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New Live In-Person
Courses Announced
For  January and February

Click on a course name below to see more information about it.

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Prof. Cal Scriven's "Critical Race Theory Course Material Now Available Below

On December 5, LLCC presented Prof. Cal Scriven's course, "Critical Race Theory: What it is, where it came from, and why almost everyone is wrong about it"  It was a controversial subject made easier to understand with excellent PowerPoint slides  to guide the discussion.  If you attended the course or didn't attend, you might enjoy having the slides.  Just click on the PowerPoint symbol below.

LLCC Luncheon Enjoyed by all on  July 29

An LLCC Luncheon was held on
Friday, July 29 at 12 noon
at the Madonna Inn Garden Room.

Demystifying Espionage:  A View from within the CIA  --Elizabeth Manak

The means of gathering and working secrets—espionage—are many, varied and, despite Hollywood’s best efforts, not particularly glamorous. The world of intelligence is a tangle of information, secrets, technical data, and analysis—hyper driven by the mission to protect the country and answer policymaker questions before they are asked.  The reward for doing it right is silence; for making mistakes, derision.
This talk will deconstruct the world of espionage and the process of producing intelligence reports. We will look at areas of collection—systems that eavesdrop, photograph, measure every imaginable signal, people who spot, assess, and recruit foreigners, and the human beings who amass all the information and turn it into finished product for the President.


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Elizabeth Manak was a Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence Officer for nearly 30 years.  With expertise in South Asia, the Middle East, and nuclear nonproliferation, she served in the US and abroad. 

Over the course of her career, she produced finished intelligence for the President, led analytic groups, developed technical collection approaches, advised US Ambassadors, and steered CIA efforts in a foreign country. A California native, she holds a Ph.D. in South Asian History. Currently, Elizabeth lives in Nipomo, lectures on topics related to the Near East and South Asia and intelligence issues, serves on various boards, and is trying to conquer silversmithing.


 LLCC Live  Courses  Are Back. Vaccinations Still Required; Masks Are Strongly Encouraged

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Ticket Purchase Policies


When you purchase a ticket to an LLCC event at any venue, you will assume all risks associated with entering a place of public gathering and voluntarily waive any and all claims and potential claims against Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast relating to Covid-19 or any other communicable disease, or that arise from or relate in any way to, however caused, the risk of exposure or actual or alleged exposures to a bacteria, virus or other pathogen capable of causing Covid-19 or any other communicable disease or illness, in each case whether the actual or alleged circumstances gives rise to any claim or potential claim before, during or after the event. 

All courses or classes are subject to rescheduling and cancellation. The safety and well-being of all our members, other course attendees, and volunteers is very important to LLCC, and we thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in class!


Attendance Policies


Course attendees will present a government-issued ID such as a passport or driver's license and proof of a full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the date of a class. Attendees must show a record of a booster dose of vaccine if the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or the single shot from J&J) was taken more than nine months before the day of the class. Attendees who need a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or deeply held religious belief must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the class date.

Beginning with our classes in June, LLCC  will now strongly encourage mask wearing inside our venues, but masks will not be required of attendees.  For Dick Millers' "Sugar" course, at the instructor's request, all attendees and volunteers are required to wear masks (covering their nose and mouth) in all areas of the venue and throughout the class. Please stay home if you are feeling ill.

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