Media Relations

Press Release:

MEDIA CONTACT: Megaan Schraeder

FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society to Host Fall 2011 Distinguished Lecture Series

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders Featured as Guest Lecturer

BOCA RATON, FL (September 1, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) at Boca Raton will host its Fall 2011 Distinguished Lecture Series, which offers recurring course lectures and 12 one-time special lectures, from Monday, October 10 through Thursday, December 15, at the Barry & Florence Friedberg Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. “Wonderful Wednesdays,” a new series featuring special one-time events, will take place on six successive Wednesdays from October 19 through November 30.

“This fall, it is my goal to continue to ‘push the envelope’ of what is possible in adult lifelong learning,” said Herbert Shapiro, Ph.D., assistant provost of the LLS. “By continuing to offer not just intellectual enrichment, the Lifelong Learning Society also provides a diverse array of thought-provoking, engaging programs that will enlighten as well as entertain.”

The first series of recurring lectures begins Monday, October 10 and ends Friday, December 2 with course topics that include music, cinema, global issues, philosophy and religion. The second series of one-time distinguished lectures will begin on Monday, December 12 and run through Thursday, December 15. Topics to be featured include stewardship, U.S. presidents, Jewish history, Arab history and humanitarianism.

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders will kick off the second series of one-time lectures on Monday, December 12 at 2 p.m., with a special lecture titled “Public Universities as Stewards of Place.” Other one-time lectures include:

• “The Jews in Britain: Act British, Think Yiddish” with Virginia Newmyer, a frequent lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and in Great Britain, on Tuesday, December 13, at 10 a.m.

• “Obama’s Report Card: Rating Presidential Performance” with Robert P. Watson, Ph.D., Lynn University professor of American studies, on Tuesday, December 13, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

• “The Coming War? Arab Revolutions, Arab Rulers, the United States and the Rise of Persian Power” with Robert G. Rabil, Ph.D., FAU associate professor of political science, on Wednesday, December 14 at 1 p.m.

• “Humanitarian Intervention: When, Why and Under What Conditions?” with Jeffrey S. Morton, Ph.D., FAU professor of international law and politics, on Thursday, December 15, at 1 p.m.

• “Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of Federalism during the American Civil War” with Stephen Engle, Ph.D., FAU professor of history, on Thursday, December 15, at 4 p.m.

Additionally, the Distinguished Lecture Series will include entertaining performances by popular local musicians. These unique concert sessions include:

• “Duo Turgeon: A Showcase of Music Written for Four Hands at One Piano” with international award-winning musicians Anne Louise and Edward Turgeon, on Monday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.

• “The Songs of the 1960’s” with versatile performers Rod MacDonald and the Humdingers, on Thursday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.

The LLS on the Boca Raton campus was established in 1980 to provide adults of all ages the opportunity to enrich their lives through non-credit, university-level courses with no homework, grades or tests.

For more information, to register for courses, or to view or request the complete fall 2011 course catalog, contact the Lifelong Learning Society at 561-297-3185 or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

Privacy Policy | University Regulations and Policies | Emergency Information | Get Help | Contact Us

An Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution
© Copyright 2016. Florida Atlantic University.
Boca Raton Campus Danie Beach Campus Davie Campus Fort Lauderdale Campus Harbor Branch Campus Jupiter Campus Treasure Campus
 Last Modified 9/7/16