Welcome!

Five College Learning in Retirement (5CLIR) serves the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1988, it is sponsored by Five Colleges, Incorporated, a consortium formed by Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 5CLIR is an affiliate of the Road Scholar Institute Network.

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The Programs

Peer-led seminars and workshops are the core activities of Five College Learning in Retirement and are designed to engage the active learner.   Our Summer/Winter and Special Programs present opportunities for our members to share activities and interests with other members. Great Decisions, a Foreign Policy Association program, provides a forum open to the public to discuss pressing foreign policy issues with national experts.

The Membership

Our members are a group of intellectually curious individuals who want to pursue new fields of interest or to revisit interests too long neglected. We are characterized by a willingness to share the knowledge and insights we have gained over lifetimes variously experienced.

Diversity and Inclusion

Five Colleges Learning in Retirement welcomes, as members and guests, persons of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex or gender (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, religious belief, and socio-economic status. Further, Five Colleges Learning in Retirement does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex or gender (Including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, religious belief, or socio-economic status.
Read here a statement addressing racial and economic inequality in our community.

 

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© 2016 Five College Learning in Retirement
Smith College
18 Henshaw Ave., C2

Northampton, MA 01063
(413) 585-3756

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