New Topics New College
New Topics is a collaboration of the New College Foundation and New College of Florida. This dynamic community series features national speakers on relevant topics of our time. All programs will be held at 5:30 pm in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion. A reception follows each program and provides an opportunity to meet the speakers, students and faculty.
For reservations and information, please contact the New College Events Office at 941-487-4888 or go to donate.ncf.edu/events.
Dates and Venue
NEW TOPICS NEW COLLEGE 2012–2013
October 23, 2012 - “An Analysis of the 2012 Elections”
Join national political correspondents Alexis Simendinger (NC Class of '75) of Real Clear Politics and Charles Mahtesian of Politico, along with Sarasota Herald-Tribune politics writer Jeremy Wallace and New College political science professor and ABC-7 political analyst Frank Alcock, for expert analysis on this year's national, state and local elections. Who will win the presidency and why? What critical races will determine control of the U.S. Senate and House? What are the issues that will shape our local and statewide elections? And what effect will this year's elections have on the future of the Republican and Democratic parties, both nationally and statewide? This exhilarating panel discussion will explore the answers to these questions and others. Simendinger, Mahtesian and Alcock wowed a packed house at Sainer Pavilion four years ago, and we expect this year's discussion to be just as lively and insightful.
November 8, 2012 – “What Makes a Great Beach?” with Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach)
Modern medicine offers compassionate relief for chronic pain and terminal illness. But something has gone terribly wrong. More than seven lives a day in Florida alone are lost as a result of a prescription pain pill epidemic. Hear from mental health and addiction expert and New College alumna, Mary Ruiz, about the medical, social, economic and political forces that are forcing patients of all ages to decide whether courting prescription pain medication is for better or worse. Ruiz has been in the field of addictions for twenty-five years. She currently serves on the New College Board of Trustees.
The Institute for the Ages has an ambitious vision – to be the world’s largest and most significant change agent for positive aging. Tom Esselman will provide the community with an update on how individuals and community groups within Sarasota as well as innovators around the world are focused on the global aging phenomenon. Tom will discuss ground breaking research initiatives and the development and applications of products, services and policies that are improving our lives as we live to be older and older.
Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) is the electronic exchange of medical information across disparate systems such as hospital information systems, physician’s offices, EMR systems, labs, imaging centers and even disease and vaccine registries. Dr. John Collins, a New College alumnus, will explain how the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations within a community will improve quality and better patient outcomes. Not only do patients expect communication between treating physicians, but healthcare providers require useful information to accurately diagnose and render good care. Effective data exchange allows improvement in cost, quality, safety and efficiency.
March 21, 2013 – “The Problems, Promise and Potential of Sub-Saharan Africa” with Ambassador James McGee (Ret)
Ambassador James D. McGee spent the majority of his 30-year Foreign Service career overseas working in support of U.S. Government Policy. He will draw upon his personal experiences from six different African nations, four of where he served as U.S. Ambassador, most recently in Zimbabwe. Using South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria as anchor nations, he will outline issues facing sub-Saharan Africa and how their leadership is addressing these challenges and moving forward the democratic process throughout the continent. He will also present his observations on United States interests in sub-Saharan Africa and how our government is moving forward on the bilateral and multilateral fronts.
March 27, 2013 – "Sea Level Rise in Florida: Is It Time to Start Building the Ark?" with Dr. Pier Vellinga and Dr. Henry Pollack
Florida is flat, and sea levels are rising. Join world-renowned climate scientists Pier Vellinga and Henry Pollack to learn the latest science and predictions for sea level rise in Florida. What factors affect sea level and how do they produce changes in sea level that are different from place to place? If sea levels continue to rise in Florida as predicted, how might we adapt to or mitigate the risks to our natural and built environments? What approaches are being tried in other parts of the world? Drs. Vellinga and Pollack will share their knowledge and experience with examples from the Netherlands, Australia, Vietnam, the Mekong Delta, the cities of Venice and London, and the east, west and Gulf coasts of the U.S. Dr. Vellinga is professor in climate change and flood risk at Wageningen University and in climate change and societal implications at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Dr. Pollack is professor of geophysics (emeritus) at the University of Michigan. Pier Vellinga has been lead author of several chapters and Henry Pollack a contributing author in the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.