Seminole State College Speaker Series 2016-17

Each year, the Seminole State Speaker Series welcomes speakers representing diverse views and interests. All events are free and open to the public. Additional speakers may be added. Please check this page for updates.

The views expressed by these speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Seminole State College of Florida, its Board of Trustees, employees, students, alumni or partners.


Van Jones

Van Jones, pundit and author

  • When: Sept. 14, 2016, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Election 2016  Protest & Politics in the Age of Twitter

Van Jones has unique insight into America’s turbulent political scene. He has worked closely with political players at all levels – and across the spectrum. On the left, he has been allied with everyone from Richard Branson to movements, such as Black Lives Matter. On the right, he has campaigned to win criminal justice reform alongside Newt Gingrich and Koch Industries. Former President George W. Bush signed his first legislative proposal, the Green Jobs Act. Then President Obama appointed him to be special advisor on green jobs. Most recently, Jones was "on the ground" in Ferguson, Charleston and Selma (for the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march there).  

Jones, a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor and CNN political correspondent, is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. Jones was named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2009 and one of Fast Company's 12 Most Creative Minds on Earth. He also is the founder and president of Dream Corps, an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society.

The presentation will conclude with a Q&A period. A reception and book signing will immediately follow.


Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros, author and poet

  • When: Oct. 3, 2016, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Readings from A House of My Own

Best known for her debut novel, The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros is internationally known for her poetry and fiction. She 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. Cisneros is founder of Los MacArturos (the Latino MacArthur Fellows), the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.   

The presentation will conclude with a Q&A period. A reception and book signing will immediately follow.

This event has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. It is co-sponsored by Seminole State's Department of Humanities, History & Modern Languages.


Seminole State's Speaker Series is co-sponsored by CFE Federal Credit Union. For more information, please call 407.708.2776.