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November 2017

Jean Renoux: Picasso and His Women

November 15 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Larry Thompson Academic Center, Ringling College, 2700 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, 34234 United States

Jean Renoux, an expert in European History, Art, Architecture and French Literature, was born in France and spent most of his childhood in Tunisia. Returning to France as a young man, he worked as the personal assistant to Louis Malle, the famed movie director. After moving to the U.S. Jean worked as production designer on films shot in Florida and Mexico. He produced the play The Human Voice by Jean Cockteau in New York City and was an interior designer.…

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January 2018

TOWN HALL Lecture Series: John Brennan

January 22, 2018
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

John O. Brennan was sworn in as director of the CIA on March 8, 2013. As director, he managed intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services. Before becoming director, Brennan served at the White House for four years as assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. During that time, he advised the President on counterterrorism strategy and helped coordinate the U.S. government’s approach to homeland security, including its policies for responding to…

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February 2018

TOWN HALL Lecture Series: Jon Meacham

February 12, 2018
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prizewinner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. He understands how issues and events impact our lives and why historical context matters. A contributing editor at TIME, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long…

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March 2018

TOWN HALL Lecture Series: Michael Lewis

March 5, 2018
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

Financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Lewis has published sixteen books on subjects ranging from politics to Wall Street. Among his most noteworthy works are Flash Boys, The Big Short, The Blind Side, and Moneyball. A sharp observer of politics, finance, and the evolution of American culture, Lewis combines keen insight with his signature wit, making him one of today’s leading social commentators. He takes a fresh, hard look at the ever-changing value systems that drive our…

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TOWN HALL Lecture Series: Siddhartha Mukherjee

March 19, 2018
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., is a leading cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. His first book, The Emperor Of All Maladies, is a story that touches on the brilliance and tenacity that frequently make scientific history—and also on the serendipitous discoveries. He approaches the subject of cancer with the passion and fixation of a biographer and the flourish of a novelist. Mukherjee tells…

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