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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

Postponed until Fall, 2022 IN PERSON Connecticut’s Criminal Justice System from the Viewpoint of a Prosecutor and CCSU Adjunct Professor

Louis Luba

06/22/2022
6:00 pm

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Lou will speak about Connecticut's criminal justice system from the viewpoint of a prosecutor, discuss his experiences and how the system has changed throughout his careers.  He will talk about the various cases he has prosecuted, the effects of recent criminal justice reforms in the state and across the country, and address any questions regarding the operations of the criminal justice system in Connecticut. Lou Luba has been a prosecutor with the Division of Criminal Justice since 1995, working out of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney Special Investigations Unit/Statewide Prosecution Bureau, New Britain – G.A. # 15, and Windham Judicial District – Part A. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, a M.P.A. from the nation’s top ranked Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, a Masters in Homeland Security with a concentration in Terrorism Studies from the American Military University, as well as graduate studies at the University of Connecticut, Naval War College, Naval Justice School and National Defense University. He holds professional certifications in Criminal Investigations through the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and Cyber Investigations through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is 3CI certified through the National White Collar Crime Center. Lou is one of the state’s leading prosecutors in sexual assaults and computer crime related cases, and has been a presenter at several national and international conferences on the issue of non-consensual pornography and computer facilitated sexual violence. Based upon his work in this field, Lou was named 2019 Prosecutor of the Year. He is a POST certified instructor regularly teaching at the Law Enforcement Council in Norwich and an Adjunct Professor at Central Connecticut State University, teaching Expectation of Privacy and 4th Amendment as part of the Advanced Detectives Certificate Program.   He is also the author of the Connecticut Law Enforcement Guide to the 4th Amendment and Expectation of Privacy.

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Postponed until Fall, 2022 VIRTUAL Connecticut’s Criminal Justice System from the Viewpoint of a Prosecutor and CCSU Adjunct Professor

Louis Luba

06/22/2022
7:00 pm

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Lou will speak about Connecticut's criminal justice system from the viewpoint of a prosecutor, discuss his experiences and how the system has changed throughout his careers.  He will talk about the various cases he has prosecuted, the effects of recent criminal justice reforms in the state and across the country, and address any questions regarding the operations of the criminal justice system in Connecticut. Lou Luba has been a prosecutor with the Division of Criminal Justice since 1995, working out of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney Special Investigations Unit/Statewide Prosecution Bureau, New Britain – G.A. # 15, and Windham Judicial District – Part A. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, a M.P.A. from the nation’s top ranked Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, a Masters in Homeland Security with a concentration in Terrorism Studies from the American Military University, as well as graduate studies at the University of Connecticut, Naval War College, Naval Justice School and National Defense University. He holds professional certifications in Criminal Investigations through the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and Cyber Investigations through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is 3CI certified through the National White Collar Crime Center. Lou is one of the state’s leading prosecutors in sexual assaults and computer crime related cases, and has been a presenter at several national and international conferences on the issue of non-consensual pornography and computer facilitated sexual violence. Based upon his work in this field, Lou was named 2019 Prosecutor of the Year. He is a POST certified instructor regularly teaching at the Law Enforcement Council in Norwich and an Adjunct Professor at Central Connecticut State University, teaching Expectation of Privacy and 4th Amendment as part of the Advanced Detectives Certificate Program.   He is also the author of the Connecticut Law Enforcement Guide to the 4th Amendment and Expectation of Privacy.

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Postponed until Fall, 2022 IN PERSON Manipulated History: How Images are Used to Shape our Views of the Past and Present

Brian Flinn

06/29/2022
6:00 pm

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Description: This presentation explores how images from ancient artworks to contemporary photography and video, are used to create and disperse specific narratives and opinions to an audience that is often unwitting of the manipulation involved. We will look at how “fake news” and historical fiction have been used throughout history to persuade viewers to believe in accounts of events that are designed to benefit the creators of such content, and we’ll explore the degree to which visual language influences and shapes our opinions. Discussion will also involve the repercussions that image manipulation has in our culture and how susceptible we are to these alterations of history and contemporary events. Bio: Brian Flinn is an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at CCSU. He teaches courses in Advanced Painting, Illustration, and Digital Art as well as courses in Art Education Theory and Practice and Issues in Art Education. He received his BFA in Illustration (1990) and an MS in Art Education (1995) from the University of Bridgeport, and his MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts (1993) in New York. His studio work features a large component of digital collage and mixed media, and his art has been featured in exhibitions across the United States and internationally. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, National Art Educators Association, and is represented by the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut where his last exhibition, “Circumnavigation” was shown in the fall of 2021. www.brianflinn.com

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Postponed until Fall, 2022 VIRTUAL Manipulated History: How Images are Used to Shape our Views of the Past and Present

Brian Flinn

06/29/2022
7:00 pm

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Description: This presentation explores how images from ancient artworks to contemporary photography and video, are used to create and disperse specific narratives and opinions to an audience that is often unwitting of the manipulation involved. We will look at how “fake news” and historical fiction have been used throughout history to persuade viewers to believe in accounts of events that are designed to benefit the creators of such content, and we’ll explore the degree to which visual language influences and shapes our opinions. Discussion will also involve the repercussions that image manipulation has in our culture and how susceptible we are to these alterations of history and contemporary events. Bio: Brian Flinn is an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at CCSU. He teaches courses in Advanced Painting, Illustration, and Digital Art as well as courses in Art Education Theory and Practice and Issues in Art Education. He received his BFA in Illustration (1990) and an MS in Art Education (1995) from the University of Bridgeport, and his MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts (1993) in New York. His studio work features a large component of digital collage and mixed media, and his art has been featured in exhibitions across the United States and internationally. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, National Art Educators Association, and is represented by the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut where his last exhibition, “Circumnavigation” was shown in the fall of 2021. www.brianflinn.com

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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