Here's your sneak peek!
Here's your sneak peek!
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Fall registration opens Tuesday, September 1st 
The sound of cicadas "singing" from high atop the trees tells us the sweltering dog days of August are nearly behind us.

As we enter another season, the pandemic continues to challenge us to find new ways of accomplishing familiar tasks. But through it all, our commitment to you has never wavered—in fact, it has only strengthened our determination to provide you with the best experience possible. While our fall semester will differ from the norm, we all know different can be good. Even very good.

Until we can safely meet in the classroom again, we invite you to join us for a semester to remember!

The instructors are prepping and practicing their presentations, ILR's volunteers are fired up, and our excitement is overflowing. The only missing piece is YOU! 

Here's your long-awaited sneak peek at the ILR Fall 2020 Course Catalog
What's new?
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A semester like no other

Buckle up—we’re headed to cyberspace! With all hands on deck, we’ll pivot from the norm and offer our first-ever virtual semester. We can do it, and do it very well, with a little determination and a positive attitude. This forced shift in our delivery system for the fall semester will likely create opportunities we previously didn’t know existed. 
All of our fall classes will be delivered online using Webex virtual conferencing. Webex video conferencing training and support will be available for all students. Watch your email for sign-up opportunities. Meeting face-to-face virtually is the next best thing to being in the classroom.

A large number of dedicated ILR volunteers have spent most of their summer putting a lot of their time and energy into creating this virtual semester experience for you. Please reward their efforts by joining us this fall. 
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ILR goes global

As we continue our third decade of providing excellence in lifelong learning, our virtual semester opens doors and creates new opportunities for those living across town, on the other side of the country, or anywhere in the world.
Spread the word, forward this email, and invite your friends and relatives to join you in class this semester.
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Silver linings

Every cloud has one, but this is a BIG one. Without the hassle of travel time from one side of town to the other, every ILR class is now available to you. For some, that means class options have increased tenfold! And because our classroom is virtual, running short of seats won't be an issue for many of our larger classes. Some discussion classes will still have limited space, however, so early registration is encouraged.

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A temporary interruption

ILR's mission is to serve the 50+ community by providing enriching, engaging, and enlightening experiences. Before long, we'll be back in the classroom and touring on the bus. Until then, enjoy this video of our first 20 years for a look back at where we've been and the many friends and memories we've made along the way. Looking forward, let's support each other while making new memories together this fall. Let's do this!
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Online or by mail

At 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1st, our website will be updated with a live link to online registration, and our office will begin processing mailed registrations in the order they were received. Online registration is your quickest option and immediately reserves your seat in your desired classes. Online registration–accessed from the ILR website–takes only minutes and requires no passwords. Once you experience the ease of registering online, you'll understand the appeal. It's the most efficient means of registering, both for you and the ILR office. 
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Who doesn't love a great whodunnit? 

ILR's newest instructor, Brian Forschner, will be teaching his course Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders, on Tuesday afternoons this fall. Students will actively participate to investigate a real case of a series of murders in the Dayton/Cincinnati area from 1900-1911. As the ILR course catalog describes, “A woman escapes and a person of interest emerges. Her testimony, along with newspapers, court records, and death certificates will be reviewed. Forensics and police practices of the time, yellow journalism, the handling of sexual assault, crime literature of the era, racism, and anti-Semitism will be examined. Evidence will be presented to you, the jurors, in the final class. You will be asked to grant justice to these girls and convict a suspect on multiple counts of murder and rape.” Learn more...
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Wining around with Chris

McPrice Myers, Winemaker for Wines That Deliver, as well as his eponymous Winery, will lead us through four of his creations on Saturday, September 12th at 5:30pm. "Mac" has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, place, and value since 2002. Robert Parker wrote of Mac's wines, "California needs more of these wines in the marketplace." Jeb Dunnock advised, "Readers should snatch up these wines." Learn more... Look for Chris on Tuesday afternoons this fall as he teaches A Wine Tour of California.
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SOSB Symphony for Band

While waiting for the Southwest Ohio Symphony Band's Strike Up the Band course on Wednesday afternoons this fall, they've provided some great listening and commentary. This week and next, we'll explore the Symphony for Band genre starting with the Symphony No. 6 for Band by Vincent Persichetti (1915 - 1987.)
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Warning: This may make you hungry

Each week, Matthew Smith's The Extraordinary Times blog catches up with leading figures on the historical scene. This week, he catches up with celebrated cultural historian and culinary explorer Dann Woellert. Dann is passionate about regional food history. Read the blog, and be sure to check out the archives for past editions.

The Humanities Center at Miami is back and coming on strong for fall. Check out their events and laptop lectures.
The Miami University Alumni Association continues to offer online events and webinars, presented by both global thought leaders and award-winning Miami University faculty. Join MUAA for these upcoming webinars or view past webinar recordings! Online events are all free & open for anyone to attend, but registration is required. Love. Honor. Learn.
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