Florida State University

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Endowed Lecture Series

The college is able to sponsor year-round lectures and guest speakers on a wide range of topics and viewpoints thanks to the generosity and foresight of alumni and supporters with an interest in expanding the education and perspectives of students, faculty and the greater local community. Because of these endowments, sponsored lectures are offered free to the FSU community and the general public.


Laird B. Anderson, with the support of his wife Florence Ashby, endowed this lecture series to give students, faculty, and the public access to insights on the relationships between public policy and journalism.

Since its birth in the fall of 2005, the lecture series has hosted such distinguished speakers as Joseph Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young; Kenneth Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News and World Report; Nick Kotz, author of Judgment Days; NPR correspondent Eleanor Beardsley; and White House correspondent Frank Sesno.

The journalists who give their time to speak do not simply lecture but further engage smaller groups of students and faculty members in discussions in classes and over lunch. By sharing their experiences with the FSU community, speakers provide students with tangible examples of how journalism has impacted public policy.

Supporting Anderson’s philosophy that “all public policy issues, national and international, should not be controlled but enhanced by journalism—the environment, politics, war, all of it,” this lectureship looks toward the future of journalism as it continues his mission of educating students about the fundamental importance of public policy journalism.


This series is endowed by the Shepard Broad Foundation in honor of Shepard Broad’s legacy and commitment to higher education.

An integral part of the College of Social Science and Public Policy’s international education program, the Broad Lectures feature internationally renowned speakers on topics relating to public policies and international relations.

Many prominent academics, international experts, and political figures take part, speaking on topics ranging from American foreign policy, human rights, the Middle East peace process, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Speakers also participate in discussions with smaller groups of students and faculty members, creating dialogues on the complexities of our constantly changing world.

As a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Shepard Broad embraced the belief that good fortune is a debt that must be repaid to the younger generations: “It is not only all the good that has come to me personally, but also the peripheral effect on all those, in one way or other, whose lives touched mine, or mine touched theirs.”

Taking this responsibility seriously, the lecture series continues to enhance the education of students as they prepare to take on the responsibility of public service in an increasingly interconnected world.


Established in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, this endowed series invites distinguished lecturers to speak on a variety of topics that focus on ethics in government.

This lectureship honors and preserves the memory of Joe Cresse and his 45 years of service to the people of Florida. After an eight-year tenure as State Budget Director that set what many consider the gold standard for public service, Cresse left his position in order to join the Public Service Commission. At that time, former Gov. Reubin Askew paid homage to Cresse and praised his work by saying, “Joe Cresse may well be the most able career service employee that state government has produced in modern times. He is a walking computer, totally honest and performing outstanding service.”

The Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Distinguished Lecture Series provides the Florida State community with an educational tool that will encourage the students and faculty of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy to strive for the high standards of public policy set by Joe Cresse.