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 lectures are $15; and all will be held in the Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road.

For more information, please contact the New College Events Office at 941-487-4888.

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The 2019-2020 Lineup

Rachel SmithTuesday, November 12, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.
Can You Dig It: Sea Turtle Research and Conservation at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Featuring Rachel Smith, Conservation Programs Manager, Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment

Florida is home to 90% of sea turtle nesting in the country and remains a global hotspot for sea turtle conservation. However, turtles face many threats that require creative solutions. Disney’s commitment to conservation goes back to Walt himself, who famously said, “Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.”

Our commitment is stronger than ever, and our sea turtle conservation and research program at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is wholly representative of this. Join us as we discuss the conservation challenges that sea turtles face, and what Disney is doing to reverse the decline of these charismatic species in the wild.

Andrew PrinceThursday, January 23, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
From Downton to Gatsby: Jewelry and Fashion from 1890-1929

Featuring Andrew Prince, Jewelry designer and craftsman

In 2012, Andrew Prince was commissioned by the creators of “Downton Abbey” to create a large collection of tiaras, combs, earrings and necklaces adorned by the main characters.

Additionally, his commissions include jewelry for Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Dame Judy Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” and for the film “The Young Victoria.” A frequent lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum and throughout the U.S., his in-depth knowledge of jewelry, fashion history, and historical portraits combine together to give a broad contextual view of these fascinating subjects.

Andrew will discuss the extraordinary period between 1890 and 1929 where the great couturiers collaborated with the finest of jewelers to produce jewels of outstanding quality and opulence.

Christopher A. MarinelloThursday, February 20, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
The Art of Art Recovery: Recovering Stolen and Looted Works of Art

Featuring Christopher A. Marinello, Esq. ’83, CEO, Art Recovery International

Christopher A. Marinello is one of the world’s foremost experts in recovering stolen and looted works of art. A practicing lawyer for over 34 years, Chris began his career as a litigator and became uniquely proficient in negotiating complex title disputes on behalf of collectors, dealers, museums, and insurance companies.

Chris will provide an overview on art crime and the legal issues involved in recovering stolen and Nazi-looted works of art. He will present numerous case studies involving some high-profile recoveries and give the audience an opportunity to ask questions about this unusual profession.

Austin LeedsThursday, March 26, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Bachelor Bromance: A Novel Evaluation of Male Gorilla Social Bonding

Featuring Austin Leeds, Research Manager, Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment

Western lowland gorillas are familiar — we see them in zoos across the country but we actually know very little about them in the wild. Particularly, we know almost nothing about how males form and maintain social bonds with other gorillas.

Social bonding is a vitally important aspect of their biology that shapes all aspects of their behavior. There is a major need to further study social bonding in male gorillas to better understand their natural history and their care in zoos. We used a novel approach to looking at bonding in male gorillas from zoos around the United States to better understand how they maintain social bonds with other gorillas. We look forward to sharing what we have learned about male gorillas and how we can use that to provide optimal welfare for gorillas in zoos and how this information improves our understanding of their natural history in the wild.

David BrainWednesday, April 22, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Common Ground: The Intersection of Biophilic Design and Urbanism

Featuring David Brain, New College Professor of Social Sciences;
Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green;
Dan Slone, Vertical Vision

New College Professor David Brain will host a discussion with biophilic thought leader Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, and new urbanist and eco-district expert Dan Slone of Vertical Vision, in a fascinating look at the intersection of the man-made and the natural worlds.

Topics will include a discussion on: patterns of biophilic design and bioinspired innovation in urban environments, reconnecting people with the environment for health and wellbeing, the social implications of the commons in the private realm and civic engagement for social equity, climate resilience, and placemaking.

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