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A virtual success!

For eight of the last nine years, ILR has inked enrollment records into the history books. This fall, success looks a bit different, but quite possibly even more impressive.
Just four short months ago, the decision to move our fall semester online was met with trepidation and uncertainty. The task of training staff, volunteers, instructors, and students to use Webex seemed insurmountable. But with all hands on deck and a strong determination by all, the outcome has far exceeded our expectations. Over 50 classes are up and running successfully, attended by hundreds of students, including many from around the country. Truly, this took a Herculean effort by everyone involved but has proved well worth it. We've learned that stretching beyond our comfort zones yields new, exciting opportunities.
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. Check your email regularly. Cancellations, schedule changes, and make-up class information come via email.
  4. Look for your member survey to arrive via email in early November. It'll be sent after all classes and events have wrapped up.
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Call for proposals
No, not that kind of proposal--although it's charming.
Are you sitting in class wondering how you can share your own expertise? Jump in! We're actively planning the curriculum for our spring 2021 semester, March 29 through April 30

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 hoping 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 fresh 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 spring semester is November 15.
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Wine on the Barbie

Wine tasting "down under" tonight

At 5:30 on Saturday, October 24th, Chris Hensey's Virtual Tasting will offer "Australian Wines on the Barbie." Kelly Voelkel, Director of Market Development for Hudson Wine Brokers will guide us through four of his company's wines. Hudson specializes in Australian wine and selects just one winery from each of their myriad wine-growing regions. Learn more...
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Oxford Empty Bowls 2020

Welcome to Oxford Empty Bowls, a benefit soup luncheon that celebrates art and service to raise much-needed funds for the Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services and other local organizations that supply food to local families in need.
What a difference a year makes! While we regret that it won't be possible for us to hold our usual Oxford Empty Bowls benefit soup luncheon this year, in this, our 18th year, we hope you will join us in the fight against hunger and food insecurity in the Oxford area by participating in the events beginning on November 1, as described on the Empty Bowls website

Janus Forum

The JANUS Forum: Election 2020

The JANUS Forum offers a place for members of the community to come together and discuss opposing views freely and passionately. This year's forum, October 28, 7:30 p.m., will be remote--super easy and safe. Tickets are FREE. More info and registration.

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Pandemics in Historical Perspective

Monday, October 26 at 7:00 pm, the Menard Family Center and Miami Regionals’ Michael J. Colligan History Project will jointly present “Pandemics in Historical Perspective,” an online panel discussion in which experts from academia, government, and community-based organizations will examine the current coronavirus pandemic and how past public health crises in America may inform how we respond today. Registration and more info.
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Barnstorming Ohio

With November’s election nearly upon us, The Extraordinary Times author and blogger, Matthew Smith, caught up with David Giffels. Giffels is the acclaimed author of Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America (2020), which Publishers Weekly calls “a trenchant mix of memoir, reportage, and political analysis.” Read blog here.

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.
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Enjoy the remainder of the fall semester!

Make plans to join us next spring, 

March 29 through April 30, 2021 

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