Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College
Announces 2018 Fall Semester: September 24-November 16
Registration Opens September 4!
The fall semester includes more than 50 courses on a wide variety of topics.
It also includes the “Boomer Conference: How to Live Your Best Life Pre- and Post-Retirement.”
This all-day event on November 16 features speakers and networking sessions offering useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial, and practical implications.
(Sarasota-Manatee) “Integrating Art and Design through Technology,” “Writing About Your Life,” “Cuba: A Country Worth Seeing and Knowing,” “Pleasures of Lyric Poetry.” This is only a sampling of the more than 50 in-depth courses offered this fall by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College, and formerly Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy). Classes, lectures, OLLI Talks, Einstein’s Circle series, and special events are held at OLLI at Ringling College’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 Point Pleasant (formerly Westminster Towers & 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.olliatringlingcollege.org or call 941-309-5111.
OLLI at Ringling College’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 of the series is Julie Cotton, a member of the Advisory Council’s Strategic Program Committee, executive coach, and aficionado of documentary films. The fall term features three films. Students may register for the entire series or for individual films. The films are shown on Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m., October 2, 23 and November 13, at Temple Beth Sholom. Fees are per film $11 for Gold Members; $12 for Silver Members and general admission. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
There are two Einstein’s Circle events this semester. “Why Prescription Drugs Are So Expensive: An Insider’s Look at the Pharmaceutical Industry” features moderator, Robert Essner, retired chairman of the board and CEO of Wyeth (now Pfizer). October 31, 2:30-4 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom. $9 for Gold Members; $10 for Silver Members and general admission. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
The second Einstein’s Circle is “Stuck or Unstuck? Women in the 21st Century: Making Gender Equality a Lasting Reality.” Moderator Sherry Penney, Ph.D., is the former chancellor of the University of Massachusetts (Boston) and interim president of the University of Massachusetts’ five-campus system. She is also founding director and professor of the Center for Collaborative Leadership and College of Management. November 14, 2:30-4 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom. $9 for Gold Members; $10 for Silver Members and general admission. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
Two lectures are included in the fall semester. The first is “Crossroads of Cuban Contemporary Art: Utopia and Lost Paradise.” Cuban art expert David Horta will discuss themes related to Cuban contemporary art and how they have impacted the general state of affairs in Cuban society over the last decades. Horta will present current changes that redefine the historical, political, and cultural paradigms that shape the Cuban sense of identity and world vision after the revolution. October 24, 2:30-4 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom. $10 for Gold Members; $12 for Silver Members and general admission. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
The second lecture is “Painting Sarasota with the Colors of the Circus” with Robert Collins, who worked with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and served on the board of Sarasota’s Circus Arts Conservatory, including two years as its chair. A lecturer for the Road Scholar program, Collins is an Arena Marketing Hall of Fame inductee. He will explore Sarasota’s circus history and the enduring legacy of the Big Top. November 8, 2:30-4 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom. Free for Gold Members; $15 for Silver Members and general admission. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
The fall semester also includes the Boomer Conference: “How to Live Your Best Life Pre- and Post-Retirement,” an all-day event featuring speakers and networking sessions that will offer a host of useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial, and practical implications. Keynote speaker, Jeri Sedlar, co-author of “Don’t Retire: REWIRE,” will share her five-step approach to retirement. Conference sessions include “Networking for Fulfillment,” “The Caregiver’s Path: You CAN Care for Your Loved One Without Losing Your Self,” “Pathways and Tools to Embrace a Meaningful Life,” and “Embracing Joy in Your Life.” Conference speakers include Kathy Flora, Louise Gallagher, Debbie Grovum, Dr. David Klain, Susan Larson, Rick Miners, Andrea Nierenberg, and Janna Overstreet. November 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. $98 for Gold Members; $109 for Silver Members and general admission. (Includes continental breakfast and a box lunch.) Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
Janna Overstreet is OLLI at Ringling College’s director. Lifelong learning is both her passion and profession. “Studies show that lifelong learning enhances our understanding of the world around us, improves our quality of life and boosts health and longevity,” says Overstreet. “We offer educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons and enrich their lives.” She adds that courses cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members, and professional practitioners in an engaging, collaborative manner.
“Our new motto is “Stay Curious. Stay Connected,’” she says. “That’s exactly what happens at OLLI at Ringling. We provide people with vital intellectual and cultural stimulation in an informal, supportive atmosphere. Our students and faculty engage in creative discussions that open up new worlds of ideas and insights. It’s a true meeting of the minds.”
About Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, or OLLI at Ringling College (formerly Ringling College 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 in an engaging, collaborative manner. Visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
Since 1931, 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 11 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. www.ringling.edu.