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A virtual success!

For eight of the last nine years, ILR has inked enrollment milestones into the record books. This year, success looks a bit different but, quite possibly, even more impressive.
Just one "short" year ago, the decision to cancel our spring semester and move our fall 2020 semester online was met with trepidation and uncertainty. The task of training staff, volunteers, instructors, and students to pivot to virtual learning seemed insurmountable. But with all hands on deck and our strong determination, the outcome has far exceeded all expectations. Over 55 classes are up and running successfully, attended by hundreds of students (20% more than last semester), including many from around the country. Truly, this took a Herculean effort by everyone involved but has proved its worth. We've learned that stretching beyond our comfort zone yields new and exciting opportunities and achievements.
Never before have we had to adapt so quickly to so many circumstances outside our immediate control. Thank you for your flexibility and resilience throughout the pandemic. ILR remains successful because of your dedication to our mission. 
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Please remember to... 

  1. Attend all remaining classes. Our instructors and class hosts have worked tirelessly to prepare their classes, and they deserve your attendance and respect for their time.
  2. Thank your instructors at the conclusion of your classes. They are all generously volunteering their time for ILR and you. If you want to hear more, encourage them to teach again. See the call for proposals below.
  3. Continue to check your email regularly. Cancellations, schedule changes, and make-up class information come via email only.
  4. Look for your member survey to arrive via email in mid-May. It'll be sent after all classes have concluded.
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Last call for proposals
Are you sitting in class wondering how you can share your own expertise? Jump in! We're actively planning the curriculum for our fall 2021 semester, October 4 thru November 5

Whether the passion for your subject matter stems from your career, hobby, or life experiences, you'll find an audience that's eager, interested, and hopeful you'll consider proposing a course for ILR. To get started, complete our course proposal form, which is also on our website under Get Involved.

We're looking for new, refreshed, and/or perennial favorites in literature/writing, science/nature/horticulture, technology/photography, art/theater/music, current events/politics, health/nutrition/sports, geography/history, philosophy/religion, or whatever else is on your mind. 

Ideas? Suggestions? Recommendations? Propose a class at the link above or email us at The proposal deadline for the fall semester is May 3.
We're hiring

Growing pains present opportunities

The popularity of ILR has contributed to its continued success and yearly growth increases throughout the past decade. This growth now necessitates the addition of a part-time staff member. If you know of someone who would be an awesome asset to the ILR staff, send them the link to apply. This position is for the Oxford campus. Spread the word!
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Wine tasting this Saturday

Calling all Oenophiles! The Spicy Olive travels to Rhone, France via the Sierra Foothills of California with our next virtual wine tasting experience. 

Les Doss of Terre Rouge and Easton Wines will lead the presentation. Learn more...
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First man lands on Zoom

This week The Extraordinary Times caught up with Auburn University historian and author James R. Hansen. Hansen has written on the history of science and aerospace technology for the past 30 years. His New York Times-bestselling authorized biography First Man:The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (2005), was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film First Man (2019).

Don't miss it! On Thursday, April 22, at 7pm (Eastern Time), Hansen will speak via Zoom on Neil Armstrong’s life and legacy for Miami University’s Michael J. Colligan History Project. This Earth Day 2021 presentation is free. More info and lecture registration.
Love. Honor. Learn. 
Join the Miami University Alumni Association (MUAA) for these upcoming events & webinars! Our online events are all free & open for anyone to attend, but registration is required.
That's some swagger!
The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band presents Music with an American Swagger, a brief sampling of the music of John Philip Sousa, John Williams, and Rossano Galante.

Sunday wildflower walks
View 60 species of wildflowers across the five-acre Silvoor Biological Sanctuary on a guided wildflower walk. Walks are held every spring on seven consecutive Sundays between March and May. The walks are led by a professional botanist from Miami University. All walks start at Peffer Park Pavillion at 1pm. Read more.

H&HC celebrates 20 years
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati offers seven upcoming virtual programs.

Unpack your bags
From $0-25 lectures to five-day adventures and everything in between, your comfy armchair and computer screen can take you away on some amazing Road Scholar Virtual Excursions. Until we can safely travel again, these tours will serve to whet your appetite for better days and trips to come.

Think Regional!
Preview interviews for the upcoming THINK REGIONAL SOUTHWEST OHIO LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, featuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Friday, April 23, 8:30am-12:30pm virtually! Learn more.
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Enjoy the remainder of the spring semester!

Make plans to join us this fall, 

October 4 thru November 5, 2021 

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