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)

Winter Course Offerings


The Institute for Learning in Retirement – BW Campus will offer its fall classes starting on August 13. Registration closes on August 27 at 11:00 p.m.

There are always a wide range of topics to choose from, including:

  • Renaissance Masters
  • Empires of Greece and Rome
  • B Movies: The Second Feature
  • Learning to Navigate the Healthcare System
  • European Queens - Famous and Infamous
  • Lake Erie Rum Runners
  • The British Invasion

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

Become a Member


The Institute for Learning in Retirement – East fall term will begin on Monday, April 10, 2023, and run for six weeks, ending on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Please note that registration is by postal mail only and due by April 6, using the registration form provided. Your registration will be confirmed by email. If you are not currently on our mailing list to receive our registration material, you may request it by completing the “Request Information” form on the website. You may also call us at 216-987-2985 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

There are always a wide range of topics to choose from, including:

  • Art in Focus – A Different Approach to Art
  • British Romantic Poets: Nature and More
  • Bag Man: The Life and Times of Spiro Agnew
  • The History of Cleveland Sports – Part II
  • His Majesty King Charles
  • Israel and Her Wars
  • Tea Traditions Around the World – Part 1

Unless otherwise indicated, classes will be offered at Temple Emanu El, located at the corner of Brainard and Emery Roads.

For more information, or to become a member, call 440.826.2400 or email ilreast@bw.edu.


More Information

For more information, please visit:

Institute for Learning in Retirement - East (website)

Institute for Learning in Retirement - BW Campus (website)