New College of Florida Announces Speakers For 2018-2019 ‘New Topics’ Discussion Series

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New College of Florida Announces Speakers For
2018-2019 ‘New Topics’ Discussion Series

New College of Florida and the New College Foundation announce the 2018-2019 season of the popular “New Topics” lecture and discussion series. This dynamic community series features national speakers on vital issues of our time.

Scheduled from October through April, the seven-program series features 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.

Topics range from ocean acidification and animal science in zoos to the foundations of charity in classical Jewish texts, the global trends contributing to the dramatic change and mounting chaos around the world, U.S.-Russian relations, and creating positive change through leadership and perseverance.

Media sponsors for this year’s series are the Herald-Tribune Media Group and WEDU.

All programs are complimentary and are held at 5:30 pm in the College’s Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at, or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888.


New Topics 2018-2019 Schedule

All events are at 5:30 p.m. in New College’s Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, immediately south of the Ringling Museum. For more details and reservations, visit or call 941-487-4888


Thursday, October 18, 2018

“Sustainability and the ‘Sweet Life:’ How Our Personal Happiness is Linked to Community and Nature”

Dr. William Powers, senior fellow, the World Policy Institute

Presented by the New College Foundation


Thursday, November 15, 2018

“Feeling the Burn: Ocean Acidification/Warming and Adaption to a Dynamic Environment”

Dr. Andrew Stamper, science operations manager/clinical veterinarian, Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment

Presented by New College Division of Social Sciences


 Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“Excavating the Foundations of Charity in Classical Jewish Texts”

Dr. Gregg Gardner, associate professor and the Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, University of British Columbia

Presented by The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies at New College


Thursday, February 14, 2019

“America in the World: A Tale of Love and Disruption”

Ambassador (ret.) Nancy McEldowney, director, master of science in foreign service program, Georgetown University (New College alumna)

Presented by New College Foundation


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

“Reconstructing U.S .- Russian Relations”

Dr. William Pomeranz, deputy director, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies

Presented by Sarasota World Affairs Council


Thursday, March 28, 2019

“A Walk on the Wild Side: A Peek at Animal Science in Zoos”

Dr. Mandi Wilder Schook, science operations manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Presented by New College Division of Social Sciences


Thursday, April 17, 2019

“Leadership and Perseverance Needed to Effect Positive Change”

Dennis Archer, former mayor, city of Detroit

Presented by New College Foundation


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Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional undergraduate education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre beachfront campus is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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