Registration is open for the 2023 winter semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives.
The semester runs Jan. 9-March 3 and features more than 70 courses, lectures, and special presentations covering a variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science.
Semester highlights include “Flamboyant Florida Films”; “How Not to Be Wrong”; “Florida Maritime History”; “Understanding Obesity from a Whole Health Perspective”; “United States Vice Presidents”; the fourth annual Listening to Women series; and a free two-part Medicare information series. Classes are offered in-person at Sarasota Art Museum on the Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and online via Zoom.
In addition, OLLI at Ringling College offers four lectures during the winter semester, including “Having Fun, Wish You Were Here! Illustrated History of the Postcard in Florida” on Feb. 15, and “The Amazing Career and Great Escape of Judah P. Benjamin, Lion of the Confederacy,” on Jan. 18.
The six-session Listening to Women series (Jan. 26-March 2) features 15 women and one robot whose innovations and accomplishments in a variety of fields are influencing lives locally and globally. Speakers and moderators include Mercedes Soler, Renée James Gilmore, Neirda Thompson-Pemberton, Deshjuana Bagley, Jane (the robot), Sandra Frank, Jennifer Rominiecki, Virginia Shearer, Felice Schulaner, Patricia Anderson Turner, Nanette Crist, Erika Quartermaine, Helen Neal, Sarah Miller, Carrie Seidman, and Michele J. Hooper.
“What You Should Know about Medicare” is scheduled Jan. 13 and Feb. 10 from 11 am to 12:20 pm These sessions are open to the public and will provide an understanding of how Medicare works, including what it covers, how to choose a plan, your rights, and protecting your information. Preregistration is required.
To register or for more information, visit OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.
Submitted by Kelly Fores