BIG ARTS Talking Points Kicks Off 2020 ‘Dream Season’

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BIG ARTS Talking Points reflects a wide range of outstanding topics and speakers that will discuss the changes taking place nationally and locally from “Polarization of the American Electorate” to the “Presidential Primary in Florida” to “Artificial Intelligence.” The series includes discussion and dialogue with the audience and will feature a post reception with the speakers.

Talking Points launches its exciting series at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater and will run for six consecutive weeks ending on March 10.

Here is a recap of Talking Points line-up for 2020:

February 4 / 4:00 p.m.
James Rudin, Historian, Author, and Rabbi
“THE POLARIZATION OF THE AMERICAN ELECTORATE-1968-2020”
Is America still recovering from the breakdown of the electorate that occurred 52 years ago? Historian Jim Rudin will share some fascinating facts about the past and discuss how that year was the beginning of a pivotal change in American politics.

February 11 / 4:00 p.m.
Rosemary O’Hara, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Editorial Page Writer
“PARKLAND, POLLUTION & THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN FLORIDA”
Veteran Florida newswomen Rosemary O’Hara offers her insights on where we find ourselves two years after the nation’s worst high school shooting, a year after the state’s worst outbreak of Red Tide and blue-green algae and a month before the Florida’s presidential primary.

February 18 / 4:00 p.m.
Rev. Dr. John Danner, Senior Pastor, Congregational Church United Church of Christ
“STAYING CIVIL IN AN ELECTION YEAR”
In this increasingly polarized climate, civility is in short supply. Dr. Danner will teach us how to speak and listen to one another in a constructive manner.

February 25 / 4:00 p.m.
Keven Ann Willey (Journalist) & Georges Badoux (Restaurateur & Tour Guide)
“POSTCARDS FROM THE PERIMETER: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR YEAR ON THE EDGES OF AMERICA”
A journalist and her restaurateur-husband will share what they learned about America and themselves from their 27,000-mile adventure traveling around the perimeter of the United States.

March 3 / 4:00 p.m.
Ian Sherr, CNET Magazine
“HOW WILL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SHAPE YOUR FUTURE”
Artificial Intelligence is one of the most important technologies of our time. Ian Sheer, West Coast editor of CNET Magazine, returns to Talking Points to discuss what AI is, examples of its use, the rewards and risks of this new technology and how it will impact your way of life.

March 10 / 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Mary Beth Saunders, Infectious Disease
Dr. Stephanie Stovall, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Lee Health
“IMMUNIZATION & GLOBAL HEALTH”
With the measles breakout of 2019, people are concerned about immunization and vaccinations for their children, but is it just children who are affected? Dr. Stephanie Stovall will discuss childhood immunization and what it means for Lee County, Florida and America today. She will be joined by Dr. May Beth Saunders who will talk about immunization for adults and seniors.

Talking Points is proud to announce that the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is the sponsor for the 2020 Season.

Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about our 2020 Dream Season and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 239-395-0900, or at the Strauss Theater box office, beginning at 3pm each Tuesday, for $20.00 per ticket.

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