About the Institute for Learning in Retirement

ILR is a non-profit, community-based group of adults who share a love of learning. At its heart, ILR is an academic program designed to suit varied interests.

In the company of like-minded peers, members have the opportunity to enjoy college-level academic pursuits without concern for credit, grades or prerequisites, as well as social gatherings and cultural experiences. This creates unique educational opportunities made possible by active membership participation and collaborative leadership.

Many of the courses we offer are led by active or retired professors from various colleges and universities in our area.  Others are led by ILR members who want to share their academic interests and passions with their peers.

Classes are held at several sites in the Greater New Haven area, such as the Jewish Community Center and B'nai Jacob in Woodbridge, ACES, the Woodbridge Library, the Daniel Sullivan Education Center in Hamden and others.

We have have two primary semesters: Spring (March-June) and Fall (September- December) and we occasionally offer a few classes in the winter or summer.  Most of our classes are held during the day.  Most are on weekdays, although we occasionally have one on a Saturday.

As a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization ILR receives its sole funding from annual Membership Dues of $45 per person.

Course registration is open only to current ILR members.

If you are retired or semi-retired and are looking for a meaningful way to fill your newly acquired leisure time and meet new friends, we encourage you to become a member of our non-profit organization.

Whether you have an interest in the arts, literature, music, current events, history, science, movies, social lunches or museums, ILR can provide enrichment to your life.

Please browse our website to discover the many ways you can keep learning and get involved.  We would love to have you as a member. 

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