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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.

Nam Lecture: "Same-Sex Relationships and Well-Being"

With more than 70% of Americans living in 37 states where same-sex marriage is now legal and the U.S. Supreme Court set to rule on the constitutionality of state marriage bans, the annual Charles B. Nam Lecture at Florida State University addresses a timely subject. This year’s lecture will be delivered by an academic whose work led the American Sociological Association (ASA) to file an amicus brief with the court asserting that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.

Broad Lecture: Digital Divide and Disruption in Korea

In the wake of North Korea’s recent hacking of Sony Corporation over the release of the film “The Interview,” a Korean-based scholar will give the next Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture at Florida State University this month. James Larson, professor and chair in the Department of Technology and Society at SUNY Korea, will speak on “Digital Divide and Disruption in Korea.”

Broad Lecture: James Larson on Korea

In the wake of North Korea’s recent hacking of Sony Corporation over the release of the film “The Interview,” a Korean-based scholar will give the next Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture at Florida State University this month. James Larson, professor and chair in the Department of Technology and Society at SUNY Korea, will speak on “Digital Divide and Disruption in Korea.”

Pepper Lecture: Socioeconomic Health Disparities

The Spring 2015 Pepper Distinguished Lecture Series presents Pamela Herd, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaking on "The Source of Socioeconomic Health Disparities: Education or Cognition and Psychological Resources?"

Pamela Herd's work focuses on aging, policy, health, and inequality. She has two streams of research. One stream examines how social policies such as Social Security affect gender, race, and class inequalities. The second stream focuses on the relationship between social factors and health.

Broad Lecture: “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves"

Sheldon Garon, the Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies at Princeton University, will deliver the first Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture of 2015 at Florida State University. Garon’s talk, “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves,” is part of the ongoing series presented by the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

"Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism: Rethinking Cities in the Urban Age"

Timothy Beatley, an expert on sustainable communities, will speak at Florida State University on “Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism: Rethinking Cities in the Urban Age.” The talk is sponsored by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Broad lecture "Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves"

Sheldon Garon, the Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies at Princeton University, will deliver the first Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture of 2015 at Florida State University.

Garon’s talk, “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves,” is part of the ongoing series presented by the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Richard McGregor "China and America in the Asian Century"

Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times of London, will speak at Florida State University on “China and America in the Asian Century” as part of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s ongoing Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series.

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