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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.

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 Spring classes on this site February 15
  • 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


TUE9:00-11:00Human GeneticsRalph Sinibaldi
TUE9:00-11:00The Canadian Criminal Justice System: Separating Myth from RealityJeff Gindin
TUE9:00-11:00Economics, Finance and Current Events from the Point of View of a ConservativeLeonard Goldstein
TUE9:00-11:00Intermediate SpanishMartin Frank
TUE11:30-1:30Hot News/Hot ViewsJohn Considine
TUE11:30-1:30Opera for All!Gerald Salomon
TUES2:00-4:00Vamos a CharlarLes Modie
TUE2:00-4:30Foreign FilmsMario Sewell
TUE2:00-4:00Evidence vs Emotion—A Current Events ClassJerry Blatt
WED9:00-11:00French ConversationsLiliane Bazerghi Fymat
WED11:30-1:30Ted TalksLiliane Bazerghi Fymat
WED11:30-1:30Women’s Money MattersReesa Manning
WED2:00-4:00Art AppreciationLi Kokesh
THUR9:00-11:00Finding Truth in an Age of Fake News and Opinion Leader DependenceAlan Cohen
THUR9:30-11:00Be a Better PhotographerMarc Rosen
THUR11:30-1:30Controversial IssuesMarc Rosen
THUR9:30-11:15Short StoriesAdair Fell, Nancy Dowling
THUR2:00-4:30Dark Alleys & Dangerous Blondes: A Look at Film NoirJohn Curran
THUR2:00-4:00Urban Legends in Health and NutritionFred Abramson

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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