Spirituality in African American Fiction Tina McElroy Ansa Novelist The author of five novels will discuss spirituality in her writing. Spirituality and the supernatural are key elements of Ansa’s work. She will concentrate on the character Lena in two of her novels, “Baby of the Family” and “The Hand I Fan With.” This Salon Speaker […]

Bat S**t Crazy (but not Brand New): The History and Psychology of Conspiracy Theories from the Illuminati to QAnon Dr. Christopher Huff Historian Dr. A.J. Marsden Psychologist While January 6, fueled by former president Donald Trump’s “big lie” stands as a singularly unique event in American history, the ideas behind the January 6 attack are […]

The Beats: Poets and Provocateurs Dr. William Nesbitt Author The Beats are one of the last movements in American literature. They pushed boundaries and wrote about still-relevant issues such as political topics, gender equality, rights for the LGBTQ+ community, the environment, censorship, and compassion for the world. The Beat Generation originated in the 1950s and […]

A Witness For My Father Barbara Bergren Author The presentation will chronicle the story of Bergren’s father, Martin Weigen, before, during, and after WWII, highlighting the reunion between him and the former lieutenant John Withers who was in charge of a segregated African-American army unit during the war. Through acts of kindness, Weigen finds his […]

Lessons From Lincoln Rich Lowry Editor of National Review Magazine Lincoln was a proponent of markets, individual achievement and personal responsibility. He embraced economic dynamism and development. He rejected populist demagoguery directed at corporations and banks and, in fact, worked as a lawyer for the biggest corporation in the state, the Illinois Central Railroad. He […]

Haunted Florida Elizabeth Randall Author Florida has some of the earliest settled areas in the United States and is home to fascinating history. These include tales from Native Americans, early European settlers, and modern Floridians. In some places, people claim that habitants of these historical moments remain. All over Florida, but especially in the north […]