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January 2018

W18-56 BEST MAGAZINE WRITINGS 2017

January 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-56 BEST MAGAZINE WRITINGS 2017 Wednesdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Paul Chassy Wouldn’t you love it if someone would select for you the best thought-provoking magazine articles available today—the ones most worthy of your time, the ones that would best help you understand current and global issues? That’s just what this course will do. Each week, we will read one or two awardwinning articles and critically discuss those issues, based on our independent understanding…

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W18-57 REBALANCING AND REFOCUSING FOR THE BONUS YEARS

January 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-57 REBALANCING AND REFOCUSING FOR THE BONUS YEARS Wednesdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 4 Sessions: Jan. 10-31 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Susan Larson Today, countless adults are redefining the retirement years and writing a new life chapter. With this increased longevity bonus, life planning is essential to figure out what’s next? This four-part interactive course is designed to give you the tools, resources, and focused discussion needed to create a personalized template for moving forward. We will begin by debunking myths about retirement…

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W18-55 THE EVOLUTION OF JAZZ 1918-2018

January 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-55 THE EVOLUTION OF JAZZ 1918-2018 Wednesdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Martin Adams In this class, we will listen to jazz and discuss its evolution—from its start as bawdy music in Storyville (New Orleans’ red-light district) to its many changes over the past century. Jazz, in its many forms, has been known as pop music, elite music, underground music, and at times, light to serious creative art. Join us for the discussion and journey…

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W18- 54 HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS: THE LAST FRONTIER OF SCIENCE

January 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18- 54 HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS: THE LAST FRONTIER OF SCIENCE Wednesdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alan Grindal Consciousness is the only real thing in the world and yet the greatest mystery of all. It is the complex interaction of multiple neural networks from which emerges a phenomenon that truly defines us as human. Recent technological advances, such as modern brain scanning, have begun to open doors to a greater understanding of the mind at work.…

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W18-64 GREAT ILLUSTRATORS

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-64 GREAT ILLUSTRATORS Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Joel Tanner In this course, we will review commercial illustrators, designers, cartoonists, and caricaturists who have impacted their respective societies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Remington, Beardsley, Fuchs, Bass, Disney, Hirschfeld, Nieman, and Rockwell, to name a few, have all left their indelible impression on social mores and public opinion. Even though most are deceased, their powerful influences are still felt throughout the world…

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W18-60 INTRODUCTION TO BALLET HISTORY, PART 2

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-60 INTRODUCTIONTO BALLET HISTORY, PART 2 Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Christopher Hird This course builds on material studied in “Introduction to Ballet History, Part 1.” Students will delve deeper into the work of specific choreographers from each period, e.g., Marius Petipa (1847-1900), Sir Frederick Ashton (1931-1983), Sir Kenneth MacMillan (1953-1992), George Balanchine (1925-1982), and Matthew Bourne (1988-present). They will also discover how ballet differs from country to country and how a ballet…

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W18-63 1960s TV: THE CARTWRIGHTS TO LAUGH-IN

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-63 1960s TV: THE CARTWRIGHTS TO LAUGH-IN Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Jeff Ryder The 1960s was the decade where television began to grow from its infancy in the 1950s into a pop cultural force, as well as a platform for news events. With almost every household owning a TV set, it connected the country and “mass media” was born along with a formal accusation of the three network’s programming as a “vast…

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W18-65 TODAY’S INTELLIGENCE & NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-65 TODAY’S INTELLIGENCE & NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM John Rixse Challenges abound. Cybersecurity, Russia, North Korea, China, South China Sea, Syria, Iran, Middle East, South Asia, international trade and alliances, failed states, the European Union and Brexit, the Balkans, the Baltics, Ukraine, Crimea, Venezuela, Brazil, terrorism, transnational crime, pandemics, artificial intelligence, water, climate change ... the list is seemingly endless. Each week, we will look at an issue of…

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W18-59 20th CENTURY ELECTIONS

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-59 20th CENTURY ELECTIONS Wednesdays: 11 a.m.12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Monroe Brett The 20th century presidents shaped the Executive Office into its current predominant position. This course will examine the story of America looking into and out of the windows of the White House from William McKinley to Donald Trump. We will review the Constitution and the Electoral College and focus on the impact of each president on our economic, military, domestic, and foreign…

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W18-61 SHORT STORIES: THE GEMS OF LITERATURE

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-61 SHORT STORIES: THE GEMS OF LITERATURE Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Diane Browne-Sterdt Well-written short stories are the gems of literature– small powerhouses of compelling characters, moral imperatives, and psychological richness. They draw the reader right in and deliver a jolt, quietly or dramatically, at their conclusions. Classics and contemporary stories will be discussed. The proximity of despair and joy, the vulnerability and power of women, the search for inner freedom in…

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EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave.

Anna Maria, FL United States
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EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND Winter Einstein’s Circle dates: Wednesdays: January 10, 17 & 31; February 7, 14 & 28 • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. THE CENTER OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND 407 Magnolia Ave., Holmes Beach. Einstein’s Circle discussions are free and open to the public. No prior registration required. Einstein’s Circle is a place where people gather to engage in an open exchange of ideas, opinions, and information on a variety of topics. These popular give-and-take discussions focus on…

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W18-68 WHAT WALL STREET DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

January 10, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-68 WHAT WALL STREET DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW Wednesdays: 1:2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Regan Teague Do you follow financial news and global events? Do you know why stocks react differently than bonds? Do you take an active role in your financial decisions? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course has been designed for you and promises an astonishing look at how Wall Street works. Each week, we will learn…

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W18-69 THOSE FUNNY FOLKS FROM THE MIDWEST

January 10, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-69 THOSE FUNNY FOLKS FROM THE MIDWEST Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Tony Moon Perhaps last Winter’s class, “The Joke’s On Brooklyn” proved nearly all famous comedians came from that area. Well, this class just might prove otherwise! From Red Skelton and Danny Thomas to Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray, the Midwest has had us laughing all our lives. We will discuss the biographies of these famous comedians, and learn who, how, and when…

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W18-70 CHAMBER JAZZ: THE GREAT SMALL GROUPS

January 10, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-70 CHAMBER JAZZ: THE GREAT SMALL GROUPS Wednesdays: 1-3 p.m.; Note: Extended Class Time 6 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Henry Ettman The unforgettable small ensembles in jazz have distinctive identities that go beyond the contributions of their individual members—each one represents a unique, instantly recognizable group sound. Join us as we explore and analyze these memorable groups from the different periods in jazz history. Our discussions will include videos, archival photos, recordings, and insights from the various…

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W18-67 WISDOM OF THE ENNEAGRAM, PART 1

January 10, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-67 WISDOM OF THE ENNEAGRAM, PART 1 Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Mark Stuart The Enneagram is a geometric figure that maps out the nine fundamental personality types of human nature and their complex interrelationships. As such, it is a condensation of universal wisdom from a variety of ancient cultures. Each of the types is represented in each of us, but only one is predominant. We will explore how we interact with others based…

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W18-106 BASEBALL: A BUSINESS OR A SPORT … OR ARE THEY JUST GIVING YOU THE BUSINESS

January 10, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-106 BASEBALL: A BUSINESS OR A SPORT ... OR ARE THEY JUST GIVING YOU THE BUSINESS Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Al Goldis Join the “Knot Hole Gang” and learn what it takes to build a championship organization, both on and off the field. Get the inside scoop about your favorite players. Do the teams with the most financial and human resources always win the World Series? What are the qualities and ingredients that…

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ACADEMY TALKS: PROGRESS AND POLLUTION: HOW DO WE STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY?

January 17, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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PROGRESS AND POLLUTION: HOW DO WE STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY?” Wednesday: Jan. 17 • 3-4:30 p.m. TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Susan Spector We will explore traditional Jewish texts in English translation to see how sages in biblical and Talmudic times dealt with environmental issues of their day. How do we balance economic progress and the desires of business to expand against our concerns for the protection of our environment and…

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W18-07 20th ANCIENT EGYPT: THE PTOLEMIES

January 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-07 20th ANCIENT EGYPT: THE PTOLEMIES Mondays & Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Two Weeks 4 Sessions: Jan. 22-31; Note: Late Start Date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The glory and splendor of Egypt had one last opportunity to serve as a shining light to the world. This opportunity would take place following its conquest by Alexander the Great. His general, Ptolemy I, would forge a new dynasty that would last 300 years. Egypt…

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W18-16 JERUSALEM: 3,000 YEARS OF HOLINESS

January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-16 JERUSALEM: 3,000 YEARS OF HOLINESS Mondays & Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Two Weeks 4 Sessions: Jan. 22-31 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler “Ten measures of beauty were descended upon theworld by God; Jerusalem received nine of them. Yet ten measures of sorrow were visited upon the world by God as well: Jerusalem received nine of them…” according to the Babylonian Talmud. Jerusalem began as the City of Ophel of the Jebusites, was occupied…

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W18-66 THE WORLD IN TRANSITION

January 24, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-66 THE WORLD IN TRANSITION Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 24-Feb. 28; Note: Late Start Date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Peter Mermin The world we live in is in a state of constant change. The instructor will designate a specific aspect of this change to be the focus of study. Using books and movies that help us understand what is behind these changes, we may look at history, psychology, politics, or literature for insight. Specific readings for this course will…

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ACADEMY LECTURE: WHEN SCIENCE FAILS US

January 24, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Anna Maria Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217 United States
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“WHEN SCIENCE FAILS US” Wednesday, Jan. 24 • 1-2:30 p.m. ANNA MARIA ISLAND LIBRARY 5701 MARINA DRIVE James Vartuli Science and inventions have played an important role in our lives. From the printing press to iPhones and computers and from vaccinations to artificial limbs and pacemakers, science has enhanced our way of life. However, science has also failed us. The reasons for these failures range from simple greed and/or incompetence to unexpected consequences. We will discuss several examples of scientific…

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EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE – Topic: Political Disarray and Fractured Party Politics

January 24, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE Wed., Jan. 24 • 3-4:30 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom Fee: $10 general admission; $9 member Pre-registration suggested. No event refunds. Tickets are transferrable. To register or for more information, call 941-309-5111; or go to www.rclla.org Topic: Political Disarray and Fractured Party Politics Moderator: Dan Miller, Former Florida Congressman In keeping with the times, Einstein’s Circle focuses on events of interest people want to discuss. Introduced and led by facilitators expert in the subject matter, participants are invited to…

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February 2018

EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE – Topic: The Influence of Movies on Public Opinion

February 7, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE Wed., Feb. 7 • 3-4:30 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom Fee: $10 general admission; $9 member Pre-registration suggested. No event refunds. Tickets are transferrable. To register or for more information, call 941-309-5111; or go to www.rclla.org Topic: The Influence of Movies on Public Opinion Moderator: Robert Toplin, History Professor, Television Producer, and Author In keeping with the times, Einstein’s Circle focuses on events of interest people want to discuss. Introduced and led by facilitators expert in the subject matter,…

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EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE – The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

February 14, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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EINSTEIN’S CIRCLE Wed., Feb. 14 • 3-4:30 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom Fee: $10 general admission; $9 member Pre-registration suggested. No event refunds. Tickets are transferrable. To register or for more information, call 941-309-5111; or go to www.rclla.org Topic: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Moderator: Ken Bechis, Astrophysicist In keeping with the times, Einstein’s Circle focuses on events of interest people want to discuss. Introduced and led by facilitators expert in the subject matter, participants are invited to listen, to learn…

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ACADEMY LECTURE: OUR DIGITAL FUTURE: HOPEFUL OR HOPELESS

February 21, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Anna Maria Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217 United States
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“OUR DIGITAL FUTURE: HOPEFUL OR HOPELESS?” Wednesday, Feb 21 • 1-2.30 p.m. ANNA MARIA ISLAND LIBRARY 5701 MARINA DRIVE Alex Beavers Is our digital future of robots, artificial intelligence, deep learning machines, and autonomous cars something to fear or embrace? This talk will include highlights of why a digital transformation of our lives is happening, what control we have over it, what it will mean for our institutions, and why it is something that we should embrace and not fear.…

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