Reno opens FSC's Florida Lecture Series
(Sept. 26, 2001) - Florida Southern College will host former U.S.
Attorney General Janet Reno as the college begins its 2001-2002
Florida Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 27. "A Conversation
with Janet Reno" will start at 7 p.m. in Branscomb Auditorium
on the FSC campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors
will open at 6 p.m.
delighted to have Janet Reno open this year's Florida Lecture Series,"
said Dr. James M. Denham, FSC history professor and director of
the lecture series. "Ms. Reno's experiences, accomplishments,
and insights in and about Florida make her an excellent choice.
She is a great Floridian!"
first female U.S. attorney general, Reno was born in Miami in 1938,
growing up in a remote, 21-acre family homestead not far from the
Florida Everglades. Reno attended Coral Gables High School, where
she starred as a state high school debating champion. After earning
a degree in chemistry from Cornell University in 1960, she enrolled
at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1963. In 1971, Reno was named
staff director of the Judiciary Committee of the Florida House of
Representatives and helped to revise the Florida court system. In
1978 she was elected Dade County District Attorney, winning re-election
to that office for four consecutive terms. The Miami Herald wrote
of her in 1988: "Of the qualities most important in the prosecutor
of a community awash in drug profits, none rank higher than integrity.
On that point, Ms. Reno is, and has always been, beyond suspicion."
years as attorney general for President Bill Clinton, Reno retired
in 2001 to South Florida and continues to play an active role in
Florida's governmental affairs.
Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series 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. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Florida Southern is a private, four-year, 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.
NOTE TO REPORTERS:
We have an area in the front of Branscomb Auditorium sectioned off
specifically for the media. We're not requiring credentials for
the event, but ask that you please contact Robin Grafton at (863)
680-4118 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.