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Lectures and Special Guests

Jeffrey Alexander: "Reactions to the Holocaust and other Modern Mass Murders"

Cultural sociologist Jeffrey Alexander, the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, will visit Florida State University April 6 and 7 as a 2014-2015 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

During his visit, Alexander will deliver the lecture “Cultural Trauma, Social Solidarity and Moral Responsibility: Reactions to the Holocaust and other Modern Mass Murders.”

Eleanor Beardsley (NPR): "My World from Paris"

Eleanor Beardsley, a reporter with National Public Radio since 2004, will speak at Florida State University on her work with the network covering all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture, and gastronomy.

"Health Care Reform and the 2016 Elections" October 27, 2016

The Pepper Institute presents University of North Carolina School of Medicine Professor Jonathan Oberlander, "Health Care Reform and the 2016 Elections: What Happens to Obamacare after Obama?"

Cresse Lecture: "The Glory of Government: Why Has Love Turned to Hate?"

Author Martin Dyckman gives a talk on how public servants like Florida Governors LeRoy Collins and Reubin Askew believed that government is inherently a good thing and why it's corrosive for so many people today to regard government as inherently an enemy.

Mr. Dyckman has written the acclaimed books Reubin O'D Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics, Floridian of His Century: The Courage of Governor LeRoy Collins, and A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary.

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.

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