Winter Park, Fla. (December 26, 2013) — Rollins College’s Winter Park Institute, a center for intellectual engagement that has brought many world-renowned speakers to Central Florida, will launch its schedule for the 2014 spring season in January. Headliners include former Florida governor Jeb Bush, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Sharon Robinson – daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, environmental advocate Laurie David and The Wall Street Journal drama critic and author Terry Teachout.

“We’re looking forward to another season of enlightened and thoughtful conversations, and we’re proud that the Winter Park Institute can offer these free programs to both Rollins and the Central Florida community,” said Gail Sinclair, executive director.

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage at 166 East Lyman Avenue. For more information,, call (407) 691-1995 or email [email protected].

The following is a summary of the Winter Park Institute’s spring 2014 schedule:

Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7 p.m., Bush Auditorium at Rollins College 

Daughter of major league baseball player Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson will discuss her father’s legacy, highlighting his values in sports and in life.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7 p.m., Tiedtke Concert Hall, R.D. Keene Hall

Drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, author and playwright Terry Teachout discusses his latest book Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center

Former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush will share his insight on the current challenges facing America.

Monday, April 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center

For the last three decades, Ken Burns has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries. He will speak about the value and beauty of America’s national parks.

Tuesday, April 22, 2013 at 7 p.m., Tiedtke Concert Hall, Keene Music Building

Producer and environmental advocate Laurie David will talk about the importance and impact of food in the lives of people.

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