Vivien Miller, lecturer
in American studies,
to speak at FSC's Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 6,
2004) - Florida Southern College's Center for Florida History welcomes
Dr. Vivien Miller, principal lecturer in American studies at Middlesex
University, London, to the Florida Lecture Series Feb. 19. Miller,
the Robert A. Stahl Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, will discuss
"From Martin Tabert to Cool Hand Luke: Race, Masculinity, and Prisoner
Life in Florida in the First Half of the 20th Century." The lecture
will start at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus.
"I am delighted to have Vivien Miller with us. No scholar has done
more to uncover and explain Florida's penal system during the Gilded
Age and Progressive Era than Dr. Miller," said James M. Denham,
Director of the FSC Center for Florida History.
Miller completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Newcastle
Upon Tyne and her master's at Florida State University. She went
on to complete her doctorate in history at the Open University in
Milton Keynes, England. Her book "Crime, Sexual Violence, and Clemency:
Florida's Pardon Board and Penal System in the Progressive Era,"
was published by the University Press of Florida in 2000. Her current
research focuses on race, gender, and class issues in southern punishment
and penal practices in the first half of the 20th century, as well
as gender and the politics of capital punishment. A second book,
"The Prison Farm and the Chain Gang: Race, Gender and Punishment
in Twentieth-Century Florida," will be published by the University
Press of Florida in 2005. Miller resides in London with her husband
and daughter and makes frequent research trips to Florida.
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.