For nearly 20 years, the Learning in Retirement program, also known as LinR, has enjoyed an established presence at Carleton University and within the greater Ottawa community.

Currently, the Learning in Retirement program continues to follow the original concept laid out over 19 years ago – to provide an opportunity to learn for personal satisfaction while participating in a community of life-long learners who enjoy reading, listening and discussing topics of common interest. There are no prerequisites, no exams and no grades.

Lecture series offered in the Learning in Retirement program have traditionally been held at the University. Within recent years, off-campus locations such as the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa walking tours, and other locations has also been used to offer enriching lectures/workshops.

In a small class setting, writing workshops are routinely offered for those interested in writing and poetry.

Participants of the Learning in Retirement program enjoy:

  • Borrowing privileges at Carleton’s MacOdrum library
  • Class sizes between 12 to 55 participants
  • Unique and exciting lecture series, writing, and language workshops taught by experienced and engaging lecturers

The Learning in Retirement program typically offers six sessions every year, each four to six weeks in length. Two sessions are offered in the fall (September – December), one in the winter (January – February), two in the spring (March – May), and one in the summer (June).

Each session offers a number of unique lecture series and workshops, taught by experts in their field. Topics offered include art history, music, science, politics, history, religion, social studies, philosophy, memoir writing, and more.

In 2016, single lecture presentations were added to complement our regular sessions and in 2017, a new language workshop stream, offering non-credit language workshops in small-class settings, was added.

In 2018, our widely popular single lecture presentations were offered during both the daytime and evening hours.

In 2019, Learning in Retirement program will expand its offerings at both Carleton University’s main campus and at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC).