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Exciting Interactive Study for the Intellectually Curious

Classes designed specifically for those ages 50 and above who want to learn for the pure enjoyment of learning.

It's summer in the Coachella Valley and that's the perfect time to plan your activities for this fall, winter and spring.

If you are looking for a place where you can:

  • Exercise your brain
  • Expand your awareness
  • Be joyfully entertained
  • Meet and share your thoughts & experiences with other interesting people…
Then take classes with Learning in Retirement (LIR)
  • Fall term begins the first week of November
  • Register for fall classes on this site October 1
  • You can take multiple (up to 5) courses for one modest flat fee of $60 per semester
  • Classes are two hours long, meet once a week for 6-8 weeks
  • Classes are located in the COD classrooms at Westfield Mall with free parking

Below is a preview of our fall classes for your planning. 
Fall registration should open October 1, 2018.

LIR Fall 2018 Course List (11/6-12/13)
(6 weeks)
Classes meet at Westfield Mall, COD Annex, Palm Desert
Each course meets for two hours/week.

TUE

9:00-11:00

Intermediate Spanish

Martin Frank

TUE

9:00-11:00

American Imaginings: Myth and History

Tom Jones

TUE

9:00-11:00

Entertainment Classics

Gerald Salomon

TUE

11:30-1:30

Changing Lanes: Redefining Retirement

Beverly Battaglia

TUE

11:30-1:30

Evidence vs Emotion

Jerry Blatt

TUE

11:30-1:30

Opera for All

Gerald Salomon

TUE

2:00-4:00

Great Literature

Harold Jacobs & Steve Spurgeon

TUE

2:00-4:30

Foreign Films

Mario Sewell

WED

9:00-11:00

French Conversations

Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat

WED

9:00-11:00

Being Your Own Best Healthcare Advocate Wks 1-4

Donald Kagan

WED

9:00-11:00

The History and Science of the Coachella Valley/ History and Culture of the Cahuilla Tribe Wks 5-6

Morgan Levine

WED

11:30-1:30

Continuemos En Espanol

Angelica Miller

WED

11:30-1:30

Economics in the News (wks 1-5)

Donald Kagan

WED

11:30-1:30

Ted Talks

Liliane Bazerghi-Fymat

WED

2:00-4:00

Introduction to Genealogy

Gary Fredericksen

WED

2:00-4:00

Urban Legends in Health and Nutrition

Fred Abramson, PhD

THUR

9:00-11:30

Dark Alleys and Dangerous Blondes - A Look at Film Noir

John Curran

THUR

10:00-11:30

Be a Better Photographer

Marc Rosen

THUR

11:00-1:00

Short Stories

Adair Fell & Nancy Dowling

THUR

12:00-2:00

Controversial Issues

Marc Rosen

THUR

2:30-4:00

Photoshop Essentials

Harry Nugent-Patton

THUR

2:30-4:30

Ike & Nixon (Wks 1-2)

Jerry Blatt

Testimonials From LIR Participants

As snowbirds from Chicago for many years, one of our most highly anticipated activities is our participation in various LIR classes. We can’t recommend this program more enthusiastically!
Not only does LIR offer you superb learning, but in the classes you meet some of the most personable, bright and engaging people in the desert area.
The LIR program has become a very important part of my life. I have had wonderful exposure to a world of knowledge and ideas. And indeed, my mind feels more alive and vibrant than before I started.

Our Courses

  • Art
  • History
  • Current News & Events
  • Economics
  • Literature & Poetry
  • Foreign Languages
  • And more!

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We are located in the College of the Desert Partnership and Community Education (PaCE) in Westfield shopping mall, Palm Desert


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