A Harvard program for retired professionals.

Engage in a Vibrant Intellectual Community

At the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement (HILR), we’re deeply invested in the continuous pursuit of knowledge through interactive courses, stimulating speaker events, and extracurricular activities. If you are a retired or semi-retired individual living in the Greater Boston area, we invite you to explore our program. Learn more about us

HILR January 2020 Intersession

Intersession courses are open to retired or semi-retired individuals not otherwise enrolled in the HILR program on a space available basis. HILR is pleased to offer the following 2-session courses this month (on-campus only):

  • Stephen Kinzer on MK-Ultra: The CIA Mind Control Project
  • Mollie Crawford-Volk on Velazquez' Las Meninas and its Modern Progeny
  • Sean Gallagher on Vienna in the Time of Beethoven and Schubert

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HILR at a Glance

550 Participants


120+ Courses


Fall & Spring

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Courses Designed for You, by You

At HILR, program participants create the curriculum. They share their passions or investigate new areas of interest by designing and leading seminar-style courses.

Here, you might take a course on FDR’s Supreme Court led by a retired trial attorney. Or you might join a former bank president in an exploration of music theory. With over 60 courses to choose from each semester, you’re sure to find topics that interest you.

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