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Lectures and Special Guests

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.

Panel: "Wife of the Gods: From Child Slave to International Human Rights Activist"

A young woman who was taken from her parents to be a “trokosi” – the child slave of a priest – in rural Ghana will be part of a panel discussing child slavery.

Hilton Lectureship: Litigation with Judgment-Proof Defendants

The Charles Hilton Distinguished Lectureship in the Economics of Markets and Institutions in the Department of Economics presents an economics and law lecture by Paul Pecorino, the James P. and Elizabeth B Hayes Professor of Economics at the University of Alabama. He is the author of dozens of articles in the areas of public economics and law and economics.

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: "Visualize Justice: Stories from the Field"

Attorney, filmmaker, and human rights advocate Kelly Matheson shares stories about how people and organizations throughout the world are using video technology to change law and policy and to seek justice.

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.

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.”

Journalism: Democracy's Operating System

An upcoming lecture at Florida State University by Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), focuses on a subject dear to the principles of the recently deceased benefactor of the sponsoring lecture series.

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.

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?”).

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