Mark your calendar for the next Florida Humanities Council Speakers Series: acclaimed author Dr. Roger Smith returns to Edison Ford to discuss a fascinating and little-known aspect of Florida history. Smith will discuss “the shadier side of East and West Florida” during the American revolution. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Early American History and Atlantic World Studies from the University of Florida in 2011, received the Aschoff Fellowship Dissertation Award and the Jack and Celia Proctor Award in Southern History, and now teaches American history at Flagler College.
Generously sponsored in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, this five-part series exploring Florida history and culture continues with talks in February and March.
Thursday, February 28 at 6 p.m.: “Florida Soul Music Heritage”
University of Tampa professor and “Florida Soul” author, John Capouya, will discuss the history of soul music in Florida and provide music samples.
Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m.: “Florida’s Female Pioneers”
Award-winning author and lecturer, Dr. Peggy MacDonald, highlights some of the women who have shaped the unique culture and history of the sunshine state.
“As a passionate advocate for continuing education, and a lifelong learner herself, Mina Edison believed wholeheartedly in the transformative power of education in the lives of individuals, for the success of the community,” said Michael A. Flanders, President and CEO of Edison and Ford Winter Estates. “The support from the FHC, which makes the Florida Humanities Speaker Series possible, allows Edison Ford to bring people together as a community in order to explore a shared past and engage in important conversations about Florida’s rich culture and history.”
FHC partners with community organizations around the state. Support for the Speaker Series is provided by the FHC with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
Admission to each event is free for Edison Ford members and $5 for future members. Tours of the homes, museum and laboratory are not included. Some of the authors will have their books available for sale and signing. Light refreshments will be served.
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is an accessible site. For more information, call (239) 334-7419.