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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)

NEW FOR 2020-2021

  • All classes are offered on-line through Zoom
  • You can now take multiple (up to 5) courses for an introductory lower price of $45 per term
  • Most classes are two hours long and meet once a week for 6 weeks
  • Learn and participate from the safety and convenience of your home

Winter 2021 Schedule Beginning the week of January 11, 2021


DayTimeMax #InstructorInstructorClass Title
M9:00-10:0020JoannaGrollmus Spanish for Beginners
M12:00-2:0015ChrisConsidineWriting Your Life Story
M12:00-2:0080LeonardGoldsteinEconomics, Finance & Current Events from the Point of View of a Conservative
M2:30-4:3040JohnConsidineHot News Hot Views

Art In Renaissance Italy:
Part 2

Tu9:30-11:3050JoeKokeshInside Auto Design
Tu9:30-11:3020GaryFredericksenIntermediate Genealogy
Tu12:00-2:0080JerryBlattEvidence vs. Emotion
Tu2:30-4:3040Nancy DowlingBirds of the Coachella Valley
Tu2:30-4:3030HalJacobsGreat Literature
W9:00-10:0020JoannaGrollmusSpanish for Beginners
W9:30-11:3040RalphSinibaldiBiotechnology and Society
W9:00-11:3080SteveMoyerGreat Trials
W12:00-2:0080JerryBlattMr. President
W12:00-2:0080Donald KaganEconomics and the Pandemic
W2:30-4:3080Stephen Weinberg, MD FACC FACP Alzheimer’s Disease/ Dementia: A Comprehensive Discussion
W2:30-4:3040HarryNugent-PattenListening for America – The Golden Age of the Broadway Musical
Th9:30-11:3020AdairFellShort Stories
Th10:00-11:3080MarcRosenBe a Better Photographer
Th12:00-2:0015SusanReinkeCreative Writing:   Extinguish Your Inner Critic and Light Up Your Inner Muse
Th12:00-2:0080MarcRosenControversial Issues
Th2:00-4:3080JohnCurranDark Alleys and Dangerous Blondes: A Look at Film Noir
Th2:30-4:3080Donald KaganTech Topics
F9:30-11:3080LarryDeBuhrDesert Flora
F9:30-11:3060JerrySwirskyLandmark Supreme Court Cases and the Stories Behind Them
F12:00-2:0080Terry BoyleIrish Literature
F12:00-2:0050Harold IvanSmith

“Give ’em, Hell, Harry!” Almost Everything Worth Knowing About Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President

Please see testimonials and more information below

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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Find Us

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

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