pursue academic projects
LAKELAND, Fla. (May 8,
2003) - Florida Southern College faculty and staff engage in extracurricular
academic pursuits throughout the year, giving presentations, publishing
articles, and attending conferences. Following is a summary of their
Dr. James M. Denham, professor of history, was invited to speak
at the Society of Florida Archivists Conference April 30. Denham
discussed "Documenting Florida's History: A Look at Polk County
History." Denham's book, "Cracker Times and Pioneer Lives: The Florida
Reminiscences of George Gillett Keen and Sarah Pamela Williams"
(Columbia: University of S.C. Press, 2003), co-authored with Canter
Brown, Jr., has been released in paperback.
Mary Flekke, instructional services librarian, attended the Society
of Florida Archivists Conference April 30, presenting a speech on
"Documenting Florida's History." The society's membership chair
since 1999, Flekke begins serving as president for 2003-2004.
Randall M. MacDonald, collection development librarian, and Andrew
L. Pearson, library director, published their essay "Seeking: Enthusiastic
Artists" in the Greenwood Press volume "Expectations of Librarians
in the 21st Century," (April 2003).
Dr. Susan Opt, communication professor, participated in the Popular
Cultural Association Conference in New Orleans April 16-19, presenting
"The Continuing Voyage of NASA in Film" and "Film VII: As Seen in
the Movies: NYC, USOs, NASA."
Dr. Mary Pharr, English professor, attended the 24th International
Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
in March. She was invited to serve as a panelist on "A Century of
Vampire Film and Fiction."
Dr. Rebecca Saulsbury, English professor, attended the American
Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting in San Diego April
3-6. She presented a paper on "Cross-Cultural Conversion of the
'Foreign' Body in Maria S. Cummins' 'El Fureidis.'"
Dr. Claudia Slate, English professor, has been selected to attend
a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute for College
and University Teachers at Harvard University July 7 - Aug. 1. The
institute's topic, "African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil
Rights, 1866 to 1965," introduces teachers to new and recent scholarship
that will enable them to integrate this history into the mainstream
of U.S. history.
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.