Speaker Series

Seminole State College Speaker Series 2017-18

Each year, the Seminole State Speaker Series welcomes speakers representing diverse views and interests. 

All events are free and open to the public. To request accessibility accommodations, please email Disability Support Services

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.


Ryan Sallans

Ryan Sallans, transgender speaker, author and advocate

  • When: March 28, 2018, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Scouting the Unknown

Ryan Sallans,  a professionally trained sexuality educator, will share the story of his transition from female to male with an intermixing of humor and intricate clinical details surrounding the transition process, while exploring the intersections of identity as his identities changed. His story begins with his childhood and the struggles he had with his body, before moving into his college years where he struggled with anorexia nervosa. When he began coming out as transgender, he speaks to his experiences around rejection from family and his lesbian partner, discrimination from health-care providers and employment, and struggles with financial resources to assist in his physical transition. Having transitioned thirteen years ago, Sallans will share reflections of what he has experienced and witnessed over the years, and how society has shifted.

Sallans is a public speaker, consultant and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues impacting the transgender and LGBTQ communities. He has conducted over a thousand presentation and training sessions to diverse audiences, and is the Lead Subject Matter Expert and scriptwriter for e-learning courses used around the nation to train health-care professionals and staff.

Sallans has appeared in the documentary, Gender Rebel, on MTV's LOGO network and on Larry King Live, Ricki: The New Ricki Lake Show, Trisha, NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook and HuffPost Live. His memoir, Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life, is one of a few transgender books detailing the life and transition of a transgender man. Second Son has been noted as required reading in Mary Karr’s 2015 New York Times best-selling book, The Art of Memoir.  

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


Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel, author and sociologist

  • When: Feb. 6, 2018, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Michael Kimmel, one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities, will discuss "a new stage of development" among young people in America.  In 1950, most Americans had completed the transition from adolescence to adulthood by age 21 or so. Today, it's more likely to be by age 30. It's a new stage of development, and Kimmel is our tour guide in this presentation based on his bestselling book, Guyland. Based on interviews with more than 400 young people across the country, Kimmel offers a glimpse of why so many guys are adrift through their 20s, and offers a road map toward a more conscious adulthood. 

Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society, and the bestseller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University in 2013.

A tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality, Michael has lectured at more than 300 colleges, universities, and high schools. He has delivered the International Women’s Day annual lecture at the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe, and he has worked with the Ministers for Gender Equality of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden in developing programs for boys and men. He consults widely with corporations, NGOs, and public sector organizations on gender equity issues.

Michael was recently called “the world’s most prominent male feminist” in The Guardian newspaper in London.

The presentation will conclude with a Q&A period. A reception and book signing (with books available for purchase) will immediately follow the presentation.


Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf, feminist and author

  • When: Oct. 4, 2017, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Concert Hall (building G), Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Feminism: Next Up, the Millennial Way

Naomi Wolf, one of the world’s most influential feminists and bestselling author of The Beauty Myth, will discuss how we are in a time of renaissance for feminism, a movement and set of ideas that used to be seen as unpopular or marginal. Feminism is newly vibrant and embraced again but in completely fresh and whole different ways by millennials, and they are making this movement their own. This generation has a whole new agenda and landscape in which they are fighting for equality. What should they know, keep, and reject from the past? How can they keep their movement and energy from being sidelined into more superficial issues, as the basic fights remain ahead?

A charismatic personality with a passion for activism, Wolf teaches public presentation to Rhodes Scholars and was a visiting lecturer at Stony Brook University. Dr. Wolf recently completed a doctoral program on the history of discrimination law at Oxford University, where she was a research fellow at the Rothermere American Institute.

Wolf has written eight bestselling works of nonfiction, including Give Me Liberty, which includes effective tools for citizens to promote civic engagement and create sustainable democracy, and the iTunes bestseller, Vagina: A New Biography. The End of America, her New York Times bestseller, is a call to preserve liberty and democracy, winning the 2008 Nautilus Silver Award for social change and activism. The documentary version of End of America has been viewed over two million times online.

Wolf also writes columns and blog posts for Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Wall St. Journal. Dr. Wolf has also appeared on Meet the Press and The Colbert Report. She is the co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and The American Freedom Campaign.

The presentation will conclude with a Q&A period. A reception and book signing (with books available for purchase) will immediately follow the presentation.


Seminole State's Speaker Series is co-sponsored by CFE Federal Credit Union. For more information, please call 407.708.2776. To view a list of previous speakers at Seminole State, visit seminolestate.edu/community/speakers

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