Spring 2021 Lecture Series / Excursion



The series begins Friday, January 15, 2021

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 2021 Presentations

The Lost Colony of Roanoke


Jan. 15 10am

Four hundred and thirty-three years ago, 117 men, women, and children attempted to settle the first permanent English colony in the New World. Faced with many hardships such as hostile natives and lack of food, their leader returned to England in their only vessel to get help. It took him four years to finally return to the colony. When he did, he found that the colony had completely vanished without a trace.

Living historian, Robert Jacob, will come to the presentation in period costume (1587) and invites our subscribers to come dressed as Native Americans of the period or in Renaissance costume as he shares the mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke. To this day, the tale of the lost colony of Roanoke has remained one of the most intriguing mysteries in the history and settlement of North America.

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. He has participated in activities covering a wide range of time periods including numerous French an Indian War and Revolutionary War reenactment groups, Western Gun Fighter groups, regularly attending Mountain Man Rendezvous and Renaissance Fairs. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Robert graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor's Degree in education in 1978. He taught in the West Point public school district, West Point, VA for five years while completing his Master's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983.

The Exotic Locations of South America


Jan. 22 - 10am

Take a virtual trip to the Galapagos Islands and review the history, geography, archaeology and wildlife of this fascinating island. The Galapagos Islands are one the most diverse ecological regions in the world with incredibly fascinating wildlife.

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.

She Went Where? Women Adventurers and Explorers Who Didn't Make the History Books


Jan. 29 - 10am

Of course you've heard of Sacagawea and Amelia Earhart, but what about Gertrude Bell, Alexandra David-Neel, and Bessie Coleman? These are just three of the many adventurous women our history lessons forgot to mention. This course will feature their stories and accomplishments, some of which changed the world as we know it.

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

FBI Presentation


Feb. 5 - 10am

FBI Special Agent, Andrew Sekela, will be addresssing Cyber Scams related to Business Email Compromise, COVID-19, and Romance Scams.

Presenter Bio:

FBI Special Agent Andrew Sekela

Special Agent Sekela graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served on the USS Batfish, a nuclear-powered attack submarine. Special Agent Sekela completed a five-year tour with the Navy, and then worked in the private sector for seven years. After joining the FBI, he spent five years at the Washington Field Office (working public corruption and government fraud investigations) and three years assigned to the International Corruption Unit at FBIHQ. He is currently assigned to FBI Tampa. For seven years, he supervised a squad of Special Agents, Forensic Accountants, and Intelligence Analysts responsible for investigating white collar crime. He is currently assigned as the Private Sector Coordinator. In this role, he is responsible for liaison between the FBI and all non-government entities (including companies, financial institutions, and colleges/universities) in the 18 counties which make up the territory of the FBI Tampa Division.

Romance On The Silver Screen


Feb. 12 - 10am

A look at romantic love in the movies, from the first shocking silent screen kiss through the great love stories of Hollywood history. Classic film clips illuminate the backstory of these unforgettable looks at love. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll sigh along with such greats as Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Doris Day, Cary Grant, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and more.

Presenter Bio:

Jason Fortner

 Jason works as Creative Director of Wizard Studio International. He serves as both Producer and Director for Clearwater's Francis Wilson Playhouse.

Catch Me If You Can: Inside The Mind of the Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy


Feb. 19 - 10am

Be prepared for in-detail aspects of the mind of a serial killer. Retired police detective from Des Plaines, Illinois, David Hachmeister was one of the detectives assigned to catch serial killer John Wayne Gacy and will tell you the chilling tale of his capture. Please be prepared for very graphic details and visual presentations of the actual case of this horrific serial killer and how he was finally apprehended.

Presenter Bio:

David Hachmeister

David P. Hachmeister is a 42 year law enforcement professional. He began his career in 1972 as a police officer with the DesPlaines, Illinois police department. During his career he was assigned a variety of duties and ranks and ultimately retired in 2001 as Captain in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division. Following his retirement he was hired as the Under Sheriff for the JoDaviess County, Illinois Sheriff's Office where he maintained that position until his full retirement in 2014.

Key West-Pirates, Patriots, and Painters


Feb. 26 - 10am

While most people see Key West as a party destination, the tiny island on the edge of North America has a rich history, and its reputation as a party destination is only one part of the picture.  Key West didn't become a tourist mecca overnight...it took planning and government assistance.  Cathy Salustri will lead you through Key West's early days, and into the Key West of today.

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.

The Colorful Life of Georgia O'Keeffe


Mar. 5 - 10am

During her marriage to Alfred Stieglitz (an internationally known photographer) Georgia lived and painted in New York City while spending summers at his family's retreat at Lake George, New York. Then in 1929 she discovered New Mexico. The magnificently colored landscapes of the northern New Mexico desert was O'Keeffe's inspiration for many of her works in oil until the 1970s.

O'Keeffe's personal mystique is as intriguing as the boldness of her art. Georgia lived her life not confined to the conventional pattern of mother and submissive wife. By 1930 few women artists were professional and even fewer dared to paint abstractly.

Georgia  is recognized as an iconic figure who represents an essential part of the 
American Dream. She is known as one of the most original painters America has ever produced. Her vivid visual vocabulary - sensuous flowers, bleached bones, red sky, and white clouds - has had a lasting influence on American art in this century.

Presenter Bio:

Nan Colton

Nan Colton is an award-winning playwright, director, storyteller, actress, and teaching performing artist having performed and lectured professionally of stages throughout South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States.

Nan's entrepreneurial spirit crated Solo Productions in 1995, and she has committed her talents to create and present theatrical solo performances and workshops that are interactive, educative, and entertaining in museums, art galleries, schools, universities, and at conferences throughout the country. Locally, she has been the Performing Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for 25 years, having researched, produced, and performed over 45 vastly different original scripts (historically accurate or humorously fictitious) characters written to explain the art and the exhibitions.

Mystery Excursion


Mar. 12 

Information coming soon.