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Index of Seminars

A Water Ethic for Florida - Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia BarnettThrough a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, Cynthia Barnett presented “A Water Ethic for Florida” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m., in Building B, Room 204, on the SFSC Highlands Campus. 

Barnett’s presentation at SFSC examined water as a unifying force with the potential to build an environmental ethos across generations.

She is an author of popular books on water and climate change including “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History,” which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Barnett is an Environmental Journalist in Residence at the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Journalism and Communications and an Environmental Fellow at UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service, where she works on Environmental Civics: helping develop the service, civic engagement and leadership ethos needed to make progress on the profound challenges facing the world and us.

Barnett earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism, her master’s in environmental history, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan specializing in freshwater resources. She is the recipient of numerous journalism and book awards and just finished her fourth book, a story of humanity and seashells.

Florida Dreams Amid the Storms: An Environmental History of Modern Florida - Dr. Gary Mormino

Dr. Gary R. MorminoThrough a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, Dr. Gary R. Mormino presented “Florida Dreams Amid the Storms: An Environmental History of Modern Florida” on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m., in Building B, Room 204, on the SFSC Highlands Campus. 

Dr. Mormino presented an environmental overview of Florida and discussed the eco-system of the Lake Wales Ridge. The Lake Wales Ridge runs approximately 150 miles, from Highlands County in the south through Lake County in the north, and provides habitat for 21 federally listed plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

Dr. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall professor emeritus of Florida history at the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg and the scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council. He is the recipient of the 2015 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. Two decades ago, he began to research a social history of modern Florida. Published in 2005, his book, “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida,” follows the rapid development and growth of Florida in the 20th century. Dr. Mormino has written several op-eds for the Tampa Bay Times that urge Floridians to help restore and preserve the state’s natural environment.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and began teaching at USF in 1977. In 2003, the Florida Humanities Council named him its first Humanist of the Year.

African-American Diaspora in Florida -- Dr. Anthony Dixon

Dr. Anthony E. Dixon

Through a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, SFSC offered a presentation called “African-American Diaspora in Florida” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., in Building B, Room 206, on the Highlands Campus. 

Dr. Anthony E. Dixon was the presenter for “African-American Diaspora in Florida.” This thoroughly researched, wide-ranging talk focused on the multitude of important economic contributions made by members of the diaspora. He identified and described a number of diverse communities making up the diaspora, thus countering the monolithic view of African-American history so often assumed by white audiences. The contributions of Bahamanian, Jamaican, Haitian, and other African-descended peoples were discussed, as well as the hidden history of the Florida Maroons and Black Seminoles.

In 1994, Dr. Dixon received a Bachelor of Science in History with a minor in African-American Studies from Florida A&M University. In 2001, he received a Master of Applied Social Science from Florida A&M University with a concentration in History. In 2007, he was awarded his doctorate from Indiana University’s History Department where he majored in the African Diaspora. His studies included African-American history and African history, with a minor in Library Science/Special Collections and Archives. Dr. Dixon is a native of Fort Valley, GA.

Dr. Dixon is the founder and president of Archival and Historical Research Associates, L.L.C., field director for the Florida African-American Heritage Preservation Network, and adjunct professor of History at Florida A&M University.


Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980 -- Dr. J. Michael Butler

Dr. Mike ButlerDr. Mike Butler presented “Confederate Imagery and Police Brutality: Racial Unrest and the Long Civil Rights Movement in one Florida Community” in the final seminar of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) series on Thursday, Nov. 16, 4-6 p.m., in Building B, Room 202, Highlands Campus.

Dr. Butler is a professor of history at Flagler College. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Spring Hill College, a Jesuit college in Mobile, Ala., where he was a President’s Scholar. He received both his master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century southern history with an emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement.

Zora Neale Hurston and Eatonville --Dr. Anna Lillios

Dr. Anna Lillios is an English Professor at the University of Central Florida. She teaches a variety of Literature courses. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Lilios is an accomplished author. Her latest book, "Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings," and her essay compilation, Lawrence Durrell and the Greek World are two of her most notable works.

Stetson Kennedy: The Quiet Florida Legend -- Dr. Ron Cooper


Dr. Ron L. Cooper is a Senior Professor in Philosophy and Humanities at the College of Central Florida.

Progressive-Era Women, Women’s Clubs and the Conservation Movement in Florida-- Dr. Leslie Kemp Poole

Dr. Leslie Kemp Poole is an environmental historian at Rollins College where she teaches a range of courses, including environmental history, environmental justice, and women and the environment. 

The Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida: Its Consequence and Implications-- Dr. Robert Cassanello

Dr. Robert Cassanello is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Florida. He describes himself as a “social historian interested in public history.”

Florida's Antebellum Frontier: White, Black and Native American - Dr. James M. Denham

 Dr. James M. Denham is a professor of history and director of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College.

Florida's Spanish-Indian Missions, 1565-1763: New Lives in an Old World - Dr. Jerald T. Milanich

Dr. Jerald T. Milanch

Jerald T. Milanich is an American anthropologist and archaeologist, specializing in Native American culture in Florida. He is Curator Emeritus of Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida in Gainesville; Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida; and Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Milanich holds a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Florida.

When Worlds Collided: The European Invasion of Florida in the Sixteenth Century - Dr. Jerald T. Milanich

Dr. Jerald T. Milanch

Following Columbus’s voyages, the Spanish crown sanctioned expeditions to explore North America. Numerous  voyages undertaken between 1513-1559 were informed by maps and navigation information provided by royal cosmographers. Early attempts failed, doomed by storms, bad decisions, and opposition by the native population. Dr. Jerald T. Milanich charts these expeditions in order to reconstruct the social geography of the region referred to as La Florida