ILR – Institute for Learning in Retirement

Share our knowledge – teach an ILR class

Ken Marich, ILR Board member

All of us living in SaddleBrooke have interesting backgrounds and a lifelong set of experiences. Why not share your knowledge with your community? Have you ever taught a course based on your expertise and talent? Would you like to teach a course?

Do you qualify as an instructor?

The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) can offer you the opportunity to teach a course right here in SaddleBrooke. You don’t need a background in teaching, just the desire to share your knowledge with others. Your knowledge can be derived from your job, your avocation, or your lifelong passion.

What types of courses are offered by the ILR?

The ILR was founded by Dr. Joel Waldsteicher to provide SaddleBrooke residents a broad range of educational opportunities. Over the last nine years the ILR has offered courses in history, art, science, medicine, literature, music, astronomy and many more.

How long are the courses?

Courses usually last five to six weeks, depending on the subject, and meet once a week for two hours. This allows the instructor ample time to develop the topic and for class discussion. There are no tests, no grades and no papers making this an enjoyable experience for both the instructor and the students. The ILR has two academic terms, one in the winter/spring and the other in the fall.

What does the ILR provide to you?

The ILR will publicize your class and assign you a meeting room. Classes are usually limited to 25 students. You will be provided with audio-video equipment, i.e. DVD/VCR player, speakers and microphone. The Registrar handles all of the student registration.

How do I get started?

Develop a course outline that provides a brief overview and topics to be covered in each session and a brief resume summarizing your area of expertise. The ILR can provide teaching and course development mentoring by experienced instructors, if desired by the prospective instructor. This information will be reviewed by the Curriculum Development Committee. You will get a response regarding your course within a few weeks. For more information contact Lockwood Carlson at [email protected] or Byron Cotter at [email protected].

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Exciting courses available

The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) is once again offering a top-notch lineup of low-cost courses for SaddleBrooke residents.

The Institute offers classes prepared by resident experts who are committed to excellence. Topics cover a wide spectrum of interests. Classes usually meet once a week for two hours and are five to six weeks in length. The emphasis is on learning for the enjoyment of learning. There are no papers to write and no tests to be taken.

Make an early New Year’s resolution to expand your knowledge, meet new neighbors and engage with others in an exciting world of ideas.

Peruse the list below and select your favorites. The classes are popular and fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unexpected Economics by John Somers

Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-noon on January 8, 15 and 29, February 5 and 12

Chinese Culture and Religions by Ann Kuperberg

Mondays from 10:00 a.m.-noon on January 11, 18, and 25, February 1 and 8

Canterbury Tales by Linda Griffin

Mondays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on January 11, 18 and 25, February 1 and 8

Travel Photography by Sharon Cotter

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.-noon on January 12, 19 and 26, February 2 and 9

Mineral Mania (a repeat) by Harlan Clare

Tuesdays 2-4 pm, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9

American Artists and the Met by Laurie Brussel

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 and 9-11 am, 2/3, 2/17

Energy Technologies and Choices by Lockwood Carlson

Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.-noon on January 21 and 28 and February 4, 11 and 18

Visual Perception by Robert Springer

Mondays from 10:00 a.m.-noon on February 15, 22 and 29 and March 7, 14 and 21

The Life and Times of the Navajo People by Larry Stillman

Mondays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on February 15, 22 and 29 and March 7 and 14

First Amendment Issues by Mel Durschlag

Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-noon on February 16 and 23 and March 1, 8 and 15

Peru: Its History, Geography and Culture by Bonnie Wehle

Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on February 17 and 24 and March 2, 9, 16 and 23

The White House and Beyond (a repeat) by Joan Elder

Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on February 23 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22

What the Buddha Taught: The Nobel Eightfold Path by Harriet Schultz

Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

The War of 1812 by Marv Andrews

Thursdays from 10:00-noon on February 25, March 3, 10, 17 and 24

To participate, become a lifetime member in ILR for $25. Members can then enroll in courses which are an excellent value at just $15 each. Registration is easy. Just go to There you will find course details and instructions for registering and paying online or by mail. If you have questions e-mail [email protected] or call 262-3499.