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Learning in Retirement (CALL)

Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning

Due to CoVid-19, all CALL classes are being offered remotely. While CALL members are welcome to come and enjoy our beautiful campus grounds, access to all college buildings is restricted.

Keene State’s Institute for Learning in Retirement is the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL). The program is affiliated through the Institute Network with the internationally known Road Scholar program.

CALL is an educational program aimed at seniors and/or retired folks. The difference between Road Scholar and Institutes for Lifelong Learning like CALL is that the institutes are typically non-residential.

Our classes are lead by members, community experts, and Keene State faculty. Classes are offered for eight weeks in the fall and eight weeks in the spring, with a four-week “mini-session” offered in January and February.

CALL members support Keene State students through the CALL Wonderment scholarship. They also generously donate to the CALL Program Fund to support CALL initiatives like gatherings and teas, field trips, and classroom sound systems. Donate here!

Still have questions? Check out our frequently asked questions or join our electronic newsletter list to receive regular email updates about the CALL program.


Due to CoVid-19, all CALL session are offered entirely online, and a membership fee will not be required.

CALL Registration

The CALL Fall Program will run from September 20 to November 12. Read more about our wonderful faculty and register for fall starting on Thursday, August 26. Register Online Here, following the Registration Directions.

Inclement Weather Policy

Fortunately, learning remotely means that snow days are no longer an issue! When holding classes on campus during average winter weather conditions, Keene State College and the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning shall remain open for all regular operations, including classes and events. We encourage all members to make responsible choices, and to consider the potential for slippery walking conditions in our parking lots and sidewalks when making their decision. Some instructors may elect not to hold classes, despite the college remaining open. Please ask your instructor about his or her specific cancellation policy. CALL will be cancelled whenever the college declares curtailed operations. CALL may also close if most faculty have cancelled their class, or if the Physical Plant staff request that we do so. College-wide curtailed operations are announced on local radio and television stations as well as on the website. CALL-specific cancellations are announced via email and on the website.

Dining Options

Eating on Campus? Ordinarily, the the College offers a variety of options! These are currently closed to the public due to Covid.

Program History

Keene State College was one of the original five schools to host Elderhostel (now known as Road Scholar) at its founding back in the early 1970’s. After a long hiatus, Elderhostel returned to KSC in the early 1990’s when a former Dean of Arts and Humanities, Michael Haines, re-introduced a Summer Elderhostel program.

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Contact Graduate Studies and Extended Education

Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education
☎ 603-358-2290

Elliot Hall, First Floor, Suite 144
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2605

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