2016 marks the 45th season of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning. We are proud to continue serving you, our audience.
With the U.S. Presidential campaign in full swing, SILL will present a broad overview of the global challenges we face. From China and Russia to the Middle East and the strains on our military services and our military and intelligence capabilities, some of the most compelling areas of interest to our 2016 audiences will be examined in depth by lecturers extremely well versed in these areas.
Many of the 2016 speakers are new to the SILL audiences, offering perspectives that have not been heard here before. Other favorite speakers are returning to the program to present their perspectives on key issues like the future of the European Union and the foreign policy challenges our next President will face.
At the end of the season, we are going to experiment with a new format, a panel discussion. Under the guidance of a veteran TV news anchor, three retired U.S. Ambassadors will give us a perspective on our global challenges in "The View from The Embassy". Tickets to this event will be available free of charge in March to our subscribers and regular attendees.
In addition, you will be able to explore issues with six of our speakers at the Thursday afternoon series of SILL Seminars. The seminars provide for a lively exchange of ideas and information. Speakers are open to clarifying and embellishing their initial remarks based on audience questions, and openly encourage an informal, conversational tone.
If you are busy during the business day and unable to participate in our programs, we began a new evening program last year at Lakewood Ranch. We will expand that program this year with six lectures at the State College of Florida Main Auditorium beginning at 7:30. It's another way for us to expand the SILL audience.
SILL promises another great year examining the Global Issues which will impact us in 2016. We expect to deliver a lecture series of exceptional breadth and depth on topics in the news today.
Our facilitators for this seasonís Global Issues programs are: Bob Barylski, Beth Cotner, Bob Deutsch, Richard Friedman, Peter Huber, Jorie Lueloff, James McGee, Lionel Olmer, Jeffrey Olsen, Chet Thompson, Bob Toplin, and Roy Turret.
You will find many of us at most lectures, and we welcome your feedback.