Friday Lecture Series


The engineering, life sciences, and medical communities are now understanding the extraordinary complexity of neurological networks and are tackling neurological dysfunction using game-changing non-invasive methods for diagnosis and therapeutic treatment. See the impact of this paradigm on the millions afflicted with neurological dysfunctions, mental disorders, and traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Dr. Salvatore Morgera is Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at USF and director, Discovery and Targeting, Global Center for Neurological Networks.
Enjoy the music of the mountain dulcimer, an original American folk instrument, as Karen shares the haunting, soothing, versatile voice of this 3-stringed wooden box. There will be Celtic songs, Appalachian ballads, current music, classical selections, blues and even a surprise sing-a-long. Karen Brown-Blonigen has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 2006. She performs as "Granny and Her Dulcimers: Songs of the Mountains and Beyond," in various venues, including the local Cracker Country and Pioneer Village living history museums.
Research tells us that one important aspect of healthy aging is finding and following a passion. Become inspired as you listen to the story of one woman who has found a way to achieve this successfully in her field of fashion. She will tell us how she needed to reinvent herself several times, and how she discovered the importance of keeping the creative passion alive. Terri Funaro graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is the assistant manager of the costume shop at the USF School of Theatre & Dance.
World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome. Learn about this continuing crisis from Jack Tunstall, a distinguished military historian, a faculty member in the USF history department, and the executive director of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
Indulge in significant snippets of Tampa's glorious but spicy history with Ron Weaver, JD Harvard, legal expert in property rights and land development. From the Timucuan's struggles with giant armadillos to the efforts of Jeff Vinik to renovate Tampa's downtown, Weaver will highlight events illustrating "Tampa's compassion, intergenerational generosity, delayed transportation efforts and its world class entrepreneurship."
Hear stories of the early civil rights movement in Hillsborough County from a local activist who was part of it. Learn about the integration of Tampa lunch counters and the sit-in demonstrations, which he as a young member of the NAACP Youth Council organized and led. Hear about his initiative to integrate the workforce of Tampa Transit Lines and the experiences of the first African Americans allowed to sit in the front of the bus. Clarence Fort has been a civil rights activist for 50 years. He became the first African American long-distance bus driver for the Trailways bus company from Florida, and was a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy. He coordinated the local Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and was founder of the Progress Village Foundation. In 2014 a new park in East Tampa was named in his honor: the Clarence Fort Freedom Trail.
The Nazi Wehrmacht ran on paperwork, evidenced by the complicated maze of forms necessary for soldiers to travel in the Third Reich either on leave or on official business. They were stopped at many points and ordered to "Show me your papers." Matt DiPalma is a former marine sergeant, collector of historic documents and author of the book German Military Travel Papers of the Second World War. He will tell us about the lives of these soldiers and will show us original documents from his own collection, displaying some of the WWII German military paperwork.