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"LLC is greatly inexpensive and has a wonderful variety of courses. I enjoy being exposed to and stimulated by subjects about which I previously only had limited knowledge.”

 Susan Van Horne, Swansea, MA

Enjoy free online lectures from the comfort of your home. We've been enlightened and entertained in the past by authors, artists, public officials, historians and more. Even some LLC members with great stories to tell. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.Do you have a speaker suggestion? Send it to Webinar coordinator Jane Adler at [email protected].

Upcoming Speakers:


Steve Kidd
Director and Resident Actor, Gamm Theatre and Theatre Arts Teacher, Moses Brown School

A live one man show – Written and Performed by Steve Kidd

Monday, April 29, 2024
4-5 PM
Click here to register for this Zoom Webinar.

Steve Kidd drew inspiration for his play from the stories of the young individuals he encountered and guided at Camp AmeriKids, a free summer camp in upstate NY for children living with AIDS/HIV. These stories, filled with themes of love, longing and loss, are intertwined with a short story by renowned sci-fi writer Ursula K. LeGuin, called “The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas.”

Since his first performance of the show in 2001, Steve Kidd has won the Lewis Hine Award in 2008 for dedicated work on behalf of children in need and performed it well over 1,000 times for schools, colleges, friends, interested citizens and anyone who wants to hear it. To him, it is a joy to share these memories and stories of children whose lives were cut short by the HIV virus.


The 6th Annual “Celebrate Ourselves” spotlights LLC Member Joe Petteruti, Author of A Night She’d Remember: My Grandmother's Experience on the Titanic

Thursday, May 9, 2024
4-5 PM
Click here to register for this Zoom Webinar.

We at LLC are extraordinary! We are seniors, and here we are still growing – still learning. Some of us do extraordinary things. We sing, we dance, we do arts and crafts or knit, and some of us have stories to tell. And our fellow LLC member, Joe Petteruti, certainly has one.

This is the story of Joe Petteruti’s maternal grandmother, Bertha Mulvihill. An Irish immigrant, she arrived in Rhode Island in 1905. In late 1911, after living and working in Providence for six years, she returned to her hometown of Coosan, Ireland to visit her large family. At the last minute, Bertha purchased a third-class steerage ticket for the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic in April of 1912, from Queenstown, Ireland back to Providence. Viewing it as an exciting adventure, little did she know the tragic fate that awaited.

Joe will recount his grandmother’s experience as a third-class passenger on the "unsinkable" Titanic, sharing her perspective of that unforgettable night, A Night She’d Remember.

Joe Petteruti, a Providence native, has been a member of the Lifelong Learning Collaborative since 2010. He currently serves on three LLC committees and enjoys taking LLC courses. His favorite is the memoir writing class. Joe's book, A Night She’d Remember: My Grandmother's Experience on the Titanic tells the story about his maternal grandmother who survived the sinking of the Titanic. His book started in a 2015 memoir writing class as a short highlight. During the pandemic, Joe continued writing and he says it is thanks to his coordinator encouraging him that led to its being published in 2022.

Thank you to our previous speakers:


Andrew Starcevic, Peace Corps Regional Recruiter – RI, MA, CT
Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Serving in Namibia

Presented on April 17, 2024


Charles Clarkson, PhD
Director of Avian Research, Audubon Society of Rhode Island
What Audubon is Doing to Protect Birds

Presented on April 4, 2024

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David N. Cicilline
President and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation
Former Rhode Island Congressman

Presented March 27, 2024


Marjorie Turner Hollman, Author
Do You Want to Take an Easy Walk?

Presented March 20, 2024


Dr. David Weed
Coordinator, Sowams Heritage Area Project
Creating a New National Heritage Area in East Bay, RI and nearby Massachusetts

Presented February 21, 2024


Oleksandr (Alexander) Kreshchuk
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Music Department, Artist in Residence
Ukraine: Known and Unknown

Presented February 6, 2024


Rick Beyer
Co-Author of The Ghost Army of World War II, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker and New York Times Bestselling Author

Presented January 24, 2024


Maria DeCarvalho
Azulejos: Memories in Blue and White

Presented November 21, 2023