Author and Professor Kevin Boyle to speak at FSC’s Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2006) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes Kevin Boyle to the Florida Lecture Series on Feb. 9. Boyle will discuss “Arc of Justice: Bartow’s Ossian Sweet, Clarence Darrow and the Fight for Racial Equality in America” 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. A book signing will follow the lecture.
A specialist in twentieth century American history, Boyle earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and in 2003 was appointed professor of history at Ohio State University. His most recent book, “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age” (New York, 2004), won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 2004 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
“We are delighted to have Professor Boyle, the Robert and Rose Stahl Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, with us to help celebrate Black History Month at Florida Southern,” notes James M. Denham, director of FSC Center for Florida History. His book, “Arc of Justice,” is a compelling saga of one man’s struggle for justice and equality in Jazz Age America. And it all begins right here in Polk County, Florida.”
Boyle is the author of two additional books on American history and his articles have appeared in Diplomatic History, The Journal of American History, Labor History, The Michigan Historical Review and various anthologies. He has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Boyle has lectured and held teaching appointments at the University College Dublin, Ireland, Harvard University and other universities.
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