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. Whether you are retired or semi-retired, we invite you to explore membership. Learn more about us

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HILR at a Glance

550 Members


120+ Courses


Fall & Spring

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Courses Designed for You, by You

At HILR, members 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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