Author and Professor Diane Roberts to speak at FSC’s Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2006) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes Diane Roberts to the Florida Lecture Series on March 16. Diane will discuss “Pioneer Mothers, Confederate Daughters, Citrus Princesses and Other Florida Wild Women” 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.
An 8th generation Floridian and a specialist in Southern culture and literature, Roberts earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Florida State University, and a second bachelor’s degree in English and a doctor of philosophy degree in literature at Oxford University. Professor of English at the University of Alabama, Roberts is the author of several books including her most recent and highly acclaimed “Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadores, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and other Florida Wildlife” (New York, 2004).
“We are pleased to welcome Diane Roberts to help us celebrate Women’s History Month at Florida Southern,” noted James M. Denham, director of FSC’s Center for Florida History. “Her fast-paced, action-packed, humorous—even zany—depiction of the Sunshine State, all delivered through the lens of eight generations of her family, is an absolute delight!”
Roberts is the author of books on Southern womanhood and race, has written on Southern culture and literature for “Southern Living,” The New York Times, The London Times and “The New Republic,” and is a political columnist for The St. Petersburg Times. She is a frequent commentator on NPR and the BBC. Her awards include the Gustavus Meyer Center for the Study of Human Rights Award, two Associated Press awards for radio, and two Society of Newspaper Editors prizes for editorial writing and sports commentary. Roberts divides her time between Tuscaloosa, London and Tallahassee.
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