Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy Announces Fall 2017 Semester; September 25-November 17

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Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy Announces

Fall 2017 Semester

September 25-November 17

Registration opens August 29!

The fall semester includes more than 65 courses on a wide variety of topics. It also features a lecture by Craig Pittman, author and columnist for the Tampa Bay Times, about his recent book, “Oh Florida,” and the Reinvention Convention: Reimagining Perceptions of Aging,” featuring nationally recognized speakers.


(Sarasota-Manatee) “The Language of Dance.” “Modern Architecture.” “On the Road Again with Jack Kerouac.” “Ageless Conflicts & Family Strife.” “Beginners Italian.” “The History of Motown.” “iPad Beyond Basics.” This is only a sampling of the more than 60 in-depth courses offered this fall by Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy. Classes, lectures, Academy Talks, Einstein’s Circle series and other events are held at the Academy’s interim headquarters at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Building #1, Sarasota. Classes are also offered at State College of Florida in Lakewood Ranch, The Center of Anna Maria Island, and Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton. Weekly classes run two to eight weeks. No refunds on lectures, workshops, or special events; registration is transferrable. Registration begins August 29. To register, visit www.rclla.org or call 941-309-5111.

The fall semester includes one lecture: ““Oh Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country” (November 2, 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom) with Craig Pittman, author and columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. The fee is $15 general admission; free for members of RCLLA. Pre-registration is encouraged.

The semester also includes two Academy Talks: “A Nazi In the Family” (November 1, 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom) is with Jens M. Albiez, who will discuss how his different phases of discovering, questioning, and understanding the Third Reich evolved from his personal perspective of growing up in Germany in the 1960s. How Kids Listening to the Radio Rocked America in 1955 (November 8, 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom) is with David Milberg (a.k.a. “Radio Dave”), a “disc jockey-at law,” who combined concurrent careers in broadcasting and law. The fee per talk is $10 general admission; $9 for members of RCLLA. Pre-registration is encouraged.

RCLLA, in partnership with the Friendship Centers and JFCS Seniors, is also presenting the “Reinvention Convention: Reimagining Perceptions of Aging,” Thursday, November 9, 9 a.m.- 3p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom. The event features nationally recognized speakers who will change the way we think about aging. Tickets are $99 and include a continental breakfast and lunch.  Reserve seats at 941-309-5111.

RCLLA’s fall documentary film series, “Connections: Exploring Today’s Global Issues,” is an opportunity for students to connect to many of today’s pressing global issues via the penetrating perspectives of contemporary documentary films. The moderator and host of the series is Julie Cotton, a member of the Advisory Council’s Strategic Program Committee, a former organizational development consultant, executive coach and aficionado of documentary films. The film series is scheduled for the fall, winter, and spring terms. Each term will feature three films. Students may register for the entire series (nine films) or register for individual films. The film titles will be posted on the RCLLA website (www.rclla.org) one week before the start of each term. The fall films are shown on Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, at Temple Beth Sholom. The fee is $36 general admission; $32 for members of RCLLA. Fees for individual films are $12 general admission; $11 for members of RCLLA. The fee for the entire nine-film series is $99 general admission; $89 for members of RCLLA. Attendance limited is to 50.

Janna Overstreet is Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy’s executive director. Lifelong learning is both her passion and profession. “Studies show that lifelong learning helps create a positive aging experience, boosting health and longevity and increasing the overall sense of joie de vivre,” she says.

“We provide seniors with that vital intellectual and cultural stimulation in an informal, supportive atmosphere. Our students experience lively discussions promoting personal growth and social engagement. It’s a true meeting of the minds.”


About Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy

Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy offers educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons and enrich their lives. Courses cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members and professional practitioners. Courses are taught in an engaging, collaborative manner where learning results in the development of civic awareness, ongoing learning communities of peers and intellectual and cultural connections to our communities. As a private, not-for-profit, LLA has served the Sarasota-Manatee region for the past 18 years growing lifelong learning program offerings in number and variety as the demand for services has grown. The Academy is funded by donations and registration fees and led by an executive director and volunteer advisory board. Visit www.rclla.org.


About Ringling College of Art and Design

For 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ten disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. Visit www.ringling.edu.

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