Institute for Learning in Retirement - East

BW ILR in Orange Village, Ohio

The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Baldwin Wallace University offers senior adults the opportunity to continue learning in an informal, flexible and non-competitive college environment. Offering a series of non-credit, college-level courses on a variety of topics, the BW ILR is committed to providing an educational and social experience that is highly accessible and inexpensive. The BW ILR is one of many ILRs associated with colleges and universities across the country.

Unless otherwise indicated, ILR-East presents its program of courses at Temple Emanu El, located at the intersection of Brainard and Emery roads in Orange Village. The ILR-East offers classes in the fall, winter, and spring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

We are an all-volunteer endeavor. Officers, committee members, and presenters all volunteer their personal time to make the program enjoyable and successful.

ILR-East Membership

The cost of membership in ILR-East is currently $30 for each academic year and entitles members to a low fee of $35 per course, all volunteer opportunities within the organization, voting privileges, and attendance at our annual meeting every spring. The money raised through our membership and class fees not only covers our rent and other expenses, but also helps to provide scholarships for adult, non-traditional Baldwin Wallace University students each year, when possible.

One must enroll to become a member in order to attend classes through ILR-East. A membership enrollment form will be included with each term’s course flyer and registration form for anyone who would like to take classes but has not yet enrolled.

Current Term

The Institute for Learning in Retirement – East spring term will begin on Tuesday, April 2, run for six weeks, and end on or around Thursday, May 9, 2024. Registration will begin on February 26 and will end on March 28, 2024. Request your registration materials using the form below.

There is always a wide range of topics to choose from. Past course topics have included:

  • Art in Focus – A Different Approach to Art
  • British Romantic Poets: Nature and More
  • Bag Man: The Life and Times of Spiro Agnew
  • The History of Cleveland Sports – Part II
  • His Majesty King Charles
  • Israel and Her Wars
  • Tea Traditions Around the World – Part 1
2023-2024 Calendar
Download the Spring Schedule

Course Registration

Please note that registration is by postal mail only and due by March 28, using the registration form provided. Your registration will be confirmed by email. If you are not currently on our mailing list to receive our registration material, you may request it by completing the “Request Information” form below, or you may call us at 216-987-2985 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

Request Information


ILR East Steering Committee

President – Jeffrey Fine
Vice President – Elayne Lackritz
Secretary – Patricia Singer
Treasurer – Andrew Press
Registrar/Membership – Beverly Siegel
Curriculum Manager – Carl Sieke
Site Coordinator – Jan Campana
Scholarship Chair – William Rafalski
Hospitality Chair – Elayne Lackritz
Nametags Chair – Joanne Billiar
Mailings Co-Chairs – Robert and Myra Fortlage
Marketing – Ellen Ticktin
Historian – Teresa Marano
Sunshine – Patt Gronick
At Large – Dee Christie

More Information

For more information about the Institute for Learning in Retirement - East, call (440) 826-2400 or email