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The Activist Newsletter (10/26 – 11/3)





This week (10/26 – 11/3), activists have the opportunity to attend speaker panels, lectures, fundraisers, career seminars and club meetings. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding gender issues, women’s rights, LGTBQIA+ rights, or international careers.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 Gender Rights as Human Rights @ 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Selby Auditorium

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota, FL 34243

A selection of panelists will speak on the topic of gender rights and human rights. Topics will include women in India, rural women in Africa, men’s gender issues in human rights, men’s role in women’s rights, and New College’s own student Leen Al-Fatafta will speak about Arab Feminism. There will be time for questions from the audience and informal conversation. For more information, go to usfsm.edu/event/human-rights-panel/.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 A Conversation with Jim Obergefell @ 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Sainer Pavillion

New College of Florida

5313 Bay Shore Rd

Sarasota, FL 34234

The New College Gender Studies Program presents a conversation with Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in last year’s U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states.

Jim Obergefell, now among the most recognized faces in the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, will share an intimate, gripping account of the legal precedents and personal hardships behind this unforgettable victory for the gay community. Admission is free. To reserve a seat, go to donate.ncf.edu/events. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


  • Thursday, Oct. 27 An Evening with Jim Obergefell: Cocktail Reception @ 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Isermann Gallery (behind Sanier Pavillion)

New College of Florida

5313 Bay Shore Rd

Sarasota, FL 34234

This cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception honoring Jim Obergefell follows his free lecture at Sainer Pavillion. Tickets to the reception are $125 and reservations are limited. An autographed copy of Mr. Obergefell’s book, Love Wins, is included in the ticket price. All proceeds will benefit the New College Gender Studies Program. Tickets are available for purchase at donate.ncf.edu/events. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


  • Saturday, Oct. 29 International Career Development Seminar @ 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Sudakoff Hall

New College of Florida

5845 General Dougher Drive

Sarasota, FL 34243

Are you thinking about a global career, whatever your field of interest? Global careers can include anything from graphic artists to computer scientists. Come hear eight speakers from various organizations and fields discuss how to build an international career. Discuss your questions and ideas further with them in break-out sessions and a networking reception. This seminar is free for students. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon networking reception included.


  • Friday, Oct. 28 Feminist Fridays Meeting @ 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


ACE Lounge

New College of Florida

Feminist Fridays meets every Friday at noon in ACE Lounge. This week’s topic is “Supporting the Student Experience – A vision for student group advisors.” Tara Centeno, Assistant Director for Student Engagement, will lead a conversation about a vision for student group advisors to best support student experience. New College has over 50 active student clubs/organizations on campus that provide tremendous opportunities for students to pursue their passions and interests. This meeting will explore different avenues of providing support for our student groups.


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