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Spring 2012

Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts, and Exchanges

A public conference commemorating the five hundredth anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de León on Florida shores

FEBRUARY 9-11, 2012

The public is invited. Admission is free of charge.


Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Storer Auditorium

7:00 p.m. (Reception Following)

“On the Trail of Texts from Early Spanish Florida” 

- Keynote Speaker:  Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, Distinguished Professor of Spanish, Graduate Center and City College, City University of New York

Friday, February 10, 2012


8:30-9:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast


9:00-10:30 a.m. - Panel 1: Encounters and Exchanges

Moderator: Traci Ardren, University of Miami

“Prelude to La Florida: The Material World of Ponce de Ln and his Contemporaries in America, 1493-1513"

- Kathleen Deagan, Florida Museum of Natural History

“When Worlds Collided: Juan Ponce de León and the Florida Indians
- Jerald T. Milanich, Florida Museum of Natural History

“Deserted and of Little Benefit? The La Florida of Explorers and Conquerors, 1500-1600”
- Paul E. Hoffman, Louisiana State University


10:30-10:45 a.m.  Break


10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  - Panel 2: Conflicts

              Moderator: Robin Bachin, University of Miami

“‘A Land Renowned for War’: Florida as a Maritime Marchland: 1565-1715”

- Amy T. Bushnell, Brown University

“The Most Contending Corner: The Empires and the Indians, 1710-1820”
- Eva Botella-Ordinas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and
  Josep Maria Fradera, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

“The Experience of a Loss: Spain, Florida and the US in the 19th Century”
- Carmen de la Guardia Herrero, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


12:15-1:45 p.m.  Lunch

1:45-3:00 p.m.  Breakout Sessions

“The Curious Case of the Conflicting Accounts of the Sack of St. Augustine in 1668”- School of Business Room 208

Amy T. Bushnell, Brown University

“Early Florida Cartography” - CAS Gallery

Susan Danforth, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

“Modern by Tradition: Innovations within Seminole Material Culture” - School of Business Room 302

Andrew Frank, Florida State University

“Spanish Women in St. Augustine, 1565-1763”

- Aresty Graduate Building Room 530

Yolanda Gamboa, Florida Atlantic University

“Legacies: Five Hundred Years of Florida History from the UM Special Collections”

Otto G. Richter Library

3:00-3:15 p.m.  Break 


3:15-4:30 p.m.  - Florida History Roundtable
Moderator: Arva Moore Parks, Coral Gables Museum

Eva Botella-Ordinas, Amy T. Bushnell, Carmen de la Guardia Herrero, Kathleen Deagan, Paul E. Hoffman, Jerald T. Milanich


4:30-5:30 p.m.  - Refreshments


6:00 p.m. 

"Miami: Still on the Edge?"

- Keynote Speaker:  Alex Stepick, Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies; Director, Immigration & Ethnicity Institute; Acting Director, Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy, Florida International University


Saturday, February 11, 2012


9:00-9:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast


9:30-11:00 a.m.  - Panel 3: Haven

              Moderator: Kate Ramsey, University of Miami

“‘Giving Liberty to All...’ : Spanish Florida as a Black Sanctuary”

Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University

“The Cuban Transformation of Miami and the Transformation of the Cuban Community in Miami”
Susan Eckstein, Boston University

“The Haitian Diaspora in Florida”
Michel Laguerre, University of California-Berkeley


11:00-11:15 a.m.  Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

“Golden Age Theater and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”

- School of Business Room 208

Anne J. Cruz, University of Miami

“Florida Highwaymen Artists” - School of Business Rm 302

Gary Monroe, Daytona State College

“Food and Culture in Florida” - CAS Gallery

Andrew T. Huse, University of South Florida


"National Trends in History Education: How Do Miami-Dade Public Schools Compare?" 
- Aresty Graduate Business Building (AGB) Room 530

Robert Brazofsky, Miami Dade Public Schools

“Legacies: Five Hundred Years of Florida History from the UM Special Collections”

Otto G. Richter Library

12:30-1:45 p.m.  Lunch
Lunch Options


1:45-3:15 p.m. - Panel 4: Transformations

Moderator: Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University

“Spanish International Cooperation in the Americas and South Florida: Reencounter or Reconquista”

George Yúdice, University of Miami

“Florida: A Regional Culture in the Making”
Raymond Arsenault, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg

“Miami: Mistress of the Americas”
Jan Nijman, University of Miami



3:15-3:30 p.m.  Break


3:30-5:00 p.m.  - Panel 5: Gateways to the Future

Moderator: Eliott Rodriguez, anchorman (CBS4 Miami)

“Florida and Spain: Ironies and Prospects of a Secular Relationship”
Alejandro Portes, Princeton University and University of Miami

“Florida, Media, and Culture”

Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

“Florida's Future: Horizons in Health and Education”
Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami



5:30-6:45 p.m.  Reception (sponsored by España-Florida Foundation 500 Years)



7:00 p.m. 

"Hail, God of Seeds!"

Joseph Adler, GableStage, Stage Director
Karen Kennedy, UM Frost Chorale, Music Director

Reading of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's "Hail, God of Seeds!" set to period music by Vicente Chavarría.

Teachers, Professors, and group leaders please note:  The conference is appropriate for ages high school and above. If you would like to attend as a group please contact our  group coordinator, Sarah Ritcheson at humanities@miami.edu or call 305.284.1580, to make arrangements.

‌Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities