Spring 2022 Lecture Series / Excursion



The series begins Friday, January 14, 2022
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.

Spring 2021 Registration Form

Spring 2022 Presentations

Live Concert-Something Old, Something New, Something Just For You


Jan. 14 10am

Tim will be presenting pop songs and ballads from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, thus his theme, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something For YOU!”

Presenter Bio:

Tim Kaufman

From performing the National Anthem for the NBA’s Orlando Magic to singing across America and around the world, Tim Kaufman is a professional who is committed to excellence. 

He has also been a frequent guest on Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch television program, Adrian Rogers’ Love Worth Finding television program, and has supplied special music for the NFL’s Washington Redskins and has sung the National Anthem for the NBA’s Washington Wizards as well as the Orlando Magic.

As a Certified Human Behavior Specialist, he also trains corporations and non-profits in the areas of conflict resolution & team building, helping these groups to maximize performance

The Exotic Moons of Our Solar System


Jan. 21 - 10am

 The Strange and Exotic Moons in our Solar System

a.    There are 205 named moons, and probably many more   

       • particularly around Saturn, perhaps hidden in its rings

b.    One moon is the most active volcanic body in the solar system.

c.     Some have a vast liquid ocean, some have an atmosphere.

d.    And...some “may” be the home to exotic life forms!

Presenter Bio:

Jack Herman

Jack Herman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in Political Science. For 31 years at Eastman Kodak, he was a Manager of Computer Information Systems.  He has been a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida for over fifteen years.  At OLLI,  he has taught for most of this time, both Foreign Policy and a wide variety of science classes.

Pirates, Spies, and Women Warriors


Jan. 28 - 10am

Who commanded the largest fleet in history? Who was the last woman hanged in Massachusetts? Who was Churchill’s favorite spy? These women and many more had careers and/or exploits (for good or bad) that often meant they worked undercover or disguised as men. Learn the exciting details of their lives and adventures.

Presenter Bio:

Sheryl Long

Sheryl Long is a retired communications and marketing manager with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. She has a curious mind and loves a good story

Battle of Little Big Horn - George Custer & the Government Conspiracy to Destroy Him


Feb. 4 - 10am

General George Armstrong Custer is among the most controversial figures in United States History. He has often been portrayed in the media as either an incompetent fool or an arrogant tyrant. But in truth, he was actually a victim of character assassination so effective, that most people today still believe it, almost 150 years after his death.

Learn the truth about him. Learn the facts of his most famous battle, the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Learn the new and revolutionary theory about how the battle ended and how Custer met his death.

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.

Danny Kaye - Court Jester of Comedy


Feb. 11 - 10am

A look at the hilarious and colorful life of Danny Kaye, from his humble Brooklyn beginnings to international stardom. Hear anecdotes and view classic scenes and songs from his laughter filled career spanning 50 years!

Presenter Bio:

Jason Fortner

Jason Fortner serves as the Artistic Director of the Francis Wilson Playhouse, having directed over 80 productions there. Additionally he has been an Educator through Eckerd College's Road Scholar (Elderhostel) & OLLI programs for over 25 years.

Hidden Gems of New York City


Feb. 18 - 10am

We will tour a few parks in Manhattan; visit some beautiful and historic estates up the Hudson River and go out to Long Island to visit a wonderful estate.  And you will hear about Teddy, Hamilton, and Burr! 

Presenter Bio:

Dennis Dundore

Dennis spent his 42 year career in the consumer products industry with Johnson & Johnson and later Sanofi Consumer Products.  He managed a team of salespeople from Virginia to Texas and sold iconic brands such as Icy Hot, Aspercreme, Allegra, Gold Bond, and many more.  He and his wife of 46 years have traveled to NYC a total of 33 times over a 24 year period.  They are huge fans of Broadway and have seen 130 Broadway shows.  He retired in 2019 and is enjoying much more time on the golf course.

Roadside Attractions: Vintage Florida


Feb. 25 - 10am

Travel to Florida’s roadside attractions of yesteryear — some of which still exist for your nostalgic pleasure. This talk looks at parrot jungles, chimp farms and, of course, the only city of live mermaids in the world. In addition to some colorful pictures from yesteryear, this presentation includes history of Florida’s beloved attractions and the men and women who founded them.

Presenter Bio:

Cathy Salustri

Cathy Salustri has an MLA in Florida Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Her undergraduate degree is a product of St. Petersburg Junior College, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Tampa. Her first book, Backroads of Paradise, was featured in the New York Times and is based on this trip. She is currently under contract with the University Press of Florida for her second book about Florida (tentative release date: 2023). She earns her living writing and speaking about Florida. She also owns The Gabber Newspaper, a hyperlocal weekly paper in Gulfport, Florida, where she and her husband live – when not on a Florida road trip.

A History of Ireland Before Independence


Mar. 4 - 10am

The history of Ireland reads like a Greek tragedy: heroes with feet of clay, betrayals, success followed by failure. But always the Irish spirit prevails! This lecture will exam Ireland from roughly 700BC to 1927.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Ruth Kelly

Ruth Kelly is a retired history professor emeritus, from D’Youville College, a small Liberal Arts College in Buffalo, New York. She received her PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught for many years at D’Youville College and one of her favorite courses to teach was “The History of Ireland, in Ireland”, taking students on a history tour of Ireland. Ruth has traveled to Ireland many times and never tires of the people and history of Ireland.


Professionally, Ruth is the author of several journal articles on Pennsylvania history and a book on early Constitutional Law. She also has a Masters in Theology and has published several articles on American Catholicism. She loves teaching and still teaches online courses at D’Youville College.

Mystery Excursion


Mar. 11 

Information coming soon.