Sarasota World Affairs Council–Mark Your Calendars for the 2016-17 Lecture Series

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October 12, 2016 – THE PANAMA PAPERS”ROGELIO NOVEY – International development specialist in U.S.-Latin American Relations; former loan officer at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Event co-sponsored with the Northern Trust Company.


November 16, 2016 – “SOUTH AFRICA: Emerging Leader or Troubled Nation?

CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT– Award-winning PBS and CNN television journalist

Lecture followed by a wine-tasting featuring Passages wines produced by the Gaults in South Africa.   Reservations required.  


December 6, 2016 – “CHILDREN OF PARADISE: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran”

LAURA SECOR – Author and freelance journalist for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, the New Republic, and other publications.


January 26, 2017 – “THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S OCEANS: Recovery of Endangered Species and Habitat Conservation”

TERRY GARCIA – Chief Science and Exploration Officer for The National Geographic Society

Event co-sponsored with Mote Marine Laboratory.  Dinner event at the Mote Banquet Center to benefit the Sarasota World Affairs Council and Mote Marine Laboratory.  Further details to come.  Reservations required.  


February 15, 2017 – “NUCLEAR WEAPONS: They’re Back”

DR. ROBERT GALLUCCI – Director, The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and Professor at Georgetown University; former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and Chief Negotiator during the North Korean Nuclear Crisis of 1994.

Event co-sponsored with the New Topics New College.



JOHN CASSARA – Federal Government Intelligence and Law Enforcement Officer; former Special Agent to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Terrorism Finance and Financial Terrorism; author of numerous books on transnational crime issues.

Event co-sponsored with the 2017 World Rowing Championship Association.


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Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mildred Sainer Auditorium on the campus of New College of Florida, 5313 Bay Shore Road.  Lectures are free for the general public, but reservations are suggested.  Receptions with the speakers will follow for SWAC members.  For more information or to inquire about membership, call 941-487-4603, email  [email protected], or visit


Sarasota World Affairs Council

5800 Bay Shore Road, PMC 230

Sarasota, Florida  34243

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