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Lectures and Special Guests

Policy Pub: Unpacking the 2018 Midterm Elections: What Happened and What’s Next?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

Policy Pub: Is Bigger Better? Benefits and Pitfalls of Regionalizing Public Services

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

Consolidating public services seems like a no brainer: reduce duplication of services and labor, cut costs, increase efficiency, and get better public services. But does it work in practice?

Policy Pub: Local Organizations Supporting Aging-in-Place: What can we learn?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

"The Global Rise of Religious Violence"

Friday, April 20, 2018
3:00-5:00 p.m.
The Globe Auditorium
110 S. Woodward Ave.

Mark Juergensmeyer, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a talk on whether religion is the cause of terrorist violence around the world or its victim and asks how we can respond to it.

"Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution"

April 9, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
DeVoe Moore Conference Room, 150E Bellamy Building

The Hilton Center and the DeVoe L. Moore Center present a talk by Dr. Victor Claar.

Fair Trade is a way of doing business that ultimately aims to keep small farmers an active part of the world marketplace and aims to empower consumers to make purchases that support their values.

"Aging in the Right Place: Listening to the Voices of Older Americans"

Friday, April 6, 2018
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center
536 W. Call St.

The Claude Pepper Center Foundation and the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy present a talk by gerontologist and geographer Stephen M. Golant, Ph.D. - "Aging in the Right Place: Listening to the Voices of Older Americans."

Stephen M. Golant has been researching and writing on the housing, mobility, transportation, and long-term care needs of the older adult population for most of his academic career.

POSTPONED: “U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century, and the Public Service Imperative"

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Jr. will bring his extensive diplomatic background and government experience to this talk, part of the college's Ruth K. & Shepard Broad International Lecture Series. 

Shannon’s presentation will not only cover the crucial topic of the United States’ role in contemporary global affairs but also the importance of public service.

2018 Shaw Lecture: The Pirates of Racial Capitalism and Abolition Ecology

March 23, 2018, 3:30 pm
Pepper Center Broad Auditorium
636 W. Call St.

The Department of Geography's 2018 Shaw Lecture will be delivered by Professor Nik Heynen from the University of Georgia.

Description from Dr. Heynen:

"At a prominent kitchen table on Sapelo Island, Georgia, I was once told that if Edward Teach’s treasure, rumored to be on Blackbeard Island just across a small tidal channel, was recovered it would prevent the remaining Saltwater Geechee community on Sapelo from further displacement and experiencing cultural genocide.

Policy Pub: Long-Term Consequences of Economic Inequality

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

Policy analysts predict rising poverty among future retirees because Social Security cannot sustain its benefits and budgets will be strained by rising medical costs. In fact, the situation is much worse. Trends in economic inequality will further erode the well-being of people turning 65 in the future.

Policy Pub: Could the Next Water Crisis Be in Tallahassee

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

One of the biggest stories of the past few years has been the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where due to insufficient water treatment, more than 100,000 residents were potentially exposed to high levels of lead in the drinking water. The crisis would seem to be almost out of character in a country as developed and wealthy as ours, but is it really all that unthinkable?

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