Distinguished Lecture Series


2017-2018 Distinguished Lecture Series

on Current Issues

Now in our twelfth season, the series brings experts and seasoned educators to the podium on current events including subjects in foreign policy, the environment, education, health, and the economy.

To purchase a subscription or individual ticket, please call the office at 772-462-7880.

Series subscriptions are $150 per person (This includes an Annual Membership).
The series subscriptions for Lifetime Members are $100 per person. 

Individual lecture tickets are available for $35 per person.

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9:30-11:30 a.m. Mueller Campus, Vero Beach 
3:00-5:00 p.m. Chastain Campus, Stuart


December 14, 2017 "The Wondrous World of Microbes; The Good, Bad, and Not-so Ugly"

Dr. Brad Kay is a retired microbiologist from the Center for Disease Control and former head of the World Health Organization’s biological safety and bioterrorism preparedness programs.  Microbes play amazingly diverse roles in our lives and are essential to our health. However; these same microbes may be our worst enemies as they seize opportunities to harm.  Diseases such as influenza can become hyper-virulent and we as humans can be affected when new agents such as Zika appear.  During his lecture, Dr. Kay will discuss the challenges of human-microbe interactions.  


January 11, 2018 “What are Washington and Tallahassee Doing to My Healthcare?”

Marshall Kapp was educated at Johns Hopkins University (B.A.), George Washington University Law School (J.D. with Honors), and Harvard University School of Public Health (M.P.H.).  He is the Director of the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law.  Significant changes have been proposed or implemented by both government and private players regarding how health care is, or should be, provided and paid for in the U. S.  This lecture will look at some of these proposals and ask how they are likely to affect health care for consumers.  


February 8, 2018 “Stem Cell Research and Therapy: Promises and Challenges”

Dr. Jonathan Keller is a Senior Principal Investigator at the Center for Cancer Research.  The CCR is the largest division of the National Cancer Institute intramural research program and comprises nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups. Dr. Keller obtained his Ph.D. at George Washington University.  During his lecture, Dr. Keller will discuss medical advancements and opportunities as they relate to Stem Cell Research.  He will also present some of the grand challenges facing research and therapy.


March 8, 2018 “System under Fire: The Future of Higher Education in Florida”

Dr. Judith Bilsky has served students in Florida’s educational system as a faculty member, administrator and policy developer.  She previously served as the Executive Vice Chancellor with the Department of Education.  Dr. Bilsky holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. As one of the keys to the state’s economic well-being, the Florida College System/Community College System has since its inception been the nexus of a whirlwind of growth, in student enrollment, in program growth and in certificates/degrees offered. This lecture will provide a glimpse into the challenges of preserving the historic mission of Florida’s public open-access institutions, as well as offer some predictions for the future.

April 12, 2018 “Medical Marijuana: Is That Cannabis Dragon Really Magical?” 

Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum is an evidence-based, holistic clinical pharmacist and Founder & CEO, Rx Integrative Solutions, Loveland OH. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, her PharmD from the University of Cincinnati, and her MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Dr. Rosenbaum will discuss the history of medical marijuana use and the legal landscape in Florida and the USA.  She will review cannabinoid receptor pharmacology, active plant constituents, and marijuana dosage forms, and identify evidence-based indications, side effects, and potential interactions associated with use of medical marijuana.  Finally, she will discuss the role of the physician, pharmacist, nurse, patient in education and monitoring of medical marijuana.


*Speakers and offerings are subject to change based on speaker availability

The Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by The Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation.


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