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Lectures and Special Guests

Global Lessons for Creating Truly Great Cities

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm
Bellamy Room 21

What if everything we did in our cities was great for an 8 year old and 80 year old?

Join us for an energetic keynote presentation by internationally renowned urbanist and 8 80 Cities Founder, Gil Peñalosa. Gil has inspired and advised decision makers, service providers and community leaders in more than 250 cities around the world. Join the discussion on how we can adapt global best practices to Tallahassee towards creating a happier, healthier, and more vibrant city for all.

Angles on Age: A Sociological Perspective

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center
636 West Call St.

The college is conducting a search to fill the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Gerontology, formerly held by Professor Emerita Jill Quadagno. We currently have three scholars under consideration. Each will give a talk on campus.

Regulatory Policy: Keeping Up with Technology, Business and Service

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
5:30 p.m.
DeVoe Moore Conference Room
150E Bellamy

What is the current and contemporary experience in the changing relationship between public policy and the private sector, especially as it is complicated by technological innovation?

Florida Rep. Halsey Beshears (member of Commerce and Appropriations committees in the Florida House of Representatives) explores this question and discusses the impact of innovative technology on regulatory policy.

"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"


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.

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.