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Lectures and Special Guests

"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?

Flocking South For the Winter

February 16, 2018, 3:30 pm
Bellamy Building Room 180

Dr. Valorie Crooks, a professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada), presents a talk on "Flocking South For the Winter: Exploring Health Care Access and Use by Canadian International Retirement Migrants While Abroad."

What Really Shapes Judges’ Decisions? Inside Stories from the Florida Supreme Court

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:00 p.m.
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center
636 W. Call St., FSU Campus

A journalist with decades of experience covering the Florida Supreme Court will give his insider’s view of the court’s workings in a talk at Florida State University. Neil Skene, capital bureau chief of the St. Petersburg Times for many years, speaks on the various circumstances that influence judges' decisions, including factual circumstances, the language of statutes, personal philosophies, and awareness of consequences.

Seeking Lost Glory: Lessons of Islamist Extremism

Thursday, February 1, 2018
5:30-6:30 pm
(Reception at 5:00 pm prior to talk)
Globe Auditorium
110 S. Woodward St.

The terrorism of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group (aka ISIS) was a product of some Muslim leaders calling for revival of earlier glorious empires that have long since vanished, according to the former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., who will speak on the subject at Florida State University.

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