Rollins College is hosting a free lecture program on Florida’s Golden Age: 1880-1930 on Friday, February 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:45

Speakers will present a series of lectures on how the State of Florida evolved from one of the smallest Southern states into a booming center for tourism.

Speakers include Florida Poet Laureate Peter Mainke, American historian Gary Mormino, Florida Frontiers host Ben Brotemarkle, historian Chris Madrid French, preservationist Arva Moore Parks, professor Jack E. Davis, and Rollins professors Leslie Poole, Bruce Stephenson, Julian Chambliss, Paul Stephenson, Jack Lane, and Maurice O’Sullivan. Topics discussed include Spanish Colonial architecture, the creation of Coral Gables, and more.

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Session I: Keynote (9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.)

Welcome: Grant Cornwell, President, Rollins College

Introduction: Peter Meinke, Florida Poet Laureate

Keynote: Gary Mormino, Frank E. Duckwell Professor of History

Emeritus, University of South Florida, and Author of Land of

            Sunshine, State of Dreams

Moderator: Jack Lane, Rollins College Historian and Editor of The

            Florida Reader


Session II: The Man Made Environment (10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

Speaker I: Arva Moore Parks McCabe, Author of Miami, The Magic

                                    City and George Merrick’s Coral Gables

Speaker II: Bruce Stephenson, Rollins Professor of Environmental

Studies and Author of John Nolen, Urban Planner and

                                    Landscape Architect

Moderator: Chris Madrid French, Executive Director, Casa Feliz


Lunch Break (11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.)


Session III: The Natural Environment (1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)

Speaker I: Jack E. Davis, University of Florida Professor of History and

Author of Paradise Lost and An Everglades Providence

Speaker II: Leslie Poole, Rollins Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

and Author of Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century

Moderator: Paul Stephenson, Rollins Associate Professor of Biology


Session IV: The Cultural Environment (2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

Speaker I: Ben Brotemarkle, Executive Director, Florida Historical

Society and Host of Florida Frontiers

Speaker II: Maurice J. O’Sullivan, Kenneth Curry Professor of

Literature at Rollins and Editor of The Florida Reader and

Florida in Poetry

Moderator: Julian Chambliss, Rollins Professor of History and Author

of Age of Heroes: Eras of Men


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