Flagler College Offering Varied Events


Flagler College has a number of programs in coming weeks:

April 14 co-authors David B. Axelrod, Lenny Schneir and Carol Thomas discuss their book “Merlin Stone Remembered,” a Nonfiction Florida Book Award gold medal winner, about the late Stone — a celebrated feminist, author and sculptor of the 1970s.

The discussion and book signing, free and open to the public, will be held in the college’s Solarium, in Ponce de Leon Hall, 74 King St. at 6 p.m.

According to the book’s website, “When Merlin Stone’s first book, ‘The Paradise Papers,’ was released in England in 1976 it became an instant sensation.  When it was re-released in America under the title ‘When God Was a Woman,’ it exploded onto college campuses and elsewhere for its groundbreaking research regarding the role of women in ancient religions.”

Schneir, Stone’s life partner of 34 years, assembled the book to honor Stone’s memory with the help of co-authors Axelrod and Thomas.

For more information on the book, visit www.merlinstone.org or for more information on the lecture, contact Laura Stevenson Dumas at lstevenson@flagler.edu.


Climate Change

 April 21 at 7 p.m. noted Florida historian Dr. Sherry Johnson will explore the ways climate change has affected Florida history in as part of the Ideas & Images series. Her discussion is titled “When Good Climate Goes Bad: Climate Change and Opportunities for Florida History.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Lewis Auditorium.

Johnson is a professor of history in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. Her research and teaching interests include Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean, environment and climate change, natural disasters and social history.

The series is made possible through sponsors including: Flagler College, Joy McCann Foundation, Schultz Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, St. Augustine Foundation and the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini, Flagler College Bookstore, and the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront Hotel.

If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.

May 7 Luncheon

May 7 the newly-established Women of Vision Fund of Flagler College will kick off fundraising for financial aid and scholarships for women attending Flagler with a “Power of the Purse®” luncheon. The event will feature guest speaker Chris Freytag, a nationally-recognized fitness expert, author, speaker and contributing editor to Prevention magazine.

Freytag is passionate about helping people live healthier lives. She works with adults, kids, and athletes, as well as several nonprofit organizations helping youth get active. Chris shares her tips weekly on the Minneapolis NBC affiliate and has appeared on the “Today Show” and “Lifetime TV.” She is an ACE Certified personal trainer, health coach, and group fitness instructor. She is also YogaFit certified and trained in Pilates. She has released dozens of fitness DVDs and is the author of seven books, most recently “Get Started with Weight Loss” and “Get Started with Clean Eating,” which includes a vegetarian version.

The May 7 luncheon, hosted in Flagler College’s Dining Hall in the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, will also feature the unveiling of the 2015 Women of Vision Tribute Book, a special publication featuring written tributes honoring women who have inspired or left meaningful impressions. These tributes may be purchased in memory of a loved one or in recognition of a living person. Prior to the luncheon and the program, the “Power of the Purse®” fundraiser will feature a silent auction of beautiful and unique purses.

Tickets to the luncheon are on sale at www.flagler.edu/womenofvisionevents.






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