Fall 2020 Lecture Series / Bus Trip


The series begins Friday, September 18, 2020

at 10am


St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 
2301 Deltona Blvd.,  Spring Hill, F L


$ 70

Lectures begin promptly at 10:00 AM and lasts for 2 hours.  There is a 15 minute intermission.  Face masks are required for attendance.  

How to Register

Print the registration form below and mail with your check for $70 payable to Academia Hernando, Inc.

and mail to:

Bev Nuzzi

15027  Middle Fairway Drive

Brooksville, FL 34609

Important: The Registration Form must be included with your Check.
Your cancelled check is your receipt.

Fall 2020 Presentations

Steven Spielberg: History and Adventure


Sept. 18 10am

Recognized as the most successful Director in Hollywood History, Steven Spielberg has enchanted hundreds of millions around the globe with his lengthy filmography. Bon in Cincinnati, Ohio, a serendipitous assignment by his Boy Scout troop started him on the road to international fame and fortune. He became a force to reckon with after the release of his film JAWS, the continued with a string of hits like E.T., Close Encounters, and Jurassic Park, each of which became the top grossing films ever upon their releases. Maturing as a filmmaker, he then ventured into historical tales like The Color Purple, Amistad, Lincoln, and his masterpiece – Schindler’s List. Frequently compared to Jules Verne, Spielberg has been listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Important People of the Century, and Life named him the most influential person of his generation. A master story-teller, he continues to this day presenting some of the best stories ever told on film.

Presenter Bio:

Rick Kistner

Mr. Kistner’s diverse series of lecture topics are a reflection of a dual career.  He spent thirty years in Law Enforcement including twenty years as a Chief of Police at cities in Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida.  Simultaneously he continued a career in the performing arts that began at the age of 16 and continues to the present appearing on stage and also in TV and radio commercials and the occasional film, a career that was profiled by Charles Osgood on “CBS This Morning”.   A voice artist, he can be heard reading many classics of literature on the Lit2Go website.  Mr. Kistner holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Wright State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.  He also studied Theater Arts at Connecticut’s prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. His deep interest in American History is reflected in his lectures on historical eras and notable personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries while his background in the performing arts forms the basis of his programs on Film and Theater topics.   Since 2007 he has delivered over 500 programs at many venues in Florida and elsewhere.  A Largo, Florida resident since 1993, he and his wife Karen have been married for 46 years, raised three children and are the proud grandparents of four (and counting).  

Oh What A Beautiful Melody! The Unforgettable Music of Richard Rodgers In Concert 


Sept. 25 - 10am

The music of Richard Rodgers brought new sophistication to musical theatre. In his collaboration with Lorenz Hart, his melodies personify the intimacy, distinctiveness, and energy of America’s Jazz Age. In collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II, his music captures a world ranging from Americana and Europe, to the exotic Far East and South Pacific, all heightened by inspiring stories with unforgettable characters and choreography within a new style of theatre which came to be known as the Integrated Musical Experience and the life and timeless music of one of the 20th century’s greatest contemporary composers – Richard Rodgers – and his co-writers Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Presenter Bio:

Joy Katzen-Guthrie

Joy Katzen-Guthrie  – Passionate…Personal…Engaging…Life-Affirming. Her vibrant music and one-of-a-kind performances inspire and uplift with a message of insight, life experience, and worldwide unity and harmony from generation to generation.


Professional composer/lyricist, pianist, and vocalist leader since 1990. Joy uniquely weaves history and storytelling with traditional, contemporary, and original songs from pop, stage, film, and world genres that celebrate the human spirit. Says Donna Klein, founder of Tampa Bay’s Women Musicians Alliance: “Joy is a marvel on the keyboard, making her playing seem effortless. Her compositions, as well as her adaptations of others’ songs, reflect the summation that it is her life. When she sits down at the keyboard, starts playing, smiles that warm smile of hers, and sings to your heart, well it’s just inspirational!”    

The Great Florida Road Trip


Oct. 2 - 10am

Come with Cathy Salustri as she leads us into the backroads of Florida to some of its most interesting and beautiful areas. We'll take lots of twists and turns into Florida's most historical and interesting sites. Please join us for this fun trip through Florida without leaving your seats!

Presenter Bio:

Cathy Salustri

Cathy Salustri wrote the 2016 travel narrative Backroads of Paradise, which chronicles her ad-
ventures retracing WPA-era Florida driving tours from the 1939 WPA Florida guide. The New

York Times travel section featured Backroads in 2017. Her next book, tentatively titled The Flor-
ida Spectacular, is undergoing edits with UPF. She's the former arts & entertainment editor at

Creative Loafing Tampa, and her portfolio includes USA Today, Visit Florida and regional press.
She lives in Gulfport with her husband Barry, two hounds, two cats and, most likely, a frog the
cats brought in as a present no one has discovered yet.

Black Holes: Mystery and Majesty


Oct. 9 - 10am

Black holes are the most feared, fascinating, and misunderstood objects in our known universe. Planets and even stars may go into them but nothing, not even light, comes out. And this year we have the first image of a Black Hole. What about its more dangerous cosmic cousins? What happens when these strange objects get too cozy? We get gravity waves and the first validation of a 100-year-old Einstein prediction.

Presenter Bio:

Jack Herman

Jack Herman has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  He served as manager of computer information systems at Eastman Kodak for 31 years.

Wildlife of Antarctica


Oct. 16 - 10am

Bruce has a lifelong interest in the exploration history and climate change research of Antarctica: Earth's Last Frontier. For this session he will focus on Antarctic wildlife, with a brief  discussion of the history and climate of this amazing place. 

Presenter Bio:

Bruce Gobioff

Mr. Gobioff, MS Management of Technology, MIT, had a career in the computer industry that spanned 1966 to 2015. He spent 35 years with IBM in technical and management positions developing software for mainframes and personal computers.

Let's Go to the Opera!


Oct. 23 - 10am

Opera is a feast for eye and ear, combining music, theater, lavish costumes, and sets. Learn where opera began, how it developed, its variations, and its major composers. Consider the types of opera and voices, the terminology, opera etiquette, and the way that it reflects current trends in society. Opera places unique demands on the human instrument: observe how singers vocalize to prepare and enjoy brief performances by local singers. You will be ready to enjoy Opera Tampa’s season.

Presenter Bio:

Beryl Biles

Beginning her career in secondary education as a teacher of English, Beryl’s career evolved to developing a consulting practice as an Executive Coach and business owner with over 40 years experience specializing in leadership development for senior executives in large corporations, CEO’s of small to mid-sized companies and leaders of non-profit enterprises. She coached over 450 executives in both professional services and manufacturing organizations internationally as well as and domestically, including 10% pro bono for artists and administrators in the arts, most recently at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts.


At the end of her career, she authored a professional memoir called Authentic Leadership: An Inside Job! Many times a choir member at different churches she attended and most recently as a member of the Master Choral of Tampa Bay, she is ever awed by the individuality of the singing voice. As a supernumerary or extra in five operas, she enjoyed a back-stage view of the many different component parts that contribute to the power of the genre.  She especially enjoys introducing people to opera. 

The Art of Love


Oct. 30 - 10am

Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day and the season of love by enjoying a voyeur’s peak at lovers in art from around the world and through the ages. From the amorous gods of the classical world to modern abstractions of lovers, you will get to look at, laugh at, sigh at, and smirk at the various images artists have created to celebrate love. These images portray flirtatious gestures, suggestive glances, love tokens, courtships, and betrothals. They celebrate love, both profound and profane, serene and sexy, pure and passionate.

Presenter Bio:

Dedee Aleccia

Ms. Aleccia has been lecturing to lifelong learning audiences for over ten years. She has taught both literature and art history at the college level for over 30 years. During that time she served as director of an Honors Program and as a Smithsonian Institution Research Fellow, received a Faculty Outstanding Service award and retired with professor emerita status.

Comedy Hall of Fame


Nov. 6 - 10am

The Comedy Hall of Fame is presenting its traveling show called, The Comedy Time-Tunnel©, which is continually performing all over The United States. The show consists of recorded interviews, rare footage, and trivia games that interact with audience members to teach them about the history of comedy. Informational and entertaining, The Comedy Time- Tunnel is perfect for an enjoyable morning of learning and laughter.

Presenter Bio:

Tony Belmont

Tony Belmont is the brainchild of The Comedy Hall of Fame, and has been a producer and agent. In previous interviews, Belmont said the idea for the comedy hall of fame came from a conversation with comic Morey Amsterdam, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Buddy Sorrell on the Dick Van Dyke Show which aired in the 1960s on CBS.

Belmont formed the hall of fame in 1989 and the museum finally opened as a nonprofit in 2007 at John's Pass, where it featured exhibits, artifacts and audio-visual performances by comedians. The hall's 23 inductees include William "Bud'' Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Pryor, Lucille Ball and Red Skelton. The Hall of Fame is currently located in Holiday, Florida.

Mystery Bus Tour



Trip to be announced at a later date.

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