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CCSU Virtual Scholars For Life! Speaker Series

Scholars for Life Speaker Series

During the pandemic CCSU faculty and guest speakers brought their passions and knowledge to you via our Virtual Scholars For Life! Speaker Series.  Because this venue was so popular we are going to continue to offer some talks virtually.  Our faculty are taking a much-needed break this summer after a busy year, but we are working on our new schedule!

We will also offer our Scholars For Life! Speaker Series and other events on campus when the campus fully opens.  We will keep you posted on that progress. 

If you are interested in learning more about lifelong learning, our virtual events and future on-campus events, please join the mailing list  or contact Christa Sterling @ csterling@ccsu.edu or 860-832-2277.

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Life & Leisure #3

Life Long Learning is a great way to keep your mind sharp!  The Speaking Series is a great program at CCSU – diverse subjects, well done! 

Gary Robinson, New Britain Resident and Life-long Learner!

Life & Leisure #2

I go to the fitness center to exercise my muscles, and I go to CCSU’s Life & Leisure Speaking Series to exercise my brain!  I have a high ‘curiosity quotient (CQ)” so the variety of topics covered in this series helps to satisfy my CQ.  It’s said that curiosity killed the cat, but for me curiosity makes for a more interesting life!

Reverend Dolores, Avid Life-long Learner!

Life & Leisure #1

Education is still important to us and now through the CCSU Continuing Education, ‘Life & Leisure Speaking Series’ it’s also fun again.  Thank You!”

Nick ’70 and JoAnn, Active Life-long Learners!

Scholars For Life! Speaker Series

“Coral Reefs and Climate” (IN-PERSON Attendance Registration)

CCSU Professor of Biology Jeremiah Jarrett

05/14/2024
5:00 pm

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“Coral Reefs and Climate” (VIRTUAL Attendance Registration)

CCSU Professor of Biology Jeremiah Jarrett

05/14/2024
6:00 pm

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Virtual Movie Club- Do the Right Thing

Steve Armstrong

05/15/2024
7:00 pm

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Watch the movie in advance and then join us for a lively, casual conversation. Just like a book club, but only with movies! Movies can be found on Amazon, Max and sometimes in libraries!

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The April 8th Solar Eclipse: The Good, the Bad, and the Cloudy (IN-PERSON Attendance Registration)

Dr. Kristine Larsen

05/21/2024
5:00 pm

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Now that the Great American Eclipse, Part 2, is in the history books, let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at what went right (millions of people successfully observing the eclipse), what went wrong (massive traffic in New England), and what was just plain silly (selling the eclipse, including $200 parking!). Join Dr. Kristine Larsen as she recounts her personal journey, and those of her friends, across the country, and how victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat. Dr. Kristine Larsen has been an astronomy professor at Central Connecticut State University since 1989. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections between science and society, including sexism and science; science and popular culture (especially science in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien); and the history of science. She is the author of the books Stephen Hawking: A Biography, Cosmology 101, The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century, Particle Panic!, Science, Technology and Magic in The Witcher: A Medievalist Spin on Modern Monsters, and the forthcoming The Sun We Share: Our Star in Popular Media and Science.

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The April 8th Solar Eclipse: The Good, the Bad, and the Cloudy (VIRTUAL Attendance Registration)

Dr. Kristine Larsen

05/21/2024
6:00 pm

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Now that the Great American Eclipse, Part 2, is in the history books, let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at what went right (millions of people successfully observing the eclipse), what went wrong (massive traffic in New England), and what was just plain silly (selling the eclipse, including $200 parking!). Join Dr. Kristine Larsen as she recounts her personal journey, and those of her friends, across the country, and how victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat. Dr. Kristine Larsen has been an astronomy professor at Central Connecticut State University since 1989. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections between science and society, including sexism and science; science and popular culture (especially science in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien); and the history of science. She is the author of the books Stephen Hawking: A Biography, Cosmology 101, The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century, Particle Panic!, Science, Technology and Magic in The Witcher: A Medievalist Spin on Modern Monsters, and the forthcoming The Sun We Share: Our Star in Popular Media and Science.

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Music and History of the 1970s (IN-PERSON Attendance Registration)

Mr. Stephen Armstrong

06/11/2024
5:00 pm

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Music and History of the 1970s: During this session we will discuss major musicians, artists and musical trends of the 1970s. We will focus on how music of this decade was very different from music of the 1960s, and why. We will also talk about how the music of the decade reflected social and political changes of the time period. Yes, we will even be discussing disco. Mr. Stephen Armstrong is an adjunct professor of history at Central Connecticut State University.

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Music and History of the 1970s (VIRTUAL Attendance Registration)

Mr. Stephen Armstrong

06/11/2024
6:00 pm

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Music and History of the 1970s: During this session we will discuss major musicians, artists and musical trends of the 1970s. We will focus on how music of this decade was very different from music of the 1960s, and why. We will also talk about how the music of the decade reflected social and political changes of the time period. Yes, we will even be discussing disco.

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Teenagers and American Society: 1920 – 2024 (IN-PERSON Attendance Registration)

Mr. Stephen Armstrong

06/20/2024
5:00 pm

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Teenagers and American Society: 1920-2024: During this session we will be discussing the changing role of teenagers in American society during the past 100 years. Teenagers one hundred years ago had very different life goals than teenagers of today: we will discuss how the goals of teenagers has changed; we will also discuss how the education that educational leaders thought that teenagers should receive has radically changed as well. We will conclude the session with the difficulties of being a teenager today. A special focus will be given to teenager life from 1955-1985. Mr. Stephen Armstrong is an adjunct professor of history at Central Connecticut State University.

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Teenagers and American Society: 1920 – 2024 (VIRTUAL Attendance Registration)

Mr. Stephen Armstrong

06/20/2024
6:00 pm

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Teenagers and American Society: 1920-2024: During this session we will be discussing the changing role of teenagers in American society during the past 100 years. Teenagers one hundred years ago had very different life goals than teenagers of today: we will discuss how the goals of teenagers has changed; we will also discuss how the education that educational leaders thought that teenagers should receive has radically changed as well. We will conclude the session with the difficulties of being a teenager today. A special focus will be given to teenager life from 1955-1985. Mr. Stephen Armstrong is an adjunct professor of history at Central Connecticut State University.

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Gilded Age Picture Rush: French Art, American Dollars (IN-PERSON Attendance Registration)

Dr. Leanne Zalewski

07/18/2024
5:00 pm

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What did the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other railroad and industrial titans do with their fortunes? They bought art! And lots of it! Some of it seeded the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums back in the nineteenth century. Join me for a tour of private collections of the Gilded Age. Dr. Leanne Zalewski is an associate professor of art history at Central Connecticut State University.

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Gilded Age Picture Rush: French Art, American Dollars (VIRTUAL Attendance Registration)

Dr. Leanne Zalewski

07/18/2024
6:00 pm

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What did the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other railroad and industrial titans do with their fortunes? They bought art! And lots of it! Some of it seeded the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums back in the nineteenth century. Join me for a tour of private collections of the Gilded Age. Dr. Leanne Zalewski is an associate professor of art history at Central Connecticut State University.

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Ghandi

CCSU’s Office of Continuing Education offers life-long learning opportunities that are friendly, stimulating and informal.
There are no tests and no grades! You will join a learning community that is full of diversity, conversation, stimulation and friendship.

Expand Your Horizons. Meet New Friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be over 50 to attend any Life, Leisure & Community Programs?

Most of the programs are scheduled to cater to our retired audience, however, anyone can attend.  Just be sure you can keep up with them!

Are there any discounts?

  Check back for our 2019 listing coming soon!

Are there any free events?

Yes.  AARP hosts many events on CCSU’s campus, and these events are free.

Where do I park?

Each individual event will have specific driving and parking instructions.  The events are at various locations, and we will provide the closest parking option.

Is there assistance to the event location?

Yes.  We have handicap parking at every location.  However, because we are a campus and you cannot drive to the front door of most buildings, we use a golf cart to transport those that need assistance.  Please let us know when you register if you require assistance.  Only authorized personnel can drive the carts, so we need to plan ahead.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Christa Sterling 860-832-2277; csterling@ccsu.edu

Judy Ratcliffe 860-832-2276; jratcliffe@ccsu.edu