New College Announces ‘New Topics’ 2013-14 Series

The 2013-14 New Topics New College series will feature speakers from the worlds of medical research, global finance, international affairs, women’s rights, environmental conservation and rock and roll.
The six-program series, a collaboration of New College of Florida and the New College Foundation, brings nationally-known experts to Sarasota for lectures on timely topics, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience and a reception with the speaker.
The topics and speakers for this year are: a look at Florida Wildlife Corridor, with photographer Carlton Ward (Nov. 21); research into brain health, with Dr. Michael Mullan of the Roskamp Institute (Dec. 5); the creation of rock stars, with music executive Tony Michaelides (Jan. 21); the status of financial markets, with Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren (Feb. 6); the future of women’s health and rights, with Judy Norsigian, author of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (Feb. 25) and the war in Afghanistan, with David Staats, former U.S. consul in Pakistan (March 19).
All programs are at 5:30 p.m. in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on New College’s Caples Campus, 5313 Bay Shore Road (immediately south of the Ringling Museum). Tickets are $20 for individual events or $100 for the series. For reservations and information, call the New College Events Hotline at 487-4888 or visit donate.ncf.edu/newtopics. More information is available at ncf.edu/new-topics-new-college.
Media sponsors for the series are Herald-Tribune Media Group, WEDU and SNN6. Corporate sponsors are Mariott Hotels and Treviso.
A detailed description of each event follows.
NEW TOPICS NEW COLLEGE 2013–2014
NOVEMBER 21 | 5:30 p.m.
New Topics New College
“Journey into the Heart of Florida”
with Carlton Ward
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Tickets $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students
Reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events or call 941-487-4888
Ward is a conservation photographer and eighth-generation Florida. He will speak about his experience on the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and will show photos and video from the trek. He will also discuss the progress that has been made on the project since the expedition ended. Sponsored by the Fedder Lecture Series as part of the TREE Foundation.
DECEMBER 5 | 5:30 p.m.
New Topics New College
“Improving Brain Health: What Validated Science and Research Reveals”
with Dr. Michael Mullan, MD, PhD, President/CEO of the Roskamp Institute and President of Sci-Brain
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Tickets $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students
Reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events or call 941-487-4888
Alzheimer’s disease expert, Dr. Michael Mullan will discuss his new program Sci-Brain: Where Science Meets Brain Health, that helps individuals improve their brain health and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
JANUARY 21 | 5:30 p.m.
New Topics New College
“Lessons learned from Rock-n-Roll”
with Tony Michaelides
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Tickets $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students
Reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events or call 941-487-4888
Today many dream of being a Rock Star but in reality very few are. What is it that separates one from the rest? Why do we aspire to be a star? In a career spanning over thirty years, Tony Michaelides worked with some of the world’s biggest selling artists, U2, The Police, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Whitney Houston, N Sync etc. It gave him a rare insight and a behind-the-scenes look at how real rock stars are created. He will share some of these stories together with iconic photos and rare video. Michaelides book, “Insights from the Engine Room, Lessons Learned from Rock and Roll” will also be available for purchase.
FEBRUARY 6 | 5:30 p.m.
New Topics New College
“A Look at the Current Market”
with Eric Rosengren, President and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Tickets $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students
Reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events or call 941-487-4888
Rosengren is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a currently a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. He has written extensively on macroeconomics, international banking, bank supervision, and risk management; including articles in leading economics and finance journals. Much of his recent research has focused on how problems in the financial sector impact the real economy. (This event is brought to us by the Global Interdependence Center.)
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
New Topics New College
“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Four and a Half Decades of Advancing Women’s Health and Human Rights”
with Judy Norsigian
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Tickets $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students
Reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events or call 941-487-4888
Judy Norsigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, will reflect upon more than four decades of advocacy and activism especially in the spheres of reproductive health and justice. What are the major challenges today? How do we best promote awareness of the evidence-based, user-friendly resources? How has advancing medical technology in cosmetic surgery and assisted reproductive technology affected attitudes and choices? Join us for a conversation with this groundbreaking, women’s healthcare expert. The updated “Our Bodies Ourselves,” which was named by The Library of Congress as one of the 88 books that has shaped America,” will be available for purchase.
MARCH 19 | 5:30 p.m.
New Topics New College
“Contemporary Afghanistan”
with David Staats
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Tickets $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students
Reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events or call 941-487-4888
The US strategic goal for Afghanistan is to defeat and prevent the return of al-Qaida and its affiliates. To achieve this goal, the US initiated in 2001 an integrated counterinsurgency campaign: military operations against the insurgents, creation of a representative government, and economic assistance. David Staats, former U.S. consul in Peshawar, Pakistan will discuss the application of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. He is personally acquainted with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Jalaluddin Haqqani (head of the Haqqani Network terrorist organization) and other Afghan leaders.

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