Interest Groups (formerly Ongoing Programs)

At this time, 5CLIR in-person programs are continuing online; please email the contact person for information.
To participate in a program, members should contact the facilitator.  No registration form is needed.
The coordinator of these interest groups can be reached at .


Facilitator: Naomi Yanis

Day and Time:  Monthly on varying Fridays, September – May, 2:00-4:00 PM

Responsibility for leading the discussion of each book is rotated among the membership of the book group. The choices for the year are made early in the summer, so some of the reading may be done when more time for reading might be available.


Conveners: Pam Daniels and Tyll van Geel

Day and Time: Third Thursday of the month at 4PM, December 17, 2020 – June 17, 2021.

Each month, a participant will select a film for the next session, and prepare to lead an informal discussion. We will watch the films on our own time between the meetings. The Kanopy film archive is available at, and you can set up a user id using your library card or university ID. The range of movies available without charge on Kanopy is significant including many Criterion films, drama and comedy from the golden years of Hollywood, and many productions of Shakespeare.

Participants:  Minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 max (including conveners). New members are encouraged to join.


(See Programs Open to the Public)

Facilitators: Various members

Date/time:Fall TBA

Encore is a re-presentation of the best presentations from the previous semester. Nominations are made to moderators from each class, or directly to the Encore team. Presenters who are nominated have the option of presenting, and of updating their presentation with additional material before giving it during an Encore session.

The facilitators can be emailed at .


Facilitators: Jim Harvey, Kay Klausewitz

Date/time: Contact facilitators

This program will focus on several components of our family histories. One important source of information is the family tree which documents the DNA part of our heritage. We will have some instructional time to introduce some genealogical tools and resources available to us. A second source is the collection of stories that have been passed down by word of mouth. The third important source of information about our heritage is an understanding of the cultures that shaped our ancestors’ perspectives. We will spend our time sharing what we can discover about each of these sources.


Facilitator: Lise Armstrong

Date/time: January-October, 10 meetings a year, on the 4th Thursday of the month, 2:00 PM

This is a book club focused on books considered to be classics of literature. Each month a new book is read, and discussed at the meeting.


Facilitator: Nancy Clune

Date/time: one Wednesday per month (TBA), 4:00 PM

Join other incurable readers for an informal round table one Wednesday afternoon a month @ 4:00 pm. Whether you prefer literary fiction, biographies, nonfiction, science fiction, plays, detective series, or graphic novels, you’re welcome to join this eclectic group. We talk about what we’re currently reading (or listening to), where we get our recommendations, trends in publishing, and anything else that interests us. No prerequisite or homework!


Facilitator: Jay Russell

Date/time: 3rd Thursday of the month, 2:00-3:30 PM

Viewpoints is a monthly round-table discussion of current domestic and international events and issues (often, but not always, political), and other subjects not necessarily tied to the headlines of the day (such as cultural appropriation, the impacts of social media and technology and societal polarization).  Each month’s participants choose four topics for roughly 20 minute discussions.

During the Zoom era, Viewpoints will meet from 2:00-3:30 on the third Thursday of each month. If you have any questions or wish to be included on monthly Viewpoints reminder emails and Zoom invitations, please email Jay.


Facilitator:  Judith Pool

The French Conversation group has transitioned to email during the COVID pandemic.