Seminole State College Speaker Series 2015-16

Each year, the Seminole State Speaker Series welcomes speakers representing diverse views and interests. All events are free and open to the public.


Clinton Van Zandt

Clint Van Zandt, author, FBI profiler and hostage negotiator

  • When: Oct. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Reading a Crime Scene Like a Book: The Real "CSI"

Former FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt reviews the history of crime scene investigations and, through case studies, shows how these techniques are applied to solve crimes. Learn the history of modern-day crime scene investigations and how today's criminal investigators "read" a crime scene to develop a profile of the criminal. Real-life situations and crime scenes will be used to illustrate the points investigators need to know to solve such cases.  Van Zandt, who worked with the FBI for 25 years, is author of two books, "Dynamic Processes of Crisis Negotiation" and "Facing Down Evil: Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator."

A reception will immediately follow the presentation.


Sarah Susanka
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Sarah Susanka, architect, thought leader, author of the Not So Big series

  • When: Feb. 24, 2016, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Not So Big Living: A New Way of Being in the World

Our 24/7 lives today are so jam-packed with activities that we can barely find time to come up for air even in the evening hours when we should be relaxing and sleeping. Something needs to shift, and soon! But what are the changes that need to be made, and how do you implement them? This is where the principles of Not So Big Living come to the rescue.

A Not So Big Life is one that, on the surface, looks very much like the life you are already living. But your orientation to what you do and how you do it, as well as what it all means, is entirely different. The secret to a more balanced life lies in letting go of obligations that no longer serve their purpose, as well as becoming more aware of how your thoughts shape the world around you.

So adopting a Not So Big approach to living allows you to become more present in everything you do by slowing down and paring down, in the process creating more room for what really matters. Each of us has particular gifts and capacities, and, by learning these simple techniques, you’ll be living up to your full potential as a human being. 

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the presentation.

You can learn more about Sarah Susanka at Seminole State's LibGuide.


Temple Grandin
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Temple Grandin, professor, author and autism activist

  • When: April 6, 2016, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Temple Grandin – one of the most respected and beloved voices in the field – reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution. Grandin was listed on Time magazine's 2010 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and she was the subject of an Emmy-winning HBO original film starring Claire Danes.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the presentation.

You can learn more about Temple Grandin at Seminole State's LibGuide.

Note: You can view a free screening of the HBO film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, Tuesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (C-110) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. This event will be hosted by the Office of Student Life's Campus Activities Team (CAT).


For more information, please contact 407.708.2776