Friday Lecture Series


The demand for spices forever changed the course of history. Michael Ranieri, who has a master's degree in Asian History from St. John's University, will explain how the quest for spices has been directly responsible for wars, trade routes, papal edicts, medicines, cosmetic preparations and tasty cuisine as well as the discovery of America. Enjoy some lively debate after the slide presentation.
Deterioration in our five senses has been linked to decline in cognition. Dr. Jennifer Jones Lister, Professor of Audiology and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at USF, will focus on how hearing loss may precede and indicate future cognitive impairment.
The infamous 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds became better known as "The Black Sox Scandal." Mark Pienkos explored this scandal in his book, 1917-2017: One Hundred Years of White Sox Baseball. Join Mark for a walk through history that will not only enlighten baseball fans about a great team-the 1919 Chicago White Sox- but also engage them in memories of their own baseball diamond heroes.
Learn how author and journalist Kristen Hare reported and researched for her book, 100 Things to do in Tampa Bay Before You Die, and what connecting with neighbors reminded her about the value of community in divided political times. When she's not exploring as a tourist, Kristen Hare covers the transformation of local news for the Poynter Institute and writes feature obituaries for the Tampa Bay Times.
Learn about this lovely art form. Eleanor Pigman will discuss and demonstrate the process of bead embroidery, including business logistics, marketing, and the joy of being an artist. Follow her journey from watercolor artist to creator of stunning bead embroidery as she "tries to create the impossible" using unconventional techniques. She holds a master's degree in art therapy and received a Congressional honor for "Keeping Hope Alive Through Art."
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.

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Historian Jim Goebdiscusses the architects and henchmen of the Holocaust. Goeb, who helped found the Hillsborough Schools Holocaust Studies Program, also shares stories of resistance: Schindler in occupied Poland; Wallenberg, the Swedish architect who saved thousands of Jews in occupied Hungary; the Danish resistance group; the Bielski brothers who built refuges in the Naliboki Forest and Anielewicz, "Little Angel," leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
Moments that changed history are often lost to everyone who wasn't there. Wilson Blount, with a master's degree in public policy administration and twenty-seven years in the Air Force, will share his memories of the events leading up to the march. From Alabama's denial of the voting rights of black citizens to the day of the march itself, Wilson was there and will share those moments with us.
Dr. Jerri Edwards, USF Professor at the College of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, will discuss how cognitive abilities can be maintained and even enhanced with advancing age. She will review interesting research that has examined how cognitive interventions (often referred to as brain fitness programs or brain games) help older adults to avoid or at least delay functional difficulties and thereby maintain independence and improve their quality of life.