SPECIAL LECTURES & PROGRAMS

Lecture: “State, Local, and National Campaigns:  The Civil Rights Movement in Florida” with J. Michael Butler

Online
Wednesday, Mar. 2 • 2:30-3:45 pm

Gold Member: $12
Silver Member and General Admission: $15

The idea that Florida did not experience the tumult of other Deep South states during the Civil Rights Movement is a popular misconception. Florida exceptionalism in relationship to the black freedom struggle is placed in its proper regional and national perspective. Join us for this informative lecture and discussion.

J. Michael Butler

Dr. J. Michael Butler is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at Flagler College, where he has taught since 2008. He has written more than 50 essays, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries for various academic journals such as the Journal of Americans Studies, the Journal of Southern History, the Florida Historical Quarterly, and Southern Cultures. His 2017 book, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980 won a Florida Book Award in nonfiction.

Lecture: “The Restless Genius of Benjamin Franklin”

Lecture #LC148
Richard “Rick” Bell
Online
Tuesday, April 5 • 2:30-3:30 pm
Gold Members: $12
Silver Members & General Admission: $15

Born the tenth son of a humble family of puritan candle-makers, Benjamin Franklin’s rise to the front ranks of science, engineering, and invention was as unexpected as it was meteoric. In this talk, we’ll examine many of Franklin’s ideas to make life simpler, cheaper, and easier for himself and everyone else. It turns out that those ideas encompassed not only natural science and engineering, but also public works, civic improvements, political trail-blazing, and new business ideas.

Dr. Richard Bell

Dr. Richard Bell is professor of history at the University of Maryland. He is the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home. The book was a finalist for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize. Rick has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award.
Rick also serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Lecture: “Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories”

Lecture #LC147
Marcia Jo Zerivitz
Online

Monday, May 16 3-4 pm
Gold Members: $12
Silver Members & General Admission: $15

“It’s all about roots and memories and Jewish continuity. Like cut flowers, Jews wither without our roots. Our collective memories are our roots.”~ Marcia Jo Zerivitz

Florida has the third-largest population in the nation and hosts the third-largest Jewish community whose history is surprising. This presentation highlights stories with about 100 photos from the book Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories. You will meet contemporary Floridian Jews who contribute much to the quality of life of Floridians and beyond—names that are recognized globally—and pioneers who impacted history beginning 257 years ago and probably in 16th century Florida.

Marcia Jo Zerivitz

Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, Founding Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Florida–Florida International University. Marcia Jo has been a trailblazing community leader in Florida more than 50 years. Traveling 250,000 miles (1984–1992), she collected stories and material evidence to document the 250-plus year Jewish history. She initiated legislation for Florida Jewish History Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. She has authored more than 100 exhibits, films, articles, and books.

Lecture: “Juneteenth: The Destruction of Slavery in the Civil War”

Lecture #LC149
Richard “Rick” Bell
Online

Thursday, May 19 •  2:30-3:30 pm

Gold Members: Free (pre-registration required)
Silver Members & General Admission: $15

Over the course of four years, enslaved people worked to turn the Civil War into a freedom war. Slowly but surely, they pushed President Abraham Lincoln and his commanders in the field toward embracing emancipation as a war aim and to compel them to take the giant steps forward needed to abolish slavery once and for all. On June 19, 1865, the federal government finally met that objective, declaring slavery dead across the country. This momentous event marked a new birth of freedom — an occasion we now commemorate as Juneteenth.

Dr. Richard Bell

Dr. Richard Bell is professor of history at the University of Maryland. He is the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home. The book was a finalist for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize. Rick has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award.
Rick also serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Lecture: “Presidents in Crisis: Their Response, Their Resolve, Their Leadership”

Lecture #LC151
Michael Scheibach
Online

Wednesday, May 25 •   3-4:30 pm

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

America has faced many crises, from its very beginning as a new nation, to the Civil War and Great Depression, to World War II and the Cold War. The presidents during these crisis events met the challenge in different ways, but each one exhibited the qualities, the vision, and the leadership needed to persevere. This presentation examines the most notable presidents, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and more.

Dr. Michael Scheibach

Dr. Michael Scheibach is an independent scholar who specializes in the history of the early Cold War (1945-1965). He is the author of five books on the impact of the atomic bomb on American society in the 1950s, including Alert America! — The Atomic Bomb and The Show That May Save Your Life. He received his doctorate in American studies from the University of Kansas and taught for several years as an adjunct professor. He currently teaches in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami.

Lecture: “Heroes For Our Time”

Lecture #LC153
David Lionel
Ringling College Museum Campus (Masks Required)
Thursday, April 14 •   2:30-4 pm
Gold and Silver Members: Free
Pre-registration required.

This interactive session is an opportunity for members to share ideas while getting to know each other. A 20-minute short form video will screen in two parts. The moderator provides a biography and achievements of the featured hero. He also offers questions for participants to consider while watching the program. The aim of the experience is to open participants to alternative views and to expand the range of the imaginable. Please join us for The Patch Adams Story: Creating a Model Health Care System. For more detailed information about this session go to www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org

David Lionel

David Lionel has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia (N.Y.) and a master’s in English from the University of California Berkeley. David was a doctoral candidate in both Radio/ Television/Film at the University of Texas Austin and in Holistic Health Education at the University for Humanistic Studies in San Diego. He has had a long career covering major social movements as an advocacy video producer and editor.


Taste of OLLI Lecture Series Spring 2022

Gold and Silver Members and General Admission:
$49 per lecture/per person
(No member discounts or refunds).

Registration opens February 22 for Gold and Silver Members and General Admission
Note: Registration is limited to 18 seats for each lecture.

Session 1: Beer

Lecture #LC143
Monday, June 65-6 pm
In this lecture we will discuss beer including a brief history, overview on different methods and styles, and tastings of some historical beers that are still brewed and enjoyed today.

Session 2: Wine

Lecture #LC144
Wednesday, June 8 • 5-6 pm

Wine is the focus of this lecture and will include a brief overview on the wine making process. We will discuss Old World vs. New World, wine laws, terroir, and proper tasting techniques.

John Dangaran

John Dangaran currently serves as the Restaurant Manager for Constellation Culinary at Bistro  in the Sarasota Art Museum. John’s service industry journey has taken him through San Francisco, New York City, and Miami before settling in Sarasota with his two boys and wife, Bistro’s General Manager and Executive Chef, Kaytlin Dangaran.

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