WINTER – Winter Fridays

All Winter Friday classes are FREE.  Space is limited.
NCC Photo ID with current LLI sticker is required for entry to classes. 

All Friday classes: 10:10am–12:00pm, in Room E228


January 12 – The Stories Behind the ‘60’s Greatest Hits

The ‘60s began with Chubby Checker and “The Twist”–and ended with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.  Along the way the greatest hits of each year documented the steady evolution of pop culture, from the dance crazes and surf music that began the era, to the mid-decade arrival of The Beatles, The Supremes’ Motown Sound, and finally to the goodtime hippie-driven San Francisco scene which ended the era. This session presents the music and relates the sometimes funny, sometimes moving, often outrageous but always unforgettable stories behind the best-loved, best-selling and most memorable music of the ‘60s. We may not be able to get through the whole decade in just two hours, but we’ll give it the old college try.                      

Gary Theroux is an Emmy nominated and multiple Billboard, Telly, New York Festivals, Golden Reel and Communicator award-winning producer, writer, researcher, interviewer and performer. He spent 20 years as the Music and Entertainment Editor of Reader’s Digest, for which he created CD and DVD releases. He is the author of multiple books plus radio, TV and film scripts, and currently hosts the “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” daily feature heard Mondays through Fridays over and   


January 19 – Humor in Personal & Professional Relationships

Humor one of the most important elements in positive relationships. However, we all know that personal, professional, and platonic relationships can have their ups and downs. Come join us and find the humor in all of them. In an animated class discussion, we focus on the humor that can be found each day of our lives. Your wealth of experience sheds lights on the humor we enjoy interacting day-to-day with a spouse, co-worker or companion. With laughter as the main ingredient, we discuss how good humor can enrich our lives and relationships. It may even help us to live longer. Come and leave with a smile on your face!      
Kenneth Ormand was a classroom teacher for more than forty years. He specialized in peer mediation in which students were helped to resolve personal conflicts in a positive manner. He organized and facilitated group interactions in which people could discuss relationships at every level.




January 26 – Ukulele for Everyone  Ukulele is the most awesome instrument in the world!  Its portability, usability and simplicity make learning the basics fun and achievable. This introduction to the world of Ukulele covers its history, famous performing artists, how ukuleles are made, and what’s involved in playing one. This workshop is a combination of lecture, demonstrations and audience participation. You do not need a ukulele for this session, but if you have one you are encouraged to bring it!          

Nina Lesiga is a Ukulele Coach for the Continuing Adult Education Program in Stratford, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury. She owned a Music School in Brooklyn, New York and plays the ukulele and guitar.  Following a 30 year global corporate career, Nina reinvented herself as a coach and storyteller. Her website and blog is



February 2 – “I Have A Dream” – Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. King was an activist who became the spokesperson and leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America. Based on his Christian beliefs, he used the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience to inspire the call for civil rights for all Americans. Learn how he led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, and founded and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), becoming its first president. He helped organize the non-violent protests in Birmingham, the March on Washington, and the famous Selma to Montgomery March. With handouts and outstanding videos, we spend a little time looking back on this great American whose life we celebrate on Monday, January 15th.

Gary Lishnoff is a former President of LLI and longtime instructor with LLI, teaching classes in culture, history and music.