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Lectures and Special Guests

"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.

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?”).

U.S. Challenges in the Middle East - CANCELED

WE HAVE RECEIVED NOTICE THAT DUE TO ILLNESS, AMBASSADOR ROSS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LECTURE AT FSU ON THE SCHEDULED DATE. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE LATER.

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.”

Cynthia Tucker: Annual Cresse Lecture and Panel

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and University of Georgia Visiting Professor Cynthia Tucker will deliver a lecture and take part in a panel discussion as part of the annual Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture Series sponsored by the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.

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.

"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?"

"2016: An Election Like No Other" October 13, 2016

University of South Florida Distinguished Professor of Political Science Susan MacManus, a noted media expert on politics and elections, delivers a lecture on the 2016 presidential race.

Selling candidates and their messages to voters in a high tech world where personalities often "trump" policies is a phenomenon that has seriously altered our electoral process. MacManus will discuss how the means of reaching voters has changed significantly since 2012.

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