook Country Club, Orange, CT
Cost: Members $35, Non-Members $38
Reservations: Members click here by May 24, No refunds after June 1
Non-Members call 203/747-9675 or send email to

Speaker: Carl E. Harvey – Post Commander of Ukrainian American Veterans [ more ]

May 2023 Newsletter

We have just released our May, 2023 Newsletter.  You will find information on:

  • June 7 Annual Spring Business Meeting and Luncheon
  • Information about our Guest Speaker Carl E. Harvey
  • Slate of Officers to be elected on June 7 
  • Dates of our 2023 Fall Semester
  • How to help recruit new members for ILR

See the full issue of this Newletter (click More) [ more ]

Sneak Peak at 2023 Spring Classes

The 2023 Spring Catalog will be mailed to the membership very shortly. Registration opens March 6 at 12:01 am. If you just can't wait, click here for a sneak peek of the print catalog or click on the button to see the online catalog.

ILR Announces 2023 Winter Semester

Our Curriculum Committee has scheduled 3 Zoom courses this winter session which begins on January 26 and continues through February 22.

So, grab your hot toddy and take a look below at what's coming and be prepared to select the courses you want. Start the New Year off right and register for a class. when registration opens on January 4.

W23-01 Revisioning the Gospels: D. H. Lawrence's "The Man Who Died" led by Joel Feimer

W23-02 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout led by Nancy Abbey

W23-03 The Trifecta and Implications for the Global Economy led by Mito Mardin

Click here to see the classes online if you want to see more details. Closed captioning is available on zoom, and can be enlarged.

2022 December Newsletter

Here is our latest Newsletter chock full of information you want to know. It includes information about the 2023 Winter courses and some of the Spring 2023 courses we are planning. It also has highlights of Zoom tips, how to volunteer and the results of our voting to change our name.

December 2022 Newsletter

Take a look and pass it on to your friends who may be interested in becoming a new member or filling their time this Winter and Spring with enjoyable courses.

2022 Fall Semester in Process

Many of you have asked us about the 2022 Fall semester. We are in the process of putting together the courses and the catalog is being prepared. You must be a member in good standing as of August 15 in order to receive a hard copy, so make sure your membership is current. We will be sending some updates and more information in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Classes for Fall 2022 Semester are set.

Mark your calendar! Registration for the Fall semester opens September 12, 2022 at 12:01am. You should be receiving this catalog in the mail shortly but you can see the catalog before you receive it in the mail. Below is an attachment which you can download to plan your registration selections. Keep your list handy when you register so you can quickly get into the classes you want. [ more ]

ILR Members Get Discount at New Haven Symphony

We are happy to announce that ILR members will be able to take advantage of a discount of 20% for the first concert of the season at the New Haven Symphony.

The concert with Alasdair Neale conducting, will take place on Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM at the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts @ Southern CT. State University (click here for parking info and map). The concert features the New England Premiere of a work by Joel Thompson entitled "To Awaken The Sleeper" and the 11th Symphony by Shostakovich.

Members should call the Box Office at 203 693-1486 or email to purchase tickets. To take advantage of the discount, you should indicate you are a member of ILR, The Institute for Learning in Retirement.

For more information about the performances, click here

News Release for Free Zoom Tour of NY Metropolitan Museum of Art

Area Lifelong Learning Group Offers Virtual Tour of N.Y. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Institute for Learning in Retirement Plans Free Zoom Event highlighting museum

Click [more] to view details [ more ]

New Intitiative to Reach Out To the Community

The ILR is announcing a new initiative to increase awareness of our orgaization and to get new members. The new flyer below is available to [ more ]

ILR Virtual Tour of Staten Island

Are you feeling a pent-up desire to see something new, to experience a new place? I'll bet you are! Come with ILR and our guide, Susan Birnbaum. We'll "scratch that itch" for you! We will travel to a place that has 170 beautiful parks, has a renowned museum of Tibetan Art, has something to do with the GAME OF THRONES TV show, wher [ more ]

2021 December Newsletter

Hi all, take a look at our December 2021 Newslettter. Some of the Newsletter highlights include:

2022 Winter Semester courses and when registration opens
Spring semester information and some teasers about the courses being offered
Very important information about our new Membership and Tuition fee increases that become effective January 1, 2022
Membership requirement for receiving the printed 2022 Spring catalog
How to check your Membership expiration date

It's chock full of information in a very small package so it won't take much of your time to read through it. Here it is December 2021 Newsletter

2021 Fall Newsletter

Hi all, take a look at our 2021 Fall Newslettter to see what is going on. You can get the results of the recent survey and even a Sneak Peek at the course offerings.

Click here to get the 411


ILR announces that the 2021 Spring Semester will be open for registration on March 1 at midnight. We are preparing the catalog for distribution, here's a sneak peek:

S21-01 Film Forum Discussion Group
S21-02 The Artist Grows Old
S21-03 Mozart: March – Maestro Alasdair Neale
S21-04 Essential Ellingto

S21-05 Contemporary Issues in Computer Ethics: Hacking, Whistle Blowing, the Internet of Things
S21-06 Addressing Climate Change Through Local Initiatives
S21-07 Healthcare in the Time of COVID-19
S21-08 Is GDP a Useful Economic Indicator to Tackle Wealth Inequality?
S21-09 Status of the US Economy and the Biden Administration's Plans for Its Recovery
S21-10 Sustainability in Our Food Choices
S21-11 By the Way, Whatever Happened to Brexit?

S21-12 The Ogham Alphabet: Past and Present
S21-13 The Jewish Experience in Italy
S21-14 Jonathan Edwards in His Study: Material and Social Practices of Intellectual Work in the 18th Century

S21-15 Rediscovering Fairy Tales
S21-16 Selected Literature of the American Dream from the Puritans to the Present
S21-17 Telling Their Own Stories: African American Women
S21-18 ILR Book Group #1: The General's Women
S21-19 Euripides' Women: Radical Feminism
S21-20 ILR Book Group #2: The Shadow of the Wind

S21-21 Dumping Cable TV
S21-22 Align Your Posture
S21-23 Gardens in the Shade
S21-24 Raising Backyard Chickens
S21-25 The Art of No-Knead Bread Making
S21-26 Introduction to Beekeeping in Connecticut
S21-27 Funerals: Cremations, Preplanning – Let us have a Conversation
S21-28 Conversational German Language Table

S21-29 Mysteries of the Unknown, Unsolved and Unexplained
S21-30 The Epidemic of Obesity in the U.S
S21-31 The Mind/Brain Connection
S21-32 Cancer – A Historical & Biological Perspective
S21-33 Monitoring the Health of Long Island Sound with the Soundkeeper
S21-34 Evidence-Based Lifestyle Change to Prevent Weight Gain, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease

As you can see, we have a variety of subjects so there should be something for everyone. Registration will open on March 1 at 12am. We anticipate that demand for the classes will be high, so be sure and check your logon ID and password beforehand so you will not have delays in registering.

For more detailts, date and time click here

Be sure and select 2021 Spring in the Select Semester field.

ILR 2021Winter Classes Still Have Room

The ILR 2021 Winter Zoom semester still has open spaces for some of the classes. It's not too late to register, especially for the newly added Class W21-09 Calling In or Calling Out presented by Loretta Ross.

Use the Register button to access registration

ILR Announces 2021 Winter Zoom Semester

We are very excited to announce that we will be having a 2021 Winter Zoom Semester!

Click the Register Online button for course descriptions, dates and times and be sure and select Winter Semester before hitting Search.

In the meantime below is a list of the classes:

W21-01 Mito's Movie Picks for Binge Watching led by Mito Mardin
W21-02 How Weather Changed History led by Nick Maiorino
W21-03 The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis led by Susan Fitzgerald
W21-04 Harry Potter-The Adventure Begins - Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone led by Joel Feimer
W21-05 Gargoyles & Grotesques from 10 Different Universities led by Matt Duman
W21-06 Preliminary Interpretation of the 2020 Election led by Mito Mardin
W21-07 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi led by Sue Cohen

As you can see, we have a variety of subjects so there should be something for everyone. Registration will open on January 4, 2021 at 12am. We anticipate that demand for the classes will be high, so be sure and check your logon ID and password beforehand so you will not have delays in registering.

Start the New Year off right and register for a class.

The ILR Board wishes you a very happy, healthy, and safe Holiday Season with best wishes for 2021.


A special announcement was sent to all members of the ILR regarding the impact of the coronavirus on the activities of the ILR.

Dear ILR Member,

It is with real reluctance and deep disappointment – but absolute certainty in the correctness of the decision – that I am advising you today that all ILR courses, as well as Bus Trips and events, for the 2020 Spring Semester have been canceled. [ more ]

Check that Your Log-in Works BEFORE Registration Opens!

Opening Day of ILR Registration, much like the Opening Day of baseball, has a lot of activity. Our team is ready but oftentimes, we are not able to respond to Members as quickly as we would like. Most of the Members' issues are about being unable to log into their account. To avoid this delay in registration and worry or frustration about maybe not getting into a class, check your login credentials [ more ]

ILR Announces New Registration Site Ready to go Live September 3!

ILR is very excited to announce that the new registration site for the 2019 Fall Semester is established and will be open for business starting on September 3.

The site offers a layout that allows you to see the courses quickly without having to scroll down through search filters, as those filters have been set to the left allowing [ more ]

ILR Celebrates 30 Years!

The 2019 Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon was a very special event as ILR celebrates its 30th year of enriching the lives of its members with class, trips and special events   The attendees [ more ]

ILR Newsletter May 2019

In this issue - Invitation to Annual Meeting and celebration of ILR's 30 Anniversary [ more ]

2019 Spring Semester

The 2019 Spring Semester kicked off March 1. All of our courses and trips are now available for registratioin. Go to the Courses tab above and you can get access to see our course offerings and register online.

ILR Newsletter November 2018

In this issue - Invitation to Semi-Annual Meeting and Holiday Gathering; Membership discounts with Tickets at Work; summer learning in the UK; visit to Louisa May Alcott House; Tech Corner; new Winter course Great Decisions

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2018 Fall Semester

Our 2018 Fall Semester will start in September. Here is a sneak peak at the courses that are being offered! Look for the catalog in late August or early September. [ more ]

ILR Newsletter May 2018

In this issue -  Invitation to the Spring Luncheon, Election Slate for 2018-2019, Membership Survey results, Tips from the Tech Corner, Road Scholar and the ILR.  [ more ]

The December 2017 Holiday Tea and Membership Meeting

December 13, 2017 - Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. One of the social highlights of the ILR year, the December Holiday meeting is open to all members. It is a complimentary event hosted by the Board of Directors to thank both members and volunteers for all of their support during the year and celebrate the Holiday Season ... [ more ]

ILR Newsletter November 2017

In this issue - Holiday Tea, Membership Survey, Message from the President, Visit to Naumkeag, ILR Rebrands, Info for ILR Members, Summer Learning at Girton College, the University of Cambridge, UK [ more ]

Bus Trip to Naumkeag

September 13, 2017 - ILR had a wonderful trip to Naumkeag, despite the bus having a flat tire on the way. Our driver managed to get us to Burger King while the flat was being fixed, and ILR members took it all in good stride! It was otherwise ... [ more ]

Fall 2017 Course Catalog

Printable Fall 2017 Course Catalog [ more ]

ILR Newsletter - May 2017

In this issue: Invitation to Annual Spring Luncheon; Message from the President; ILR Info for Members; Event Communication Goes Green; Members at Mory's; Irish History Class at Quinnipiac University;Nominations for Officers to be Elected at Spring Meeting [ more ]

ILR Newsletter - December 2016

In this issue: Invitation to Holiday Tea at the Whitney Center; Marcia's Journeys; Message from the President; Waiver of By-Law; Discount at Neighborhood Music School; CourseStorm; Summer Learning at the University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, UK [ more ]

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