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OLLI at Ringling College Announces 2021 Fall Semester

Ready to learn? Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College’s fall semester begins September 27 and runs through November 19.

Presented by OLLI at Ringling College September 9, 2021

Students enjoy connecting after class at the Bistro on Sarasota Art Museum’s campus.

What’s on the books? The fall semester for OLLI at Ringling College features dozens of classes and programs covering a wide variety of topics. Classes will be offered in a hybrid model—both on the Ringling College Museum Campus and via the Zoom platform.

Classes cover a rich diversity of topics, including art and music appreciation, health and well-being, global issues, philosophy, religion, culture and travel, and science. When offered in-person, classes will be at the Ringling College Museum Campus (1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota); masks and physical distancing will be required. To register for classes, visit www.OlliatRinglingCollege.org, or call 941-309-5111.

Highlights of the fall semester include:

Cynthia Barnett

State of Water, State of Mind

Cynthia Barnett, an award-winning journalist and author who has reported on water and climate worldwide, reflects on water as Florida’s defining element—and on how we can work together to help save our state’s most precious resource. This online Einstein’s Circle lecture is Wednesday, September 29, 3–4:30 p.m. General admission is $15.



Rick Bell

Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History

Join University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell as he explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. This online lecture is Tuesday, October 5, 3–4 p.m. General admission is $15.




The Cigar Industry in Florida

Florida’s cigar industry started as a way to supply the growing demand for Cuban tobacco products while sidestepping high tariffs and restrictions on imports from Cuba. Dr. Josh Goodman, an archives historian at the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee, will trace how this industry became a large and growing economic force in cities across the state. This online lecture is Wednesday, October 13, 10–11 a.m. General admission is $15.

Jody Goldman

Travel Tuesdays

This new, four-part series features lectures by seasoned travelers who bring their unique insights and experiences to each session.

October 5: Citadels of Vertigo and Other Old Stones: Excavating France’s Haut Languedoc Region with Tess Cieux.

October 12: America’s Great Loop (the ultimate boating adventure) with Jody Goldman.



Claudia Mercedes Lozano

October 19: Colombia Adventures with Claudia Mercedes Lozano.

October 26: The Ancient and Classical Antiquity of the Dalmatian Coast: Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina with Jane Mahler.

This online series is on Tuesdays, 11 a.m.12:20 p.m., October 526. General admission for all four sessions is $70.




Tech Day

Whether you’re new to technology or an experienced user, Tech Day is a great way to learn how to use existing technology, understand emerging technologies, increase internet security awareness, and more. Breakout sessions include explorations of cryptocurrency, everyday apps, iPhone photography, artificial intelligence, internet security, and more. This in-person workshop takes place on the Ringling College Museum Campus, Friday, November 5, 8 a.m.2:45 p.m. Masks are required. General admission is $99.

Marie Johnson-Colbert

Fashion Branding and Marketing: Behind the Scenes

Marie Johnson Colbert, a renowned New York City fashion professional, discusses marketing and merchandising fashions from the 1970s to the present and the changes that have taken place over the decades. This in-person, two-part course is Friday, November 12, and Friday, November 19, 1–2:20 p.m. Masks are required. General admission is $45.




This documentary film series, moderated by Julie Cotton, will feature films that explore the theme of “Identity” and how it informs our sense of self and shapes how we present ourselves to the world. The two fall semester films are: Worn Stories, a funny, heartfelt, and moving docuseries that offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, and assert our identity (Monday, October 4, 2:304:30 p.m.); and Tell Me Who I Am, an engrossing film that pulls us into the lives of twin brothers Alex and Marcus, one of whom relies upon the other to recreate his lost childhood memories after a motorcycle accident (Monday, November 1, 2:304:30 p.m.). Both films are screened live at the Ringling College Museum Campus. Following the film, participants can engage in a discussion with the moderator and with one another about the film’s content and impact. Masks are required. General admission is $15 per film.

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