This program at the Tampa Bay History Center will examine 500 years of Hispanic influence on the state of Florida. Rachel A. May, co-editor of La Florida-Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence, will moderate a discussion on this subject along with panelists Jorge Duany (Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University), Jane Landers (Vanderbilt Professor of History), and Gary Mormino (Frank E. Duckwall professor emeritus of history at USFSP and the scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council). The panel will take place on October 7, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:00pm. The Tampa Bay History Center is located at 801 Old Water Street, Tampa, Florida.
Professor May is director and associate professor of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean Latin American Studies and International Human Rights at the University of South Florida. The panel discussion will lead listeners — who are encouraged to participate in the conversation — to observe how La Florida first emerged as an elusive possession of Spain, up to our state’s current history and its role as a modern transatlantic crossroad.
Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the TBHC Endowment Fund at USF with media sponsorship from WUSF Public Broadcasting. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the Tampa Bay History Center.