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Forum talk on breaking down silos

Jan 14, 2021

On Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy will present a virtual lecture delivered by Director of Flagler College Forum Jim Toedtman. He will present, “Curiosity Won’t Kill the Cat; How to Break Out of Our Silos.” This event is free and open to the public virtually.

Headshot of Jim Toedtman.

Toedtman has been covering politics and public policy for more than 35 years. He has lead Flagler’s Forum program since 2012. Previously, he was the AARP bulletin editor for seven years, during which time he interviewed President Barack Obama. Before taking the editorship of AARP Bulletin, he was a reporter and editor for the Boston Herald, the Baltimore News American and Newsday. He has covered local government, Congress and the White House and has reported from three continents. His editorials for the News American won first place in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association in 1982, 1984 and 1985. He was one member of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He also won a special citation from the Inter-American Press Association for a series of reports from Central America.

Originally from Ohio, Toedtman attained his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and studied at the University of Queensland, Australia, as a Rotary Foundation Fellow. He also studied at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, which recognized him as a distinguished alum in 2017.  

Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally-recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine since 1998 in order to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. At this time, all Forums will take place virtually via the following link:

Forums are free and open to the public for virtual participation. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Phil Pownall at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice. Call 904-826-8677 or visit for more information. 

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