(ran East, West, Beach editions)
Area universities and colleges offer educational lectures and programs open to the public. The Times lists these events in an occasional column. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Send information at least two weeks in advance to Catherine Cushing, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.
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Peter Wallace, former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, will talk about "The Changing Political Geography of Florida" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis House.
This is part of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College series.
University of South Florida
140 Seventh Ave. S
Irene Miller will portray German artist Kathe Kollwitz in Portrait of an Artist: A Dramatic Presentation of the Journal Writings and Prints of Kathe Kollwitz at noon Tuesday in Davis Hall, Room 130.
Kollwitz was the first female professor at the German Academy of Arts. Her prints and sculptures of peasants and the working class were banned by Hitler, but today the artist is much revered in Germany, and her works are in museums throughout Europe and the United States.
Four teachers from the Spurgeon Middle School in Santa Ana, Calif., will talk about an innovative program that helps at-risk students excel academically at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Davis Hall.
The teachers are part of the Ford Foundation's QUASAR project, designed to explore teaching methods that might help students who face poverty and gang violence to stay in school and have a successful life.
Call 893-9537 for information.
Margaret Walker and Mark Woods, both of the USF Ethics Center, will present a film and discussion at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Ethics Center.
The film, Black Robe, is about a fateful clash between cultures. Walker and White lead a discussion afterward about our obligations to respect other people's traditions and beliefs.
Call 553-3172 to RSVP or get information.
Performance artist Nan Colton will presents Catherine the Great at 7 p.m. Friday in Davis Hall.
Colton wrote and performs this one-woman portrait of the empress who ruled Russia for 30 years in the 18th century.