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MCA Speaker Series

The list below provides information about each presentation.

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All speakers in this series are members of MCA.

MCA Speaker Series

    • November 16, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 54
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    The Innocence Project

    presented by

    Larry Golden

    Larry Golden, a member of MCA, is involved with the Innocence Project. In fact, since 1989, 2805 wrongfully convicted defendants have been exonerated (proved to have been actually innocent) and released from prison. Of that number, 132 had been on death row when exonerated.

    Two such persons who were on death row were Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs and Peter Pringle.

    Sunny and her husband Jesse were convicted in 1976 of murdering two police officers in the state of Florida. Both were initially sentenced to be executed and Jesse was executed. Sunny's sentence was later commuted to life without the right of parole. In 1992, Sunny was released from prison after the Circuit Court of Appeals determined, based upon new evidence, including a confession by the actual killer, that she and Jesse were actually innocent. Sunny’s story was featured in the off Broadway show and HBO documentary “The Exonerated”, in which Sunny was played by Susan Sarandon.

    Peter Pringle was wrongfully convicted in Ireland in 1980 of murdering two police officers during a robbery and sentenced to be hanged. Days before his scheduled execution, his sentence was commuted to life without the right of parole. He was later exonerated when it was conclusively determined that he had not been involved in the murders.

    Sunny and Peter later met each other in Ireland at an Amnesty International conference opposing the death penalty. They later fell in love were married, and now live in Ireland. For the past 9 years, they have provided support for exonerates upon their release from prison, welcoming exonerees into their home and their adjustment to their new-found freedom. Significantly, in 2018 they opened The Sunny Living Center, a housing complex in Tampa FL, for exonerees.

    This Zoom program will include both Sunny and Peter, in which they will tell their fascinating stories, and then answer questions. Of significance to MCA, Sunny Jacobs is Jewish. She noted that this would give her an opportunity to talk about the Jewish aspects of her story, something she rarely has had a chance to talk about in the virtually hundreds of programs she has done around the world.

    Information about the Sunny Center and the exoneree support work of Sunny and Peter can be found at SunnyCenter.org


    • December 21, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 54
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    How the COVID Pandemic Affected Poisonings and Overdoses in the United States

    presented by

    Jerry Leikin

    The COVID pandemic changed virtually every aspect of daily life while stressing our medical care system to its limits. One collateral effect of the COVID pandemic is the exacerbation of the opioid epidemic along with misuse of drugs that were not approved to treat or prevent COVID infections. Additionally, use of recreational drugs increased while mental health issues resulted in an increase in drug overdoses that further stressed our healthcare system. This talk will explore these collateral effects of the COVID pandemic from a Medical Toxicology perspective.

    About the Presenter

    Jerrold B. Leikin MD is a board certified Medical Toxicologist and Addiction Medicine specialist who is a consultant with the Illinois Poison Center and a Professor of Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois.

    • January 18, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 53
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    Biden: One Year Later

    presented by

    Terry Weiner

    We will look at what Biden promised, what he delivered and what he failed to do-and why.

    About the Presenter

    Terry Weiner is the Chauncy H. Winters Professor of Comparative Social Analysis in the Political Science Department at Union College in NY.

    • February 15, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 54
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    The 60's to '90s: The Emergence of Jews in Film

    presented by

    Steve Schreier

    Several years ago, Steve traced the role of Jews in film through the 1950's.  Steve will continue his social anthropological look at the period from 1960 through the 1980's.  We will examine portrayal of Jews, the Holocaust in film, and the active role  Jews played in the film industry.

    About the Presenter

    Steve retired as  the president of the Schreier Group, which provided consulting to non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations and has served in leadership roles of several Jewish organizations.  Prior to this, Steve worked for the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology as a Sr VicePreident for over 21 years.  Steve earned an AbD from the University of British Columbia.  He is a film buff

    • March 15, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 54
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    Did You Know Naples Is Part of the Blue Zones Project and Has Been Ranked 1st 
    For Wellness and Health 4 of the Last 5 Years

    presented by

    Dr. Allen Weiss

    In this presentation, Mr. Weiss will: 

    • Examine the effectiveness of prevention via comprehensive healthy lifestyles for, not only robust resilience, but also improved wellbeing.
    • Identify transferable proven solutions that transform communities to support wellbeing by addressing people, places, and policy.
    • Summarize how inequities can be effectively addressed by making health and wellbeing a focus for everyone across the socio-economic continuum.
    • Describe how healthcare costs can be contained by decreasing the need for care as overall health improves.

    About the Presenter

    Having practiced rheumatology, internal medicine, and geriatrics for 23 years and been President and CEO for 18 years of a 716-bed, two-hospital integrated system, Dr. Weiss now has a national scope focused on prevention as Chief Medical Officer for the Blue Zones Project

    • April 19, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 54
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    The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk

    presented by

    Neil Adelman

    This Jewish Polish-American was an important political cartoonist during WWII. He is also known for the beautiful haggadah he illustrated in the late 1930s. it is closely connected to the fate awaiting European Jewry and the Nazi menace. Szyk also strongly supported Jewish causes during his life. He did many illustrations for the new State of Israel. My talk contains many illustrations of Szyk’s work.

    About the Presenter

    Neil Adelman has spoken on various Jewish subjects at synagogues and men's clubs in both Chicago and Naples. Last season, Neil presented at a number of MCA Zooms, topics included: “The Rosenberg Trial”, “Jews and Booze”, and “Roe v. Wade, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”. Neil is also an experienced opera lecturer. After being a community lecturer at Lyric Opera of Chicago for 11 years, he has continued to speak about opera at the Renaissance Academy in Naples and in the Chicago area. Neil is a retired attorney from Chicago.

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