Friday Lecture Series


As a retired senior Army Special Forces Officer ("Green Beret") and author of three novels, John Fenzel will share his experiences from the West Wing of the White House and the E-Ring of the Pentagon to the many war zones he has operated in around the world. John will relate the power of humanity in the face of searing conflict; of friendship in the wake of crisis, and of storytelling for present and future generations.

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From a bullied, insecure 14-year-old contemplating suicide to a TV spokesperson alongside Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley, John Carleo knows that nothing in our lives need hold us back. He will inspire you to believe that we are all born to win, no matter our age or past experiences. Carleo, a well-known fitness spokesperson, operated a dance studio in Pittsburgh for decades before moving to Florida.
Join USF professor emerita Susan Northcutt, PhD Political Science, for a review of the shape-changing politics of Brexit: the 2016 referendum, the negotiations with the European Union and within Parliament, the outcomes in 2019.
Have you ever felt that your doctor is too busy staring at the computer and typing to actually look at you? Informatics is a rapidly growing field using data and technology to improve human health and the delivery of healthcare. Retired nurse Diana Dechichio, who is board certified in Nursing Informatics, will address the significance of the field and what is happening in patient-doctor relations.
Join Dr. Christopher Boulton, award-winning independent filmmaker and associate professor of communication at the University of Tampa for a screening and discussion of Life After Life, his poignant, surprising, and at times hilarious documentary about older women overcoming physical and mental challenges to express themselves through modern dance. Click here for preview. Stay after the screening for the optional Q&A and a chance to meet the stars of the film. NOTE: this program is in the evening from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.
If you ever have found yourself confused about Medicare, you are not alone. Join Angela Birdsong of Bankers Life/Colonial Penn to find out what all those parts mean and how to choose. You will learn about each part of Medicare including how to select the best Part D drug plan. You will also learn the difference between a supplement plan (Medigap) and an Advantage plan (Part C). Ask questions and you may win a door prize! Birdsong has spent the past three years as a health and life insurance agent where she helps baby boomers and retirees transition into Medicare.
Iguaz Falls, located where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet, is made up of over 200 falls and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the world's best places to see butterflies. Dr. William Cooper, former professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and program director of environmental engineering at the National Science Foundation, has studied the butterflies of Iguaz Falls for several years. Share his "experience of a lifetime."
Libraries have experienced profound changes in recent years, but they still are centers of information ... if you know how to access it. Jo Combs, who has her Master's degree in Library and Information Services from USF and is a Supervisory Librarian for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, will discuss these changes and demonstrate how convenient it is for you to use your local library.