LLI is pleased to repeat this popular summer series - join us at 10:00 am each Wednesday to view a wide range of interesting documentaries in a cool classroom and then discuss over lunch some questions and issues raised as a result. View your options below and register by either purchasing online or calling the LLI office at 941-637-3533.
NOTE: Additional classes may be added as details are confirmed.
Now make your choices and learn — just for the fun of it!
JUNE DOCUMENTARY + LUNCH SERIES
Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Cosmic Journeys: Age of the Hubble” The Hubble space telescope was launched in 1990 to capture the pristine light of distant space. It led a fleet of telescopes that were sent up to explore distant galaxies. Sending telescopes into space was part of a larger technological revolution, which consisted of a large array of powerful telescopes that were built on mountaintops around the world.
Wednesday, June 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Israel, The Royal Tour” “Israel: The Royal Tour” provides a lively travelogue through one of the most culturally diverse and historically significant regions of the world. The audience's guide is none other than the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Wednesday, June 21, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “The Twins Who Share a Body” Meet Abigail and Brittany Hensel, the twins who share a body. They come as a package deal, so you better get along with both of them. They’re charming, pretty, and joined at the hip. Literally. Possessing only two arms and two legs between them, but two hearts and two minds, Abigail and Brittany are challenging society’s conception of individuality and human rights.
June 28, 10:00 - 12:00 pm “The Last King of India” India is home to many endangered species. Large mammals such as the Bengal tiger and the Asian elephant share the subcontinent with over a billion people. India is also home to the last surviving Asiatic lion. Not so long ago, these lions could be found all over Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and much of India. However, due to hunting and loss of their habitat, they are now reduced to only about 511.
July 5, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Who Built Stonehenge?” Stonehenge, located on the Salisbury Plain in Southern England, has long been associated with Druids, a group of wise men present in England more than 2000 years ago. Still today at Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, Druid celebrations are held at Stonehenge. But were they the actual designers?
July 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Death on the Railroad, Secrets of the Dead” In 1832, railroad contractor, Philip Duffy, hired 57 Irish immigrants to lay railroad tracks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. But, less than two months after their arrival, all 57 were dead. Did they all die -- as was widely believed -- due to a cholera pandemic? Or, were some of them murdered?”
July 19, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “On the Streets – Los Angeles” About 44,000 people in Los Angeles are homeless and statistics show that the number of people living in their vehicles has doubled within the last two years (in 2016). Every month about 13,000 persons become homeless in L.A. County. However, it all depends on the definition of homelessness because even a tree with a tarp can be considered a home as far as some citizens are concerned. And so many men and women live in tents, in their cars, in trailers, or in other makeshift shelters all over the city.
July 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “The Most Evil Men and Women in History – Atilla the Hun and Mary Tudor” Attila the Hun was the Ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453. He was leader of the Hunnic Empire which stretched from Germany to the Ural River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea. In much of Western Europe, he is remembered as the epitome of cruelty and rapacity. Mary I was the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty, she is remembered for restoring England to Roman Catholicism after succeeding her half-brother, Edward VI, to the English throne. In the process, she had almost 300 religious dissenters burned at the stake in the Marian Persecutions, earning her the sobriquet of "Bloody Mary".