Established in 1972 by Joseph Tramutola, Jr., now a retired business law professor, FILL’s first name was EPOP (Educational Program for Older Persons). The program originally offered the chance for senior citizens over the age of 65 to enroll in courses alongside traditional undergraduate college students.
Now seniors can audit courses, enroll for credit or opt for RPI (Retired Persons Institute) classes, taught by lifelong learners for lifelong learners. RPI classes include a mixture of academic and informal topics, covering subjects as far-flung as Irish literature, the brain and behavior, meditation and photography. FILL has also expanded by lowering the age requirement from 65 to 62. And, for the first time this spring, FILL sponsors a lecture series, “Behind the Headlines,” which will bring prominent scholars and policy analysts to campus for conversation on vital topics in the news.