Institute of Learning in Retirement


  • Some ILR courses will be conducted by Zoom. You must have the Zoom application installed on your device. Download the Zoom Web Client at:
  • Several ILR courses will be in-person only with attendance limited to the first 30 registrants. Those courses will not be available by Zoom.
  • You must be a member of the ILR to register and enroll in all ILR courses and Samplers.
  • Winter 2022 Samplers will be presented by Zoom at no charge and will be available only to ILR members. ILR members will receive an email prior to each Sampler with the Zoom link.
  • The ILR Course fee is $10/course/person. The fee is non-refundable even if issues with computer and internet problems interfere with your ability to receive the course content. There is a fee of $15/course/person after the registration period deadline of December 23.

Registration deadline is December 23.

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  • 1. The Civil War in our National Parks – David Kroese


    4 weeks, Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00, Feb 2-23 Zoom only. Over ninety of our 423 National Park Service sites have a direct connection to the Civil War! Such is the impact the Civil War had on American history and the country we live in today. We explore these sites and some of their fascinating aspects, revisiting many…

  • 2. The American Short Story – Mike Carran


    5 weeks, Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00, Feb 1-Mar 1 Zoom only-limited attendance. The modern short story is often credited to Edgar Allen Poe who argued that a short story should be brief enough to be finished in one sitting and should have one effect. We will be reading and discussing three short stories for each class except…

  • 3. Cowboys, Rustlers and the Pleasant Valley – Mary Lee Fitzgerald

    3 weeks, Thursdays, 1:00-3:00, Feb 17-Mar 3 In-person only, limited attendance. Class closed One of the most beautiful valleys in Arizona was also the site of America’s bloodiest decade of frontier violence. A virtual battlefield of lawless factions, it produced the highest numbers of any range conflict in United States history. Apache Indians, the Tewksburys,…

  • 4. Early First Ladies – Joan Elder


    4 weeks, Thursdays, 1:00-3:00, Mar 17-Apr 7 In-person only, limited attendance. This course will provide you with much unknown information about the women who were married to the early presidents of the United States. Starting with Martha Washington and proceeding in chronological order you will learn about as many as our time allows. Participants will…

  • 5. Astronomy Through the Ages – Janet Wood


    3 weeks, Mondays, 9:00-11:00, Mar 14-28 Zoom only. Since the dawn of human history, people have looked with awe, wonder, and reverence at the heavens as they sought to find meaning in their lives and understand their place in the universe. As they struggled to understand the unseen forces that governed their lives, they became…

  • Membership


    You must be a member of the ILR to register and enroll in all ILR courses and Samplers. Your lifetime membership never expires and will allow you to access courses and Samplers sponsored by the ILR.