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CCSU Virtual Scholars For Life! Speaker Series

Scholars for Life Speaker Series

CCSU faculty and guest speakers bring their passions and knowledge to our Scholars For Life! Speaking series. We look forward to the time when we can safely gather again and enjoy our time together over dinner, but for now, we are happy to bring you our series online.

We use Cisco WebEx for our talks.   Once you register, a link will be sent to you the afternoon of the talk.  If you are interested in learning more about lifelong learning, our virtual events and future on-campus events, please join the mailing list.

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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

Solutions for Climate Change

Assistant Professor of Economics Alfredo R. M. Rosete, PhD

04/15/2021
4:00 pm

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The science is clear: climate change is well underway due to human activity. Absent changes in the way we produce and consume goods and services, scientists predict that average temperature increases will result in food shortages, storms, and rising sea levels. In this talk, I will go through the pros and cons of two proposals: the Green New Deal and the Cap and Dividend. Alfredo R.M. Rosete is an Assistant Professor of Economics in Central Connecticut State University. His primary research and teaching interests are in Environment and Development Economics as well as the Economics of Immigration. Alfredo R. M. Rosete, PhD Assistant Professor of Economics

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Music of the 50s & 60s (3 part series: 4/19, 4/26, 5/3)

Mr. Stephen Armstrong, Adjunct Professor of History

04/19/2021
7:00 pm

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Please register for the entire series with this form. You will be sent a link for each night. This will be an interactive mini music class! A Social History of American Music: 1955-1975 During this three-part course we will be listening to and analyzing American popular music from 1955-1975, with a focus on the development and changes that took place in rock 'n roll. We will also study how popular music reflected social and political changes that took place in American society during this period. We will be listening to and analyzing the music of Elvis, the Beatles, and the Supremes: we will also be listening to artists that some of you might not have heard of. No previous knowledge of American music is necessary for participation in this course, although it would be nice if participants have at least heard of the Beatles! Our talks begin @ 7:00 pm. The talk usually lasts approximately 45 - 60 minutes followed up by a Q & A. We usually remain online and answer questions as long as the audience would like, but you are free to leave at any time.

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Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium

Several Speakers

04/20/2021
12:30 pm

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14th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium Land Use Policies, Green Buildings & Sustainability Central Connecticut State University invites you to attend the 14th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. This online event is FREE and is attended by student, faculty, members of the general public, as well as researchers and practitioners. The Symposium will take place online in conjunction with CCSU's Scholars for Life! Speaker Series. There is one link to log onto the event. You can log on and off as you would like to attend speakers. To view the series of events see below, or copy this link: https://www.ccsu.edu/gesac/about.html Schedule of Events 12:30 PM Welcome Charles E. Button, Ph.D., Chair & Professor, CCSU Geography Department; Director, CCSU Sustainability Program; Founder & Chair, Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition 12:45 PM Opening Address TBD 1:10 PM Session A: Sustainability: Linking Social, Economic, & Environmental Justice Charles E. Button, Ph.D., Chair & Professor, CCSU Geography Department; Director, CCSU Sustainability Program; Founder & Chair, Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition 2:00 PM Session B: Impact of Land Use Policies on Racial Segregation in Connecticut Renata Bertotti, AICP, Town Planner, Town of Newington 3:00 PM Session C: Sustainable Buildings - The Planet, The People and Profits Jim Kyle, M.S., Lecturer, CCSU Geography Department; CT Certified Real Estate Appraiser; CT Certified Fair Housing Instructor

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Can Cacao and Chocolate Save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest?

Dr. Mary Ann Mahony

04/21/2021
7:00 pm

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It's a good time to talk about a little chocolate - around Valentine's Day! Mary Ann Mahony received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the College of the Holy Cross in 1976, where she was a member of the first class of women. She spent the academic year 1974-75 in the Saint Louis University study abroad program in Madrid, Spain.  She received her M.A. in History from Tufts University in 1986, with a thesis on women in the Sandinista underground in revolutionary Nicaragua.  She received an M.Phil. in History (1988) and the Ph.D. in 1996 from Yale University. Dr. Mahony joined the faculty at CCSU in 2003.  Prior to her arrival at CCSU, she taught at Columbia College of South Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, Yale University, the Universidade Federal da Bahia and the Universidade Estadual da Santa Cruz in Brazil.  Since 2008, she has served as coordinator of the CCSU Latin American Studies Committee, which oversees the minor in Latin American Studies and the Latin American Studies concentration within the International Studies undergraduate major and master’s program. Professor Mahony’s teaching interests includes the broad sweep of Latin American history, Brazilian history, the history of enslavement and freedom in Latin America, the history of export regions in Latin America, as well as social and cultural history.  Her students have worked on topics as diverse as international adoption in contemporary Guatemala, Mexican-American identity formation in nineteenth-century New Mexico, Portuguese colonial policy toward indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombian social movements and Latin American immigration to Spain. Professor Mahony has published in English, Portuguese and Spanish. She is now finishing a book tentatively entitled Horatio Alger in Brazil:  Export Agriculture and Rural Social Mobility in Bahia’s Cacao Region.  She just completed the translation of Crossroads of Freedom, by Brazilian scholar Walter da Silva Fraga, winner of the 2011 AHA Clarence Haring Prize, and under contract with Duke University Press.  Her book reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas and Afroasia.  She has been interviewed on matters related to the history of slavery and cacao growing in Brazil, including on Democracy Now!, Bahian television and the Bahian newspaper, A Tarde.  She has participated in numerous symposia in Brazil, the United States and Europe. She has received both Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships for her work. Professor Mahony is active in professional organizations.  She has been a member of the Executive Committe of the New England Council on Latin American Studies.  In 2013 she chaired the NECLAS Dissertation Prize Committee.  She has also chaired the Brazilian Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin American History, the largest affiliated society of the American Historical Association.  She has served as a panel reviewer for fellowships with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as a reviewer for the U.S. Library of Congress Kluge Fellowships.  She has reviewed articles for publication for The Hispanic American Historical Review,Americas, Afroasia, and the Luso-Brazilian Review, among other scholarly journals.

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French Social Security

Dr. Sam Zadi

04/28/2021
7:00 pm

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Sam Zadi, Ph.D French and Francophone Studies Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Dr. Sam Zadi is an Assistant professor of French in the department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Courses he teaches at CCSU as follows : French language, French literature and culture, African Francophone (French-speaking) literature, cinema and culture, and Caribbean francophone literature and cultures. Dr. Zadi has published widely on francophone postcolonial African literature and cinema.

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Predators and Parks

Dr. Richard Benfield, CCSU Professor Emeritus Geography

05/12/2021
7:00 pm

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Description Coming Soon! Dr. Richard Benfield CCSU Professor of Geography Emeritus

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My mother’s memory of Hiroshima and my memory of Hiroshima legacy

Dr. Shizuko Tomoda

05/19/2021
7:00 pm

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The arch-shaped cenotaph for the A-bomb victims is in the center of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The stone chamber placed in the cenotaph houses the registry of the names of deceased A-bomb victims. As of August 6, 2020 the registry comprises 119 volumes with 319.186 names. If we would listen to each of their voices, we would find 319,186 stories. The talk will present one of those stories, a story of my mother’s life as a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor and my determination to carry on passing the Hiroshima legacy to the next generation. CCSU professor of Japanese. Received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Arizona. She is a second generation of Hiroshima A-bomb survivors and a peace activist. She has given presentations about the Hiroshima A-bomb survivors and the legacy of Hiroshima atomic bombing in numerous occasions not only in academic conferences but also for the general public. She has taught a course about Hiroshima and its legacy over 20 years at CCSU. She also has taken over 150 CCSU students to Hiroshima as part of CCSU course abroad programs. She is now engaged in a project of teaching Hiroshima legacy to high school students.

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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