Lunch and Learn

Music of the Great American Songbook

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series
March 21, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Open to the public

Celebrate spring with music! Come and bring your friends to a special musical event in the NCC PepsiCo Theater featuring two popular Connecticut entertainers.  Well known LLI pianist, storyteller and facilitator, Dr. Joe Utterback, along with talented tenor vocalist, Michael Jovovich entertain us with selections from the Great American Songbook.  Invite your friends to join us for this one hour musical open house program.

Dr. Joe Utterback is a classically trained, internationally recognized composer, pianist and recording artist, who is a long-term LLI music facilitator. Michael Jovovich, a multi-talented actor, cabaret performer and recording artist appears at LLI for the first time after recently recording his fifth CD, The Irish Side of Me.



1777 British Invasion of Connecticut

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series
March 28
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

1777 British Invasion of Connecticut
This illustrated presentation follows 1,800 British soldiers under the command of General Tryon during a four day invasion in our area of Connecticut. They intended to march to Danbury to destroy patriot munitions and return via Ridgefield, where they encountered organized patriot resistance headed by Benedict Arnold.  As the conflict nears its conclusion at nearby Compo Beach, you may feel the emotions of the men on both sides fighting for their lives as well as their countries.

Edward Hynes is a native of Wilton and now lives in Norwalk where he works for Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. As an amateur historian, he and his wife have traveled extensively to battlefields around the country as well as overseas.



Coping with Technology and Computer Anxiety

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series
Re-scheduled to May 9
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Are you an adult born in an earlier era who is finding it a challenge to keep up with all the new gadgets and terms that now permeate our rapidly changing world? Of all the modern advancements that define the way we live, none has had the transformative power of the computer, the Internet and wireless devices. We examine the all-pervading, daily interconnectivity of the 21st Century and its effect on society, families and individuals.

Art Gottlieb, besides being a regular and popular history and current events facilitator at LLI, is a Geriatric Counselor and Certified Senior Advisor in Norwalk. For the past few years he has also    focused his professional efforts toward addressing the growing needs of aiding veterans and their families.  This includes providing pro-bono trauma counseling to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan



The Life Story of Henry Opukahaia, from Hawaii to Connecticut

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series
April 11
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Henry was born in Hawaii in 1792. At the age of 17, he was transported to Connecticut. While acting as a cabin boy aboard ship, he received some basic lessons in English by the captain.  He continued his education in Connecticut with a mixture of public  and the Foreign Missions schools. He has been credited with helping to develop a Hawaiian language dictionary to help educate Hawaiians. Unfortunately, he died in Cornwall, CT in 1818 before being able to return home. However, the story does not end with his death.

Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, is the Connecticut State Archaeologist and adjunct Associate Research Professor of Anthropology at UConn. He is on the State’s Historic Preservation Council and recently served a President of the National Association of State Archaeologists.  This is his third visit to LLI and we will again be informed as well as entertained by his animated and interesting digitized slide lecture.



Igor Sikorsky ‚ÄĒ Aircraft Pioneer

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series
April 25
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

We trace the fascinating history of Igor Sikorsky, the Russian born, US pioneer   who is best known for his successful development of the helicopter.   This tour includes a review of the variety of aircrafts developed and produced by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., located in north Stratford, CT.

Dan Libertino and John Bulakowski, retired career employees of Sikorsky aicraft, present this program.  Both Dan and John are officers of the Sikorsky         Historical Archives Organization.



The Theater from a Critic’s and Director’s Viewpoint

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series
May 2

Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Can you imagine the responsibility of properly critiquing a theatrical production?¬† Well, that’s exactly the job of David Rosenberg,¬†local award-winning critic,¬†who in this program relates his approach to objectively judging the merit of a theatrical work.¬† Due to his long relationship with the stage,¬†David also entertains us with many of his personal experiences.

David Rosenberg is an award-winning critic who writes for The Hour newspaper in Norwalk, Back Stage in New York and several local magazines. He co-founded the Connecticut Critics Circle and is affiliated with Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association.



Lifetime Learners Institute Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series
New Date:
May 16
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Each year we meet to socialize, enjoy refreshments, hold a brief business meeting, present Lifetime Learners scholarships to NCC students and hear a summary of the year’s activity, including the results of the Board of Directors election.  The meeting is followed by entertainment and door prizes! Look for additional information.