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Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States

December 2018

The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon

Wednesday, December 12, 2018,6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST

The Sarasota World Affairs Council and NCF International Studies Program presents Andrés Ruzo, founder and director of the Boiling River Project in Peru and National Geographic Explorer, who was the first geoscientist to obtain permission to study the sacred river. He will share his research and discoveries and his concerns for the future of this unique river and the people who live alongside it. To reserve a seat, send an e-mail to info@sarasotawac.org.

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January 2019

Facing Nuclear Challenges-Russia, North Korea, and Iran

Thursday, January 10, 2019,6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST

The Sarasota World Affairs Council and New College International Studies Program presents Ambassador Steven Pifer, nonresident senior fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. A foreign service officer for more than 25 years, Ambassador Pifer specializes in nuclear arms control, national security, U.S. Defense, Ukraine, and Russia. To reserve a seat, send an e-mail to info@sarasotawac.org.

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New Topics – Excavating the Foundations of Charity in Classical Jewish Texts

Tuesday, January 22, 2019,5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, 5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States

The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies at New College presents Gregg Gardner, associate professor and The Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, at The University of British Columbia. While the Hebrew Bible demands a welcome for the stranger, as well as care for orphans and widows, it leaves specifics undisclosed. Rabbinic Judaism crafted these aspirations into communal and institutional almsgiving. Leading us through a close look at texts from the 3rd century C.E. and following, Professor Gardner reveals glimpses…

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February 2019

Can We Prevent the Next Attack?: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of Countering Violent Extremism

Monday, February 4, 2019,6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST

The Sarasota World Affairs Council and New College International Studies Program presents Dr. Stevan Weine, M.D., director of the International Center on Responses to Catastrophes at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. For the past 25 years, Dr. Weine has studied trauma- and migration-impacted populations to provide culturally-sensitive mental health and support services to the victims of mass violence, deprivation, terrorism, displacement, and disease. To reserve a seat, send an e-mail to info@sarasotawac.org.

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New Topics – America and the World: A Tale of Love and Disruption

Thursday, February 14, 2019,5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, 5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States

New College Foundation presents retired ambassador Nancy McEldowney, director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University. A 1981 graduate of New College, Ambassador McEldowney has had a distinguished career as a leader in foreign affairs training, senior policy advisor and high-profile diplomat. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the premier foreign affairs training provider for the U.S. Government. Drawing upon three decades as a career diplomat, she will…

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March 2019

New Topics – Reconstructing U.S.-Russian Relations

Tuesday, March 5, 2019,5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, 5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States

The Sarasota World Affairs Council presents Dr. William Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., and an expert guide to the complexities of political and economic developments in Russia, particularly through the lens of law. As the head of Kennan’s rule of law program, he leverages extensive, hands-on experience in international and Russian jurisprudence and expertise in issues ranging from the development of Russia’s Constitution to human rights law to foreign…

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New Topics – A Walk on the Wild Side: A Peek at Animal Science in Zoos

Thursday, March 28, 2019,5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, 5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States

New College’s Division of Social Sciences presents Mandi Wilder Schook, science operations manager for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The recipient of a Ph.D. in veterinary science, Dr. Schook has a passion for hoofstock population sustainability. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the Wilds and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Center for Research of Endangered Wildlife studying reproduction and metabolism in equids, rhinos and cats. Dr. Schook was the research curator at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from 2010-2016, coordinating…

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April 2019

New Topics – Leadership and Perseverance Needed to Effect Positive Change

Wednesday, April 17, 2019,5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, 5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States

The New College Foundation presents Dennis Archer, former mayor of the City of Detroit and associate justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. As mayor of Detroit (1994-2001), he worked to repair the city’s relations with the Detroit suburbs and the local business community through cooperation with suburban business leaders on redevelopment plans for the city. In 1996, Newsweek named him one of the “25 Most Dynamic Mayors in America.” Archer later served as president of the American Bar Association, becoming…

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