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Lectures and Special Guests

U.S. Challenges in the Middle East

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy presents a special appearance by Ambassador Dennis Ross, who will draw on years of diplomatic experience to deliver a lecture on “U.S. Challenges in the Middle East.”

Journalism: Democracy's Operating System

An upcoming lecture at Florida State University by Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), focuses on a subject dear to the principles of the recently deceased benefactor of the sponsoring lecture series.

The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government

The Eighth Annual Joseph P. Cresse Ethics in Government Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy presents Rosemary O’Leary in a talk on “Guerrilla Government," her term for career public servants who clandestinely disobey the will of their superiors in order to do what they think is right.

Germany's Refugee Challenge

The college presents a lecture by Anke Culver of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s enthusiastic slogan “ Wir schaffen das!” (“We can do it!”) has come to haunt her and her leadership. After taking in about 1.5 million refugees during 2015/2016, Merkel’s slogan has turned into the question “Schaffen wir das?” (“Can we do it?”).

"Lessons from Booker T. Washington: The Role of Business in Civil Rights"

The DeVoe L. Moore Center presents a talk and discussion by David Jackson, professor of history at Florida A & M University, on the role of business and business leaders in advancing civil rights for African Americans during the Age of Jim Crow.

Can the Supreme Court Appear Neutral in a Partisan Age?

The Laird B. Anderson and Florence H. Ashby Lectureship on Public Policy Journalism

Robert Barnes
Supreme Court Correspondent for the Washington Post

Ukraine: Between East and West

The college's Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, in association with the Center for Global Engagement's Engage Your World series, presents a lecture by Maryna Shkuropat, professor at the Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages in Ukraine.

Currently in residence as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, Shkuropat will talk about the current political situation in Ukraine and give a broad historical context to discover the roots of the present circumstances.

Broad Lecture: "Economic Ties between India and the United States"

Govind Mohan, Minister for Economics with the Embassy of India in Washington, DC, will speak at Florida State University on “Economic Ties between India and the United States: Opportunities and Challenges.” The talk is part of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s ongoing Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series.

The “Only Democracy”? Challenges to Israel’s Democratic Future

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

Naomi Paiss
VP for Public Affairs, New Israel Fund

The Rise of the Homevoters: How the Growth Machine was Subverted by OPEC and Earth Day

William A. Fischel, professor of economics at Dartmouth University, discusses his conclusion that anti-development voters, fueled by the environmental movement and tax subsidies that made home ownership an investment opportunity, slowed the growth of the economy and perpetuated regional income inequalities. 

Fischel is probably best known for his work in economics on land use, property rights, and zoning. His research blends economic analysis with applied insights into the workings of the housing market and the land development process.