Einsteinʼs Circle

All Einstein’s Circles take place online via Zoom.

Einstein’s Circle is a special program of OLLI at Ringling College. Einstein’s Circle provides a forum for participants 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 religion, education, and current events. The subjects are always pertinent and timely — and sometimes controversial.

Einstein’s Circle is for everyone — OLLI students, members of the Sarasota and Manatee county communities, and students of Ringling College. There are no educational prerequisites to attend. Moderators present on a non-biased basis; participants are encouraged to have an open mind.

WINTER 2021  

Wednesday, Feb. 17 • 3-4:30 pm

Attacks on Monuments – Protests or Vandalism? with Dr. Andre Krauss

Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by police in Minneapolis, there have been widespread protests against racism, both nationally and internationally. These protests have often taken the form of attacks on those public monuments that are related directly or indirectly to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and at times, on monuments of historical figures who invoke racist connotations.

While some monuments have been removed without fuss, others were defaced, toppled, and even destroyed by demonstrators. How is this rage different from the popular movements that destroyed monuments glorifying communism after the collapse of the Soviet Union? Or, the mass destruction of royal monuments following the 1870 revolution in France?

SPRING 2021  

Lecture TBA


  • $12 per lecture: OLLI Gold Members
  • $15 per lecture: Silver Members & General Admission
    No refunds on Einstein’s Circles. For information or to register, call 941-309-5111. 

For more information email: einsteinscircle@gmail.com 

Note: All Einstein’s Circle on Anna Maria Island activities have been suspended until further notice.






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