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November 2018

Florida Lecture Series

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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ANNE ROSEN AND CLAUDIA SLATE present "Reflections from a Civil Rights Journalist: St. Augustine and Beyond" Former New York Times correspondent John Herbers (1923-2017) covered the civil rights movement for more than a decade, witnessing a succession of landmark events that rocked the nation, the world, and his own conscience. Among the many stories Herbers covered were the 1955 murder of Emmett Till; the bombing of the church in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four little girls; the Freedom Summer murders…

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January 2019

Florida Lecture Series

January 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hollis Room, Buckner Building, Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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TRACY JEAN REVELS, Professor of History, Wofford College presents “Florida’s Civil War: A Family Story” Though it was the third state to secede, Florida was ignored and unprotected by the Confederacy during the Civil War. The home front was contested, especially in port cities, and many Floridians became refugees. Raids and guerilla activity inflicted misery on civilians. While Confederate patriotism ruled in Middle Florida, in other areas apathy or a growing Unionism led to deprivations and desertion. Slaves fled to…

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February 2019

Florida Lecture Series

February 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hollis Room, Buckner Building, Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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DAVID HEAD Author and Lecturer, University of Central Florida “Privateers of the Americas” In the early 1800s, seafarers living in the United States secured commissions from Spanish-American nations, attacked Spanish vessels, and returned to sell their captured cargoes from bases in Baltimore, New Orleans, Galveston, and on Amelia Island. Privateers sold millions of dollars of goods to untold numbers of ordinary Americans. Their collective enterprise involved more than a hundred vessels and thousands of people-not only ships’ crews but investors,…

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March 2019

Florida Lecture Series

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hollis Room, Buckner Building, Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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JOHN CAPOUYA Professor of Journalism, University of Tampa “Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to K.C. and the Sunshine Band” When recalling the roots of soul music, most people are likely to name Memphis, Detroit, or New Orleans, but Florida also has a rich soul music history that has often gone unrecognized. John Capouya celebrates great artists of the Sunshine State who produced some of the most electric, emotive soul music America has ever heard. Drawing on extensive interviews with surviving…

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April 2019

Douglas Brinkley: American Moonshot

April 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Branscomb Auditorium, FSC, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, Florida 33801 United States
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Douglas Brinkley will speak on his forthcoming book, "American Moonshot" on April 18, 2019 at 7:00pm in Branscomb Auditorium. As the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, the award winning historian and perennial New York Times bestselling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge, and America’s race to the moon. “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but…

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