Mary Blake Distinguished Lecture Series

The Mary Blake Distinguished Lecture Series

The LLI Lecture Series honors Mary Blake for her enthusiasm and continuous efforts as Lecture Chairperson on the Board of Directors for many years.  She was dedicated to the goal of providing interesting and unusual presentations that enlighten as well as entertain.  She loved learning.

The lectures will be listed below as they are confirmed.  All lectures will be presented in the FSW Charlotte Campus auditorium unless otherwise designated. 

Registration for the lectures can be made by clicking on the appropriate “Add to Cart” Button below or  in the LLI office ( 

“Florida IS A Land Remembered”

March 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

FSW Charlotte Campus Auditorium

This audio-visual presentation includes videos, music, sound effects, and live narration by Rick Smith, son of the author Patrick Smith who wrote A Land Remembered.  Although A Land Remembered is well known as a “must read” for all Florida residents and visitors, Patricks’ other novels played important roles in his evolution as a writer and the program introduces a few of them.

A Land Remembered is the story of Tobias, his wife Emma and son Zechariah in the Florida wilderness in the mid-19th century and continues through three generations of this  Florida pioneer family.  It is a story of the tenacity of American pioneers: how they survived and prospered in an often hostile environment.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members