Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC)
Who We Are
Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of lifelong learners. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend all courses, with the exception of Tai Chi. Courses are taught by our own members and by experts from the larger community. Each session’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics as well as the occasional practical (legal, medical or financial) matter. There are no tests or grades. Trips to places of cultural interest are planned for each semester.
We are a not-for-profit organization sponsored by Iona College and affiliated with the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN).
How We Do What We Do
LIRIC hires and pays its own director who is our liaison with the Iona administration. Everything else is done by dedicated, creative volunteers. We govern ourselves through an executive board and formulate all our own by-laws, policies and procedures. The LIRIC board is made up of the officers and the chairs of our standing committees. Representatives at large and the editor of our newsletter are also members of the board. Members of the curriculum committee design our programs and arrange for presenters and speakers from among our members, from the Iona faculty and from the community at large. Course leaders and presenters are knowledgeable in their fields. Responsibility for course content is theirs alone and not that of Iona College or LIRIC. All members of LIRIC are encouraged to suggest courses, speakers and presenters and to assist in arranging for them.