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Sunday Lecture Series 2024

Our Spring 2024 lectures are presented in advance of and alongside the Smithsonian's "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America," funded through a Museums on Mainstreet Grant from Florida Humanities.


Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.


Racial Subordination & the Meaning of Democracy

      David Ponton III, Ph.D.

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After the Civil War, Florida's leaders enacted new schemes to prevent black families from exercising their right to vote. Through the law and acts of domestic terror, Black Floridians witnessed the undoing of the promise of emancipation. What can historical and contemporary exploration of racial power in Florida and beyond teach us about the meaning of the law, the limits of democracy, and the grand significance of Black Americans' long struggle for civil rights now and for the future? Dr. Ponton is Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, University of South Florida.

Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m.

Politicking Politely: Women Making a Difference in the 1960s and 1970s.

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      Kimberly Voss, Ph.D.

This presentation includes the relatively unknown stories of six important women who laid the foundation for improving women’s equality in the U.S. While they largely worked behind the scenes, they made a significant impact. In the group are two female political operatives who worked behind the scenes along with several female journalists who also worked within the government to advance women’s rights during the 1950s through the 1970s. Dr. Voss is Professor of Communication & Media, University of Central Florida.

Sunday, May. 5,  2 p.m.

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The Act that Ruined America, and How to Fix It

      Philip Levy, Ph.D.

 A little known and rarely discussed bit of 1920s congressional legislation is at the core of what so many decry as dysfunction in American governance. This talk looks at that law and ways to change it. Dr. Levy is Professor of History,  University of South Florida.

Sunday, May 19,  2 p.m.

Contemporary Challenges to Im/migrant Rights

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Elizabeth Aranda, Ph.D.

 This talk discusses the current political climate engulfing im/migrants’ lives, challenging their rights to work, to obtain health care, to travel, to worship in community, and to carry on with their everyday lives. Recent laws, instilling fear in im/migrant communities, have led some to simply leave the state. This talk will discuss the implications of these laws and what we all stand to lose.   Dr.  Aranda is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Immigrant Well-Being Research Center, University of South Florida.

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