New Topics New College returns in January
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New Topics New College returns in January

New Topics New College is a community series that hosts national speakers at the Mildred Sainer Auditorium. This year’s series is scheduled from October through April. Each month a new speaker and a new topic are welcomed to the school. There are seven speakers, five men and two women, in the 2018-2019 lineup. According to New College News, the speakers include “two speakers from Disney, a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, an expert in U.S.-Russia relations, a former U.S. ambassador, a professor of Jewish law and ethics and the former mayor of Detroit.” Speakers are selected by the different academic divisions, the New College Foundation and other outside groups.

The most recent speaker, Dr. Andrew Stamper, gave a presentation titled “Feeling the Burn: Ocean Acidification/Warming and Adaptation to a Dynamic Environment” on Nov. 15. In relation to environmental issues, Dr. William Powers discussed sustainability and conservation in communities as the 2018-2019 series’ first speaker in October. This coming March, New Topics will host Mandi Wilder Schook who will discuss the science behind animals in zoos.

New Topics New College will not host a speaker in December. The next speaker will be Gregg Gardner on Jan. 22, 2019. His topic is “Excavating the Foundations of Charity in Classical Jewish Texts.” This topic is sponsored by New College of Florida, The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies, The Jay Rudolph Endowment and New Topics New College.


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New topics can be suggested by contacting the New College Events Office at 941-487-4888.

Reserve your seat for the January speaker at Media sponsors for this event are The Herald-Tribune Media Group and WEDU.

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