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Ringling: Lifelong Learning Courses

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Announces its Spring Semester: March 11-May 3, 2024

Registration Now Open

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 7, 2024) — Registration is open for the 2024 spring semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College, which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The semester, which runs from March 11 to May 3, 2024, features more than 50 courses, workshops, lectures, and special presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. Semester highlights include Intersection of African and European History: Science, Pseudoscience, and the Invention of Race; Help! I Think I’m a Caregiver; Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy; Holistic Health: The Healing Power of Humor; and Tennessee Williams and The Glass Menagerie. Classes are offered at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and online via Zoom.

CONNECTIONS, the documentary film series, returns for the spring term. American Symphony, March 12, 2:30-4:30 pm, is an intimate love story that follows Jon Batiste as his musical career peaks while his life partner, writer Suleika Jaouad, undergoes a bone marrow transplant. On April 9, 2:30-4:30 pm, OLLI presents a double feature of two award-winning shorts: The Elephant Whispers and The Last Repair Shop. Films are shown at the Ringling College Museum Campus; general admission is $15 each.

OLLI at Ringling College offers four lectures during the spring semester: Toward a Better Constitution, on April 3, 2:30-3:30 pm; Technology, the Individual and Society: What Do Advanced Technologies Such as Artificial Intelligence Portend for the Individual and for Society?, on April 12, 1-2:30 pm; Plastics and Human Health, on April 17, 1-2:30 pm; and A Generational Look at Election 2024, April 29, 2:30-3:30 pm. General admission is $15 each.

Additionally, OLLI presents two free special presentations during the spring semester: Laughter Yoga and Difficult Conversations, on March 21, 2:30-3:30 pm; and Tidewell: Know Us Before You Need Us, on March 26, 2:30-3:30 pm. Pre-registration is required.

To register, or for more information about becoming an OLLI member, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.