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Institute for Learning In Retirement

Welcome to the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Farmingdale State College. Our goal is simple: to create opportunities for retired professionals to share their knowledge and skills with others. We believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit and our aim is to provide you with a chance to enjoy active learning while meeting wonderful new people who share your interests and age.

With us, you won't have to worry about long-term commitments. Our groups meet for two hours once a week, for either four or eight weeks, giving you the flexibility to pursue your passions without sacrificing your schedule. We also offer a lecture series, featuring fifteen lectures per year, presented by experts with various backgrounds.

In addition to our core offerings, membership with the Institute of Learning in Retirement also includes attendance at College events, a monthly newsletter, special events, tours, workshops, and an annual breakfast and luncheon. We are committed to providing you with exciting, educational programs that will enhance your retirement experience.

Join us at the Institute for Learning in Retirement, where you will find a community of retired professionals who share your commitment and appreciation for learning. We look forward to many years of growth and discovery together.

Study Groups | Class Offerings for Spring 2023

Current Issue Forum 

Each week for the first hour the class will set an agenda and exchange ideas concerning local, national, and global issues. The second hour is the focus is on one or more larger national issues; in an effort to identify problems, generate solutions, and hopefully, clarify your position. 

Leader: Chet Gerstenbluth 
Spring 2023 Fee: $50 for 8 weeks. 
Location: Gleeson 102 
Time: Fridays from 9:30-11:30 AM 
Dates: 03/17, 03/34, 03/31, 04/14, 04/21, 04/28, 05/12, & 05/19 

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Contemporary Literature 

Contemporary literature group will be discussing a variety of books suggested by both our membership leaders and our very enthusiastic group participants. 

Leader: Susan Blaeser
Spring 2023 Fee: $25 for 4 weeks.      
Location: Lupton Hall Room 156 
Time: Tuesdays 12:15 - 2:15 PM 
Dates: 04/26, 05/24, 06/27 and 07/25 (Book Club)

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Contemporary literature group will be discussing a variety of books suggested by both our membership leaders and our very enthusiastic group participants. 

April 26 -- The Thread Collectors: A Novel by Shauna J Edwards & Alyson Richman
May 24 -- The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki
June 21 - I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys  (Note: Look for this in the YA department.) 
July 19 - Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir of Friendship by Nina Totenberg

Lectures & Art Gallery Tours

Art Gallery Tour
The series starts with a guided tour of the Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State College. There will be two different exhibits to observe during the Spring session.

Lecture Series
The Spring lecture series will include various instructors from the Health and Wellness department.

Spring 2023 Fee: $10 per session 
Location: Lupton Hall 156 
Time: 12:15 - 2:15 PM
Dates: March - May Dates TBA

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Classic Movie Review 

Presenting six comedies, four of which appear on the American Film Institute list: AFI 100 Years…100 Laughs. We’ll start with the top three on the list then move to three films suggested by ILR members who attended the session last fall.

Leader: Larry Blaeser 

Spring 2023 Fee: $50 for 6 weeks    
Location: Gleeson 127 Fridays
Time: 12:30 - 3 PM
Dates: 8 weeks, 03/17, 03/24, 03/31, 04/14, 04/21, 04/28, 05/12, & 05/19 (Classic Movies)

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03/24 - Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American black and white romantic comedy.
03/31 -Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy film.
04/14 - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known simply as Dr. Strangelove. Dr. Strangelove is a 1964 political satire black comedy film.
04/21 - A Fish Called Wanda (Rated R) is a 1988 British-American heist comedy film.
04/28 - The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy crime film.
05/05 - The Sting is a 1973 American caper film.
05/12 - Back to the Future is a 1985 Sci-fi comedy film.
05/19 - 9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film. 

Institute for Learning in Retirement Events

Name Date Time Location
A Conversation with Bethenny Frankel 3/22/23 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Campus Center, Ballroom
Phenomenal Womyn Award Banquet 3/23/23 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Campus Center, Ballroom
"What Did I Say?" The Psychological Impact Of Microaggressions 3/27/23 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Virtual Event
Last Modified 3/20/23