LIRA classes start on Sept. 16

The Learning in Retirement Association, a member-directed organization of retirees in partnership with the UMass Lowell Departments of Community and Alumni Relations, will begin its 31st year of providing classes and local trips to retirees in the greater Lowell area. Peter Sebelius, president of LIRA, said, “The program for this semester covers a wide range of great topics in response to what our members have requested.”

LIRA members can take all the courses/trips that interest them, including:

• The Emergence of the Modern Middle East.

• Trade: Theory, Practice and Reality.

• The Science Behind Global Climate Change.

• Great American Bestsellers: Books That Shaped America.

• Great Decisions, America’s largest world affairs discussion program.

• Elections 2020; Electoral College, Polling, nominations and more.

• The Science of Forensics, actual case histories.

• Nutrition and healthy eating.

• Book Group; four fascinating books will be discussed.

• History and tour of Lowell’s Western Avenue Studios.

• Albert Einstein enactment, his human side.

• Tour of Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire.

• The Painter’s Palette, an Historical Look at Color.

• Tour of WGBH Studios in Brighton.

• Trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston.

Classes begin Sept. 16. They are at UMass Lowell’s University Suites, 327 Aiken St., Lowell, Massachusetts. Room 106 (across from the LeLacheur Baseball park).

For more information about LIRA, or to become a member, go to uml.edu/LIRA, or email LIRA@uml.edu and request a membership application form, or call 978-934-3135.