Center for Learning in Retirement

CLR brings members of the retired and semi-retired community opportunities for personal growth through learning. For more than 30 years, CLR has provided a diverse selection of peer-led classes each semester for its 500-plus members.

Membership includes unlimited participation in classes in:

  • Arts & Music
  • History
  • Language & Current Topics
  • Philosophy
  • Science
  • Technology

Also enjoy exclusive events, guest speakers, special interest groups, and community partnerships.

CLR Online Program Highlights

  • No age requirement!
  • No geographic requirement!
  • No deadline to register-online registration is rolling!
  • One membership fee per term entitles members to register for an unlimited number of courses on a first-come, first-served basis; courses are not individually priced!
  • Varying class start dates, durations, and times
  • Any smart device can be used (ie. ipad, tablet, laptop, computer, phone)
  • Tech support and assistance available via phone through the Center!
Updated 12.5.22
Spring 2023 Online Brochure

CLR Thanks Instructor Jan Marabito for 25+ Years of Dedication

CLR graciously thanks instructor, Jan Marabito, for having dedicatedly facilitated her beloved course “Professional Artists Lecture Series” for 25+ consecutive years! With the help of 25 + 1 participating professional artists, gallery owners, and connoisseurs of art who have been a part of Jan’s class, CLR created a bespoke, beautiful brown paper package gift tied up with lots of string for Jan to celebrate the occasion at a recent surprise Zoom celebration!

Each artist created an original 25 square-inch tile which somehow incorporated a 25 for the occasion and tiles were compiled and framed. Tune in below to the celebration to see Jan’s priceless reaction, to see the beautiful tiles, and to hear firsthand from some of the participating professional artists’ their feedback regarding their wonderful involvement in not only Jan’s surprise gift but in her beloved course as well. Can you spot how each of the talented artists incorporated 25’s into their masterpieces?

Special thanks to the following participating artists-George Anthonisen, James Bennett, Mavis Smith, Sandy Askey-Adams, Jim Lukens, Jennifer Hansen-Rolli, Steve Zazenski, Joe DeVito, Peter Catalanotto, Silverman Gallery, Mike Pantuso, Pat Proniewski, Helena van Emmerik-Finn, Harry Boardman, Armor Keller, Will Hammerstein, Jonathan Mandell, Dot Bunn, Bucks County Playhouse, Jane Ramsey & Simons Fine Art Framing, Glenn Harrington, Daniel Anthonisen, Chapman Gallery, Jean Childs Buzgo, Betty Minnucci, & Patricia Hutton Galleries! Kudos to talented pianist Don Tenenblatt for the live, beautiful serenade as well!


Janet holds up a photo collage while sitting in a chair.

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CLR Online Program Featured in Bucks County Herald’s Senior Living

The CLR Online Program was featured in the Bucks County Herald’s recently published Winter 2021 Edition of Senior Living. The online program was described by members as an ‘oasis of light’ for seniors in this time of social distancing.

What is the Center for Learning in Retirement? (CLR)

The Center for Learning in Retirement (CLR) at Delaware Valley University brings to members of the retired and semi-retired community opportunities for personal growth through learning. CLR provides a diverse selection of peer led classes in the arts and music, science, technology, and much more. There is something for everyone!

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Summer 2021 Clip Reel

DelVal Voices Video Series

First International Member

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CLR members happily sang along with talented pianist, Don Tenenblatt, as he played and sang several songs for them as part of his American Songbook: Discussion & Sing Along seminar, one of the many course offerings of the Spring 2021 CLR Online Program.

CLR members have been busy at work creating masterful works of art in their online art classes with CLR instructor Mary Mathews as part of the Spring 2021 CLR Online Program. Tune in to get a sneak peak at some of their art work in this Spring 2021 CLR Virtual Art Show! Kudos to all!

Take a few minutes to enjoy some of the art work that our CLR members have been working on in their online art classes this fall!

Learning for Life Podcast

Tune in to the inaugural Learning for Life Podcast podcast created and hosted by CLR Advisory Committee member, Sara Weisman-Shein. In Episode 1, Sara interviews CLR instructors Elaine Trott (History of NYC) and Ashley King (What Are Your Treasures Worth?).

In episode two, host Sara Weisman-Shein interviews Sherry Sullivan, CLR Instructor of the Our Favorite Detectives course, and the detective author Bernard Schaffer. Bernard Schaffer will be a featured author on the mystery/suspense panel at the Bucks County Book Festival Sunday, October 13.

Host Sara Weisman-Shein interviews two DelVal adjunct faculty members, Chef Edward Battone of the "Cooking With Chef Battone" a three-part series, and Robert Brown of the "Raising Livestock on a Small Farm" course. Both offerings are part of DelVal's noncredit programming.

In Episode 4, host Sara Weisman-Shein dialogues with Learning for Life's podcast editor and "Beatlemania: A Half Century" instructor Larry Lefkowitz. Joining them are renowned CLR art instructors Jan Marabito of Professional Artists Lecture Series and Mary Mathews from Printmaking and Mixed Media Painting. Listen while perusing the spring brochure to see just how much of an impact these courses have on CLR members and instructors!

Host Sara Weisman-Shein discusses the upcoming new Conversations on Cinema series that CLR, in collaboration with the County Theater in Doylestown, will be hosting this spring. Sara interviews Mike Kamison, programming director at the County Theater and Bill Lieser, prior Spy Movies instructor, who will both be moderating the series. Kudos to Larry Lefkowitz for his podcast editing skills! Stay tuned for more information on this new initiative! 

Join host Sara Weisman-Shein and CLR instructor and podcast editor, Larry Lefkowitz for a Special Summer Episode as they cover all of the ins-and-outs of Zooming with CLR this summer. Learn just how easy it is to use Zoom and gain insight into the many virtual social activities that CLR is planning. Tune in to get a sneak peek into Larry’s course Merrie Melodies (based on classic Looney Tunes), Edwin Lawrence’s Balzac and the Human Comedy, and Mark Miller’s Strategic Leadership in Times of Crisis. These and more are offered as part of the summer 2020 CLR online pilot program.

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