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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, July 8, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (ish)

The Geography of Coffee!

We are offering this talk in the am so you can enjoy a cup of coffee with the talk!

This talk will discuss the role of geography in understanding the production, movement, and consumption of coffee around the world. Which countries are the coffee powerhouses and why? What is the role of sustainability in coffee production? Why was it considered the “devil’s drink” for so long?

We will include suggestions for coffee tasting and food pairing representing different global regions. However, you do not have to be a coffee drinker to enjoy this talk!

Dr. Cindy Pope is a Professor of Geography at CCSU with a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona. She teaches all levels of human geography courses, including a course on the Geography of Coffee. She came to this specialty after her scholarship and teaching in and about Latin America and the Caribbean. She also teaches and conducts research in Medical Geography, and her countries of focus are Cuba and Belize.

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.  It is Coffee.
  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.
  8. The talk with begin at 10:00 am, but we will be there at 9:45 am to assist with any questions.



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!