December 1, 2023

Emerson Center Announces E-Series Excitement with an Engaging, Educational, and Entertaining Lineup!

VERO BEACH, FL (December 1, 2023): – The Emerson Center, Vero Beach’s premier performance venue, is proud to present its upcoming E-Series season, featuring a captivating array of topics that promise to engage and educate the community. From treasure hunting and scientific assessments to historic adventures and marine mammal encounters, the E-Series offers an intellectually enriching experience for all.

E-Series Schedule for 2024:

  • January 23, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    “Quest for Spanish Treasure: The 1715 Fleet’s Legacy”
    Speaker: Jim Wilson
    Join us as Jim Wilson provides a captivating overview of the fleet’s story, its demise, and effective treasure hunting techniques.
  • January 30, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    “Stealing sharks and ravaging rays: A scientific assessment of their interactions with Florida’s fisheries”
    Speaker: Dr. Matt Ajemian, with FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
    Discover the seafood preferences of sharks and rays and explore methods for studying their interactions with fisheries.
  • February 6, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    “A glimpse of the Florida wilderness before TV, Condominiums and A/C”
    Speaker: George Blythe
    George Blythe recounts the incredible journey of the Dickinson Party in 1696.
  • February 13, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    Dual speaking engagement on “The Plastics Problem”
    Speakers: Jim Masterson, Ph.D., with FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Sue Flak
    Uncover the hidden truths of plastics’ life cycle and their impact on our oceans and estuaries.
  • February 27, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    “Enchanting Encounters with Marine Mammals”
    Speaker: Shanen Cox
    Join marine biologist Shanen Cox on a journey to discover the world of marine mammals.
  • March 5, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    “Restoring the Balance of the Indian River Lagoon”
    Speaker: Heather Stapleton
    Heather Stapleton, a Community Engagement Coordinator for One Lagoon, discusses the importance of environmental advocacy.
  • March 12, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    “In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis”
    Speaker: Michael J. Tougias
    New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias shares the riveting story of the USS Indianapolis.

Admission to the E-Series is free, and we greatly appreciate a suggested $10 donation. Doors open one hour before the lecture.  Join us at the Emerson Center, located at 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach, FL, for an intellectual journey like no other.  For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact us at

About the Emerson Center:
The Emerson Center’s mission is to provide educational, enlightening, and thought-provoking programs, alongside memorable musical events, for our community. For further information, please visit us online at The Emerson Center is located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach at 1590 27th Ave, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

Media Contact:
The Emerson Center Team

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