Pulitzer Prize-winning author returns for Florida Southern Lecture Series

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The Florida Lecture Series lineup at Florida Southern College includes a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and guest speakers covering topics such as the Florida banking crash of the 1920s and the Beatles’ 1964 excursion to the state.

The college announced the six speakers who will appear in the 2022-2023 series, produced by the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History.

The series opens on September 15 with a return visit from University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis. Davis will talk about his recently released book, “The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird.” It will explore the history and meaning of the raptor, sharing stories of the founding fathers, raptor hunters, and rescuers of the bird that serves as America’s national symbol.

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Davis won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2018 book, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.” He is also the author of “An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century”. Davis’ work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Atlantic Magazine.

Raymond Vickers will give a talk on October 5 entitled “Panic in Paradise: The Florida Banking Crash of 1926”.

Vickers, a lawyer and professor at Florida State University, will discuss the banking meltdown, a pivotal national disaster linked to Florida’s land boom in the 1920s that contributed to the New York stock market crash of 1929, according to a press release. of the FSC. .

The lecture will draw on Vickers’ 1994 book, “Panic in Paradise,” the product of long-term research and successful lawsuits to compel the disclosure of sealed documents. Vickers is also the author of “Panic in the Loop: Chicago’s Banking Crisis of 1932”.

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David L. Powell, a writer from Tallahassee, will appear Nov. 17 for a talk titled “Ninety Miles and a Lifetime Away: Memories of Early Cuban Exiles.”

Powell, a former Associated Press reporter, practiced law for 30 years. In his work and through civic organizations, he met many Cuban Americans and was moved by their life stories, according to the press release.

Powell began recording interviews with Cuban Americans in 2016, first in Florida and later elsewhere. His book, published this year, explores the story of the 600,000 Cubans who came to this country in the 15 years since Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.

Claire Strom, a professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, will give a talk entitled “Violence in the Rural South: Murder, Ticks and Cows” on January 26.

A specialist in the history of agriculture, the American South, the progressive era and public health, Strom holds the Rapetti-Trunzo Chair of History at Rollins College. His lecture will cover the period when mandatory treatment for tick eradication from cattle provoked resistance and sometimes violence in remote rural areas of the South.

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Many cattle ranchers perceived a double threat in the mandates – additional costs and the imposition of government expertise that conflicted with their notions of freedom. Strom examines this frustrating story while uncovering the human drama of the story.

Strom is the recipient of the Gladys L. Baker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Agricultural History Society. She is the author of numerous books and essays, including “Making Catfish Bait out of Government Boys: The Fight Against Cattle Ticks and the Transformation of the Yeoman South”.

Rick Norcross, a Vermont-based musician and journalist, will give a talk on February 16 titled “From Florida Southern College in London to Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Elton John and Mick Jagger: An Evening of Songs, Stories and Rock from close “. & Roll Photographs.

Norcross came to Florida Southern as a student nearly 60 years ago. He quickly won the “Hootenanny Contest” at the Polk Theater and within a year opened The Other Room, a Greenwich Village-style cafe just off the Florida Southern campus.

After playing in England’s folk clubs in 1965, Norcross returned to Florida to study journalism at the University of South Florida and covered the music scene for the Tampa Times from 1969 to 1974. Norcross interviewed and photographed stars such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, the Byrds, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard, Elton John, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

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Norcross now works in Burlington, Vermont, where he fronts his award-winning seven-piece western swing band, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers.

Music will once again be the motif as the series concludes on March 16 with a returning appearance from Bob Kealing, an Orlando-based writer.

Kealing will discuss material from his upcoming book, “Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida.” The author uncovered a little-known connection between The Beatles, Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights activism in Northeast Florida, according to the release.

Kealing’s book is based on dozens of new interviews and access to rare primary source documents and letters from the Beatles and their entourage. The Beatles spent nearly two weeks in Florida on their historic 1964 tour, which included a concert at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

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Kealing is the author of five books on Florida culture and history, including “Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock.” He is a former television reporter for an Orlando station.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Events will take place in the Branscomb Auditorium and begin at 7 p.m., with the exception of the Strom Lecture, which will take place in the Hollis Room. For more information call 863-680-3001

Gary White can be reached at [email protected] or 863-802-7518. Follow on Twitter @garywhite13.

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