Florida Lecture Series begins 2006-2007 season
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2006) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History presents its 2006-2007 Florida Lecture Series with six guest speakers, beginning Sept. 28 and concluding March 15. The lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on the FSC campus. The schedule of events is listed below. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 863-680-3001.
“Once again, we are extremely pleased to bring the Florida Lecture Series to our students, faculty, and friends in Lakeland and the greater Tampa Bay area,” noted James M. Denham, director of the Center for Florida History and FSC history professor. “This year marks the eleventh year that our series has brought the ‘Florida Experience’ to life for our community and region. This season promises to be one of our finest!”
Schedule of Lectures
Nov. 16 - “East Florida’s Other War of 1812.” James Gregory Cusick, a specialist in the study of the Spanish colonial period in Florida, holds degrees in journalism (B.S.) and anthropology (M.A., Ph.D.). He has lived in Florida since high school and is a long-time resident of both St. Johns County and Alachua County. For the past eight years, Cusick has been a curator and archivist for the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History in the department of special collections at the University of Florida’s George Smathers Library. He serves on the board of directors for the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, the St. Augustine Archaeological Association and the Florida Historical Society. Cusick also serves as president of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation and is a research associate at the St. Augustine Historical Society. His first book, “The Other War of 1812” (2003), was published by the University Press of Florida and is being reissued in paperback by the University of Georgia Press.
Jan. 25 - “Struggle for the Heartland: The Civil War in the West.” A native of West Virginia, Steve Engle holds degrees from Shepard College (B.A.) and Florida State University (Ph.D.), and has been chair of the Florida Atlantic University Department of History since 2001. He specializes in nineteenth century American history with an emphasis in the Civil War and Reconstruction era. More specifically, his research focuses on civil-military relations and ethnic dimensions of the Civil War. He is the author of several books, including “Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel” (1993), “Don Carlos Buell: Most Promising of All” (1999), “Struggle for the Heartland” (2001), and “The American Civil War in the West” (2001). He co-authored (with Gallagher, Krick and Glatthaar) “The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge of War” (2003). Engle has presented several papers at professional conferences in the United States and Germany, and his articles and reviews have appeared in the “Journal of American History,” “American Historical Review,” “Civil War History,” “Journal of Southern History,” and “AHA Perspectives.” The winner of numerous teaching awards, Engle was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2000. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and in 2003 was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. Engle serves as the executive treasurer and book review editor for the Society of Civil War Historians.
Feb. 8 - “From Tampa Bay to Red Bays: Florida’s Black Seminole Diaspora.” Rosalyn Howard is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Central Florida, specializing in cultural anthropology. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1999. Much of Howard’s current research focuses on how the interrelationships of African and indigenous peoples in the Americas and the Caribbean relate to cultural identity. Her book, “Black Seminoles in the Bahamas” (2002) explores both the historical relationships of Seminole Indians and Black Seminoles, and their present-day descendants in Florida. Her latest research involves an interdisciplinary project, "Looking for Angola," about a maroon community formerly located near Sarasota, Fla., that could have direct connections to the Bahamian Black Seminole descendants on Andros Island. Her research about the existence of the Black Seminoles' pathway to freedom in the Bahamas will become part of "The Slave Route," a project mapping the African Diaspora that is being conducted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Paris.
March 15 – Book Talk and Signing. “The White Shadow.” (The Robert and Rose Stahl Criminal Justice Lecture.) Born in Troy, Ala., Ace Atkins attended Auburn University where he honed his skills as both a writer and a defensive end on the undefeated 1993 Auburn University football team. Before turning to writing full time, Atkins worked as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his seven-part series on the 1955 unsolved murder of Tampa socialite and gambling king pin Charlie Wall. Atkins wrote two crime novels set in the South, “Crossroad Blues: A Nick Travers Mystery” (1998) and “Leavin’ Trunk Blues” (2001) while working as a reporter. Commercial success as a novelist and an offer to become a visiting journalism professor at the University of Mississippi convinced him to concentrate on writing full time. He wrote the highly acclaimed “Dark End of the Street” (2002), “Dirty South” (2004), and “White Shadow” (2006). The latter is based on his five years of research on the Wall slaying, including sealed court and police records, countless interviews with players of that period, and an extended research trip to Havana.
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