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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

Spring 2021 Schedule beginning the week of March 1, 2021

LIR Spring 2021 Course List

DayTimeMax #InstructorInstructorClass Title
FirstLast
M9:30-11:3080MikeRuarkBill of Rights
M12:00-2:0080LeonardGoldsteinEconomics & Current Events from Conservative POV
Tu9:30-11:3020LilianeBazerghi FymatFrench Conversations
Tu12:00-2:0080Jerry
BlattEvidence vs. Emotion - A Current Events Class
Tu2:30-4:3040NancyDowlingBirds of the Coachella Valley
Tu2:30-4:3050HaroldJacobsGreat Literature
W9:00-10:3025JoannaGrollmusSpanish for Beginners
W9:30-11:3020Kate
Coates
Creative Problem Solving
W12:00-2:0080JerryBlattMr. President
W2:30-4:3040HarryNugent-PattenThe Golden Age of the Broadway Musical
W2:30-4:3080LilianeBazerghi FymatTED Talks
Th9:30-11:3045Marc
Rosen
Be a Better Photographer
Th12:00-2:0080Marc
Rosen
Controversial Issues
Th2:00-4:4580John
Curran
Dark Alleys and Dangerous Blondes: A Look at Film Noir
Th2:30-4:3040Jeff
Gindin
The Criminal Justice System
F9:30-11:3060Jerry
Swirsky
Landmark Supreme Court Cases and the Stories Behind Them - Part II
F9:30-11:3080Larry
DeBuhr
Plants and Civilization
F12:00-2:0050Harold Ivan
Smith
A Who's Who of Grievers Who Made the Most of their Losses on the World Stage
F12:00-2:0080Terry
Boyle
A Smattering of Irish and English Literature

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


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