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Campus at the cultural Center

The goal of the Campus at the Cultural Center is to support and sustain the life-long love of learning by sponsoring programs and presentations on topics that engage our members.

FILM SOCIETY 2019-2020
$100 membership includes all films and programs
$54++ optional dinner following each film; space is limited, reservations required; must be a Film Society member to attend.

The Film Society is again pleased to present its seventh season at the Cultural Center this year. 

Ruth Reitan, film editor, screenwriter, and educator will share her insight into each film. She holds an MFA in Motion Pictures from the University of Miami where she taught for many years. Currently, Ruth curates the Florida features and short films for the Key West Film Festival and teaches screenwriting in Minneapolis. We welcome Ruth’s return to our Film Society presentations.

All five films are scheduled for Monday evenings and are followed by a special dinner inspired by the film. Ocean Reef Club’s outstanding culinary department led by Chef Philippe Reynaud will prepare a memorable menu that is related to the food theme for each cinema experience. 

Film Society evenings will continue to celebrate the art of film and cuisine along with an opportunity to socialize with other film enthusiasts.


(2010  – British Cuisine)
Monday, January 13 • 4:30PM



"Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent"
(2016  – California Cuisine)
Monday, March 23 • 4:30PM


"The Biggest Little Farm" 
(2018  – South Florida/California Cuisine)
Monday, February 17 • 4:30PM


"Midnight in Paris"

(2011  – French Cuisine) 
Monday, April 6 • 4:30PM 


"Back to Burgundy" 
(2017  – French Cuisine)
Monday, March 2 • 4:30PM



These four complimentary lectures, with a wide variety of topics, are open to all members. Reservations are not required.  

Joel Cohen, PhD  
Global Population 
Thursday, January 16 • 4:00pm

After holding steady for thousands of years, the world population exploded after 1800, more than tripling in 200 years. And while the rate of population growth is slowing down, Cohen shows how high birth rates in poor countries are turning societies on their head and leading to explosive problems in the future. Can we prevent an outcome where rich western countries are in permanent population decline while cities in Africa, South America, and Asia swell into massively overcrowded slums with no access to education, healthcare, or hope? 

Dr. Cohen is Professor of Populations at the Rockefeller University and Columbia University, New York.

Austin Sarat, PhD 

Four Trials that Changed the World 
Thursday, January 30   • 4:00pm

Even if we know little about the law, most of us know something about one of law’s great rituals, the trial. We are regularly fascinated when this or that legal case is played out in a courtroom and proclaimed in the media to be “the trial of the century.” Courtroom contests pit good versus evil, right versus wrong. But, in addition to their dramatic quality, they also are educational moments, occasions on which some of our most important political and social issues get played out before judge and jury. In this lecture we will consider four trials that changed American history during the twentieth century.

Dr. Sarat is Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College, Massachusetts.

Dan Hudak  
Best Picture Oscar Talk 
Sunday, February 9 • 1:00pm

Dan Hudak, film critic in print, radio, and television will discuss each Best Picture Oscar nominee in respect to why each film was nominated with accompanying clips and critique. Dan’s lively lecture will review the Academy’s voting habits along with background trivia about Oscar history. This entertaining hour-long talk should not be missed. 

Attendees are encouraged to view as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the presentation.

Jessica Payne, PhD 
The Science of Sleep and Stress 
Thursday, March 19 • 4:00pm

What’s going on in your head while you sleep? The research of Notre Dame Professor Jessica Payne shows that the non-waking hours are incredibly valuable for your day-to-day life, especially for helping to commit information to memory and for problem solving. If you ever thought sleep was just downtime between one task and the next, think again. The fact is, your brain pulls an all-nighter when you hit the hay. Professor Payne’s research has focused on what types of information are submitted to memory, and has been instrumental in better understanding how the brain stores the information. 

Dr. Payne is an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

$100 per person per lecture. Includes dinner and the speaker.

New this season, Dining with the Presidents, is a new way to learn more about this country’s historic leaders. We will start the evening at 6:00pm for cocktails in the courtyard. At 6:30pm you will be seated at your table in the Compass Room to listen to our speaker’s presentation, followed by a specially prepared dinner. Questions will be collected in advance, vetted and then brought to discussion during coffee and dessert. The ticket price includes dinner and the speaker and reservations are required.