Seminole State College of Florida’s 2016-17 Speaker Series will include two nationally known presenters, Van Jones and Sandra Cisneros. The series kicks off in September at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Just in time for the 2016 election season, the College will host pundit and author Van Jones on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall (building G) at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Presenting the topic, “Election 2016 – Protest & Politics in the Age of Twitter,” Jones will offer his insight on America’s political scene. Jones, a former White House adviser and CNN correspondent, has worked closely on both sides of the political aisle and championed for criminal justice reform and the Green Jobs Act. He also is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. In 2009, Jones was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Author and poet Sandra Cisneros, best known for her debut novel, The House on Mango Street, will continue the Speaker Series on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall. She will present readings from her latest book, “A House of My Own.”
Cisneros has earned several awards for her work, including the MacArthur Fellowship, two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships and a Texas Medal of the Arts. She is the founder of Los MacArturos (the Latino MacArthur Fellows), the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.
Both presentations will conclude with a Q&A period, with a reception and book signing immediately following in the Student Center (building C) at Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Seminole State’s Speaker Series is co-sponsored by CFE Federal Credit Union. All Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A video simulcast will be provided in the Student Center.