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


Fall 2019 Lecture Series - Continued

A Message from the President

October 18, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

"A New Year... a New Decade... a New Song"

Welcome to 2020—almost!  In our last  year of the second decade of the 21st century, let's look back 120 years to melodies that ended and began each new decade. At the piano, Joy shares memorable news, events and melodies from 1900 to 2020.

You will be amazed at how much you remember and how much you didn't know. Join us as we travel through time and re-discover inventions, personalities and events that ended and began each new decade of the 20th century - along with notable songs, writers and performers of the day.  It will be like looking through the yearbook of your life!

Instructor: Joy Katzen-Guthrie. A Memphis, Tennessee native, Joy has made her home in the Tampa Bay area since 1981 with a versatile career as broadcast producer and manager, composer/lyricist and recording artist, Heritage tour leader, instructor/lecturer and Cantorial leader for Congregation Beth Am of Tampa.

October 25, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

Archeology: Just Diggin' in the Dirt?

Archeology is the study of human history and pre-history through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains. Digging holes in the dirt, sand and rain forest is a messy business - but that’s not the whole story. Archaeology also includes dozens of sub-disciplines. 

We are going to look at just three:


1.   Prehistoric -   When did the first humans come to the Americas?

2.   Underwater - What is a 2000 year old Roman ship wreck, found in 1900, now revealing to us?

3.   Space  - How satellite images can be used to learn about ancient hidden cities - and so much more.

​Instructor: Jack Herman. Jack 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

November 1, 2019 - 10 a.m.

Ernest Hemingway:  Innovative Author... Daring Adventurer

Hemingway's journalistic assignments covered the Spanish Civil War, the Normandy Landings of WWII and the Liberation of Paris.  On safari in Africa, he was nearly killed in a plane crash that left him in pain and ill-health until his suicide in 1961.

Instructor: Dedee 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. 

November 8, 2019 - 10 a.m.

  • Discover the Leepa-Rattner Museum- A docent (TBA) will provide a  preview of the museum and what to expect. 

  • The History of Tarpon Springs - Phyllis Kolianos -The History of the Greek heritage in Tarpon Springs

Today's double bill will help you prepare for next week's excursion to Tarpon Springs.  Take notes and start planning!

 BUS EXCURSION - November 15, 2019 




Leepa-Rattner Art Museum and 

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Tarpon Springs Discovery - On Your Own.  Lunch, Shopping - You Decide!


Subscribers Only


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!

Dave Farr


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One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, Hemingway influenced the style of American literature and gave shape to the modern novel.  He was a war-time ambulance driver and infantryman, booze-guzzler and boxer, safari hunter and deep sea fisherman.   During his four marriages, he befriended Gertrude Stein and other expatriots and was influenced by the modernist style of the “Lost Generation.”