In honor of its 40th Anniversary, ASPEC presents: Arts Day, Literature Day, Science Day, and Medical Day. All events are open to the public. Although there is no charge, registration is required so that we may arrange seating and provisioning. Click the links below to register.
Fantastic ASPEC Ekphrastic (Arts Day)
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Time(s): 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Description: Ekphrastic poetry explores art. Using a rhetorical device known as ekphrasis, the poet engages with a painting, drawing, sculpture, or other form of visual art. This program is a live art exhibit of ASPEC artists’ work, described in literary form by ASPEC writers and performed by ASPEC actors.
Additional information: A light lunch and gallery tour included.
Celebrating 40 Years of Literature (Literature Day)
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Description: Literature has evolved during the past four decades. Today’s speakers describe world literature in 1982, discuss the 40-year evolution of Banned Books Week, chronicle an explosion of interest in fantasy literature, and explore the lives of published writers. You’ll also hear from some of the best ASPEC writers, then and now. Join our speakers to enjoy their insights into contemporary developments and changes over the last 40 years.
Additional information: Light lunch and snacks will be provided along with a wine and cheese reception after the program.
What Science is Telling Us Now (Science Day)
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Time(s): 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Description: ASPEC presents its 17th Science Day. Phenomenal advances in both the acquisition and analysis of data have allowed us to probe the vast reaches of the universe; explore the incredibly small quantum fabric of sub-atomic matter; observe and even manipulate the myriad of molecular interactions that make our living cells function; diagnose and treat various diseases; and learn the instruction codes our parents transmit to us for life. Join our five speakers to explore these spectacular breakthroughs in science over the last 40 years.
Additional information: Light lunch will be provided. Wine and Cheese Reception after program.
St. Pete Opera Comes to Lewis House
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Time(s): 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Description: Meet the stage manager, and listen to two singers highlighting Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Additional Information: Coffee and cookies after the performance.
Medical Topics to Help You Age Wisely (Medical Day)
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time(s): 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Description: Recent decades have notably resulted in exponential increases in microchip and thus computer capacity. This has spawned equally impressive gains in all sciences including medicine and biology, such as wearable devices and apps that allow individuals to monitor health parameters and become more involved in their care. Cancer, prevention, improved diagnostic tools and specific targeted therapies for cancer. DNA sequencing, gene editing and new RNA tools hold great promise. This RNA vaccine technology is being studied for HIV and certain cancers. As we age eye vision problems of various severity are ubiquitous. Here also we have new and improved surgery and drugs to help preserve quality eyesight indefinitely. Join our professional medical speakers to learn more; bring your questions.
Additional Information: Light lunch and wine and cheese reception included.