Our Fall 2023 educational programs for adults on the Connecticut shoreline was concluded on December 7th. We had a very well attended series of many meaningful and varied programs, concerts and trips. The presenters were exceedingly Informative and received rave reviews from our Members.
We are now ready for our Spring lineup of programs. Join us from March through June for a wide selection of lectures, book discussions, concerts, trips and more. Programs conveniently take place within the downtown Guilford and Madison areas.
Even in his 87th year, the great Italian renaissance artist Michelangelo, creator of such masterpieces as the Sistine Chapel and the sculpture of David, is quoted as saying:
(I am still learning.)
Given the scope of his achievement in painting, sculpture, poetry and architecture, this humility is striking and strongly reminiscent of the Greek philosopher Socrates:
“The wise man knows that he knows nothing.”
At SSILL, it’s about enlightenment and community. It’s no surprise that several of our board members are retired educators as are many of our members.
SSILL is especially proud of its programs which we believe are diverse, informative, educational and entertaining. The fall semester programs run from just after Labor Day to mid-December and the spring semester begins the first week in March ending mid-June.
We offer programs that appeal to a wide variety of interests from art and music to history and science. And in a variety of formats: large and small lectures, small discussion groups, films, concerts and trips. We’re guided for the most part by members’ evaluations of existing programs, by their suggestions and by a 15-member program committee. The amazing thing is that we never run out of ideas, topics, or speakers who are all, equally amazingly, volunteers. The speakers are university professors, both active and retired, physicians, authors, scientists, musicians, documentary filmmakers, experts in the fields of economics, history, art, opera, and the natural world. AND many return to us semester after semester, telling us that they really enjoy the interaction with our intellectually curious and engaged audience. Many stay to talk with our members long after their talk is over.
Programs are presented largely at the Guilford Community Center as well as at the Madison Senior Center, St. George Church Hall and the Guilford Library with whom we have a long collaborative history. We offer some joint programs with the library each semester (most recently a zoom art history talk by the art expert, Bob Potter) and we also use their community room for some of our programs during the semester.
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We are grateful to you. We are grateful for our speakers and all those who help SSILL
in its mission to encourage thoughtful thinking.
Our Fall Semester broke all SSILL records! Thanks to our fellow lifelong learners we had terrific attendance at our informative lectures, films, and trips. Bravo to our SSILL volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring us this programming.
The Schiller Shoreline Institute for Lifelong Learning’s (SSILL) mission is to develop and provide meaningful, intellectual programs to area adults who share a love of learning and a desire to be part of a caring community.