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HUSBAY Lecture Series

Our 2017-18 program series began on October 2nd
and concludes on March 5th, 2018


Presented at the Roskamp Center for Arts and Humanities. Arrive by 6:30 to mingle with fellow members and guests, and enjoy snacks and beverages, courtesy of Donna Gannon and David Coe.
1226 N. Tamiami Trail  Roscamp Center Map Icon


Our Lecture Series Schedule


The 2017-18 Season Began in October

Usually first Monday of the Month, except where noted.
Oct. 2
Liz Coursen, award-winning
author, editor/ publisher
Game Changer: Me, My Mom,
and Billie Jean King
Nov. 6
Dale Anderson, MD
Is Democracy Safe in America?
Nov. 15
Herb Silverman, Founder
and Presidentof the Secular Coalition for America
His New Book
“An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Land”
Jenni Casale
Healthcare as a Human Right
No speaker, but a New
Years celebration instead
Celebrate 2018 with
your fellow humanists.
Mar. 5
Vickie Oldham, Columnist
Newtown Alive -
Courage,Dignity, Determination


If you're wondering about February, that's when we have our Darwin Day celebration. Click here for details.

Our Previous Lecture Season

(Began October 2016)


1. October 3 - Jennifer Hancock, founder of Humanist Learning Systems and author of several books about Humanism, will lead us in a discussion about Humanism as an applied active philosophy and what it means, practically speaking, to be a humanist and to attempt to live humanistically.

2. November 7 - Tim Rumage works closely with Dr. David Houle, a globally recognized futurist and guest lecturer and futurist in residence at the Ringling College of Art and Design. He will address climate change and the impact on the future of our earth. He will also address economics, health issues, and climate change as it relates to Sarasota.

3. December 5 - Chris Costello, a Sierra Club administrator, presented a case against Big Sugar and its contribution to our algae problem and other environmental effects. For more, go to this location: Lecture

4. January 2 -Our program was a New Year's gathering. We had party plates on hand along with our usual drinks.

5. February 6 --We had, as our guest speaker, Dr. Alan Grindal, MD. His talk focused on on the Biological Basis of Ethical and Moral Behavior.

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Dr. Alan Grindal is a board certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his Medical degree from the University of Illinois. His Neurology training was obtained at the Medical College of Virginia where he also served on the medical faculty.

Dr. Grindal was in private practice in Sarasota for over thirty years and is currently on the Clinical Faculty of Florida State University. He is the medical director of the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is also a volunteer in the Community Clinic at the hospital. He often teaches classes at the Lifelong Learning Academy at the Ringling College and Pierian Springs Academy. He was selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America consecutively from 1997 to his retirement in 2004.

6. March 6 (Final Session for the 2016-17 Season)-Matthew Edlund, MD, Director of the Circadian Medicine Center in Sarasota, is an internationally recognized expert on biological clocks, performance, and rest. His latest book,The Body Clock Advantage, explains how to take advantage of our body inner timing to get the most out of life.


Thanks to these Volunteers

We would like to acknowledge the following people for their contributions in making our lecture series a success:

December 5, 2016

Learn about Big Sugar

Sierra Club's Cris Costello
Appeared at Our HUSBAY Lecture

Cris has been organizing the grassroots for the Sierra Club since May 2007. She is the lead organizer for the Sierra Club Our Wild Florida Campaign, which encompasses the Everglades Restoration, Red Tide, and the Stop Sugar Field Burning campaigns.

She coordinates the Sierra Club’s water quality campaign to prevent harmful algal blooms in both coastal and inland waters in Florida by eliminating point and non-point sources of fertilizer, sewage and animal manure pollution. Cris works with partner environmental organizations, local government staff and officials, homeowner associations, and landscape maintenance professionals around the following issues: Everglades restoration, springs protection, local and state-level urban fertilizer management policy, and water quality standards for Florida’s fresh and estuarine waters.

In November 2013 Cris organized the Citizens’ Clean Water Summit in Orlando, where 253 activists from 121 organizations gathered to make plans for a higher level of collaboration among the state’s water quality and water quantity advocacy community. Cris coordinates the result of the Summit, the 156-partner

Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Cris was a rural and urban grassroots community organizer, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, an organizer and negotiation/arbitration specialist in a seventeen year career in the labor movement, and a consultant to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

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