Free Speech, Facts, and The Civilized Exchange of Ideas
What if there was a place where you could go to hear fact-based, unbiased, high-quality talks on wide ranging topics and weigh in with your own opinions without fear of censorship or retribution? There is. Come join us at Civil Discourse South.
Our featured speaker is Dr. Martha Crotts, MD General Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Topic: Depression: Beyond the Stigma
Everglades Rec Center
The Day the Dinosaurs Died
The Hollywood Studio System and The Movie Stars It Created
No Session - Facility Not Available
Objectivism: Philosophy of Novelist Ayn Rand, Radical for Capitalism
Dr. Howard Marsh.
Is CO2 as Bad for Climate as They Say?
The Methodology of Comedy
Informative, entertaining talks by fellow Villagers on a wide range of topics. Ample time for you to ask questions and share your own opinions
Continues the best traditions of intelligent discussion and exchange of ideas that are the lifeblood of free, self-governed people
Open to all residents of The Villages and authorized guests
In-person at Everglades Recreation Center the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM. Also simulcast on Zoom.
We are always looking for individuals who want to share their knowledge. Email us and let us know what you are interested in presenting.
Contact Frank A, Lancione at email@example.com
Residents of The Villages can get notices of upcoming speakers and Zoom information for both Civil Discourse South and Central by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive an automated email to confirm your request. REPLY to the email to confirm your subscription. DO NOT click the "JOIN" button. We are using Google Groups solely to send emails at this time, so there is nothing to view if you visit our group.
Civil Discourse Club South talks are delivered in person at 10:00 AM on the first Wednesday of each month at the Everglades Recreation Center in The Villages, Florida. Talks are recorded using Zoom. The unedited Zoom recordings of the 2021-2022 club speaker series are archived below.
Ian describes the role of oil in the lead up to World War II and how today it is influencing Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the West's response.
Joe describes fat's role in our evolutionary history and disproven myths about the impact of animal fat in our diets. He also shows the negative impacts of plant seed derived oils on Americas' health.
Bud explores the scientific evidence for Climate Change and how carbon taxes and other incentive/disincentive mechanisms can influence behavior and change climate outcomes.
THE GOOD NEWS: After many years, you’ve finally reached your retirement nest egg goals
THE BAD NEWS: Your money now buys only a fraction of what it did when you first deposited it.
Ian and Bud explain the economic forces, mechanisms, and players that influence what your money is worth in our complex, interconnected 21st century global economy.
The Black Death washed over Europe in 17 separate epidemic waves from 1348 to 1650. It killed over 356 million people. It would take 400 years for the population to recover. The shockwaves from this event transformed science, art, commerce, religion, and laid the foundation for nearly every aspect of the 21st century culture we live in today. Phil shows how our response to COVID today mirrors many of the challenges civilization faced confronting this earlier pandemic.
Alan demonstrates a series of CDC approved fall and balance self-test exercises you can use at home to assess your risk. He also provides information you can use to compare your results to others in your age range.
Traditional paper money and coinage are rapidly becoming extinct. Many European countries and even parts of the African continent are moving to fully digital systems of value exchange. Penny describes these trends and other emerging monetary alternative such as cryptocurrency in this well researched highly entertaining talk.
Our generation has never known any other existence but universal AC electrification. However, our late 19th century forebearers lived in a very different time and environment. Hear Phil Esposito bring to life the fight between Direct Current and Alternating Current technologies and proponents to define the standard that would power the world.
Movies and stories tend to depict war as an adrenaline filled non-stop video game experience. That's true in the heat of a battle. But, what is it like for those who live day to day waiting for that terrible battle moment without knowing when it will come? Rita Boehm's talk describes the war time experiences of her father-in-law as a soldier during World War II. Her newly released book on this topic, One Soldier's War, is available on Amazon.
Doug Hughes is a good friend and an excellent speaker. This talk looks at the experiences in Revolutionary America that were the DNA of our country and culture throughout our history. Doug describes our Colonial ancestors' fight for self-governance during the time of British rule over our country and how it has shaped American values and beliefs about the role of Government versus the rights of citizens.
I gave this talk on October 6th, 2021 as the first Civil Discourse South Club talk in the 2021-2022 season. Diane and I had just returned from the three month, 10,000 mile RV trip around America described in the Trip USA 21 tabs of this website. My goal was to share the nearly spiritual experience of encountering the vast geological wonders of the American West and how it changes your sense of what is important and your place in the world.
We didn't know it at the time, but June 2022 marked the end of an era - the end of our Civil Discourse South sessions being delivered live in person and simultaneously broadcast over Zoom. Since May of 2020, Lou Sasmor, Ian Walmsley and I have been broadcasting Civil Discourse Central and Civil Discourse South sessions live over Zoom.
Putting on a good presentation and discussion every month is a demanding task as it is. Adding a live Zoom broadcast on top of that with polling, breakouts, and live questions from both an in-person and online audience is very labor intensive. It took Lou, Ian, and me to pull it off every session for the over two years we have been doing it.
Lou stopped these so called "hybrid" sessions for the Civil Discourse Central club shortly after it returned to full time in person sessions earlier this year. However, the three of us kept them going for Civil Discourse South until just now. Unfortunately, these sessions have simply become too technically complex and labor intensive to continue.
What's changed is that with more and more people attending in person, we are running into technical and facilitation issues. There are now more people attending in the room than there are online. That greatly complicates the real time broadcast sound situation. Over the past few sessions, we have been fighting feedback, echoing, background crowd noise and other serious sound issues. A professional broadcast operation has dedicated equipment and technical personnel to handle these issues. We do not.
Likewise, it has become harder and harder to integrate remote users into the face-to-face discussions going on in the room. We are having to artificially cut off interesting exchanges and arbitrarily break up the flow of the dialogue between the in the room participants and the speakers who are standing right in front of them talking with them face to face.
To everyone who has followed Civil Discourse South live broadcasts over the past two plus years - THANK YOU! Lou, Ian and I greatly appreciated your interest, participation and support. We often remark that without Zoom, both of our clubs would probably have ended as a result of the lock downs. You, us, we all helped each other make it through the pandemic together.
Life is continuously changing. Our role is to know when to hang on and when to evolve and move on. The time is here for all of us to advance to the next phase and the new challenges it will bring. Thanks for making this journey with us!
Frank A. Lancione
July 31, 2022
To everyone who has followed Civil Discourse South live Zoom broadcasts over the past two plus years - THANK YOU! Lou Sasmor, Ian Walmley and I greatly appreciated your interest, participation and support
Life is continuously changing. Our role is to know when to hang on and when to evolve and move on. The time is here for Civil Discourse South to advance to the next phase and the new challenges it will bring.
Thanks for making this journey with us!
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