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Lifelong Learning Academy Announces Fall 2015 Semester

Oct 07, 2015 01:52PM

Lifelong Learning Academy’s (LLA) fall semester is running now through November 19, and offers more than 50 courses on a wide variety of topics. Some options include a lecture and film series about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, two history workshops conducted by noted archaeologist Steven Derfler, an in-depth look at the Sarasota Opera and The Verdi Cycle, and the return of the popular Einstein’s Circle forums.

            Courses are primarily offered on the campus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, but you may also take classes at State College of Florida in Lakewood Ranch, Anna Maria Island Community Center, and Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton. Weekly classes run six to eight weeks. No refunds on lectures, workshops or special events; registration is transferrable.

Janna Overstreet is LLA’s executive director. Lifelong learning is both her passion and profession. “Studies show that lifelong learning helps create a positive aging experience, boosting health and longevity and increasing the overall sense of joie de vivre” she says. “We provide seniors with that vital intellectual and cultural stimulation in an informal, supportive atmosphere. Our students experience lively discussions promoting personal growth and social engagement. It’s a true meeting of the minds.”


Lifelong Learning Academy offers four course terms annually on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Each course lasts two to eight sessions. Most classes meet for an hour and 20 minutes weekly. For more information about Lifelong Learning Academy, call 941-359-4296 or visit

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