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Join Our Virtual Scholars For Life! Speaking Series

Registration for upcoming events and full schedule 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

Monday, September 28th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (ish)

What Defunding the Police Really Means
Dr. Stephen Cox
CCSU Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Tensions between police and minority groups have been escalating for several decades and have culminated in large scale protests across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As a result, many people are calling for the “defunding” of police departments by taking money away from police departments and giving these funds to other governmental agencies. This issue has become very politicized with many people, both liberals and conservatives, believing that defunding the police means that police departments will be completely abolished or will be unable to function effectively. This discussion will present an overview of what it means to actually defund a police department along with examples of police departments that have been defunded.

Upcoming talks

Monday, October 5
Singing for Change
Ms. Kate Callahan

Monday, October 12
Reckoning with History and Memory: The Columbus Controversy or Columbus on Trial?
Dr. Mary Ann Mahony
CCSU Professor of History

Wednesday, October 21
John Lennon’s Adventures in Wonderland
Ms. Cecilia Gigliotti

Wednesday, October 28
Goths, Gargoyles and God; the Building of the Magnificent Medieval Cathedrals of Western Europe 1100-1500 AD.
Dr. Richard Benfield
CCSU Professor of Geography (retired)

Tuesday, November 10
Hartford’s Civil War History
Dr. Matt Warshauer
CCSU Professor of History

Monday, November 16
The Early Days of Record and Radio
Dr. Heather de Savage
Assistant Professor, Music History

Thursday, December 3
Filipiniana Dress History
Dr. Ryan Raven Ong
CCSU Professor of Theatre

Wednesday, December 9
Sinatra at 105
Dr. Gil Gigliotti
CCSU Professor of English

Monday, December 14
Deconstructing the Civil Rights Movement. Chasing the Dream.
Mr. Stephen Balkaran
CCSU Professor of Philosophy



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!