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BIG ARTS unveils Talking Points topics for 2020 series

By Staff | Nov 22, 2019

Talking Points will launch its series in February at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.

BIG ARTS Talking Points reflects a wide range of topics and speakers who will discuss the changes taking place nationally and locally, from the “Polarization of the American Electorate” and “Presidential Primary in Florida,” to “Artificial Intelligence.” The series will include discussion and dialogue with the audience and will feature a post reception with the speakers.

Running for six consecutive weeks, the series will feature the following:

– Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.

“The Polarization Of The American Electorate, 1968-2020”

Is America still recovering from the breakdown of the electorate that occurred 52 years ago? Rabbi, historian and author James Rudin will share some fascinating facts about the past and discuss how that year was the beginning of a pivotal change in American politics.

– Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.

“Parkland, Pollution & The Presidential Primary In Florida”

Rosemary O’Hara, editorial page writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel and veteran Florida newswomen, will offer her insights on where we find ourselves two years after the nation’s worst high school shooting, a year after the state’s worst outbreak of red tide and blue-green algae, and a month before the Florida’s presidential primary.

– Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.

“Staying Civil In An Election Year”

In this increasingly polarized climate, civility is in short supply. The Rev. Dr. John Danner, senior pastor at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, will teach us how to speak and listen to one another in a constructive manner.

– Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.

“Postcards From The Perimeter: What We Learned From Our Year On The Edges of America”

Journalist Keven Ann Willey and husband Georges Badoux, restauranteur and tour guide, will share what they learned about America and themselves from their 27,000-mile adventure traveling around the perimeter of the United States.

– March 3 at 4 p.m.

“How Will Artificial Intelligence Shape Your Future”

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most important technologies of our time. Ian Sheer, West Coast editor of CNET Magazine, returns to discuss what AI is, examples of its use, the rewards and risks of the new technology and how it will impact your way of life.

– March 10 at 4 p.m.

“Immunization & Global Health”

With the measles breakout of 2019, people are concerned about immunization and vaccinations for their children, but is it just children who are affected? Dr. Stephanie Stovall, with pediatric infectious disease at Lee Health, will discuss childhood immunization and what it means for Lee County and America today. She will be joined by Dr. May Beth Saunders, with infectious disease, who will talk about immunization for adults and seniors.

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is sponsoring the 2020 series.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.BIGARTS.org. They also can be purchased at 239-395-0900 or at the Strauss Theater box office each Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. for $20 per ticket.