Michael Gannon, historian
opens FSC's Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2003) - Florida
Southern College's Center for Florida History welcomes Dr. Michael
Gannon, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History at the
University of Florida, as the Center begins its 2003-2004 Florida
Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 25. Gannon will deliver a "History
of Florida in Forty Minutes." The lecture will start at 7 p.m. in
the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus. The lecture is free
and open to the public.
"We are extremely proud to have Professor Gannon as our opening
speaker for this year's Florida Lecture Series," said James M. Denham,
director of the FSC Center for Florida History.
"For many years Mike Gannon's books and lectures have informed students,
legislators, and television viewers about Florida's varied past
from its earliest Spanish roots to the present."
Gannon is considered the foremost authority on the Catholic Church
in Florida, and his first two books, "Rebel Bishop" (1964) and "The
Cross in the Sand" (1965), address that subject. He has also written
"Florida: A Short History" (1993) and is editor and contributor
to "The New History of Florida" (1996).
In the area of naval history, Gannon is the author of the bestseller
"Operation Drumbeat" (1990), a history of Germany's first U-boat
operations along the American coast in World War II, and "Black
May" (1998), about the Allies' defeat of the German U-boat fleet
in May 1943. His "Pearl Harbor Betrayed," released in 2001, has
been called the most "authoritatively researched and documented
book yet written" on the Japanese attack of December 7, 1941. A
frequent commentator on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic
Explorer, and public television, Gannon is widely recognized as
one of America's foremost historians.
About the Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series is produced by the Center for Florida
History and sponsored by the FSC Alumni Association, the Robert
and Rose Stahl Criminology Lecture Series, and the Robert W. and
Susan E. McKnight Political Affairs Lecture Series. The program
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.