The Renaissance Institute is an active group of men and women over the age of 50 engaged in lifelong learning and intellectual growth.

Founded in 1989 by NDMU's Sr. Kathleen Feeley, community members sign up to take Renaissance Institute courses for the pure pleasure of learning!

Each year more than 100 non-credit courses, workshops and studio opportunities are designed and led by Renaissance members in two 13-week semesters. Working with a campus-based director, the members plan, lead and enroll in a series of courses held on Tuesdays and Thursdays each spring and fall semester.

The success of the program rests on member participation. Members create the curriculum, design and lead courses and serve on one or more committees. Renaissance members are committed to active involvement and informed discussion. 

Membership Opportunities

  • Enrollment in as many Renaissance courses as you wish every fall and spring (no tests or required papers)
  • Forge new friendships among the 300+ members
  • Invitation to the "Winter in the City" and "Summer in the City" social and cultural trips and activities
  • Permission to audit one course per academic year at NDMU
  • Full privileges at the NDMU/Loyola library
  • Access to water aerobics programs and select open swim times in the NDMU pool 
  • A copy of Reflections, the literary arts journal created and published by Renaissance members

Register for Classes

Spring courses begin on February 4, 2020. Registration begins November 12, 2019. Annual membership is $400, or $215 per semester.

View the course catalog to browse the courses offered and to fill out a registration from.

Spring 2020 Course Catalog

Fall 2020 Course Proposal Form

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Contact Us

Linda Kuehn
Program Coordinator

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