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Institute for Learning in Retirement Fall 2022 Recap!

The Institute for Learning in Retirement kicked off the Fall 2022 semester with an
exciting mix of 40 classes, 30 in-person and 10 online. It was wonderful to see so many
of our members on campus, enjoying the camaraderie of in-person classes and other
on campus events.

The ILR was both honored to welcome instructors from such a wide variety of
backgrounds. Bergen Community College professors volunteered to teach courses as
well as current and retired lawyers, doctors, business executives, high school teachers,
historians, genealogists, financial advisors, professors from other colleges, artists and
more. 8 new instructors volunteered to teach during the fall semester, and the ILR
welcomed back 19 previous ILR instructors. A sampling of courses offered from Fall
2022 included “The History of Poverty in the US”, “Trains in Film”, “Watercolors for All”,
“US Space Program History”, “Senior Balance Yoga”, “Topics in the Environment”,
“Making Sense of Current Events in Polarized Times”. “Michelangelo, Universal Man”,
“The War Between the States”, and “India Topics”.

The ILR choir started back up again during the Fall 2022 semester and treated the
Bergen Community College community to a holiday concert in the student center. ILR
Members also enjoyed a Holiday Cookie party at which they shared homemade holiday
treats as well as cookies baked by Bergen Community College Culinary Arts students
and centerpieces created by students in the Bergen Community College Horticulture
program.

Institute for Learning in Retirement Spring 2023 Update!

The Institute for Learning in Retirement will be offering an enriching semester for Spring
2023 featuring 36 classes, 31 in-person and 5 online. The catalog is available now
online. 35 instructors will be joining us for the spring, with several returning to campus
for the first time after the pandemic and 3 new instructors joining the ILR for the first
time.

The ILR is looking forward to continuing to offer a genealogy course sponsored by the
Genealogical Society of Bergen County, as well as to welcoming two more community
organizations to campus this spring. The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey will be
sponsoring a course in brain injuries and concussions. Additionally, Call Us Clowns will
be offering a course for those interested in learning about volunteering as clown in
hospital and senior centers.