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Join Our Virtual Scholars For Life! Speaking Series

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We have a limited schedule for the remainder of the summer.  We will reconvene weekly, after Labor Day!

Enjoy your summer and stay safe!

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, August 5th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (ish)

Listening to Folksingers of the 1960s and Singer Songwriters of the 1970s

Folksingers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, and Peter Paul and Mary had tremendous impact on the political  and social climate of the 1960s.  During this session we will analyze the music and message of these incredibly powerful performers.  During the early 1970s these “folksingers” were replaced with an equally talented group of “singer songwriters,” such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Carole King, and many more.  These performers were singing about very different topics than the folksingers of the 1960s, and we will analyze what this tells us about changes in American society taking place in this period.

 Registration is easy!

No preregistration is necessary.  Click on the ‘Register Here’ button below the night of the event.   The talk begins at 7:00 pm, but we will start the session at 6:45.  Please log on earlier to make sure it works!

If you are on a phone and you are asked for a password it’s:  Singers

When you join the session, your audio will be off, but you will be able to see and hear the presentation.  Your video will still be on and you can turn this off when you join – or just cover your webcam.  I will keep everyone muted until the Q & A.  If you want to ask questions you will be unmuted.

Wednesday, August 19th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (ish)

The History of Farming in Connecticut:  A View from One CT Family Farm

Associate Professor of Accounting, Ms. Jacqueline Jamsheed and her family live on one of the oldest farms in CT.  Jackie, and her daughter Zora, will walk us through the history and what it’s like to work the farm today.





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!