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Lectures and Special Guests

Policy Pub: Ageism in an Aging Society

Our population is aging. Birthday celebrations for those reaching their 80s, 90s, and even beyond now commonplace. But ageism targeting these adults – and even those decades younger – remains curiously persistent.

In this presentation, Anne Barrett, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, asks why ageism persists and why it should matter to us all. She will discuss the issue and its implications for individuals in all life stages in our aging society.

Win/Win Opportunities for Improving Health in the Face of Climate Change

“Win” is not a word that usually comes up in discussions about climate change – let alone twice – but Assistant Professor of Geography Chris Uejio believes that effective, coordinated efforts may yield some positive results, even in the face of potentially disastrous changes. How we might improve public health as we deal with this looming threat to the planet is the topic of Uejio's talk at the opening session of the fall 2017 season of Policy Pub, the college's popular public forum series.

Future Storminess: Hurricanes & Tornadoes in a Warmer World

James Elsner, chair of the Department of Geography and an expert on hurricanes and tornadoes, gives a talk about an important question for those living in coastal communities: What will storms be like in the future?

Scientists have yet to work out all the answers but Elsner has contributed some important clues. According to him, hurricanes are getting stronger, driven by the increasing ocean warmth, and tornadoes appear to be coming in bigger and more powerful bunches.

"Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy"

An alumnus of the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will deliver his viewpoint on foreign aid at a lecture on campus.

In his talk, “Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy,” Eric Reading (BA ’92, MA ’93, International Affairs) will examine how foreign assistance investments in disaster relief, public health, food security, basic education, and economic growth support our coutnry’s national interest.

Rethinking the Presidential Ratings Game

It's a perennial pastime to compare U.S. presidents, but according to an upcoming guest lecturer at Florida State University, our current ranking systems are flawed and even our most admired leaders are due for some new critical consideration.

The Rise of the Homevoters: How the Growth Machine was Subverted by OPEC and Earth Day

William A. Fischel, professor of economics at Dartmouth University, discusses his conclusion that anti-development voters, fueled by the environmental movement and tax subsidies that made home ownership an investment opportunity, slowed the growth of the economy and perpetuated regional income inequalities. 

Fischel is probably best known for his work in economics on land use, property rights, and zoning. His research blends economic analysis with applied insights into the workings of the housing market and the land development process.

Ukraine: Between East and West

The college's Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, in association with the Center for Global Engagement's Engage Your World series, presents a lecture by Maryna Shkuropat, professor at the Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages in Ukraine.

Currently in residence as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, Shkuropat will talk about the current political situation in Ukraine and give a broad historical context to discover the roots of the present circumstances.

Germany's Refugee Challenge

The college presents a lecture by Anke Culver of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s enthusiastic slogan “ Wir schaffen das!” (“We can do it!”) has come to haunt her and her leadership. After taking in about 1.5 million refugees during 2015/2016, Merkel’s slogan has turned into the question “Schaffen wir das?” (“Can we do it?”).

U.S. Challenges in the Middle East

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy presents a special appearance by Ambassador Dennis Ross, who will draw on years of diplomatic experience to deliver a lecture on “U.S. Challenges in the Middle East.”

Cynthia Tucker: Annual Cresse Lecture and Panel

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and University of Georgia Visiting Professor Cynthia Tucker will deliver a lecture and take part in a panel discussion as part of the annual Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture Series sponsored by the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.