Lifelong Learning Academy & USF Sarasota-Manatee hosting the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty

The Lifelong Learning Academy (LLA), along with USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), will host the noted national political correspondent, Karen Tumulty, on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Selby Auditorium at 3:15 P.M.  As the political year kicks off, Ms. Tumulty will speak on the “2012 Election: Where Things Stand.”

Karen Tumulty will be the first of three speakers in the James and Kathleen Wood Lecture series, sponsored by George and Susan Evans in honor of Susan’s parents, who were active supporters of LLA, and politically active all their lives. A graduate of the University of Texas (Austin) with a Harvard M.B.A., Ms. Tumulty is a national political correspondent for the Washington Post.  Prior to joining the Post, she wrote on Congress and national politics for Time magazine from October 1994 to April 2010, based out of Washington, D.C.

Her numerous awards began during her tenure at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered Congress, economics, business, energy and general-assignment beats.   While at the Times, she earned the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism in 1982, and the National Press Foundation’s Edwin Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence in 1993.  She has also appeared as a television news analyst for the public affairs programs Washington Week on PBS, as well as Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News.

The James and Kathleen Wood Lecture series has been sponsored by the Evans family with the goal of promoting an informed political dialog. The lecture date is advantageously positioned between the Republican candidate debates at USF in Tampa on January 23rd, and immediately precedes the Candidate College, also being held at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium.

For more information about the event on January 26th or general LLA information, please call 941-359-4296.

The Lifelong Learning Academy offers non-credit, university-level courses on topics ranging from history, politics and global issues, to arts and culture, to science and technology—and everything in between. Up to 70 different courses are offered in each of four eight-week sessions throughout the year. Classes generally meet for one hour and twenty minutes, once a week, with emphasis placed on student participation. Available benefits also include Einstein’s Circle discussion groups, Wednesday Munch and Learn gatherings, and special lectures by prominent speakers several times a year.  Classes take place at the USFSM campus at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail and other easily accessible locations in Sarasota-Manatee.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive university for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit.  USFSM offers the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown university, including classes in south Sarasota County.