Pinellas college notebook: Journalist Alexander Heffner comes to USFSP and SPC, and more

Published Oct. 19, 2016

Journalist Alexander Heffner coming to USFSP

Are young voters in charge? Alexander Heffner, host of PBS's long-running program The Open Mind, comes to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg for a conversation about the youth vote, media and the future of public discourse. He will speak at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Harbor Hall on the USFSP campus, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Heffner has long reported on the political engagement of young people, and in 2008 founded and edited online student newspapers covering the presidential race and the first year of the Obama presidency.

Forum on millennials and politics at SPC

If you're hungry for even more discussion of youth and politics, join the St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at an Oct. 26 dinner forum called "The Future of Civil Discourse: Millennials and Politics in 2016." Co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU Television, the event also welcomes Heffner, who a press release calls "a millennial crusader for robust political debate and free speech." The forum includes a buffet dinner. It will be held from 6-8:15 p.m. on SPC's Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. Tickets are $20 for students and educators and $25 for the general public. Advance registration is required at

Eckerd talk focuses on China and the environment

China has been a hot topic in this year's presidential cycle, with a relentless focus on jobs. Professor Stephen Van Holde of Kenyon College will take an environmental approach in a talk about China at Eckerd College, asking whether the country's economic boom and growing political freedom can be reconciled with environmental protection. He'll be speaking from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory on Kappa Zeta Drive on the Eckerd campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Stetson grant will fund training in capital law, forensics

A new grant for Stetson's National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law will fund training on capital case litigation and forensics for professionals in legal and scientific fields. The Clearinghouse, at the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, has trained more than 14,000 such professionals to date. With $400,000 from the Department of Justice, the Clearinghouse will expand those efforts. The two-year award will fund four national training sessions and eight webinars geared toward death penalty litigators learning about "Crime Scene to Courtroom Forensics."

Eckerd to show documentary on gender issues

In the 2016 documentary Queer & Pleasant Danger, gender theorist and performance artist Kate Bornstein argues that gender is fluid and multidimensional. Join a viewing of the film from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg.

Theme for SPC event is women in technology

State Rep. Kathleen Peters moderates a panel discussion of influential woman in technology as St. Petersburg College hosts its first career exploration event for women in the field on Oct. 27. Afterward, attendees will get the chance to speak with employers and non-profits, including Women Who Code, Girls Develop It, Power Design, Netwolves, Tech Data and Cisco. Check it out from 5:30-8 p.m. at SPC's St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, SS building, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.