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Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States

December 2019

Global Health: Why You Really Must Care

Tuesday, December 3, 2019,6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

A lecture sponsored by the Sarasota World Affairs Council featuring Richard Skolnik, former director for health in the South Asia region of the World Bank and executive director of Harvard’s U.S.-supported AIDS treatment program for Botswana, Nigeria and Tanzania. He will discuss some of the key challenges in global health, the threats they pose for the U.S. and the world, and how they might be addressed. The Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts high-profile foreign affairs lectures covering current international issues…

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January 2020

The Politics of Hate Have Driven the U.S. and Iran to the Brink

Tuesday, January 14, 2020,6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

A lecture sponsored by the Sarasota World Affairs Council featuring Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council. Abdi will describe the background and mission of the Iranian-American Council, as well as provide an update on the current Iranian-American relationship and international efforts to establish prospects for peace in the region. The Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts high-profile foreign affairs lectures covering current international issues ranging from foreign intelligence to peace negotiations to immigration and trade. Regular programs are…

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New Topics – From Downton to Gatsby: Jewelry and Fashion from 1890-1929

Thursday, January 23, 2020,5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Andrew Prince

Featuring Andrew Prince, jewelry designer and craftsman. In 2012, Andrew Prince was commissioned by the creators of “Downton Abbey” to create a large collection of tiaras, combs, earrings and necklaces adorned by the main characters. Additionally, his commissions include jewelry for Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Dame Judy Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” and for the film “The Young Victoria.” A frequent lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum and throughout the U.S., his in-depth knowledge of jewelry, fashion history, and…

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February 2020

Not with a Bang: Moving toward the Endgame with a Nuclear North Korea

Tuesday, February 11, 2020,6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

A lecture sponsored by the Sarasota World Affairs Council featuring Evans Revere, senior director at the Albright-Stonebridge Group. Revere will discuss whether the U.S. prepared to live with a nuclear North Korea and the implications for America's security. The Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts high-profile foreign affairs lectures covering current international issues ranging from foreign intelligence to peace negotiations to immigration and trade. Regular programs are free for the general public, but reservations are strongly suggested. Each lecture is followed…

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New Topics – The Art of Art Recovery: Recovering Stolen and Looted Works of Art

Thursday, February 20, 2020,5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Christopher A. Marinello

Featuring Christopher A. Marinello, Esq. ’83, CEO, Art Recovery International. Christopher A. Marinello is one of the world’s foremost experts in recovering stolen and looted works of art. A practicing lawyer for over 34 years, Chris began his career as a litigator and became uniquely proficient in negotiating complex title disputes on behalf of collectors, dealers, museums, and insurance companies. Chris will provide an overview on art crime and the legal issues involved in recovering stolen and Nazi-looted works of…

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March 2020

New Topics – Bachelor Bromance: A Novel Evaluation of Male Gorilla Social Bonding

Thursday, March 26, 2020,5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Austin Leeds

Featuring Austin Leeds, Research Manager, Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment. Western lowland gorillas are familiar — we see them in zoos across the country but we actually know very little about them in the wild. Particularly, we know almost nothing about how males form and maintain social bonds with other gorillas. Social bonding is a vitally important aspect of their biology that shapes all aspects of their behavior. There is a major need to further study social bonding in male…

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April 2020

New Topics – Common Ground: The Intersection of Biophilic Design and Urbanism

Wednesday, April 22, 2020,5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
David Brain

Panel discussion featuring David Brain, New College Professor of Social Sciences; Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green; Dan Slone, Vertical Vision New College Professor David Brain will host a discussion with biophilic thought leader Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, and new urbanist and eco-district expert Dan Slone of Vertical Vision, in a fascinating look at the intersection of the man-made and the natural worlds. Topics will include a discussion on: patterns of biophilic design and bioinspired innovation in urban environments,…

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