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 p.m. 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.
OCTOBER 30 | 5:30 p.m.
Drawing on his best-selling book, Who Stole the American Dream?, Smith traces America’s shift from shared prosperity and bipartisan politics, to hyper-wealth and democracy in peril. He focuses on restoring the middle class, by understanding how we lost it and became “Two Americas,” divided by money and power.
NOVEMBER 18 | 5:30 p.m.
A protégé of Leonard Bernstein, Krane has written, arranged and orchestrated music for dozens of Broadway and T.V. musicals, from “Cabaret,” to “Chicago.” Here, he will share his many stories working with legends such as Liza Minnelli, Carol Burnett, Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Michael Douglas, and more.
DECEMBER 4 | 5:30 p.m.
There are more than 1 million Traumatic Brain Injuries in the U.S. each year. In addition, T.B.I. accounts for a large proportion of soldiers’ casualties who have survived conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Crawford will speak on the Roskamp Institute’s to translate novel targets into clinical practice and subsequent development of neurodegenerative diseases.
Beirich is an expert on the hate and anti-government movements and the growing domestic terrorist threat they pose. Beirich has written extensively about these topics in the S.P.L.C.’s Intelligence Report and on its blog Hatewatch. She will discuss the rising tide of hate in this country and the factors that are driving a backlash to America’s increasingly diverse society.
MARCH 5 | 5:30 p.m.
Chanton will review the last million years of climate and sea-level history and place today’s world in that context, with an eye towards the future. More than any state, Florida is vulnerable to climate change effects as expressed by the response of the ocean’s level.
Lentini has investigated more than 2,000 fire scenes and been called to testify as an expert witness on more than 200 occasions in the U.S. and Canada. He is one of the leading advocates for improving the scientific quality in fire and arson investigation. His interests spark from watching prosecutors or insurance companies falsely accuse innocent citizens of arson. He will discuss the current state of the art and present some of his more high-profile cases.