Anthropology professor Rosalyn Howard to speak at FSC’s Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2007) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes Dr. Rosalyn Howard to the Florida Lecture Series on Feb. 8. Howard will discuss “From Tampa Bay to Red Bays: Florida’s Black Seminole Diaspora” 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.
“Rosalyn Howard’s work on the Black Seminole Diaspora and the Sarasota area’s ‘Angola Project’ is interesting and intriguing and adds fundamentally to a fuller understanding of the African American experience in Florida and the West Indies,” said James M. Denham, professor of history and director of FSC’s Center for Florida History.
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.
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