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Lectures and Special Guests

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.

Saving Our Cities in the Trump Era

Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:00 p.m.
William Johnston Bldg, 2004

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning presents a lecture by Cornell University Professor Emeritus Bill Goldsmith.

"Europe: Between a Russian Rock and an American Hard Place"

January 23, 2018 - 5:00 p.m.
The Globe, 110 S. Woodward Ave.

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and the Center for Global Engagement present a lecture by Peter Ford, the Paris-based global affairs correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

In "Europe: Between a Russian Rock and an American Hard Place,” Ford will explore the challenges and opportunities that Russia's activism and U.S. disengagement present to Europe, particularly in the light of Brexit.

“Engineering Eden: Do we know enough to operate ecosystems?”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:30 pm
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center
636 West Call St., FSU Campus

The college's Anderson-Ashby Lectureship in Public Policy Journalism presents a talk by Jordan Fisher Smith, a former park and wilderness ranger turned award-winning environmental journalist.

Annual Cresse Lecture and Panel

Cresse Panel Discussion
Friday, November 3, 2017
9:30-11:00 a.m.
DeVoe Moore Conference Room
150E Bellamy Building, FSU Campus

Cresse Lecture
Friday, November 3, 2017
3:00-4:30 p.m.
College of Law Rotunda
308 M.L. King Blvd. S, Tallahassee

“The Economy in Historical Perspective”

October 23, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm
Grand Hall, Honors Scholars and Fellows House

Phi Beta Kappa and the Department of Economics present a talk by Price Fishback, Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.

Fishback is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research on American economic history has included employment and labor in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries especially the coal industry, and government programs of the New Deal.

"Government and Emerging Technologies"

October 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Devoe Moore Conference Room, Bellamy 150E

It seems like technology is changing everything—from how we shop to how we eat, learn, travel and more. How should the federal, state, and local governments respond?

Join us for a discussion with Adam Thierer, author and Senior Research Fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

"2016: An Election Like No Other" October 13, 2016

University of South Florida Distinguished Professor of Political Science Susan MacManus, a noted media expert on politics and elections, delivers a lecture on the 2016 presidential race.

Selling candidates and their messages to voters in a high tech world where personalities often "trump" policies is a phenomenon that has seriously altered our electoral process. MacManus will discuss how the means of reaching voters has changed significantly since 2012.

Cynthia Tucker: Annual Cresse Lecture and Panel

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and University of Georgia Visiting Professor Cynthia Tucker will deliver a lecture and take part in a panel discussion as part of the annual Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture Series sponsored by the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.

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