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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

The Genius of Connecticut: A State Icon? (Virtual Attendance Registration)

Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History

12/13/2022
6:00 pm

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The Genius of Connecticut: A State Icon? Who is she? Where did she go? Why is she back, and why, oh why, are there two of her? The statue, The Genius of Connecticut, once stood at the pinnacle of Connecticut’s capitol dome, an angel of resurrection symbol, a protector of the people. Legend has it that she was damaged by the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, lovingly removed for repair, but later patriotically donated to the precious metal drive during World War II. It is a grand tale, but totally untrue. A new Genuis was created in 2009, with the intention of once again alighting her skyward. It hasn’t yet happened, and simple questions need to be answered: Should The Genius be raised up again? How should it be paid for? Who should be involved? Why should we do it? Join Dr. Matt Warshauer, Professor of History at CCSU, and help answer some of these questions. Dr. Matthew Warshauer is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, where he specializes in American political and constitutional history. He is the author of five books, Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law (2006) and Andrew Jackson in Context (2009). Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (2011), Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles (2015) and most recently Creating and Failing the 9/11 Generation, due out in 2023. From 2010-2015 he served as the co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, which focused on research, public presentations, and telling the story of the state’s involvement during the conflict. Dr. Warshauer has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, is a sought after speaker on a variety of topics, and has a particular knack for connecting history with the difficulties we face in contemporary society.

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The Genius of Connecticut: A State Icon? (In-person Attendance Registration)

Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History

12/13/2022
5:00 pm

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The Genius of Connecticut: A State Icon? Who is she? Where did she go? Why is she back, and why, oh why, are there two of her? The statue, The Genius of Connecticut, once stood at the pinnacle of Connecticut’s capitol dome, an angel of resurrection symbol, a protector of the people. Legend has it that she was damaged by the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, lovingly removed for repair, but later patriotically donated to the precious metal drive during World War II. It is a grand tale, but totally untrue. A new Genuis was created in 2009, with the intention of once again alighting her skyward. It hasn’t yet happened, and simple questions need to be answered: Should The Genius be raised up again? How should it be paid for? Who should be involved? Why should we do it? Join Dr. Matt Warshauer, Professor of History at CCSU, and help answer some of these questions. Dr. Matthew Warshauer is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, where he specializes in American political and constitutional history. He is the author of five books, Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law (2006) and Andrew Jackson in Context (2009). Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (2011), Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles (2015) and most recently Creating and Failing the 9/11 Generation, due out in 2023. From 2010-2015 he served as the co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, which focused on research, public presentations, and telling the story of the state’s involvement during the conflict. Dr. Warshauer has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, is a sought after speaker on a variety of topics, and has a particular knack for connecting history with the difficulties we face in contemporary society.

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Television in the 1950s and American Society – In-person Attendance Registration

Mr. Stephen Armstrong, Adjunct Professor of History

12/13/2022
4:00 pm

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This session is the first segment of a two-part series on American television and how it reflects the values and beliefs of American society of a time period. In this session we will be analyzing clips from dramas. comedies, quiz shows, and news broadcasts of the 1950s and we will discuss how these shows reflected the time period. We will also analyze television advertising from the 1950s. The second session of this series will analyze television of the 1960s. Tuesday, December 13th is a two-part series with dinner in between! First talk with Steve Armstrong will begin @ 4:00 pm. Dinner will be from 5:00ish - 6:00 pm Matt Warshauer will be from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Because Steve Armstrong's talks generally require a lot of audience participation, we are only offering this in person, as virtual attendees would not be able to hear the conversations. We are in a large room and there will not be as many students around as it is final exam week. If you are considering venturing out, this may be a good time - you will be able to have a lot space between you and the others!

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Television in the 1950s and American Society – Virtual Attendance Registration

Mr. Stephen Armstrong, Adjunct Professor of History

12/13/2022
4:00 pm

Password:

This session is the first segment of a two-part series on American television and how it reflects the values and beliefs of American society of a time period. In this session we will be analyzing clips from dramas. comedies, quiz shows, and news broadcasts of the 1950s and we will discuss how these shows reflected the time period. We will also analyze television advertising from the 1950s. The second session of this series will analyze television of the 1960s. Tuesday, December 13th is a two-part series with dinner in between! First talk with Steve Armstrong will begin @ 4:00 pm. Dinner will be from 5:00ish - 6:00 pm Matt Warshauer will be from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Because Steve Armstrong's talks generally require a lot of audience participation, we are only offering this in person, as virtual attendees would not be able to hear the conversations. We are in a large room and there will not be as many students around as it is final exam week. If you are considering venturing out, this may be a good time - you will be able to have a lot space between you and the others!

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CCSU Movie Club: Movies of the 1970s

Stephen Armstrong, Professor of History

01/01/2023
7:00 pm

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This winter Stephen Armstrong will host a six-part movie series on six important films of the 1970s. Movies and dates will be coming soon!

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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