What Is Einstein’s Circle?

Einstein’s Circle is a place where people gather to listen, to learn, and to engage in an open and thoughtful exchange of ideas, opinions, and information. It is a place to flex the brain, to find gratification in being acknowledged for what you know, and to be humbled by the knowledge of others. Einstein’s Circle is a special program of the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at Ringling College.

Wednesdays • 2:30-4 p.m.

Temple Beth Sholom
1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota

Who Can Attend? Everyone is invited — OLLI students, members of Sarasota and Manatee communities, and students of Ringling College. There are no educational prerequisites to attend. Moderators present on a non-biased basis and participants are encouraged to arrive with an open mind.

For More Information:
Bev Harms
Producer of Einstein’s Circle

Cost: $10 Silver Member/general admission; $9 OLLI Gold Member.
Register Online, or call 941-309-5111
Pre-registration suggested. No refunds. Tickets may be transferred.

What do people talk about?
Einstein’s Circles provide a forum for discussion of religion, politics, social issues, international concerns, tax reform, the economy, education, the Supreme Court … whatever is pertinent, sometimes controversial, and timely.

Einstein’s Circle January 16: Protect Our Defenders

The Military and the #MeToo Movement


Nancy Parrish is the founder and chair, and former CEO of Protect Our Defenders, the “Preeminent advocacy group on behalf of victims of sexual assault in the military” (The New York Times), and founding co-chair of the Northern California Chapter of Human Rights Watch. She worked with President and Mrs. Carter in support of their international humanitarian work at the Carter Center. She is the retired founder and managing partner of a southern-based political strategy and public relations consulting firm.


Einstein’s Circle February 20: Fake News and Its Impact on American Society

Use and Abuse Throughout America’s History


Robert Brent Toplin is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) and adjunct professor at the University of Virginia. He’s the author of 11 books and numerous historical articles published in The New York Times, The American Historical Review, and The Journal of American History, among others. He’s a sought-after historical commentator by national television and broadcast radio, a principal creator of PBS historical films for television and cable networks, and winner of an Organization of American Historians award for the best historical film of 1984.


Einstein’s Circle March 6: Politics From the Front Row

Politics From the Front Row
Florida’s Most Quoted Political Scientist

Susan MacManus is a Distinguished Emerita of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa where she taught 30 years prior to her retirement. She has appeared on every major broadcast, television, cable, and radio network in the country and been interviewed by major newspapers in Florida, the United States, and internationally. MacManus is known in the media and in her classroom for her analysis of political issues on a nonpartisan basis. It’s that unbiased examination, combined with her ability to connect with everyday audiences, that has led to her being sought out for her political analysis. With both hindsight and foresight, she’ll discuss what happened in November 2018 and how things are shaping up for the 2020 elections.

Einstein’s Circle March 27: To Be Announced

In keeping with our effort to remain timely and topical, the March 27 Einstein’s Circle topic and moderator will be
announced on Feb. 1.

Einstein’s Circle is a place where people gather to engage in an open exchange of ideas, opinions, and information on a variety of topics. These popular give-and-take discussions focus on political, social and economic issues, as well as current events and concerns. Topics to be decided closer to Einstein’s Circle dates.

Einstein’s Circle at Anna Maria Island meets Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria. Seating capacity is limited.

Fee: Einstein’s Circle Discussions at Anna Maria Island are Free. No prior registration required.

Einstein’s Circle at Anna Maria Island dates TBA






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