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.
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.
Who hasn't been buffeted by life's storms and wondered how to go on? Motivational speaker Avi Davidson is a University of South Florida student working on a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Healthcare. He will narrate the journey resulting from a life-altering trauma he suffered as a teenager.
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. Stay after the screening for the optional Q&A and a chance to meet the stars of the film. NOTE: this program ends at 1:30pm.
Wire fraud is rising in Florida. Sophisticated email hacking and phony wiring instructions fool unwary buyers, title companies and real estate agents alike - costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other scammers pose as IRS agents and warn of federal tax liens if money isn't paid immediately. Mortgage fraud traps victims. This session with David C. Jordan, Esq. will show the top scams, how to identify them, and how to protect yourself.
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides on-site comprehensive rehabilitation for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Its 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 it provides for clients and the Tampa community.
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."
The National Senior Games Association, a Multi-Sports Council member of the US Olympic Committee, promotes wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. Andrew Walker, B.S. in Health Education from the University of Florida and Master's degree in Public Health from USF, is Director of Health and Wellness for the National Senior Games Association. Learn how you can get into the Senior Games Movement and discover your own path to fitness through Senior Games sports.
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.