Men and women 50 years of age and older have 88 opportunities to learn something new during the Learning in Retirement at Valdosta State University.
Learning in Retirement "provides a unique opportunity for cultural growth, lifelong learning, and recreation," according to information provided by the organization. The course offerings and curriculum are "chosen, designed, and often led by the members, encouraging peer learning and active member participation."
Learning in Retirement capitalizes "on the strengths and experiences of older adults, empowering them to continue learning, expand their horizons, and enhance their personal development."
Membership costs $45 per person per term — fall, winter, and spring — and allows members to participate in as many Learning in Retirement courses as they desire.
A few courses and special activities require an additional fee, as noted in advance in the course catalog.
Valdosta State University Theatre and Dance's production of "Evita" was the topic of discussion when members of the VSU-based Learning in Retirement (LIR) program met with Eric Nielsen, professor of dance, coordinator of VSU's Dance Program, and musical choreographer.
He briefly discussed the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Juan Perón, president of Argentina, as well as shared a few secrets behind the making of the musical, which opens with an announcement of her death, then travels back in time to her early life of poverty, her controversial rise to power, and her charity work, making a full circle back to her eventual death.
"Evita" runs through Wednesday, April 2, on the VSU Sawyer Theatre stage.