The Speaker Series 2020


Ticket prices: $25 for individual speakers, $80 for the entire series.
Seating is limited, and priority will go to series-ticket holders.
To purchase tickets, contact Long Branch at 540.837.1856
or via email: [email protected]


The Speaker Series 2020


Stay informed with our popular and informative Speaker Series!

Our adventures in learning this year will include experts on Virtual Reality, the Middle East (again!), the American Health System and a visual presentation on Color and Light in Art. As usual, we will offer a very special bonus for whole-series subscribers. Please join us as we continue to expand our horizons!

Here’s the 2020 line-up:

Sunday, March 1: "What is Virtual Reality?"  J.J. Ruscella, founder and director of the Immersive Learning Lab at Shenandoah University, introduces attendees to what is for many of us the all-but-unknown. What is Virtual Reality? Why does it matter? How is it changing our world? Inquiring minds really want to know. (See below: J.J.’s lab will also host an open house April 4 at 10 AM for full-season subscribers.)

Sunday, March 8: "Iran and the Muslim World, East 2.0"  Those who heard Tom Dowling’s talk last year on turmoil in the Muslim world will need no extra incentive to come back this time around. As a Foreign Service Officer, Tom was in the thick of it. Intellectually, he still is. Tom will connect Yemen, the Saudis, Iran, and whatever else is by then collapsing in that critical, unstable world so that we all can understand it better.

Sunday, March 15: "What's Wrong with the American Health System?  Winchester gynecologist and obstetrician Laura Dabinett has a dual perspective — through her own practice and from leading health missions to Haiti. Her critique from both experiences is riveting, troubling, enlightening, and something we all need to know. Don’t miss this one – there’s too much at stake.

Sunday, March 22:  "Light and Color in Art"  This visual presentation by renowned painter William Woodward will explore how in Art, Color and Light have been a source of wonder and inspiration for artists throughout time, and show vivid examples of how from Ancient Egypt through Claude Monet, Color and Light have been interpreted, used, abused and celebrated in other places, and other times to our own .  (Bill’s art will be on exhibit at Long Branch February 27-April 27.)

All talks begin at 6:00 pm and last approximately one hour, including time for questions and comments from the audience. Attendees will have a chance to socialize beforehand over drinks and light hors d’oeuvres, beginning at 5:30 pm.

And the Bonus for Full-Series Subscribers...

A private, hands-on, experiential tour of J.J. Ruscella’s virtual-reality lab at Shenandoah University. Who knows what reality might be in your future. Better get prepared!  The date: Saturday, April 4, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and treats included.