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Registration for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Now Open!

The spring and summer semesters feature more than 100 courses and programs covering a wide variety of topics.

Presented by Ringling College February 11, 2019

Ann Hobson

Registration is now open for the spring and summer semesters at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College). There are more than 100 classes, workshops, lectures, and other programs covering a rich diversity of subjects, including art appreciation, culture and travel, health and wellbeing, global issues, science, philosophy and religion, and more. Classes, lectures, Einstein’s Circle discussions, the Connections documentary film series, and other 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 on Anna Maria Island, and Westminster Point Pleasant in Bradenton. Weekly classes run two to eight weeks with half day and full day workshops also available. To register, visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org or call 941-309-5111.

Tanner Saxon

Exclusive to this semester is Listening to Women, a 12-session series featuring women whose innovations and accomplishments, locally and globally, are having an impact and influencing lives. The series takes place on Thursdays at 1 p.m. from March 14 to May 30 at Temple Beth Sholom. March sessions include “My Story: Breaking Barriers in Classical Music” with Ann Hobson Pilot (March 14); “Women Writers—Literature’s Warriors” with Diane Browne-Sterdt and Tanner Saxon (March 21); and “Visionary Women of the Avant-Garde” with Anne-Marie Russell (March 28). To register and for more information, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.

Anne Marie Russell

The Einstein’s Circle in March is “Politics from the Front Row” with Susan MacManus, PhD, the Distinguished Emerita of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa where she taught 30 years prior to her retirement. With both hindsight and foresight, MacManus will discuss what happened in November 2016 and how things are shaping up for the 2020 elections on Wednesday, March 6, 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.

Inner Voices: Sex, Intimacy, and Aging with Hedda Matza-Haughton” explores the unspoken truths about sex, intimacy, and aging through the eyes and souls of four different characters all performed by Matza-Haughton LCSW, who is an actor, drama director, teaching artist, social worker, consultant, and health educator. She has been integrating drama into her work in schools and other community settings locally and nationally for more than 25 years, and is the president and founder of For the Health of It Consultation Services, co-chair of Arts for Health Sarasota-Manatee, Inc., and creator of the nationally-acclaimed “Laugh For the Health of It” and improvisational drama program “Words Not Spoken.” Matza-Haughton’s presents on Thursday, March 7, 2:30-4 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom. $15. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.

Susan MacManus

OLLI at Ringling College’s 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 spring term features “Mercury 13” (March 12), a remarkable story of the women who were tested for spaceflight in 1961 and who reached for the stars but were ahead of their time. “Served Like A Girl” (April 2) is an engaging and honest look at an often-unseen reality for women veterans. Students may register for the entire series or for individual films. The films are shown on Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m., 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. 

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