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Our 49th Year

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A Message From The President

Welcome to the 49th season of SILL! From a small startup operation years ago, SILL now offers five venues and last year attracted more than 45,000 attendees. Our newest venue, Longboat Key, offers videos of SILL lectures, with a one week delay, on Thursday mornings at Temple Beth Israel.

SILL’s Music Monday series continues to be incredibly popular thanks to program chair Edward Alley. Some of the musicians scheduled to appear this season are Charlie Albright, pianist, (returning for his third year), Todd Thomas, baritone (also returning for a third time), Jason Vieaux, classical guitarist, and the first prize winner of the Olga Kern International Piano competition. Of course, we won’t know who that is until after November 1.

Meanwhile our Global Issues program committee, chaired by Bob Deutsch, has booked some impressive speakers for 2020.

With North Korea continually in the news, we have Ambassador Kathleen Stephens addressing North Korea and its nuclear weapons policies. Another very topical issue is mass migration. Daniel Vara will discuss mass migration and its impact on national security. Ambassador Dennis Ross will return to SILL to talk about US/Israeli relations.

For the first time SILL will host a husband and wife speaking jointly. Jessica and Sean McFate’s topic “Battles of the Future: How Technology replaces Traditional Weapons of War” should be an exciting lecture.

Focusing on domestic issues, Lauren Bellows returns to discuss the solutions to slavery in the U.S. Other favorite speakers returning to SILL are Hedrick Smith, Baroness Margaret Jay and Martin Walker.

As you can see we look forward to another exciting season at SILL. Please join us and expand your horizons!

Beth Cotner
President