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LIRIC Holds Open House

Lyric Open HousePhotos courtesy of Frank Mohalley
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) kicked of its 25th anniversary year celebration with an open house on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Spellman Hall.
The purpose of the open house was to introduce LIRIC’s fall program to members and prospective members. Iona College Acting President Jon Strauss, Ph.D., and School of Arts and Science Dean Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., spoke at the event.  New York State Senator George Latimer and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino issued proclamations in commendation of the program.
“LIRIC courses always cover a broad range of topics and this fall's courses will be introduced at the open house,” said Suzanne Page, Ph.D., director of LIRIC. “There are always interesting lectures in history, religion and current events; and participatory workshops like play reading. I can't wait to hear what ‘From Loincloth to Lycra’ and ‘It's Not Easy Being Green’ are all about.”
LIRIC serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of lifelong learners. Members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend all courses. Courses are taught by its 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. Suzanne Page, Ph.D. serves as director of LIRIC who serves as liaison with the Iona administration. The program is operated by dedicated and creative volunteers and serves an active membership of more than 300.
“LIRIC has got to be the best bargain in town,” added Page. “If a person chose to attend every one of the 300+ hours of programming included in their annual membership, it would cost 63 cents an hour.”
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