A cooperative, self-run, learning community
CLIR's program is chosen and often run directly by CLIR members. This alone makes CLIR unique among the many other continuing education programs available to Bay Area seniors, which all have paid administration and faculties.
At CLIR we do it ourselves.
Every member of CLIR is strongly encouraged to participate in all aspects of the program, as an office worker, a program leader, a committee member or an elected official. Our member's ideas drive the organization forward.
All members are strongly encouraged to join one or more of the CLIR committees that help plan and carry out various member activities. Got an idea for a great speaker? A place you'd like to visit as part of a day-tour? A gallery for the Art-on-the-Go group to check out? A terrific lecturer that you believe could conduct a new class? A book or a film you'd like to discuss? Contact the appropriate established committee chair person.
Got an idea for a new interest group, or some organizational innovation? Speak up. Contact the CLIR president directly or come to a monthly Council meeting and present your idea.
At CLIR the phrases "self-governing" and "self-sustaining" are taken seriously.
Some activities, like the ever popular Current Events forum, which is led by a team of CLIR members with strong knowledge of global issues, began many years ago, as did Special Audiences, book group, and Art-on-the-Go. Other activities are relatively recent innovations--like Art-on-the-Go's companion group Art-on-the-Stay, or screenings of classic musical comedies and DVD-based Teaching Company courses.
CLIR remains unique among the Bay Area's adult learning organizations as all our programs always reflect direct member interests. Which is why CLIR's program of activities is always evolving, always engaging, and always educational.
A selection of CLIR classes and workshops from the recent past