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Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Florida Lecture Series

JANUARY 16, 2020 – 7:00PM

GEORGE S. LEMIEUX, Former U.S. Senator AND LAURA E. MIZE, Journalist

Location: Hollis Room

Florida is in many ways both the oldest and newest of the megastates. Once an insect- ridden swampland,

it is now a top destination for tourism, business, agriculture and innovation. The influences of a colorful cast of characters—from cultural  icons to political heroes, and even a socialist dictator— have transformed the peninsula. Former United States Senator George LeMieux and Florida-based journalist Laura Mize tell the stories of twenty-five trailblazing individuals who have changed the state forever, from a Barbados native who rescued Florida’s orange industry after a catastrophic freeze in 1835 to a Florida doctor who developed a precursor to modern air conditioning.

George S. LeMieux, a native Floridian, is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gunster law firm based in West Palm Beach and founder of the LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Laura Mize is a Naples-based freelance journalist who has written extensively about Florida  business, culture, food, and agriculture.

The Florida Lecture Series is a forum that brings speakers to the Florida Southern College campus who explore Florida life and culture.

The lecture series covers a wide range of disciplines, including history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology, literature, and art. The overall objective of the series is to bring members of the community, the faculty, and the student body together to interact with and learn from leading scholars in their fields.


January 16
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hollis Room – Buckner Building at Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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