Florida Lecture Series

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 […]

Florida Lecture Series

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 […]

Florida Lecture Series

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 […]

Florida Lecture Series

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 […]

Florida Lecture Series: Leslie Kemp Poole

Leslie Kemp Poole, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College, presents “Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century” Even before they had the right to vote, women were at the forefront of the fight to save Florida’s unique environment. Most likely the fight began in 1900 when a group of Miami women organized the first meeting of […]

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