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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 Advisory Committee

Viviana Díaz Balsera Project director for the conference, Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Miami
    Colonial Mexico

Joe Adler Producing Artistic Director, GableStage, Coral Gables, Florida

Robert Brazofsky Curriculum Supervisor in Social Studies, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Amy T. Bushnell Adjunct Associate Professor, Brown University and John Carter Brown Library
     American and Latin American colonial history; mission and frontier studies

Anne J. Cruz Professor of Spanish, University of Miami 
    Early modern Spain and transatlantic studies

Maite de la Torre Program Coordinator, Centro Cultural Español-Miami (sponsored by the Ministry of Exterior Affairs of Spain)

Joanne Hyppolite Chief Curator, History Miami (the former Historical Museum of South Florida)

Jane Landers Professor of History, Vanderbilt University 
    African-American settlements in Spanish colonial Florida

Jerald T. Milanich Curator in Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
    Native American cultures and places of the southeastern United States 

Marilyn J. Neff Associate Dean of Planning, Communications, and External Relations, School of Education, University of Miami

Juan Pan-Montojo Professor of History, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid
    Postcolonialism and Spain  

Diane Roberts Professor of English, Florida State University, journalist for the New York Times, political columnist for the St. Petersburg Times (Florida), commentator for NPR.

Emilio Sánchez President, España-Florida Foundation 500 YRS.

 Alex Stepick Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies; Director, Immigration and Ethnicity Institute; Acting Director, Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy, Florida International University
    Comparative immigration, social justice, race and ethnic relations in Florida

Mihoko Suzuki Professor of English; Director, University of Miami Center for the Humanities

‌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