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Join Our Virtual Scholars For Life! Speaking Series

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Series topics listed below.

CCSU faculty and guest speakers bring their passions and knowledge to our Scholars For Life! Speaking series.  The talks are engaging, thought-provoking and stimulating.  Our presentations are normally held on campus with a full dinner and social hour, but for now, we welcome you to join us from the comfort of your home.

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 some of your favorite speakers, along with new speakers, to enjoy.  There is no charge to join, and you can enjoy our talks live or recorded at your convenience.

Registration is easy, but can be different depending on the type of talk we are hosting.

Please follow the instructions below for each talk. 

To join our email list email Christa Sterling at

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (ish)

Exploring the Night Sky

Dr. Kristine Larsen

CCSU  Professor of Astronomy

“Exploring the Night Sky”

Have you ever looked up into the night sky and felt lost? Do you have a pair of binoculars kicking around but don’t know quite what to do with them? Have you thought about buying a telescope but don’t even know how to find a single constellation? Learn how to start exploring the night sky without expensive equipment.

Dr. Kristine Larsen is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University, where she has taught since 1989. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections between science and society, including the history of astronomy and the use (and abuse) of science in popular media. She is the author of the books Particle Panic! , Cosmology 101, Stephen Hawking: A Biography, and The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century. She is also co-editor of The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman.

Registration is easy!

  1. Click on the ‘Register Here’ button below.
  2. Enter your name & email and click register.
  3. Check your email.  You’ll receive an email with a link to ‘join’ the ‘training.’
  4. These are called ‘trainings’ but don’t worry, there are no tests.
  5. Need help?  Email me @
  6. Registration works best on a computer.  Older Ipads and Iphones may not work as well.  If you are on a phone you may be asked for a password.  The password for 6/3 is Night.
  7. When you join the session, your audio will be off, but you will be able to see and hear the presentation.  You can turn off your video when you join – or just cover your webcam.  If you are watching the presentation on your screen, you won’t see everyone’s video, but if you click off of the presentation – you may see other videos.
  8. The talk with begin at 7:00 pm, but we will be there at 6:45 pm to assist with any questions.

Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (ish)

The Beatles and Social Change

Mr. Stephen Armstrong

CCSU  Lecturer of History

This session will discuss the tremendous changes that the Beatles made to popular music in the 1960s. We will listen to and analyze songs recorded by the Beatles during different parts of the 1960s, and analyze what that music tells us about the society of the time.  We will also analyze how the appearance of the Beatles changed during the decade and what these changes tell us about society.  We will also discuss the popularity of the Beatles, and attempt to determine why the Beatles were so popular then and why they are still popular today.  If there is time, we will also ask all participants who their most popular Beatle was during this time – we are going to attempt group discussion!

To Register:  Email me:

We will be playing music, so I will need to send you the invitation. 



CCSU is the first university in CT to join the Age-Friendly University (AFU) global network.  CCSU is proud to join a growing number of institutions who have adopted the 10 AFU principles.  Click here to review.

CCSU partners with AARP to offer a variety of free programs to the community. 

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

Mahatma Gandhi

CCSU’s Office of Continuing Education offers non-credit education that is 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. 

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!

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;

Judy Ratcliffe 860-832-2276;

Need a little more information?

Complete the form below and we will be in touch!