Shell Point Announces Inaugural Speaker Series 2009
FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 26, 2008) — Renowned veteran journalist and Fox News Sunday Host Chris Wallace will speak in the inaugural Shell Point Retirement Community Speaker Series, according to Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point. The Series also includes International Oil Expert, Dr. Kent Moors, Ph.D.; and Shroud of Turin Photographer, Barrie M. Schwortz. All residents of Southwest Florida are invited to attend, but tickets are required. This series will be presented at the following dates and times:
Friday, January 16, 2009 7:00 p.m. Kent Moors, Ph.D., International Oil Policy Expert
Monday, February 9, 2009 7:00 p.m. Chris Wallace, Veteran Journalist and Host of Fox News Sunday
Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:00 p.m. Barrie M. Schwortz, Shroud of Turin Photographer
“Our residents and visitors thoroughly enjoy the various concerts and presentations that we offer each season,” said Boren. “Every year, the community loves for us to add more opportunities for them to enjoy performances and presentations. With this information in mind, we decided to offer a Speaker Series that relates to a variety of cultural interests.”
The presentations will be held in The Village Church auditorium on the Island at Shell Point on three different nights, January through March. Tickets are sold as a subscription to the entire Speaker Series, and they are currently on sale for $90. To purchase tickets or receive additional information about the series, please call (239) 454-2067.
Shell Point Retirement Community is a continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.
Speaker Series Details:
Kent Moors, Ph.D. — International Oil Policy Expert
Dr. Kent Moors is an internationally recognized expert in oil policy and finance, as well as new techniques in energy risk management. He has been an advisor to the highest levels of the US, Russian, Kazakh, Bahamian, Iraqi and Kurdish governments, a consultant to private companies, financial institutions and law firms in 23 countries and has appeared over 1,000 times as a featured television and radio commentator.
Professor in the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University, where he also directs the Energy Policy Research Group, Dr. Moors has developed international educational programs, run training sessions for agencies of the US government, and served as an external implications consultant to ongoing policy areas having high levels of uncertainty.
With crude oil, gasoline and diesel prices reaching all-time highs, the availability and pricing of oil products have become major national concerns. The effects extend well beyond the pump. Economic prospects, employment, national security and the American way of life are at stake. In a highly engaging presentation, recognized international oil authority Dr. Moors will answer the following questions:
- How much oil is left?
- Why are oil prices rising?
- What can the public and the government do about it?
Chris Wallace — Veteran Journalist and Host of Fox News Sunday
Veteran broadcast journalist Chris Wallace is the host of FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace (FNS), Fox Broadcasting Company’s Sunday morning public affairs program. He also contributes to the network’s political and election news coverage.
As host of FNS, Wallace has secured interviews with many leading newsmakers, including all the leading contenders for the 2008 Presidential campaign—top national and international figures—and his controversial interview with former President Bill Clinton. Before joining Fox News, Wallace worked at ABC News for 15 years, where he served as the chief correspondent for Primetime Thursday and as a substitute host for Nightline.
During his career–Wallace has won every major award for broadcast journalism—including a Dupont-Columbia Award, 3 Emmys, the George Foster Peabody award, and the George Polk Award.
In 2004, Wallace wrote Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage. The book was widely touted as an informative study of American presidential leadership.
Prior to joining ABC News, Wallace was with NBC News, where he served as the chief White House correspondent from 1982-1989. While at NBC News, Wallace covered the 1980, 1984, and 1988 presidential campaigns as well as the Democratic and Republican conventions in those years. Wallace also anchored Meet the Press from 1987-1988, and anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1982-1984 and 1986-1987. He joined NBC as a reporter with WNBC-TV in New York City in 1975.
Barrie M. Schwortz — Shroud of Turin Photographer
The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is in fact, the most studied artifact in human history.
Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. Today, he plays an influential role in the Shroud research. Mr. Schwortz has conducted Shroud lectures around the world and is frequently called upon as a leading imaging expert. He has participated in programs on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the National Geographic Channel, CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, and BBC. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of books and publications including Time Magazine, Life, Newsweek, and National Geographic as well as in countless television documentaries.
At the invitation of the Organizing Committee of the Third International Shroud of Turin Symposium, Mr. Schwortz presented his paper titled, “The Role of the Internet in the Future of Shroud Research” in Turin, Italy. More recently he presented a new paper titled “Is the Shroud of Turin a Medieval Photograph?” at the Sindone 2000 International Symposium in Orvieto, Italy. He continues to participate in Shroud research using the latest digital imaging technologies and has co-authored a book with Ian Wilson titled, “The Turin Shroud: The Illustrated Evidence.”
Barrie Schwortz will share the 30 year history of the Shroud, key scientific elements about the Shroud, behind the scenes accounts with the research team, and his own personal story of how the Shroud of Turin has impacted his life.