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All LIR events scheduled through April 25 have been canceled. 



Southern Illinois Learning In Retirement

Learning in Retirement is an educational community of older learners (50+) who wish to continue learning, expand their horizons and enhance their personal development. This community offers a unique opportunity in which peer learning, collaborative leadership and active member participation are fundamental. The curriculum is chosen, designed and often led by members.


  • Membership is open to adults 50 and older living within commuting distance of Carbondale for a fee of $25 annually.
  • General Meetings are held on the third Wednesday morning of each month, except July and December
  • The General Meeting is open to all persons interested in educational adventures
  • The meetings are held at Grace United Methodist Church, 220 N Tower Rd, Carbondale, where there is readily available parking
  • The building is handicapped accessible

Learning in Retirement Membership Brochure

Membership Privileges:

  • Enrollment in SILR-Sponsored Courses
  • Monthly General Meetings
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Opportunities to serve on one or more of the various committees
  • Special events and social activities

SILIR Newsletter

SILIR Course Planning Form

SILIR Monthly Speaker Form

Come join the fun!

Need more information?

  • Please call Coordinator Jackie Welch at 618/536-7751 or send an jackiew@siu.edu
  • Write to Learning In Retirement
    Conference and Scheduling Services
    Mail Code 6705 
    Southern Illinois University
    Carbondale, IL 62901