Author and Professor Joe Akerman to speak at FSC’s Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2005) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes Joe Akerman to the Florida Lecture Series on Nov. 10. Akerman will discuss his book “Jacob Summerlin: King of the Crackers,” beginning at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on the Florida Southern campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.
“We are delighted to once again welcome Joe Akerman to Florida Southern,” noted James M. Denham, Director of the College’s Center for Florida History. “He is a great speaker as well as the foremost authority on Florida’s cattle history.” Akerman holds degrees from Rollins College and the University of Florida, and a post-graduate certificate in Southern and Negro history from Johns Hopkins University. Currently a professor of history, emeritus, at North Florida Junior College, he is also the author of “The Florida Cowman: A History of the Cattle Industry in Florida” (Kissimmee, 1997) and “American Brahman: A History of the American Brahman” (Houston, 1982). His book “Jacob Summerlin: King of the Crackers” (Melbourne, 2004) won the Florida Historical Society’s Charlton Tebeau Book Prize in 2005. His articles have appeared in many journals and newspapers, including the “Florida Historical Quarterly,” “Orlando Sentinel,” “Tallahassee Democrat,” “Jacksonville Times-Union,” and “Vancouver Sun.” Akerman is a native of Orlando, Fla.
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