Florida Area Events

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Upcoming Events:

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Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9:30-11:30 am (9:30 reception, 10:00 program)
Chocolate
The story of chocolate is a "rich" tale indeed.  It involves aristocracy and slavery, innovation and coincidence.  Pivotal roles were played by both Christopher Columbus and Hernando Cortéz.  Join Active Minds as we describe how extremely bitter cacao beans are transformed into one of the world's most sought after flavors and tell chocolate stories such as the rise of the luxury chocolate industry in Switzerland and the origins of the Hershey company.
Location: Village on the Isle, 920 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285... map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 941-486-5492

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Thursday, August 24, 2017, 9:30-11:30 am (9:30 reception, 10:00 program)
Israel & Palestine
Join Active Minds as we look at one of the most persistent regional conflicts of our time.  We will review the origins of mid-east tensions dating back to the creation of the state of Israel (and before) and bring the story up to date, including the most recent events.  The role of the rest of the world, including the United States' support for Israel, will be addressed as well as what prospects for peace might look like in the region.
Location: Village on the Isle, 920 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285... map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 941-486-5492

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Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:30-11:30 am (9:30 reception, 10:00 program)
The Struggle of Syria
Since gaining its independence from the French in 1946, Syria has had a rocky and troubled history and recent events are no exception.  Located in one of the most conflict ridden parts of the world, Syria's turmoil has involved both its regional neighbors as well as its own internal factions that have made self-rule a challenging goal.  Join Active Minds as we seek to understand Syria's history and recent atrocities and how this informs current and future challenges for this pivotal player in the Middle East.
Location: Village on the Isle, 920 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285... map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 941-486-5492

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Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9:30-11:30 am (9:30 reception, 10:00 program)
Afghanistan
In October of 2001, the U.S. led a coalition invasion of Afghanistan seeking to oust the ruling Taliban and find Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Join Active Minds for a look at the story of Afghanistan, both before and since 9/11. We will also take a look forward at what the future holds for this war-torn country.
Location: Village on the Isle, 920 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285... map
Cost: Free
RSVP: 941-486-5492

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