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Consistently offering a broad range of courses taught by expert professionals.

Why enroll in the Institute for Learning in Retirement?

The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) is a vibrant community of retirement-age members who are engaged in lifelong learning, personal fulfillment, and enjoyment through participation in a variety of courses, programs and activities.

Peer learning is the heart of the ILR concept. Personal fulfillment is the primary goal.  Self-motivated adults who wish to enhance their own educational experiences can achieve these aspirations through ILR programs in a relaxed collegiate atmosphere. 

The only requirements are a desire to learn and actively participate in a flexible, non-competitive environment.

  • ILR membership is open to all adults of retirement age, regardless of race, gender, or religious affiliation.
  • Several hundred residents from Gainesville and the surrounding communities currently participate in ILR programs.

ILR has operated since 2001 in partnership with the University of Florida. It is based at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.

Because of its relationship to UF, it was natural for ILR to recognize academic research of undergraduate and graduate students that addresses important issues in the aging process. The ILR hosts two annual research festivals, enabling participating UF and Santa Fe College students to showcase their work and be recognized for their scientific contributions.

A Sampling of ILR Classes



Greenberg Opera Lectures

Conversation with Gary Langford

A Man Named Pearl

Understanding and Enjoying Opera



Four Short Stories

World War Films

Adventures in Living

Moby Dick  Lecture

Sciences & Medicine

Sciences & Medicine

Opioids: Their Effects and Treatments

Soft Matter Engineering Using 3D Printing

Smell and Taste




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Imagine: No Term Papers. No Finals. No Grades.
Only stimulating presentations and memorable discussions.

Featured Video

A conversation with former US Senator and Florida Governor
Bob Graham

Upcoming Courses & Events

  1. Greenberg Opera Lectures

    August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm