Long Branch Speakers Series — Sundays in March, 2020

Sunday, March 1

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

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

Renowned painter William Woodward has exhibited his work all around the world. On March 8, he will discuss his own drawings, paintings, and murals, and review the many adventures of being an artist between the end of the classical tradition, the seduction of the new, and the dehumanization of art in our time. (Bill’s art will be on exhibit at Long Branch February 27-April TK.)

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 a.m. Coffee and treats included.


All talks begin at 6 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.

Ticket prices: $25 for individual speakers, $80 for the entire series.

Seating is limited, and priority will go to series-ticket holders.

To reserve tickets, contact Long Branch at 540.837.1856

or via email: info@visitlongbranch.org

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