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BIG ARTS presents full lineup for Talking Points

By BIG ARTS - | Jan 13, 2021


BIG ARTS recently announced its Talking Points series for the upcoming 2021 season, which can be accessed online for the same per-session charge as in-person attendance.

Beginning Jan. 28, the sessions will take place on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and will offer a range of topics including school and gun safety, how to detect fake news, Internet privacy, race relations in Southwest Florida, reducing one’s “carbon footprint” and cooking at home.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, all of this season’s speakers (with the exception of Kinfay Moroti on Feb. 25) will make virtual appearances and will not be physically present in the hall. Participants can live stream the sessions from home. During or following the talk, they will be able to text questions and comments to the speaker.

The series schedule is as follows:

– Jan. 28: “From Grieving Father To Gun Safety Advocate” with Fred Guttenberg, public safety advocate and founder of Orange Ribbons for Jaime

On Feb. 14, 2018, Guttenberg’s 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. In his talk, he will describe his experience after the shooting, finding purpose by advocating for safer schools and communities, and by writing about his recovery from unimaginable loss.

– Feb. 4: “Fake News: How To Tell Fact From Fiction” with Lyn Millner, professor of journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University

Millner studies misinformation, filter bubbles, cults and conspiracy theories. She will discuss the phenomenon of fake news: what it is, where it originates and how to be an intelligent current-events consumer.

– Feb. 11: “Is Internet Privacy Even Possible?” with Ian Sherr, editor-at-large for CNET News, a division of CBS

The Internet has made privacy a thing of the past. Companies like Google and Facebook create profiles of everything from our shopping habits to voting preferences. After a series of high-profile privacy breaches, efforts are underway to reform the industry. Sherr will discuss what changes are being made and ways the public may be able to stay under the Big Brother radar.

– Feb. 25: “Race Relations In Southwest Florida: A Photographic Study” with Kinfay Moroti, documentary journalist and photographer with The News-Press

Experience the images and storytelling of Moroti. His stunning and powerful photographs capture the richness and complexity of both black and white lives in Southwest Florida. His work showcases the triumphs and struggles of a community working toward racial equality.

– March 4: “How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint” with Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and professor at Texas Tech University

Hayhoe, climate expert and co-director of Texas Tech University’s Climate Center, has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She will provide the latest research on global warming, as well as steps the public can all take to reduce its carbon footprint and help protect the environment for future generations.

– March 11: “You Don’t Need A Recipe: Cooking During COVID” with Sam Sifton, of the New York Times

Sifton is an assistant managing editor of the New York Times, responsible for culture and lifestyle coverage, and the founding editor of NYT Cooking, its digital recipe collection. Formerly the Times’ food editor, national news editor, chief restaurant critic and culture news editor, he is also the author of “See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends” and “Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well.” Sifton will talk about the joys and frustrations of cooking for ourselves and others in the midst of a global pandemic and about his new book, “No-Recipe Recipes.”

Login and participation instructions will be sent one week in advance of each session.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 239-395-0900.