Lifelong Learning

The Institute for Learning in Retirement

For added intellectual stimulation, life enrichment and networking opportunities, Oak Hammock members can enjoy the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) – a cooperative venture among Oak Hammock, the University of Florida and Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel). Continuing education programs are presented by UF professors, as well as experts in particular fields of study. Classes, which are held right on the Oak Hammock campus, are free to Oak Hammock members with only a minimal charge for course materials, and are open to Gainesville area residents, 55 and over.

The ILR covers a wide variety of subjects – including literature, art and music appreciation, history, creative writing classes, philosophy and current events. And, here's the real bonus: No tests, grades or prerequisites … and homework is optional! 

Here are just a few of the ILR courses offered:

The Impact of Global Warming on Human Conditions

  • Music in the Romantic Era
  • Playwriting Workshop
  • Why Mathematics Really Does Count
  • Energy for the Future
  • Ancient Peoples of the Western Hemisphere
  • Southern Literature: Three Pulitzer Prize Winning Southern Writers

Click here for a complete list of ILR courses. For more information about The Institute for Learning in Retirement, click here to visit their website.