Institute for Retired People

The Institute for Retired People, (IRP) started at University College of Syracuse University in 1972, provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, discover new interests and make new acquaintances. Twice each month, members of IRP get together to hear speakers on a variety of topics and share views. Subjects for programs have included public and community events, political and social issues, fine arts, science, and the environment. Presentations are made by Syracuse University faculty and specialists within the community.


Meetings are held on every first and third Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Members may bring their own lunches—Syracuse University provides coffee, tea, and cookies. Sessions are held at First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Plenty of adjacent parking is available in the church parking lot. The location is easily accessible from Brighton Avenue and from Route 481.

Current Schedule

May 3, 2018

“The Monumental Art of Gettysburg”

Sue Greenhagen, Historian

Please join us as Sue shares some of the fascinating stories behind the war monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield.

May 17, 2018

“Politics of Climate Change”

Sarah Pralle, Associate Professor, Political Science, Syracuse University

Keeping climate change at the forefront of government decision agendas will be critical in the coming years because climate change is a long-term problem and governments are unlikely to ‘solve’ the climate crisis with one policy enacted at one point in time. Please join us as Professor Pralle outlines the recent debates over nuclear energy and wind farms in an age of growing concern about climate change.



The Institute welcomes all retired persons and their spouses. The only criteria for membership are an inquisitive mind and an interest in continuing learning. Our members include engineers, marketing consultants, homemakers, administrators of higher education, teachers, salespersons, clerks, librarians, volunteers, architects, chemists, and many others. The result is an interesting and heterogeneous mixture, leading to lively and informative discussions. Membership is free, so sign up now!

Guests are welcome at the Institute. Please feel free to extend an invitation to someone who may be considering becoming a member or who is particularly interested in a given program topic. If you would like to attend a meeting or two before you decide on Institute membership, please do so. New members may join the Institute at any time during the year.

Special Activities

Several times each year members may take part in special activities such as day trips, tours, and luncheons.

For further information, please call or write:

University College of Syracuse University
700 University Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13244-2530
Telephone: 315.443.4846