Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy’s 2017 Winter Academy Talks

“Flat, Humid and Hurricanes: Let’s Move to Florida!

Wednesday, February 1, 3 p.m.  Temple Beth Sholom

“The Religions of Southeast Asia”

Wednesday, February 22, 3 p.m.  Temple Beth Sholom

“Laugh Your Way to Health”

Thursday, February 9, 3 p.m.  Temple Beth Sholom


(Sarasota, Florida) Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy’s (RCLLA) Winter 2017 Academy Talks series continues with “Flat Humid and Hurricanes: Let’s Move to Florida,” presented by Richard Gelpke, Ph.D, Wednesday, February 1, 3-4:30 p.m. “The Religions of Southeast Asia,” presented by Southeast Asia expert Paul Sarno, is Wednesday, February 22, 3- 4:30 p.m. In addition to the two February Academy Talks, RCLLA’s lecture series continues with “Laugh Your Way to Health,” Thursday, February 9, 3-4:30 p.m. Academy Talks and lectures are held at the Academy’s interim headquarters at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Building #1, Sarasota. General admission for Academy Talks is $6 general admission; $5 for members of RCLLA. The lecture is $10 general admission; free for members of RCLLA. To register, visit www.lla-sm.org or call 941-309-5111.

February Academy Talks

Covering a wide array of topics, the Academy Talks series features educators and guest speakers new to the Academy’s community of learners. Audience members participate in a Q&A session that initiates thoughtful and informative discussions on the presenter’s topic.

Ever wonder why sinkholes form, how the Florida Keys came to be or why Lake Okeechobee is sending guacamole to Stuart? In “Flat, Humid and Hurricanes: Let’s Move to Florida,” Richard Gelpke explores the atmosphere, water spheres and land spheres and how these forces relate to Florida and the Gulf Coast region. Gelpke, who has a Ph.D in law and policy from Northeastern University, and who worked in the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Geography and Earth Science for more than 20 years, will answer these questions and more. General admission is $6; $5 for RCLLA members. No event refunds. Tickets are transferable.

In “The Religions of Southeast Asia,” Paul Sarno discusses centuries-old religious and cultural traditions of Southeast Asia, including Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and animism. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Sarno has long nurtured a fascination with this region of the world. Through in-depth research and 13 visits to the region, he has cultivated a deep understanding of the people who live there and their relationships with the rest of the world. General admission is $6; $5 for RCLLA members. No event refunds. Tickets are transferable.

In addition to the two Academy Talks, RCLLA’s winter lecture series continues with a look at the upbeat side of healthy living in “Laugh Your Way to Health. Led by author, educator and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Joel Schwartz, M.D., talks about the physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral benefits of humor and how to apply it to all aspects of life. As Schwartz says, “Before you sign up for this talk, go into the bathroom and look in the mirror. If the person in the mirror smiles back at you, then this is the talk for you.” General admission is $10; RCLLA members are admitted free. No event refunds. Tickets are transferable.


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.