2020 WINTER – Monday Free Classes

WINTER Monday classes are FREE. Space is limited.  
All Monday classes meet from 1:10-2:50 PM
Room W103 
NCC Photo ID with current LLI sticker must be worn visibly.


January 13 – Jacques Brel: Master of the French Chanson – Free class!     

Remember Jacques Brel’s well-known song, If you Go Away. We discuss the high points of some selected songs. Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1929, Brel began his career in 1953, establishing himself as a singer/songwriter, actor and director developing a cult-like following as a modern master of French chanson. English translations are given for the selected songs in this journey through the interesting and highly personal music of this master of French theatrical song style. Many of his best-known songs were presented in the 1968 off-Broadway revue, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.  Dr. Joe plays this iconic music for us on a piano keyboard in his own creative style.


Joe Utterback earned his MA in Piano Performance from Wichita State University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas.  He has a total of 450 published jazz and classical compositions.  Dr. Joe has been Music Director and organist of the First Congregational Church of Stratford for the past 21 years and has been teaching music at Sacred Heart University for 28 years. He has taught for 15 years at LLI and he continues to perform throughout the U.S. and around the world.


                              1 session on Monday, January 13, at 1:10PM


Monday January 20 – No classes, NCC closed for Martin Luther King Day


January 27 – You Should Write a Book – Free Class!

Ever wonder what it takes to produce a long-form book? Do you want to know more about the process, the professional support you may need, and the options for printing your book? In September 2019, LLI genealogy instructor Janeen Bjork completed a 178-page heirloom-quality book that memorializes the lives and legacies of her 94-year-old client, his parents and eight siblings.   She shares the lessons she learned in the year spent reviewing, organizing and editing the family’s letters, diaries, documents and scrapbooks. Copies of the book will be available for viewing, but not for sale.

Janeen Bjork has combined 30 years of experience as a television researcher and presenter, editor and educator, with her love of family history. A question from one of her genealogy students, “Do you have any ideas for Christmas presents?” took her on an unexpected, challenging, heartfelt and year-long adventure.

                              1 session on Monday, February 3, at 1:10PM



February 3 – National Historical Sites in This Area and The History They Tell – Free Class!

Using the National Parks as a touchstone is very pertinent to many issues facing us today. Weir Farm, The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Federal Hall, The African Burial Ground, Grant’s Tomb, as well as Hamilton Grange, the Theodore Roosevelt birthplace and Castle Clinton are all within a 50-mile radius of the Norwalk Community College. All depict the history of the United States and how far it has progressed as a nation in some areas, and where it has failed, in others. These parks are fun places to visit as well.

Allan J Despres, a native of Fairfield County, loves history and has been able to live that love, working as a United States Park Ranger in many of the sites mentioned above. Allan has addressed groups visiting the national parks and has conducted outreach programs in surrounding communities. He developed art programs at the Statue of Liberty and did a full summer of lectures and discussions on civil rights at Grant’s Tomb.

                              1 session on Monday, February 3, at 1:10PM