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Fall 2022 Lecture Series / Excursion



The series begins Friday, September 16, 2022
at 10am


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


$ 80

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

Donations /Gifts

Donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to Academia Hernando, please send a check to Bev Nuzzi, 15027 Middle Fairway Drive, Brooksville, FL 34609

How to Register

Print the registration form below and mail with your check for $80 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 2022 Presentations

How George Washington Started the Seven Years War


Sept. 16 10am

National currency

George Washington is among the most iconic and important figures in the history of the United States. Whereas most of us are well-versed in his political and military accomplishments during the American Revolution and afterwards, few of us are aware of his actions and accomplishments during his earlier career.  

For seven years, between 1756 and 1763, Europe suffered its first world war. In America, this war was called the French & Indian War. This monumental conflict was sparked in the backwoods of what became Western Pennsylvania by a young officer in the Virginia Regiment named George Washington. Although Washington certainly didn’t cause this war, he was definitely a pivotal figure during its conception.   

Learn the truth about Washington’s involvement, his service to the Governor of Virginia and the loss of his first command at Fort Necessity, his courageous service with General Braddock at his defeat, his promotion to commanding officer of all the Virginia forces, and his participation and final victory with General Forbes.

Presenter Bio:

Robert Jacob

With a lifelong passion for history, Robert Jacob has been heavily involved in living history interpretation and reenacting for over 40 years.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Duquesne University and a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and served in the United States Marine Corps for 31 years.

While researching information on the golden age of piracy, Robert realized that most of the publications on the subject were contradictory and even incorrect. This motivated him to write his award-winning publication, “A Pirate’s Life in the Golden Age of Piracy.”

After its release, his readers expressed a strong interest in the pirates that visited the coast of Florida. This inspired Robert to write his second book that focused on them, “Pirates of the Florida Coast: Truths, Legends, and Myths.”

Robert lectures on a variety of history subjects especially pirates. He has regularly presented topics on pirates at the Tampa Bay History Center, for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and for the Academia Hernando. He has also appeared on the History Channel’s series “Beyond Oak Island” as an expert on pirates.

Jackie Robinson: No.42, A Reluctant Pioneer


Sept. 23 - 10am

Baseball Glove

Jack Roosevelt Robinson didn't want to be a pioneer, he just wanted to play baseball.  But 75 years ago on April 15, 1947, he stepped into the history books when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American to play for a Major League team in Baseball's "Modern Era."  Historians liken the event's significance to the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision ending legal segregation in America.  Time Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most significant individuals of the 20th century.  But it wasn't easy.  The struggle Robinson and his family faced along the way is a truly inspiring story, one that impacted American History and which resounds to this very day.

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).

Women of the Third Reich


Sept. 30 - 10am

"The mission of women is to be beautiful and to bring children into the world." These words, auspiciously written by Hitler's mouthpiece, Joseph Goebbels, in 1929 laid out the simple but essential role German women were expected to play in the prospective Third Reich. By examining both the general situation of women in Nazi Germany and the individual lives of wives and girlfriends of the Nazi elite, such as Magda Goebbels, Leni Riefenstahl, and the infamous Eva Braun. German historian and public educator Anette Issacs will reveal how far this lofty expectation was et by reality in a racially motivated totalitarian system.

Presenter Bio:

Anette Isaacs

Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Historian and Public Educator who has been presenting hundreds of programs on more than 30 different topics (all pertaining to her native country's history, politics, and culture) in the Chicagoland area and in South Florida. Ms. Isaacs holds Master's Degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History and is an adjunct faculty member at the lifelong learning departments of Oakton College, the College of Lake County, Harper College, the College of DuPage, and McHenry County College, all located in Illinois. She is also a popular instructor at Florida Atlantic University's OLLI in Boca Raton.

Edible Florida & Basic Survival Skills


Oct. 7 - 10am

Planting a Plant

Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. A hurricane, tornado or wildfire could destroy your home. You could get lost while out on a stroll in the woods. Your vehicle could break down in a remote area miles from anywhere. All of these could put you in survival mode and this would be made worse if someone with you was also seriously hurt.

Foraging food for free can be fun if you want to add some interesting and nutritious ingredients to your meals or need a handy trail-side snack. However, knowing what to forage for is a skill that will enhance your appreciation of and enjoyment in the countryside and is something you can do with family and friends. For centuries, wild plants and herbs have been used to treat ailments in the countryside and some of these remedies can still be very useful today. The great outdoors provides a year-round abundant supply of free and nutritional food for those willing to explore it. Join us as we explore nature’s edible larder.

Presenter Bio:

Don Philpott

Don Philpott is now a full-time writer and volunteer. He has more than 250 books published on a wide range of subjects. In 2009 he wrote the Guide to The Wekiva Basin State Parks (reprinted in 2013) - with all profits going to the park. He has had over 5,000 articles published in newspapers and magazines.

When not writing Don is a volunteer at Wekiwa Springs State Park where he helps run the nature center and interpretive programs, both within the park and as part of the outreach program. Because of his expeditioning experience he also teaches ‘Edible Florida’ and ‘Basic Survival’ courses throughout Florida.

In 2005 he was selected as Florida State Parks Volunteer of the Year for services to the park service. He is President of the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the park’s Citizen Support Organization, and a member of the Friends of the Wekiva River, the National Audubon Society and the National Association for Interpretation.

He has had a lifelong interest in conservation and the environment. In the UK he was a member of the Conservation Corps and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and for many years volunteered as a relief ranger and guide at Minsmere Bird Reserve, where many of Europe’s rarest species breed.

He is President of Friends of Florida State Parks, a Florida Master Naturalist (FMN) and an instructor with the University of Florida’s FMN program teaching classes in Seminole County, FL. He is also a Florida Master Gardener and a Certified Interpretive Guide.

China Under Communism


Oct. 14 - 10am

An overview of Communism in China for the past 100 years. The new leaders under Xi Jinping. What is the future of China and how natural is its system?

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Dave Kelly

David Kelly has a Ph. D. in History from Indiana University. He is a Professor Emeritus at
D’Youville University in Buffalo NY, where he taught world history subjects for 35 years
including courses on Europe, Russia, and the Far East. He helped produce nine books, five
monographs and a half dozen articles mainly on higher and comparative education. The most
significant of which were (with Gail Kelly) Education of Women in Developing Countries
(UNESCO) and The D’Youville Family Album (for the college’s centennial). He participated in
teacher exchanges to Nigeria, Russia and China and student educational travel to Ireland. Since
retiring he has continued to teach on-line at D’Youville and has become active in OLLI at Eckert
College here he has lectured on Russia since Communism, China under Communism, 1920
compared to 2020, Dickens, and moderated a Great Decisions discussion group.

Around the World in 100 Minutes


Oct. 21 - 10am

Old Globe

Songs deliver us to memorable settings of every kind. At the piano, Joy takes you to Far Away Places to learn of extraordinary locations and the ways in which writers immortalized them in music. From Manhattan to Miami Beach to Moonlight Bay, Side By Side, on an Island in the Sun, Under the Boardwalk or down Country Roads, on the Wabash Cannonball or the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Beyond Brigadoon and Over Oz. Who knows what landscapes will pop up on this entertaining musical journey!

Presenter Bios:

Joy Katzen- Guthrie

Composer-lyricist, concert artist, writer, keynote speaker and educator, Joy Katzen-Guthrie is devoted to uplifting, empowering, and inspiring through the arts and cultural studies. Joy is a Memphis, Tennessee native who settled in the Tampa Bay area in 1981 and resides in Palm Harbor. She has created and served as scholar-in-residence for seven Jewish heritage tours in China and Turkey and has developed heritage tours to Argentina, Australia/New Zealand, Cuba, and Alaska. She has been a Cantorial Leader and Music Director for Florida congregations since 1990, has published 14 recordings, and is a longtime instructor for Eckerd College OLLI and the University of South Florida OLLI, Elderhostel, Road Scholar, Learning Inn and other adult learning series. With her husband Mark, she operates a professional recording studio, Tune-of-the-Century Music®, has received appointments to the Florida Artist Residency Directory, has been awarded two arts resource fund performance arts grants from the Pinellas County Arts Council. Joy received BFA and BA degrees in music and broadcast communications from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Prior to her music career, she served Tampa Bay's WPLP/News-Talk Radio as Executive Producer and Operations Manager in addition to serving as a broadcaster for Classics 92, WDAE, and W101 Radio. Since June 2019, she has been programmer/host of Tampa Bay’s longtime broadcast, The Sunday Simcha, on WMNF Community Radio Tampa 88.5 FM and Visit her website at 

Nan Colton Presents "Agatha Christie," Queen of Murder Mysteries


Oct. 28 - 10am

Deep Stare

Agatha Christie drew on her observations of the world and people surrounding her to become the literary world's "Queen of Crime." "At my time of life, one knows that the worst is usually true."- Agatha Christie. Come an watch Nan Colton become the "Queen of Crime" right before your eyes!

Presenter Bio:

Nan Colton

Nan Colton is a professional playwright, director, storyteller, actress and Literary and Performance Teaching Artist. She has performed and lectured professionally on stages throughout South Africa, Great Britain and the United States.

Storyteller of Old Tampa


Nov. 4 - 10am


Part A:

Live storytelling for grown-ups with Ross Tarr and Wanda Stuart.  This is a fun and informative program, bringing tales of Florida ghosts, historic characters, special Florida women, and a personal story giving insight into Life with Santa in Malls and Homes.
Part B:

Family stories with notes on how to find and preserve your family stories, and an Interactive storytelling with the attendees. Q & A.

Presenter Bios:

Ross Tarr, M.S. and

Wanda Stuart, M.S.

Ross Tarr, M.S.
Ross is a professional storyteller and educator, (Eckard College, National-Louis University, City College, and Mundelein College), has appeared at the Florida Storytelling Festival, St. Pete StoryFest, World Storytelling Day Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Tellabration, the National Storyteller's Association annual gathering in Kansas City, and at colleges, community centers, theatres, campgrounds, museums, and libraries from Florida to New York, Indiana, and Illinois. He has told tales and conducted storytelling workshops twice for international Santa Claus convention, appeared in films and commercials, conducts periodic storytelling workshops such as, Find and Tell Your Family Stories, Stories of Personal and Family History, and Be the Story (a course on storytelling for Santa's, Leprechauns, and historic character actors).  And, since 2016 he has produced and directed monthly live storytelling concerts in the Tampa Bay area at several venues, plus twice a week free Zoom Internet workshops for beginning and advanced storytellers. He provides special traditional storytelling and Interactive Storytelling after-school programs for children, holiday community events, and is a certified as an Interactive Storytelling Facilitator for Groups and Individuals in the Alzheimer's Community and for healthcare facility staff, schoolteachers and community organizations.

Wanda Stuart, M.S. 
Wanda is a dedicated storyteller who has applies her skills as a program director, teacher and educator for public schools, park districts and senior centers in Pinellas County Florida. She is active with theatrical groups, has appeared in commercials, and is a frequent teller for monthly and annual story concerts by the Storytellers of Old Tampa Bay.

Mystery Bus Tour



Trip to be announced at a later date.

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