Rick Dantzler, former
state senator and representative,
speaks at Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Nov. 1,
2002) - Florida Southern College's Center for Florida History welcomes
Rick Dantzler, attorney, author, and former state senator and representative,
to the Florida Lecture Series Nov. 14. Dantzler will discuss his
book, "Under the Panther Moon," a collection of fictional stories
about life in Florida. The lecture will start at 7 p.m. in the William
M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus. The author will sign books following
the program. The lecture is free and open to the public.
"We are delighted to have Mr. Dantzler on campus to speak about
his new novel, "Under the Panther Moon," said Dr. James M. Denham,
history professor and director of the Center for Florida History.
"Rick brings a long list of experiences and accomplishments to this
project, and I expect that those who attend his program will get
a great sense of the 'Florida Experience.'"
Rick Dantzler is a third-generation Floridian from Winter Haven.
He graduated from the University of Florida with a B. S. and J.D.
In 1982 at the age of 26, Dantzler was elected to the Florida House
of Representatives and in 1990 elected to the Florida Senate. His
colleagues in the Senate knew him as "the conscience of the Senate."
He resigned in 1998 to run for governor and later that year became
the lieutenant governor candidate on the ticket with Buddy MacKay.
It was his campaign for governor and then lieutenant governor that
provided much of the motivation for writing the book "Under the
Dantzler is an avid hunter and angler who loves fly-fishing. His
love for the natural beauty and wonder of Florida is the backdrop
for the stories in "Under the Panther Moon" and shapes an agenda
for our state that is subtly articulated in the book. He is married
to Julie Pope, and they have two children. In addition to practicing
as an attorney, he serves as a certified circuit court civil and
family law mediator. He is currently associated with Frost, Tamayo,
Sessums, and Aranda law firm in Bartow.
About the Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series, produced by the Center for Florida History,
brings speakers to the Lakeland campus who approach the issue of
"Florida Life and Culture" from a wide range of disciplines, including
history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology,
literature, music and art. Its overall objective is to create an
opportunity for members of the community, faculty, and student body
to listen to, interact with and learn from leading scholars and
specialists of the state's history and culture.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.