Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy Announces Spring 2017 Semester March 6-April 28

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Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy Announces

Spring 2017 Semester

March 6-April 28

Classes start March 6!

The spring semester includes more than 60 courses on a wide variety of topics. It also features a lecture on longevity by a bestselling author; Academy Talks on climate change and consumer psychology, and “Too Young to be Old,” a special event with best-selling author, retirement expert and professor, Nancy K. Schlossberg.


(Sarasota-Manatee) “Dictators & Sports,” “Everything You Think You Know about Contracts, but Don’t,” 1950’s TV, “Sherlock Holmes: Iconic Character,” “On the Road Again with Kerouac, “World Heritage Sites: Mideast and North Africa, “iPhone for Beginners,” “A History of Comedy” “Financial Survival for Retirement” “Living with HOAs” and “Healthy Aging: Your Life, Your Health.” 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, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 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. To register, visit www.lla-sm.org or call 941-309-5111.

The spring semester includes one lecture: “Secrets Of Longevity From Those Living The Longest” (March 30, 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom) is offered by Carol D’Anca, MS, CNS, LDN, an integrative nutritionist, bestselling author, and founder of the Academy of Plant Based Nutrition and Cooking. The fee per lecture is $10 general admission; free for members of RCLLA. Pre-registration is encouraged.

The semesters also includes two Academy Talks: “Climate Change, Bay Level Rise, and Health and Economic Value of Sarasota Bay” (March 8, 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom) is with Jack Merriam, the immediate past chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and currently serves on the boards of the Sarasota Bay Foundation and Suncoast Waterkeeper. “A Window Into the Consumer’s Mind” (March 15, 3-4:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom) is with Dr. Leon Alexander, a retail psychologist, futurist and “thought provoker,” who will share insights into the evolution of consumer thinking. The fee per lecture is $6 general admission; $5 for members of RCLLA. Pre-registration is encouraged.

As part of the Academy’s Einstein’s Circle series, Jeff Rodgers, COO South Florida Museum and director of Bishop Planetarium, and Randall Wells, senior conservation scientist with Chicago Zoological Society and senior scientist with Mote Marine Laboratory offer Up in the Sky and Down in the Deep (March 22, 3-4:30 p.m., in Temple Beth Sholom.) The fee is $6 general admission; $5 for members of RCLLA. Pre-registration is encouraged.

A special event, “Too Young to be Old: Love, Learn, Work, and Play as You Age” with retirement expert Nancy K. Schlossberg is April 5, 3-4:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. Schlossberg addresses one of the most important questions facing the Baby Boomer generation, “How do I age well?” Tickets are $10 general admission; $9 for members of RCLLA.

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 nearly 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 eleven 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.


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