2021 Virtual Season

Welcome to Our 50th Season

Week Four

Music Mondays
January 25, 2021
Kevin Short
Bass Baritone
Versatile American bass-baritone Kevin Short is thrilling audiences around the globe, including major roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Sarasota Opera Company, Spoleto Opera Festival, and Santa Fe Opera. He is also featured soloist with major orchestras around the world.

Global Issues (Tuesday)
January 26, 2021
The U.S. and Russia: Paradoxes of Conflict and Collaboration
John Beyrle
Despite the tensions between the United States and Russia, there is a peculiar strain of pragmatism that tempers Moscow’s dealings with Washington. This pragmatic framework is not new but has defined the relationship from Catherine to Great through Stalin to Putin.

Global Issues (Thursday)
January 28, 2021
Drones and Drone Warfare
John Jackson
Drones are emerging as the new weapon of choice in modern warfare. Naval War College Prof. John E. Jackson will discuss the past, present and future uses of robotic and unmanned systems, both in the military services and in private use. Jackson will discuss the systems involved, the operational challenge they address, and the legal and ethical ramifications of their use.


Welcome to our 50th season. Global Issues and Music Mondays programs will both be live-streamed. From the comfort of home, on the go, using a cell phone or tablet, or sitting in a coffee shop, viewing the world-class content from SILL is as simple as pushing a button.

As a special treat, all programs are FREE this year. As in previous years, presentations will run from early January through the end of March. Music Mondays presentations will be on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Global issues lectures will be presented on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Each presentation will be an hour in length. Also, as with previous seasons, you will be able to ask questions of the presenter by sending your questions, in real time, to the session moderator. When you sign-in to the program you will see a chat button that you will use to send in your questions.

Should you miss any presentations, you will be able to access them for a couple of weeks via a link on this website, www.SILLSarasota.org.

Enjoy our Golden Anniversary Season - a season like no other!

Support SILL

SILL receives no public or foundation funding and is totally dependent on the sale of tickets and contributions to the Friends of SILL to meet the costs of presenting our lecture series. We encourage businesses and individuals to contribute what they can to the future of SILL.

Sarasota Instititute of Lifetime Learning is a qualified 501c3 organization. All contributions to the Friends of SILL are tax deductible and will be acknowledged as required by the IRS.

As a non-profit organization, we are very grateful for, and dependent on, our donors. We would ask all attendees to join us in thanking them for their generous support which, combined with our corporate sponsors, allows us to bring a quality roster of speakers to Sarasota, Venice and Lakewood Ranch each year.

The Friends of SILL is a tax-deductible organization established to support our efforts to bring the very best speakers possible to Sarasota while maintaining our very low admission charges. Please check out our new donor levels and the related benefits, then join the growing number of SILL Friends. Thank you for your consideration!

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