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Lectures and Special Guests

Nam Lecture: "Spatial Disparities in Mortality"

Friday, October 6, 2017
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center
636 West Call St.

The Center for Demography and Population Health (CDPH) presents its annual Charles B. Nam Lecture in the Sociology of Population as part of the center's 50th anniversary celebration.

“From Intelligence to Policy to Venture Capital: How to Think About Your Career in International Affairs"

Given the uncertainty of travel around the hurricane, BJ Pittman will not be coming to campus on September 7.
We will look to reschedule him for another time this fall.

Students at Florida State University are getting a valuable opportunity to hear from someone with an impressive record of achievement in the field of international development when alumnus BJ Pittman (B.S. ’97, Economics) speaks on campus.

Policy Pub: Medical Marijuana and Same Sex Marriage: Understanding State Choices

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:30-6:30 pm
Backwoods Bistro 401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(Corner of Gadsden St.)

Policy Pub is a recurring series of brief, plain-language talks by faculty of the college on public policy issues that affect everyone.

Frances Berry of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy will use the issues of medical marijuana and same sex marriage to illuminate the processes by which states determine the laws that will govern their citizens, sometimes at odds with federal laws and policy.

Policy Pub: Ageism in an Aging Society

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

Our population is aging. Birthday celebrations for those reaching their 80s, 90s, and even beyond now commonplace. But ageism targeting these adults – and even those decades younger – remains curiously persistent.

Policy Pub: Win/Win Opportunities for Improving Health in the Face of Climate Change

This session was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
Join us for the first Policy Pub of the spring semester, January 19,
when Chris Uejio will present this topic.

Future Storminess: Hurricanes & Tornadoes in a Warmer World

James Elsner, chair of the Department of Geography and an expert on hurricanes and tornadoes, gives a talk about an important question for those living in coastal communities: What will storms be like in the future?

Scientists have yet to work out all the answers but Elsner has contributed some important clues. According to him, hurricanes are getting stronger, driven by the increasing ocean warmth, and tornadoes appear to be coming in bigger and more powerful bunches.

"Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy"

An alumnus of the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will deliver his viewpoint on foreign aid at a lecture on campus.

In his talk, “Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy,” Eric Reading (BA ’92, MA ’93, International Affairs) will examine how foreign assistance investments in disaster relief, public health, food security, basic education, and economic growth support our coutnry’s national interest.

Rethinking the Presidential Ratings Game

It's a perennial pastime to compare U.S. presidents, but according to an upcoming guest lecturer at Florida State University, our current ranking systems are flawed and even our most admired leaders are due for some new critical consideration.

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.

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.

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