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Lectures and Special Guests

Grandmothers at Work: Impact on Health and Well-Being

The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy presents a talk by Madonna Harrington Meyer, chair and professor of sociology at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Public Affairs. Meyer will discuss her research involving in-depth interviews with grandmothers who juggle working for pay and caring for their grandchildren.

Can the Supreme Court Appear Neutral in a Partisan Age?

The Laird B. Anderson and Florence H. Ashby Lectureship on Public Policy Journalism

Robert Barnes
Supreme Court Correspondent for the Washington Post

The “Only Democracy”? Challenges to Israel’s Democratic Future

The Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series presents a talk by

Naomi Paiss
VP for Public Affairs, New Israel Fund

River ecosystem and regionalization around Beijing metropolis

The Department of Geography presents Ranhao Sun, Ph.D., associate professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEES – CAS). His main areas of expertise are landscape ecology, geography, remote sensing and geographic information systems. His current studies focus on two fields: (1) urban heat island effects in large cities related to landscape design and planning; and (2) ecosystem services evaluation and modeling using GIS and remote sensing technologies.

The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government

The Eighth Annual Joseph P. Cresse Ethics in Government Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy presents Rosemary O’Leary in a talk on “Guerrilla Government," her term for career public servants who clandestinely disobey the will of their superiors in order to do what they think is right.

Pepper Institute: The Future of Transportation in Florida

As part of the Transportation for a Lifetime Week, the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy presents a talk by Melanie Weaver Carr from the Florida Department of Transportation Office of Policy Planning.

She will speak on "The Future of Transportation in Florida."

Broad Lecture - Erdogan's New Turkey: An Emerging Authoritarian Power

Sinan Ciddi, director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, will speak at Florida State University about recent changes in Turkish government and its drift to more authoritarian rule under its current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Jeffrey Alexander: "Reactions to the Holocaust and other Modern Mass Murders"

Cultural sociologist Jeffrey Alexander, the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, will visit Florida State University April 6 and 7 as a 2014-2015 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

During his visit, Alexander will deliver the lecture “Cultural Trauma, Social Solidarity and Moral Responsibility: Reactions to the Holocaust and other Modern Mass Murders.”

Eleanor Beardsley (NPR): "My World from Paris"

Eleanor Beardsley, a reporter with National Public Radio since 2004, will speak at Florida State University on her work with the network covering all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture, and gastronomy.

Nam Lecture: "Same-Sex Relationships and Well-Being"

With more than 70% of Americans living in 37 states where same-sex marriage is now legal and the U.S. Supreme Court set to rule on the constitutionality of state marriage bans, the annual Charles B. Nam Lecture at Florida State University addresses a timely subject. This year’s lecture will be delivered by an academic whose work led the American Sociological Association (ASA) to file an amicus brief with the court asserting that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.