Flagler College is committed to education not only of their own students, but the residents of St. Augustine. This month, the college is hosting various talks, debates, and events on issues relevant to our lives and the benefit of the community. Make your way to the beautiful campus this month to enjoy the instruction.
Lectures on World Hunger with Roger Thurow | October 4
As part of its popular Forum on Government and Public Policy, Flagler College will welcome globally-renowned journalist, Roger Thurow, known for his reporting on world hunger on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 pm.
Thurow, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has been widely recognized for his writing about world hunger and malnutrition. With co-writer Scott Kilman, Thurow was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for their coverage of famine in Africa. His coverage of world affairs has spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and recent humanitarian crises.
Thurow’s visit marks the kick-off of a new partnership between Flagler College and the Pulitzer Center, a non-profit journalism and education organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to supporting engagement with underreported global affairs. Through Flagler’s participation in the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, renowned journalists will visit the Flagler campus each year, and selected Flagler students will work under the mentorship of Center staff and journalists on international reporting projects of their own choosing to be featured on the Pulitzer Center website. These student fellows will also work with the Center to disseminate their work through media partners. To learn more, visit www.pulitzercenter.org.
Writers in Residence | October 6
Flagler College will kick off its 2016-2017 Writers-in-Residence program on Thursday, October 6, at 7 pm with poetry readings by acclaimed poet Dan Albergotti. He will read a selection of poems from his book “Millennial Teeth,” published in 2014, as well as new poems inspired during this summer’s residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts in Georgia.
In addition to “Millennial Teeth,” Albergotti is the author of “The Boatloads” and limited-edition chapbook “The Use of the World.” His poems have appeared in Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and two editions of the Pushcart Prize, as well as other journals and anthologies. A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti is a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
The Flagler College Writers-in-Residence program has hosted a number of world-class novelists, short fiction writers, poets and playwrights in the 30-plus years of its existence. The program takes place during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year and are free and open to the public. On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., Albergotti’s reading will be held in the historic Flagler room in Ponce Hall at Flagler College, located at 74 King St. Reservations are not required. The reading will last approximately 45 minutes with a question and answer period to follow.
If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign language interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice. Call 904-826-8617 for more information, or visit here.
Lecture on 21st Century Challenges in Local Government | October 11
As part of Flagler College’s Community Lecture Series, Dr. Joe Saviak will be speaking on “Reinventing Local Government for the 21st Century,” on Tuesday, October 11 in the college’s historic Solarium in Ponce Hall.
Saviak teaches in Flagler’s Public Administration Program, working with students who are public sector administrators and professionals serving in 50 different local and state government agencies across the northeast and central Florida regions. Through his work, he has seen how local governments must contend with greatly reduced resources, smaller public sector workforces and limited funding for public services.
In his lecture, which will appeal to any citizen receiving services from local government, Saviak will share the strategies and best practices that serve as the core of the Public Administration Program curriculum. These strategies, he said, have a real impact in our communities.
During the 2016-2017 season, Flagler celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Community Lecture Series, which was founded in 2007 to offer the local community an opportunity to explore topics covering arts, religion, politics, culture, history, economics and more with experts on the college faculty. The theme of the series this year is “Challenges at the Crossroads: Finding Solutions to Local Issues.”
The programs take place monthly. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Ponce Hall Solarium at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are not required. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.
City Commission and Mayoral Debate | October 11
The community will have a chance to listen first-hand to the candidates for St. Augustine’s city commission on Tuesday, October 11, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The debate, organized by Flagler College’s Student Government Association (SGA), will be held in the college’s Lewis Auditorium.
Participating candidates will include incumbent Mayor Nancy Shaver, Kris Phillips, Ronald Stafford, incumbent Vice Mayor Roxanne Horvath, Susan Rathbone and incumbent Commissioner Leanna Freeman. The debate will be moderated by Dr. Brenda Kauffman, Flagler College assistant professor of Political Science.
The event, free and open to the public, will be held in Lewis Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street.