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Sunday Lecture Series

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.

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Yard Birds: The Lives and Times of America’s Urban Chickens

      Philip Levy, Ph.D.

In 2009, the New Yorker declared chickens the "it bird" and heralded "the return of the backyard chicken."  Philip Levy, professor of history at USF,  mixes cultural history with husbandry to chronicle the weird and wonderful story of Americans’ urban chickens, from the streets of Brooklyn to council chambers in Albany to the beat of Key West’s Chicken Nuisance Patrol. Tampa has a special role in this story thanks to its laws protecting the birds of Ybor City. In this talk Levy provides the chickens' big picture and shares how city laws have changed over the years. Whether you have your own chickens, or just like them, this talk will help you see how vital they have been to city living. Books available for purchase.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

Race and War: Race Relations in Tampa during World War II

      Gary Mormino, Ph.D.


Join renowned Florida historian Gary Mormino for an enlightening talk about an often overlooked era in Tampa history. Pearl Harbor served as a siege gun in the history of modern Tampa. On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Tampa was a southern city of 108,000 inhabitants. A rigid color line defined race relations. But the war launched the first massive struggle for freedom and justice across the Deep South and America. African-American minister and teachers, soldiers and civilians launched a Double-V campaign: war against totalitarianism and fascism, but also war against racism and intolerance.

Dr. Mormino's talk is funded through a Florida Talks grant from:

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