Lifetime Learners Institute (LLI) is an independent nonprofit institute for lifelong learning within Norwalk Community College. Our purpose is to offer non-credit, educational programs for area residents aged 50 or older. We offer over 40 courses each Spring and Fall, taught by LLI facilitators, as well as daily events during a shorter Winter Session. Our 900 or more members come from all over Fairfield County. Member volunteers run LLI.

Norwalk Community College gives us a home, provides us with offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, services, use of the fine library and Wellness Center, help in many forms, advice when asked for, and the invaluable prestige of a large sheltering institute – making us feel a part of the College. Our members volunteer services to NCC, such as mentoring, library assistance, rush mailings, registration-day help, and participation in Foundation fundraising.

Courses begin March 13.  

¬†See the¬†complete course descriptions and schedules at left, under “Spring 2017.”¬†¬†


Please check Cable TV News Channel 12 for closure information:
If Norwalk Community College is closed, then Lifetime Learners is closed.


Please note the following changes and updates:

The following courses are now closed:


  • 1950’s Rock and Roll, Gary Lishnoff¬†

  • Current Affairs Wednesday, Arthur Gottlieb
  • Drawing Flowers, Dick Rauh

  • Essentrics, June Bird
  • Exceptional Women in American History, Elliot Kalner ¬†
  • Exploring the Movie Soundtrack, Joshua Berrett
  • Iconic Israeli Leaders, Stan Gershman
  • Life and Work of March Chagall, Darby Cartun
  • Matisse & Picasso: An Artistic Conversation, Darby Cartun
  • Military Industrial Complex, Mark Albertson ¬†¬†
  • Politics via Film: The great Dictators, Paul Gettler


The following courses are now cancelled:

  • CANCELLED: Healthy Relationships, Ken Ormand

  • CANCELLED: Redirecting Your Career, Erik Rambusch¬†¬†

  • CANCELLED: Pop Music 2, Gary Theroux

  • CANCELLED: How to Reduce Stress in Your Life, Gilda Simpkin


Please note the following change in schedule:
Looking Back in American History: America’s Civil Rights Movement, Gary Lishnoff
This course meets on the following dates:  March 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2.  Class does not meet on May 9.



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please send an email to, and tell us that you want to receive your catalog by email.

In addition, you must add
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or else LLI emails will wind up in your Spam or Junk mail folder.

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The LLLI Board Members for 2016-2017 are:

Ralph Loomis, President
Leon Breault, 1st Vice President
Charlotte Cooper, 2nd Vice President
Sandi Sacks, Secretary
Ann Bello, Treasurer
Barbara Cartsounis, NCC Liaison
Roger Cohn
Richard Di Vecchio
Larry Fox
Leslie Loop
Erik Rambusch
Leah Tillman 






LNL April 21 – Evolution of American Newspapers

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required


 LNL Newspapers



April 21 - Evolution of American Newspapers

This presentation discusses and demonstrate with local Connecticut examples the changes that happened since newspapers were originally printed only as one-page broadsides for an elite readership during colonial America. We cover centuries of newspaper history and review the impact of the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of American literacy, advance of radio, television and, of course, the internet. We also compare today’s modern newspaper industry with its competition and its reliance on today’s technological advances and comment on national newspaper trends.

Janeen Bjork has combined 30 years of experience as a television researcher and presenter with her love of genealogy. In fact, she recently facilitated classes on the subject for LLI for three levels of students: Beginner, Intermediate and Advance. Her enthusiasm for newspapers as a genealogy tool has inspired her and others to search for ‚Äúthe rest of their story‚ÄĚ.





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