The Mary Blake Distinguished Lecture & Special Event Series
The LLI Lecture Series honors Mary Blake for her enthusiasm and continuous efforts as Lecture Chairperson on the Board of Directors for many years. She was dedicated to the goal of providing interesting and unusual presentations that enlighten as well as entertain. She loved learning.
New LLI is proud to announce the 2018 Winter/Spring Lectures & Presentations as listed and described below. Each of the presenters brings a wealth of information and real-life experiences to our audience. They represent a variety of specialties, credentials and training and they add tremendous benefit and value to the LLI schedule.
Lecture Fees are $10 for FRIENDS members and $15 for non-members. Registration for the lectures and special events can be made by clicking on the appropriate payment button or in the LLI office on campus in Room #B114. (firstname.lastname@example.org/941-637-3533).
Jan. 22, 4:00 pm— “Understanding the Benefits of Music Therapy” By Dr. Ramon Gil and Dr. Edward Roth
Dr. Ramon A. Gil is a Board Certified Neurologist practicing in Port Charlotte, Florida since 1989. He is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Gil was born in New York, NY and raised in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He graduated with honors (“Magna Cum Laude”) from the School of Medicine at the “Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra” in 1981. He was enrolled in the Internal Medicine program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1983 to 1986, and subsequently attended the Neurology Residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, from 1986 to 1989. Dr. Gil has always had special interest for Movement Disorders, in particular Parkinson’s Disease and related conditions, Tremor, Spasticity and Dystonias. Since the mid 1990’s, his practice has been centered in these areas. He has also attended numerous educational programs to further his clinical skills in the field of neurology. He joined the Movement Disorder Society in 1997 and has established strong relationships with worldwide authorities in this area. In recognition for his performance on behalf of patients afflicted with these disorders, he was appointed Clinical Associate for the National Parkinson Foundation. Dr. Gil has vast experience in clinical research, participating as Principal Investigator. His practice is the only non-academic site in SW Florida, granted participation, so far, in more than 90 clinical trials (phases II to IV) in the field of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. He has been very active in the area of education for medical personnel, organizing and directing CME programs in various topics. On a regular basis, Dr. Gil participates in educational community programs. His main office is in Port Charlotte and he has two satellite offices in Venice and Cape Coral. To reflect even more the mission of his practice, the name was changed in 2009 to “Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center of SW Florida”. He is an active member of numerous organizations including: American Academy of Neurology, International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Neurology (former member of the Executive Board), Charlotte County Medical Society and is also the Vice Chairman of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
ProfessorEdward A. Roth currently serves as Director of the Music Therapy program and the laboratory for Brain Research and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences (BRAIN), both at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. He is a sought after presenter regionally, nationally and internationally, most recently at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland), Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain) and Oxford University (England). Roth has worked in several clinical settings with clients in various neurological, physical and psychiatric diagnostic categories. While working as a teaching and research assistant at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University, he led music therapy and counseling groups for adolescents diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and acute anxiety disorders from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Prior clinical experiences also include service as a music therapist at Blythedale Children′s Hospital (Westchester, N.Y.), the University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.), and Bronson and Borgess Medical Centers (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Roth is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Professor Roth recently presented a synthesis of papers investigating the effects of music on motor functioning at the inaugural conference for the International Society of Clinical Neuromusicology in Salzburg, Austria. He was a co-presenter at the local "Positive Aging Symposium" held last February in Charlotte County. This presentation will be held in Room O117 (between the cafeteria and auditorium) and coffee will be served prior to the 4:00 presentation.
Feb. 16, 2018, 10:00 am— “Significant Historic Structures of Punta Gorda & Florida” By Harold Bubil
Author of the “Florida Buildings I Love” series in the Herald-Tribune, as well as his Sunday column, "Letter From Home," Harold Bubil will present a slideshow featuring significant historic structures in Florida, including many in Punta Gorda. A historian of the state’s architecture and an entertaining speaker, Harold will tell the stories behind the buildings, which are chosen for their architectural, cultural and historic significance. Harold was real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune from 1994 until his recent semi-retirement. A native of Newport, RI, Harold moved to Sarasota in 1958 and attended the University of Florida, where he graduated No. 1 in his journalism class. Harold won the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Florida/Caribbean chapter. He has covered architecture since 2000. This presentation will be held in Room O117 (between the cafeteria and auditorium) and coffee will be served prior to the 10:00 presentation.
March 2, 2018—10:00 am - “The Florida Dream” By Gary Mormino An entertaining narration from a true story-teller who knows what he’s talking about! From his book, Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams, author and historian Gary Mormino tells the story of modern Florida’s social history. “From imperial outpost to tourist empires, the story of Florida is one of astonishing growth.” His range of information covers growth and development in southwest Florida as well as on the east coast and Panhandle. From Walt Disney’s dream to those of retiring military veterans and blue collar factory workers, Florida has been a “state of dreams.”
This lecture will be held in the Campus Auditorium with coffee served in the lobby prior to the 10:00 presentation.
Mar. 19, 10:00 am— “Economic Development in Charlotte County” By Lucienne Pears, Director Economic Development, Charlotte County
Lucienne Pears graduated from Salisbury University in Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning. Her first years in professional work were environmental planning in the greater DC area. From there, she moved to Florida in 2002 working for civil engineering firms on land use entitlement and construction and development projects. With the recession hitting the land development and construction industry hard, Lucienne shifted her career focus to Economic Development. After a year in Marion County establishing the County’s first economic development department, Lucienne relocated to the Gulf Coast in Charlotte County and has been with the Charlotte County Economic Development office since 2010. Lucienne was chosen as the new Director of Economic Development by the Board of County Commissioners in January of this year and has been involved with many of the most recent Charlotte County projects. This presentation will be held in Room O117 (between the cafeteria and auditorium and coffee will be served prior to the 10:00 presentation.