Friday Lecture Series


The spotlight once again will be on Florida in the 2018 midterm election cycle. The stakes are high for both parties, with Florida being key to which party controls the US Senate and House. Both the Senate race and the gubernatorial contest are projected to go down to the wire. The next governor will have veto power over the 2022 congressional redistricting plan. Dr. Susan A. MacManus, Distinguished Professor Emerita at USF, is Florida's most-quoted political scientist.

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We all believe we can control our assumptions about others. But what if these assumptions are not controlled by our conscious beliefs? What if they occur without an individual's awareness or intentional control? Even well-intentioned individuals have implicit biases that can impact perceptions and behavior. Lorie Fridell, PhD, a professor of criminology and law enforcement trainer, will talk about how implicit biases can impact police officers and what those officers and their agencies can do about it. Lorie A. Fridell, PhD, professor of criminology at USF, earned a BA in psychology from Linfield College in Oregon and her MA and PhD in social ecology from the University of California at Irvine.

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According to Twain, "The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo." From the rise of Rome through the Renaissance to WWII, Italy has captured the imagination of millions. Join Robert James Connors as he reflects on 20 years of travel in Italy and the impact of its long history on our modern culture. Robert James Connors is a former journalist and Secretary/Director of the Lake Wales Museum. He attended Webber College and Barry University before studying art and history in Europe.
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides on-site comprehensive rehabilitation for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Their mission is to "maximize independence and provide employment opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired." Lighthouse staffers Samantha Miller, Sheryl Brown, Jennifer Brooks, Chelsea Bridges and Elizabeth Wade will highlight the history of the Lighthouse and the services they provide for clients and the Tampa community.