Author James Gregory Cusick to speak at FSC’s Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2006) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes James Gregory Cusick to the Florida Lecture Series on Nov. 16. Cusick will discuss “East Florida’s Other War of 1812” 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.
“We are delighted to have Jim Cusick with us. His path-breaking research on “Florida’s Patriot War” uncovers America’s first covert operation—a fiasco that turned out to be just as embarrassing for the Madison Administration as the Bay of Pigs Invasion was for the Kennedy Administration,” said James Denham, professor of history and director of FSC’s Center for Florida History.
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.
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