These open forums, moderated by knowledgeable experts in a variety of topics, provide an opportunity for participants to engage in a thoughtful exchange of ideas, opinions and information.
October 22 (Near Death Experience: A Spiritual Revelation or a Biological Aberration?)
October 29 (Sex in the City: Sex Trafficking, Exploitation, Survival)
November 6 (Is Fracking a Dirty Word?)
November 19 (Criminal Justice Reform)
(Sarasota-Manatee, Florida) Lifelong Learning Academy announces its fall semester of Einstein’s Circle forums, held in October and November, 2:30-4 p.m., in Selby Auditorium at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost is $12 per session or $40 for the series. Members of the Lifelong Learning Academy receive 10 percent off both the single session and series cost. Seating is limited. Register online at www.lla-sm.org or by calling 941-359-4296. For additional information on the Lifelong Learning Academy, including weekly updates of Einstein’s Circle, visit www.lla-sm.org or call 941-359-4296.
The Near Death Experience: A Spiritual Revelation or a Biological Aberration? (October 22) is moderated by Alan Grindal, M.D, a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, who works with the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Dr. Grindal will take the audience on a fascinating journey into the mind, as he explores a topic on which there continues to be much controversy.
Sex in the City: Sex Trafficking, Exploitation, Survival (October 29) is moderated by Elizabeth Fisher, the founding president and CEO of Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization based in Sarasota focusing on ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Her presentation will explore progress that is being made in addressing the situation and the still-critical issue of exploitation of 100,000 to 300,000 children trafficked in the U.S. each year.
Is Fracking A Dirty Word? (November 6) is moderated by Al Richardson, a retired, professional petroleum geologist. Geologists have known for years that shale formations in the earth hold vast deposits of natural gas not thought to be recoverable until recently. “Frac’ing” is the process of creating fissures in underground formations to allow natural gas to flow. Good idea? Bad idea? Richardson will explore this issue in depth.
Criminal Justice Reform (November 19): What crimes dictate mandatory incarceration in Florida? Is the law overly broad and/or too severe? Is the Florida criminal justice system in need of overall reform or are there problems that might be mitigated if Florida judges were given a little more personal discretion? Adam Tebrugge, a criminal defense attorney, discusses all of these vital issues.
Lifelong Learning Academy offers four course terms per year on the USFSM campus, at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Most courses last six to eight weeks and classes meet for one hour and 20 minutes each week. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Academy, call 941-359-4296 or visit www.lla-sm.org.