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Explore : Learning in Retirement

Flexible Learning

The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Baldwin Wallace University offers adults the opportunity to continue learning in an informal, flexible, and non-competitive college environment.

Offering a series of non-credit, college-level courses both in-person and via Zoom, the Institute for Learning in Retirement is committed to providing an educational, social, and cultural experience that is highly accessible and inexpensive. Courses are taught by former professors, teachers and professionals from the Greater Cleveland area who are all experts in their subject matter or field of interest.

The institute follows a membership model with a small annual fee and a per-class fee. Membership benefits include:

  • Advance mailings for all ILR-sponsored events
  • An invitation to the annual meeting
  • Voting privileges to elect officers, hold an office, and serve on committees
  • A 10% discount, excluding supplies, at the Baldwin Wallace Bookstore
  • Use of Ritter Library (located on the Baldwin Wallace University main campus in Berea)

Fall 2022 Course Offerings

ILR - BW CAMPUS

The Institute for Learning in Retirement – BW Campus will offer classes from September 12 through October 20. Registration opens on August 14 and closes on August 28 at 11 p.m.

There is a wide range of topics to capture everyone’s curiosity, including:

  • Gettysburg: The Aftermath of Battle
  • The ’60s: The Decade the Changed the World
  • The Witch Hunts: 1400-1800
  • Practical Estate Planning for Older Adults
  • A Studio History of Hollywood
  • The History and Development of the Mystery Novel
    Rare Composers
  • Click here to view the full course listing.

Classes are held on the Baldwin Wallace Campus and via Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Become a Member

ILR - EAST

The Institute for Learning in Retirement – East will offer classes from October 10 through November 17. Registration is my postal mail only and closes on October 6.

There is a wide range of topics to capture everyone’s curiosity, including:

  • Art in Focus – A Different Approach to Art
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Amazing Women of the 19th Century
  • Confederate Lost Cause Mythology
  • The World View of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Seeking History Through the Movies
  • The History of Cleveland Sports
  • Click here to view the full course listing.

Classes are held at Temple Emanu El in Orange Village and via Zoom on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, or to become a member, call 216.987.2985 or email ilreast@bw.edu.

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More Information

For more information, please visit:

Institute for Learning in Retirement - East (website)

Institute for Learning in Retirement - BW Campus (website)