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Life, Leisure & Community

For the Love of Learning and Connection

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. 

2020 Scholars For Life!  Speaking Series

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, but the favorite part of the evening is the dinner.  We begin with a full dinner so there is ample time to converse with new and old friends.  Whenever you can, eat dinner with others.  So come join us and make new friends and learn new things.

The series is scheduled to begin in January 2020 and will run through December 2020.  15 speaking events will be scheduled.  Most of the talks will be scheduled in the evenings from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; however some will be scheduled at noon.  The schedule and registration details are below.  For any questions call Christa Sterling at 860-832-2277 or email at

Learn in an Engaging Environment.

Expand Your Horizons.
Meet New Friends.
We continually add programs, so check back often!

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. 

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!

View Our Upcoming Programs

Little Women – Then and Now


Thursday, January 16th

11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Afternoon supper & Talk

$25 (AARP members $20) 

The Human Brain as a Living System

Monday, February 17th

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner and Talk

$25 (AARP members $20)

BROADWAY TAILS, Animal stories from the shelter to the Broadway Stage

Tuesday, March 17th

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Afternoon supper & Talk

$25 (AARP members $20)

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!