Patrick Smith, Florida
to speak at FSC's Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 20,
2004) - Florida Southern College's Center for Florida History welcomes
Patrick D. Smith, a writer from Merritt Island, Fla., to the Florida
Lecture Series March 4. The lecture will start at 7 p.m. in the
Branscomb Auditorium. Preceding the lecture, FSC will hold a fundraising
dinner, at which Smith will speak briefly. The dinner takes place
at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center of the Charles T. Thrift Jr. Building.
"We are excited to have Patrick Smith speak on 'Florida, A Land
Remembered,' said James M. Denham, Director of the FSC Center for
Florida History. "Mr. Smith has written novels that open our eyes
to the plight of the often-overlooked groups of our population.
He brings to the literary world a valued writing that presents truth
without the sensationalism of many novels. His belief 'that writers
should not only entertain but should also use their talent to illuminate
the unfortunate and unjust things in life and to thus enlighten
the human heart' is evident in his writings. What a way to conclude
our Florida Lecture Series for this season: dinner and a lecture
with Patrick D. Smith!"
A native of Mississippi, Smith, is considered one of Florida's greatest
writers of fiction. An author of international acclaim, Smith has
written eight novels including, "The River is Home," "The Beginning,"
"Forever Island," "Angel City," "Allapattah," and perhaps his most
well-known book, "A Land Remembered." Smith's novels have been translated
into many languages and have been produced into movies and screen
plays. During his long literary career Smith has earned many awards
and commendations, including nominations for Pulitzer and Nobel
prizes. He has won the Gold Medal of the International Mark Twain
Society, the Canadian Fiction Award, and the Southern Academy of
Letters, Arts, and Sciences Literary Award. In 2002 the Florida
Historical Society named Smith the "Greatest Living Floridian."
Smith lives in Merritt Island, Florida. He enjoys boating, gardening,
and exploring wildlife.
Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $25. Proceeds will benefit
the Center for Florida History and the Christina Rotary Club's Common
Ground Playground. For further information on the dinner, contact
Geri Sparks at 863-680-3001.
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.