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for Learning

in Retirement

Spring 2018

March - May



Ancora Imparo

(I am still learning)

Michelangelo, at age 87


About Marietta’s Institute for Learning in Retirement

The Institute for Learning in Retirement is a community based organization of retirement age people who share a love of   learning.  At its heart is an academic program designed by its members to suit their interests and taught by knowledgeable instructors.

The cost is $30 per course. You may take as many courses as you wish.  Classes will take place at various locations.


Peter Polites, Director

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Phone:  740.376.9921


Barb Moberg, Program Chair

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Phone:  740.525.6065




Access information about activities, class schedules, course materials, instructor bios, discussion boards, and new announcements.  You can also learn about the history of the organization and much more!


Spring 2018 Courses:

Memoir Writing Workshop

Lois Spencer, English instructor, Ohio Valley University

Do you have a story to tell? Most people do, but few ever get around to sharing it. Roadblocks such as how to get started and how to link seemingly disconnected pieces into a cohesive story can seem insurmountable. Conducted in a low-tech, non-threatening environment where students are active participants, this workshop focuses on exactly those issues. The course also offers instruction in the basics of the memoir along with samples of autobiographical writing by published writers. While more standard approaches, such as the new autobiography and creative nonfiction are shared and practiced, alternative forms of the memoir are welcomed as well. The goal of the course is this: Your unwritten stories find their way onto the page and become a premiere form of self-expression and satisfaction.

Limit: 20 participants

DAY & TIME: Mondays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES:  March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7

LOCATION:   110 Thomas Hall






H. G. Wells: Novelist, Historian and Futurist

Ted Goertzel, Ph.D., retired Rutgers University professor

Herbert George Wells is best known today for his science fiction novels, but he was better known in England of his time for his literary novels, historical writings, his scandalous sexual life and his advocacy of free love. His Outline of History sold two million copies in English. He knew and wrote about most of the leading English literary figures of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries,and had extensive interviews with Maxim Gorky, Lenin, Stalin, and Theodore Roosevelt. Many movies have been based on his novels, and there is a video series featuring him as a character as well. Optional reading includes his Experiment in Autobiography, the supplement on his love life, and his dozens of scientific romances, social novels, and nonfiction works..

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm

DATES: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8

LOCATION:   124 Thomas Hall


Return of the Czar: Putin's Russia

Mike Tager, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Marietta College

This course focuses on the rise and long reign of Vladimir Putin. It considers how an obscure bureaucrat became president of Russia, the impact of his policies in both stabilizing the Russian economy and state, and in ushering in a new authoritarian regime, and the nature of his increasingly assertive foreign policy that has led Russia into confrontation with the West. The course will conclude by considering the implications of the March 2018 presidential election, which everyone expects to result in an overwhelming Putin victory for another six year term. How might Russian politics and policies evolve in the late Putin era, and what might a post-Putin Russia look like?

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES: March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9

LOCATION:  124 Thomas Hall



Your Immune System in Health and Illness

Steve Spilatro, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Marietta College

This course will unveil the inner workings of your remarkable immune system. Learn how the immune system can identify and destroy almost any type of foreign pathogen, yet be indifferent to the normal cells, molecules and microbiota of the body. Discover MHC proteins - our master immune surveillance system - that influence your resistance to disease, tolerance of organ transplants, and predisposition for immune pathologies. And explore how our defenses against infectious disease, toxic substances and cancer, are linked to a variety of immune-related topics, including disease immunity, autoimmune disorders and allergies, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndromes,vaccines and cancer immunotherapy, as well as immune deficiencies and AIDS.

Limit: 50 participants

DAY & :  Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10

LOCATION:   209 Thomas Hall


Want to Take Control of Your Camera?

Bruce Wunderlich, Production Director, Bird Watcher’s Digest; Marietta Getaway Guide, Photographer

With this course, you'll learn about the craft of digital photography. You'll become better acquainted with the basic features of digital cameras and learn how each plays a role in creating photographs. This course will be of great interest to all learners who want to apply the basic techniques of digital photography that will turn snapshots into great photographs. Whether you own a point-and-shoot or a more advanced DSLR, this class will give you a better grasp of your chosen tool to make successful images. We will focus on core photographic concepts as well as some more advanced techniques. The course will include hands-on demonstrations with the camera as well as basic digital image editing techniques. We will discuss the work of great photographers alongside your own photographs in order to better understand the fundamentals of composition to create compelling images. This class is not recommended for those who use their cell phones for a camera. However, basic things such as composition and lighting will be covered and can apply to cell phone cameras..

Limit: 50 participants

DAY & TIME:  Fridays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES: March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11

LOCATION:   209 Thomas Hall



2 ways to register . . . .



Just click on the ILR storefront, select program(s) of your choice, and proceed to checkout.

Pay using your VISA, Mastercard, or Discover card.


Complete the registration form below & mail with payment.

PLEASE NOTE Registration cannot be made over the phone.  Credit card transactions are processed via online payment or in person at the cashier’s office.




Complete & mail with payment to

Institute for Learning in Retirement,

Marietta College, 215 Fifth St., Marietta, OH 45750













Memoir Writing Workshop

H. G. Wells: Novelist, Historian and Futurist

Return of the Czar: Putin's Russia

Your Immune System in Health and Illness

Want to Take Control of Your Camera?

COST:  $30 per course.  Check enclosed for  $ ___