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Lectures and Special Guests

"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.

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.