Einsteinʼs Circle

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.

$12 Gold Member; $15 Silver Member & General Admission
No refunds. For information or to register, call 941-309-5111.

“The Supreme Court at Work: A Behind-The-Scenes Tour”
with Judithanne McLauchlan

Wednesday, Feb. 16 • 3-4:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Gold Member: $12
Silver Member & General Admission: $15

Judithanne McLauchlan, U.S. Constitutional Law professor, draws on her research and experience working at the U.S. Supreme Court to take participants on a behind-the-scenes tour. She will discuss the history and operation of the Court as well as architectural features of the building. Dr. McLauchlan will also discuss elements of judicial strategy, decision-making, and constitutional interpretation.

J. McLauchlan

Dr. Judithanne McLauchlan is an associate professor of political science and Founding Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, where she teaches courses in American Government and Public Law. In addition to her scholarly research, she has extensive experience in American government and politics including work at the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the White House. McLauchlan was a Fulbright Scholar in Moldova (2010, 2012) and in North Macedonia (2017), focused on justice sector reform, rule of law and civil society.

Mary McLeod Bethune in the Sunshine State

Lecture #LC 150
Ashley Robertson Preston
Thursday, Mar. 17 • 3- 4 pm

Gold Members: $12
Silver Members & General Admission: $15

At the turn of the 20th century, Mary McLeod Bethune arrived in Daytona Beach with $1.50, looking to start a school. She overcame institutionalized racism, Ku Klux Klan threats, and the ills of segregation to establish what is now Bethune-Cookman University, changing the course of Florida history with relentless faith and dedication to equality.

Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston

Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston is an assistant professor of history at Howard University (D.C.). Her research interests focus on the activism of Black women during the early 20th century particularly the work of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. She is the author of Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State which examines how the educator rose to prominence while fighting for equality at the height or racial unrest in the state.

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