WINTER – Winter Tuesdays

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

All Tuesday classes: 1:10–2:50 pm, in Room W101


January 9 – The Music of Jerome Kern

With more than 700 songs used in over 100 theatrical productions, Jerome Kern (1885-1945) is truly a master of music. Many of his songs have become classics, especially the score of Show Boat, which he wrote with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. This short review of his life and music surveys some of the highlights of his impressive career which spanned four decades.

Joe Utterback received his MA in Piano Performance from Wichita State University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas. He has published over 400 jazz and classical compositions. He is the Musical Director and Organist for the First Congregational Church of Stratford, and has taught music for over 25 years, and continues to teach. He has taught more than 25 courses at LLI and continues to perform in the United States and around the world.                       


January 16 – Car Savvy Fundamentals

Learn about the systems that make up our automobiles: the engine, brakes, electricals, suspension and drive train. Find out how the systems work, common maintenance requirements, alarms and their meaning and noises that might signal potential problems or saftey issues. Bring your owner’s manual to class, if available.

Frank M. Phillips is a retired mechanical engineer who has worked on his own cars since age 12. He has owned over twenty autos and performed his own maintenance, from engine re-building to brake jobs to clutch replacements.          



January 23 – How to Prepare for Trial: Analysis, Debate and Preparation of Employment Discrimination Disputes

This class focuses on the analysis and trial preparation in employment discrimination and disputes, and is based on actual cases. We discuss applicable laws and policy when considering and evaluating actual court decisions.  Class participants will engage in debates regarding the merit or lack thereof relevant to the appropriate laws, principles and policies. If you have ever been involved in such a case or wished you had, this class should be very enlightening.  

Don Richenthal is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University Law School and was selected as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In private practice of law for over 35 years, Don has dealt with many varied commercial issues, and has served for 5 years as general in-house counsel for a multi-national corporation doing business in more than 80 countries.                  


January 30 – Sharpen Your Focus

It is generally understood that people who recognize a purpose in their lives are happier than those whose lives lack direction.  This is equally true for those of us who are no longer pursuing professional careers as it was when we were active in the job market and/or engaged raising a family.  Research indicates that an effective method to identify and clarify one’s goals is to first identify the kinds of people with whom you most enjoy being associated. To assist in this process you will be asked to participate in a group exercise, to select from six categories the types of people with whom you are most comfortable. Then you will have a chance to chat informally with those classmates who chose the same category, and explore why you made the choices you did. Such a conversation will help you to identify the kinds of activities you most enjoy and will find most satisfying moving forward.

Erik Rambusch has taught at the New School in New York, and has worked for coaching firms as well as his own career/life planning practice. At NCC he has assisted students and veterans, and taught courses for LLI.