Trinity’s Academy of Lifelong Learning Offers Courses to Benefit the Mind, Body, and Soul

Former and Current Trinity Faculty Members and Talented Professionals Teach Wide Range of Topics this Spring

​Hartford, Connecticut, January 12, 2018 – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Trinity College is offering a variety of courses this spring, both on and off campus, to give adults the opportunity to pursue new interests, expand their intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The director of the Academy of Lifelong Learning is Leslie Desmangles, Trinity College professor of religious studies and international studies.

Open to adults in the community at large, the Academy of Lifelong Learning presents a series of mini-courses on diverse and stimulating topics. Enrolled students have access to many Trinity College resources, including the Raether Library and Information Technology Center, for research. Students also receive discounts at Cinestudio, Austin Arts Center, and Trinity College sporting events.

The courses cover a wide range of subjects and are taught by former and current Trinity faculty members and professionals in their fields. The hallmark of a Trinity education has long been the close interaction between professors and students, and the Academy of Lifelong Learning continues that tradition. Courses are taught in an engaging, collaborative manner, and there are opportunities to meet with fellow students and professors.

On-campus classes are conveniently scheduled for the late afternoon and early evening in classrooms easily reached from the center of the campus. Well-illuminated, secure parking is available on campus within walking distance of the classrooms. In addition, some classes meet during daytime hours at various attractive locations in the Greater Hartford vicinity.

Course fees range from $50 to $300. For more information, visit the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s website here.

Courses being offered in spring 2018 are:


Off-Campus Courses

The Holistic Heart: Yoga and Well-Being

Instructor: Aaron Weston, assisted by Elli Findly

Five Sundays: January 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4

1:00–4:00 p.m. Vegan meal included at each meeting

56 Arbor Street, Suite 100 (Real Art Ways complex), Hartford, CT 06106


Tokyo: The “Eastern Capital” from Feudal Times to the Present

Instructor: Jeffrey Bayliss

Five Wednesdays: February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21

1:30–3:00 p.m.

The McAuley, 275 Steele Road, West Hartford, CT 06117


Our Brain—Powerful, Yet Fragile

Instructor: Karl F. Haberlandt

Five Thursdays: March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

10:15–11:30 a.m.

Lucy Robbins Wells Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111



Trinity Evening Courses

Shopper’s Paradise? Parisian Passages, Department Stores, and Flea Markets

Instructor: Jean-Marc Kehrès

Five Mondays: February 26; March 5, 19, 26; April 2

5:30–7:00 p.m.


Memoir Writing

Instructor: Hank Herman

Eight Wednesdays: March 7, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2

5:30–7:30 p.m.


Meet the Mellow Cello

Co-sponsored by the Harford Symphony Orchestra and in collaboration with The Hartt School

Session 1, Monday, March 12: Hear an introductory lecture by Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s eminent cellist Carole Olefsky.

Session 2, Saturday, March 17: Take a tour of the cello-making studio of internationally acclaimed cello maker Larry Wilke in Madison, Connecticut. Wilke will demonstrate the intricate steps involved in making the instrument. This tour includes a three-course lunch at the Wharf Restaurant at Beach Hotel in Madison, Connecticut.

Session 3, Sunday, April 15: Enjoy a piano and cello recital featuring cello students from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. This recital will be held in the Trinity Chapel and will be open to the public.


Click here for more details on all of the course listings and for more information about the faculty.