Academia Hernando - 15027 Middle Fairway Drive, Brooksville, FL 34609


Fall 2019 Lecture Series

 September 20, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

 Part I: The Rise of the Ottoman Empire

September 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

Part II: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Join us as we discover what made the Ottoman Empire a dominant empire - just as powerful as the kingdoms of Europe. We will explore its exotic and fascinating history by embarking on a journey lasting more than 600 years. We will discover what it was like, how it emerged, how it was organized and its influences on human civilization before its ultimate collapse.

Instructor: Joe Menasce was born in Cairo, Egypt, of Jewish parents from Spanish descent, who immigrated to Egypt for political and economic reasons. He  left his native country at the age of 16 and moved to the United States. Joe holds a BS degree in Business Administration from California State College at Los Angeles and had a career in both medical sales and certified financial planning. His hobbies include a passion for international affairs and politics, medicine, economics, finances, traveling and teaching.  

   October 4, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

 "The Big Easy" - Colorful History of New Orleans

New Orleans is a unique American city due to its mix of Spanish and French culture. Founded by French colonists in 1718 and named after the Duke of Orleans, this city has set itself apart due to its unique approach to living and doing business. Home to the Mardi Gras, a festival celebrated since the late 19th century, New Orleans has weathered wars, civil unrest and major hurricanes while always seeming to bounce back to reclaim its one-of-a-kind status.

Instructor: Rick Kistner. Rick holds a B.A. degree in Urban Studies from Wright State University and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Dayton. He also studied at Connecticut's Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and had a simultaneous career in the performing arts. A native of Pittsburgh, Rick has delivered several hundred lectures on American History, Biography and the Performing Arts.

October 11, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

Vietnam - 50th Anniversary

Using personal photos and stories, Fred will discuss how it feels to return, 50 years later, to several battlefields where he was wounded, once in 1967 and again in 1968. His photos and remarks will illustrate how the country has changed and how war changed him, his family and the families of  those whose names are etched on The Wall.

Fred will share how it feels to meet, face-to-face, with people his age who fought against him in those same battlefields in an atmosphere of peace and forgiveness that exists today between Vietnam and the USA.

Fred Tomasello Jr. obtained a BA in English and Speech Education from the University of South Florida and then served as an officer in the US Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970. He was an Infantry Platoon Commander, Aerial Observer and Guard Officer/Casualty Assistance Officer. After military service, Fred worked for the US Postal Service in Tampa, retiring in 1999. After traveling 10 years as a full-time RV’er, Fred and his wife Kathy Blair now live in Thonotosassa, Florida

A Message from the President

Dear Academia Hernando Subscribers,

Welcome back to yet another season. As you can  see we have once again outdone ourselves! Actually our program committee is responsible for the line-up but our entire Board of Directors (all volunteers) works hard to make each semester a bona fide success.

If you are new to Academia Hernando this season, we are glad that you found us. Every year our subscription base grows. It seems that there is a definite need for lifelong learning here in Hernando County - and we're thrilled to be able to bring it to you. You won't want to miss a session.


Thanks for joining us and happy lifelong learning... and a huge welcome to our newest sponsor - The Residence at Timber Pines!

Dave Farr


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