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Exciting Interactive Study for the Intellectually Curious

Classes designed specifically for those ages 50 and above who want to learn for the pure enjoyment of learning.

It's summer in the Coachella Valley and that's the perfect time to plan your activities for this fall, winter and spring.

If you are looking for a place where you can:

  • Exercise your brain
  • Expand your awareness
  • Be joyfully entertained
  • Meet and share your thoughts & experiences with other interesting people…
Then take classes with Learning in Retirement (LIR)
  • Register for fall classes on this site December 14
  • You can take multiple (up to 5) courses for one modest flat fee of $60 per semester
  • Classes are two hours long, meet once a week for 6-8 weeks
  • Classes are located in the COD classrooms at Westfield Mall with free parking


A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE FOR VIEWING ONLY IS LISTED BELOW.

Mon

9:00-11:00

Biotechnology and Society 

Ralph Sinibaldi

Mon

11:30-1:30

Women's Money Matters

Reesa Manning

Mon

2:00-4:00

Writing Your Life Story

Chris Considine & Karen Harvey

Mon

2:00-4:00

Hot News/Hot Views

John Considine

TUE

9:00-11:00

Intermediate Spanish

Angelica Miller

TUE

9:00-11:00

Entertainment Classics

Gerald Salomon

TUE

9:00-11:00

Economics in the News

Donald Kagan

TUE

11:30-1:30

Opera for All!

Gerald Salomon

TUE

11:30-1:30

Evidence vs Emotion — Current Events Class

Jerry Blatt

TUE

11:30-1:30

Being Your Own Best Healthcare Advocate

Donald Kagan

TUE

2:00-4:00

Spanish Chats

Les Modie

TUE

2:00-4:00

Great Literature 

Harold Jacobs 

TUE

2:00-4:30

Dark Alleys & Dangerous Blondes: A Look at Film Noir

John Curran

WED

9:00-11:00

French Conversations

Liliane Bazerghi Fymat

WED

9:00-11:45

Great Trials 

Steve Moyer

WED

9:00-11:00

Mr. President 

Jerry Blatt

WED

10:00-11:30

Beginning Spanish

Angelica Miller

WED

11:30-1:30

Improvisation:  Acting for the Fun of It

Michele Miller

WED

11:30-1:30

Ted Talks

Liliane Bazerghi Fymat

WED

1:00-4:30

Post-Neorealism:  Fellini, Antonioni, Pasolini, and More 

Dr. Charles Derry

WED

2:00-4:00

Intermediate Genealogy (5 Weeks)

Gary Fredericksen

WED

2:00-4:00

Art Appreciation (4 Weeks)

Li Kokesh

THUR

9:00-11:00

Anatomy of a Trial

Gary Ceriani

THUR

9:00-11:30

History and Everyday America

Thomas Jones, Ph.D.

THUR

9:30-11:00

Be a Better Photographer

Marc Rosen

THUR

11:30-1:30

Short Stories

Adair Fell, Nancy Dowling

THUR

11:30-1:30

Photoshop Essentials

Harry Nugent-Patten 

THUR

12:00-2:00

Obama, A Retrospective (One Class Meeting)

Jerry Blatt

THUR

12:00-2:00

Controversial Issues

Marc Rosen

THUR

2:30-4:30

Bulls Bears and Pigs

Jim Miller


Testimonials From LIR Participants

As snowbirds from Chicago for many years, one of our most highly anticipated activities is our participation in various LIR classes. We can’t recommend this program more enthusiastically!
Not only does LIR offer you superb learning, but in the classes you meet some of the most personable, bright and engaging people in the desert area.
The LIR program has become a very important part of my life. I have had wonderful exposure to a world of knowledge and ideas. And indeed, my mind feels more alive and vibrant than before I started.

Our Courses

  • Art
  • History
  • Current News & Events
  • Economics
  • Literature & Poetry
  • Foreign Languages
  • And more!

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We are located in the College of the Desert Partnership and Community Education (PaCE) in Westfield shopping mall, Palm Desert


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