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U.S. Foreign Policy

Marco Island Library 210 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL, United States

John King, Esq. - Foreign Service Officer (ret.), U/S. Department of State

Dine & Discuss : Vladimir Putin and Ukraine

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

Vourla Cafe is welcoming us with open arms and is excited to have our group! A wide variety of freshly homemade Mediterranean food will be served family style at the ...


Dine and Discuss – Could We Have Another Civil War?

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

The seeds of the Second World War were sown by the First. We will review the root causes of our "first" Civil War (actually we have already had several -- some even before the Revolutionary War which was also a Civil War) and how our system of government failed to keep the Civil War from happening.


CCT Dine and Discuss – The Urgency of Now

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

Noted filmmaker, activist, environmentalist and current Collier County Waterkeeper, K.C. Schulberg addresses the climate crisis both from a global perspective and how it impacts SWFL.


Who’s Running our Schools?

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

Public Education - Who Should Run our Public Schools? - Locals, Parents, or Educators? Who controls the curriculum and Social Agenda? Understanding the mass exodus for teachers and support staff? ...

Election Wrap-up

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

Election Recap: We have gone from Purple to Red. Now what? What will the impacts be from our local and state elections?

Waters Rising

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

Speaker: Dr. Judith Hushon

STARRY MESSENGER by Neil deGrasse Tyson


Bringing his cosmic perspective to civilization on Earth, author Neil deGrasse Tyson shines new light on the crucial fault lines of our time – war, politics, religion, truth, beauty, gender , and race – in a way that stimulates a deeper sense of unity for us all.

ROBERT E. LEE and ME by Ty Seidule


Author Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee. Now, as a retired Brigadier General and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. Part history lecture, part meditation on the Civil War and its fallout, and part memoir, this book challenges the deeply held legends and myths of the Confederacy.

Your Brain is Great… Except When It’s Not

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

While a little biased, neuroscientists believe the human brain is the most complex thing in the known universe. How is it that this three-pound mass can figure out how to successfully transplant a heart and then get stumped with a simple math problem? How is it that we can remember words of songs and then forget where we put the TV remote? Ever wonder how the letters FOX or CNN can turn the critical thinkers into biased haters? Our brain can lead us to do great things and then turn around and make us do things we regret. Join Dr. Steve Robbins for an insightful and fun look at how we might do more of the former and less of the latter.

The Rise of Anti-Science and Anti-Intellectualism in America: Evidence and Downside

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

There has been a rise in both anti-science sentiment and anti-intellectualism in America. How did this happen? Is this a consequence of today’s politicization of truth -- derived from “anti” issues about masks, climate or vaccines? Did this come from conflicts between science and religion, e.g. creationism vs evolution? Could it be traced all the way back to the Enlightenment giving way to Romanticism and other “isms"? Implications for our Country if science is no longer used as a guide to government policies? What are the consequences of diminishing support for science and education as drivers of our economy?

DEAD WAKE by Erik Larson


On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. But an array of forces both grand and achingly small all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. Author Erik Larson is a journalist who writes nonfiction books that read like novels, and this bestseller is no exception.

History Of The CCT Book Group

As our 5 th season comes to a close, we wanted to create a record of the book selections we have enjoyed over the years. As with so many of ...

Debt, Deficits, U.S. Credit Downgrades – What Do They Foretell for America’s Economic Future and Global Leadership?

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL

Speaker:James Bishop. These concepts are interrelated and have significant implications for our country's fiscal and economic health. Managing deficits and the national debt while navigating the debt ceiling can be complex, and credit rating downgrades can add additional pressure on governments to maintain sound fiscal policies and economic stability. How does this impact the future of the United States?

Responsibility in “The Free State of Florida”: A Moderated Discussion

Di Gusto Italian Restaurant Di Gusto Italian Restaurant 4180 Tamiami Trl N, Naples, United States

Moderator: Chuck Kupchella How have concepts of freedom and responsibility evolved over time and culturally in different places? Responsibility is an antonym for the word, freedom. Since antonym means “opposite ...

Artificial Intelligence – Benefits and Risks

The Village Spot 3150 Village Walk Circle, Naples,, FL, United States

Speaker: John Psaras Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to become an anchor to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is already present in our cell phones (thumb print and facial recognition) ...

Evil Leaders & Propaganda

The Village Spot 3150 Village Walk Circle, Naples,, FL, United States

Speaker, Robert Porter Lynch, will give his insights on these vital issues in very interactive session. Evil leaders are threatening democracies across the world. It is a genuine threat to our hard-earned liberties here in the US, Latin America, and Europe. They create divisiveness, and instigate violence, preying upon our fears and insecurities.


The Village Spot 3150 Village Walk Circle, Naples,, FL, United States

Topic: The U.S. Migration “Crisis” - What’s All the Fuss About? About the Speaker: Mr. Alan Van Egmond served for 37 years as a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service ...