Spring 2020 Lecture Series
January 17, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
A Living History: Meet Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck poignantly and humorously captured the everyday ups and downs of a new American phenomenon - the suburban housewife. Believing you had to be able to laugh at life to get through it, Erma poked fun at the housewife's daily labors in her column "At Wit's End" three days a week, eventually appearing in 900 newspapers across the country. She entered the book world with best-sellers like "I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression" and "The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank." Erma called attention to the struggles of women whose lives otherwise felt invisible and taken for granted. She let women across America know they were not alone.
Discover how Erma got started as a humorist - and chuckle along as she pokes fun at kids, lawns, husbands, household appliances, and especially at herself in her absurd attempt to be everything the books, magazines, and advertisements say we are supposed to be.
Susan Marie Frontczak has given over 800 presentations as Marie Curie, Mary Shelley, Irene Castle, Clara Barton, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Erma Bombeck across 42 of the United States and nine countries abroad - including several with Academia Hernando. Susan Marie joins millions of Erma Bombeck fans in the U.S. and around the world in celebrating one of the 20th century’s most prolific writers and humorists.
January 24, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
The Irish on Broadway
There are many things for which the Irish in America are renowned - but perhaps not as well known was their talent and influence on the Broadway stage. Join us for this informative and entertaining look at how Irish actors and playwrights have made major theatrical inroads from the earliest appearances to today's Broadway smash hits.
Instructor: Jason Fortner. Jason works as Creative Director of Wizard Studio International. He serves as both Producer and Director for Clearwater's Francis Wilson Playhouse.
January 31, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
Butcher & Douglas - Protecting the Everglades
The Everglades is a subtropical wetland of significant importance due to the wide variety of purposes including habitats for wildlife, plants, micro-organisms, and other animals. Although the Everglades was reduced in size during the early 20th century, efforts to protect the remaining wetland have proven successful due in large part to the work and dedication of two prominent environmentalists.
Clyde Butcher (born 1942) is an American large format camera photographer known for wilderness photography of the Florida landscape. He began his career doing color photography before switching to large scale black-and-white landscape photography. Butcher is a strong advocate of conservation efforts and uses his work to promote awareness of the beauty of natural places - most especially the Florida Everglades.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, author, women's suffrage advocate, and conservationist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development. Moving to Miami as a young woman to work for The Miami Herald, she became a freelance writer. Her most influential work was the book The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), which redefined the popular conception of the Everglades as a treasured river instead of a worthless swamp.
Instructor: Ann Ottaviano graduated with a B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University and an M.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University. She became intrigued with the work of Clyde Butcher while serving as a docent at the Dali Museum and subsequently was inspired by the environmental efforts of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
February 7, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
The Golden Age of Piracy
Think you know everything there is to know about pirates? The fact is that the historical record on pirates is vague, contradictory and rarely accurate. Digging deeper into the true history of piracy and those who lived this life, Robert Jacobs has unearthed a treasure of information that will allow you to see, feel and experience the true life and motivation of pirates in their Golden Age. A pirate's life in the Golden Age of Piracy will fascinate you and take you back in time with rich stories and visual accuracy. Prepare yourself for some surprising and intriguing revelations!
Instructor - Robert Jacobs. With a lifelong passion for history, Robert has been heavily involved in living history interpretation and reenactment for over 40 years. Originally from Pittsburgh, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from DuQuesne University and a Masters Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also served in the United States Marine Corp for 31 years.