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Lectures and Special Guests

Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown: Survival and Recovery in Japan's 3/11 Event

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

Daniel Aldrich, Ph.D.
Professor and co-director of the Security and Resilience Program, Northeastern University

Professor Aldrich will speak on Japan's commercial nuclear power program, one of the most advanced in the world, and the crisis in the Fukushima nuclear complex following the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, which has dramatically altered the political and social landscape for energy in Japan.

"Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy"

An alumnus of the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will deliver his viewpoint on foreign aid at a lecture on campus.

In his talk, “Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy,” Eric Reading (BA ’92, MA ’93, International Affairs) will examine how foreign assistance investments in disaster relief, public health, food security, basic education, and economic growth support our coutnry’s national interest.

"Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism: Rethinking Cities in the Urban Age"

Timothy Beatley, an expert on sustainable communities, will speak at Florida State University on “Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism: Rethinking Cities in the Urban Age.” The talk is sponsored by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Panel: "Out of Order: Approaching North Korean Human Rights and Denuclearization"

The college's Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, in cooperation with the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and the Korean Economic Institute of America (KEIA), presents a panel discussion featuring:

- Roberta Cohen, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution
- Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea
- David Maxwell, Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University

Future Storminess: Hurricanes & Tornadoes in a Warmer World

James Elsner, chair of the Department of Geography and an expert on hurricanes and tornadoes, gives a talk about an important question for those living in coastal communities: What will storms be like in the future?

Scientists have yet to work out all the answers but Elsner has contributed some important clues. According to him, hurricanes are getting stronger, driven by the increasing ocean warmth, and tornadoes appear to be coming in bigger and more powerful bunches.

Broad Lecture: “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves"

Sheldon Garon, the Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies at Princeton University, will deliver the first Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture of 2015 at Florida State University. Garon’s talk, “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves,” is part of the ongoing series presented by the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Sociology Talk Looks at Inequality and "Party Schools"

The Department of Sociology presents a talk by Elizabeth Armstrong of the University of Michigan:

Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

Policy Pub: Win/Win Opportunities for Improving Health in the Face of Climate Change

This session was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
Join us for the first Policy Pub of the spring semester, January 16, 2018,
when Chris Uejio will present this topic.

Pepper Lecture: Socioeconomic Health Disparities

The Spring 2015 Pepper Distinguished Lecture Series presents Pamela Herd, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaking on "The Source of Socioeconomic Health Disparities: Education or Cognition and Psychological Resources?"

Pamela Herd's work focuses on aging, policy, health, and inequality. She has two streams of research. One stream examines how social policies such as Social Security affect gender, race, and class inequalities. The second stream focuses on the relationship between social factors and health.

Empowering Rural African Women to Direct Change and Take Charge

The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy presents a lecture by Molly Melching, founder and executive director of the Senegal-based human rights organization Tostan,.

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