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for Learning

in Retirement

Winter 2018




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!


Winter 2018 Courses:

History of World Cinema-2

Dave Cress, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Marietta College

We continue from last year’s course and cover the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Attendance at last year's course  is not a prerequisite. Many different countries played significant roles in the development of film and we will focus mostly on the world beyond Hollywood. The course will follow closely the TV series by Irish filmmaker and critic, Mark Cousins titled The Story of Film . We’ll examine, mostly from a director’s point of view, changes in film technique and content. We’ll assess a wide range of clips and a few complete films from this period. We’ll include clips and films from Bergman, Bresson, Fellini, Godard, Polanski, Allen, and many others.

Limit: 90 participants

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

DATES:  Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5

LOCATION:   124 Thomas Hall






Wha’s Like Us? Scottish Culture and History

Barbara MacHaffie, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Marietta College

This course explores several aspects of contemporary Scotland such as languages,government, geography and geology, religious life, maritime culture and Highlandism. It then goes on to look at the history of Scotland which has shaped the nation in the 21st century, focusing on early historic and medieval Scotland, the Protestant Reformation, seventeenth-century upheaval and the creation of modern Scotland through Enlightenment, rebellion, parliamentary union and industrialization.

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm

DATES: Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6

LOCATION:   124 Thomas Hall


How the 20s Roared

Carol Steinhagen, Professor Emeritus, Marietta College

The decade of the 1920s in the US is known as a "roaring" time of flaming youth, flappers, and flivvers whose back seats accommodated sexual experimentation. But the excesses of this period had a darker side: the Red Scare, unprecedented restriction of immigration, eugenics, resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, the lawlessness inspired by Prohibition, and the financial excesses leading to the crash of 1929. Throughout the decade, movies, radio, and advertising created the impression of a contented country.  Literature, however, offered alternative perspectives.

DAY & TIME:  Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES: Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7

LOCATION:  124 Thomas Hall



From April Love to The Eve of Destruction : An American Musical Odyssey 1958 to 1973

Melissa Bannister, retired PSHS English teacher and OVU English instructor, and Jayne Whitlow, retired PSHS theater and English teacher

Popular music has always been a reflection of life and no more so than from the placid ‘50’s to the swinging 60’s and ultimately the turbulent ‘70’s. Using original recordings of the time (Feel free to sing along; you know you want to!), we will analyze the history, society and ethos of those fifteen years to discover the influence of music on the times and vice versa.

Limit: 60 participants

DAY & TIME:  Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES:  Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8

LOCATION:   209 Thomas Hall


Local Hidden Histories

Jann K. Adams, Local Historian & Jessica Wielitzka, owner of Hidden Marietta Tour Company

What do you really know about our local history? The goal of this course is to bring to light aspects of our community that have been lost in history or deemed too insignificant to remember. We will examine an eclectic mix of subjects and people to explore the ebb and flow of life in Marietta and the surrounding area. Some of the topics to be discussed are the lives and achievements of women, fires and floods, the Ku Klux Klan, buildings and businesses that have disappeared, downtown Marietta through the decades, prostitution, prohibition, and paranormal activities in haunted Marietta.

Limit: 90 participants

DAY & TIME:  Fridays, 3:00-5:00 PM

DATES:  Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9

LOCATION: 124 Thomas Hall, except for Jan. 26, ROOM CHANGE to Selby 150


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













History of World Cinema-2

Scottish Culture and History

Scottish Culture and History

American Musical Odyssey

Local Hidden Histories

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