Florida Lecture Series
begins 2003-2004 season
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2003) - Florida
Southern College's Center for Florida History presents its 2003-2004
Florida Lecture Series with six guest speakers, beginning Sept.
25 and concluding March 4. The lectures will take place at 7 p.m.
in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on the FSC campus. The schedule
of events is listed below. All lectures are free and open to the
"Once again, we are extremely pleased to bring the Florida Lecture
Series to our students, faculty, and friends in Lakeland and the
greater Tampa Bay area. This year's series promises to be one of
our finest," noted James M. Denham, Director of the Center for Florida
History and FSC history professor.
Sept. 25: Dr. Michael Gannon, a professor emeritus of history
at the University of Florida, will deliver a "History of Florida
in Forty Minutes." Gannon has written several books, including the
bestseller "Operation Drumbeat" (1990), a history of German U-boat
operations along the American coast during World War II. He is considered
the foremost authority on the Catholic Church in Florida and is
widely recognized as one of America's foremost historians.
Oct. 9: Drs. David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler, history professors,
discuss their book, "Old Hickory's War: Andrew Jackson and the First
Seminole War." The Heidlers have collaborated on many editing projects
and have co-authored two other books. David Heidler conducts distance-learning
classes for the University of Southern Colorado. Jeanne Heidler
is a professor of history at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Nov. 13: J. Hyatt Brown, chairman and CEO of Brown &
Brown, Inc. will discuss "The Politics of Democracy and Where It's
Taking Florida." Brown was elected to the Florida House of Representatives
in 1972 and served as speaker from 1978-80. Considered an outstanding
businessman, Brown built his family's insurance company into one
of the largest publicly owned insurance brokers in the country.
He has won numerous awards and was named to the "Top 10 Leaders
& Successful CEOs for 2001" by Investor's Business Daily.
Jan. 29: Dr. Vernon Burton, a professor of history and sociology
at the University of Illinois, Urbana, discusses "A Southerner's
Civil War." Born in Royston, Ga., Burton is one of America's premier
historians and sociologists of the American South. He is the author
or editor of more than one hundred articles and seven books, including
a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and has received fellowships from numerous
Feb. 19: Dr. Vivien Miller, a principal lecturer in American
studies at Middlesex University, London, will discuss "From Martin
Tabert to Cool Hand Luke: Race, Masculinity, and Prisoner Life in
Florida in the First Half of the 20th Century." Miller is author
of "Crime, Sexual Violence, and Clemency: Florida's Pardon Board
and Penal System in the Progressive Era" (2000). A second book is
slated for publication in 2005.
March 4: Patrick D. Smith, a writer from Merritt Island,
Fla., will discuss "Florida: 'A Land Remembered.'" Smith is considered
one of Florida's greatest writers of fiction. His novels include
"The River is Home," "The Beginning," "Forever Island," "Angel City,"
"Allapattah," and "A Land Remembered." He has won numerous awards,
including the Gold Medal of the International Mark Twain Society,
and has received nominations for Pulitzer and Nobel prizes.
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.