These interactive forums are moderated by experts on a variety of timely topics.
Each session provides an opportunity for participants to engage in a thoughtful exchange of ideas, opinions, and information.
(Sarasota/Manatee) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College) presents the 2020 season of “Einstein’s Circle,” a six-session series moderated by experts on a variety of timely topics. Each session provides an opportunity for participants to engage in a thoughtful exchange of ideas and information. Einstein’s Circle takes place on the Ringling Sarasota Art Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota on Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., January 29 through April 1. Single tickets are $12 for Gold Members of OLLI; Silver Members and general admission tickets are $15. For more information and to register, visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org or call 941-309-5111.
“If it’s relevant, timely and interesting there’s a good chance we’ll be talking about it at Einstein’s Circle,” says Bev Harms, producer of the series.
Topics planned for 2020 discussions include: “The Trapped Mind in Today’s Society and What it Takes to Change Your Mind” led by Gerald Zaltman and Robert Gary (January 29); “Full Speed Ahead: Back to the Moon!” led by Kenneth Bechis (February 5); “Stalin and Roosevelt, Gorbachev and Reagan, Putin and Trump” led by Robert Toplin (February 19); “Changing the Face of Sarasota: The Little Town That Keeps Growing Bigger” led by Gretchen Schneider (March 4); “The Deconstruction of Reconstruction … And the Long Walk Back” led by David Wilkins (March 18); and “A 2020 Toss Up? What the Primaries Are Telling Us” led by Susan MacManus (April 1).
At a Quick Glance:
January 29: The Trapped Mind in Today’s Society and What it Takes to Change Your Mind. Gerald Zaltman and Robert Gary will discuss “mind traps” lurking around the edges of the thinking process, “equal opportunity” traps that operate without regard to topic or position, and “mind sweepers” that raise awareness of how “mind traps” work and empower us to avoid and disarm them. Zaltman is the Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and co-founding partner of Olson Zaltman, a global market research and consulting firm. Gary is a former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section and a former special assistant to the Governor of Ohio for criminal justice.
February 5: Full Speed Ahead: Back to the Moon: Kenneth Bechis, a retired chief scientist in the Space Ops and Environmental Solutions division of Northrup Grumman and a former NASA payload specialist astronaut will discuss the possibilities, risks, and beneﬁts of winning the space race back to the moon.
February 19: Stalin and Roosevelt, Gorbachev and Reagan, Putin and Trump: Robert Toplin, an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, historian, author, creator and consultant on historical dramas for television, will examine the risk of ignominious defeat in attempting to form a working relationship with the leaders of the Russian government.
March 4: Changing the Face of Sarasota: The Little Town That Keeps Growing Bigger. Gretchen Schneider, general manager of the Development Services department for the City of Sarasota, offers insight into the building process with an open discussion of the importance of timing as Sarasota continues its methodology for approving private building projects that sometimes dramatically alter the city’s landscape.
March 18: The Deconstruction of Reconstruction and the Long Walk Back. Can we reanimate the dream of freedom that Congress tried to enact in the wake of the Civil War? David Wilkins, a retired Dow Chemical litigation attorney and American Red Cross diversity chief, explores the lost promises of Reconstruction. America was offered the opportunity to repudiate racism and white supremacy but chose not to. That choice continues to haunt us. Wilkins explains these choices and their continuing hold on American life.
April 1: What the Primaries Are Telling Us. Who will emerge from the July convention as the Democratic Party’s choice to challenge Donald Trump in November? Susan MacManus, a political analyst and commentator and retired distinguished emerita of government and international affairs at USF, shares insights into what the early numbers are telling us.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, or OLLI at Ringling College, offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. Courses, lectures, and workshops cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members, and professional practitioners in an engaging, collaborative manner. Visit www.olliatringlingcollege.org.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
Since 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 12 disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. www.ringling.edu.