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Spring 2012


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

Miami-Dade Public School Teacher Workshops

Monthly Saturday workshops at UM on different conference topics for Miami-Dade Public School teachers.

"The New World and the Search for Eternal Youth: A Visual History"

Mallory O’Connor, Santa Fe College (Art History)
Saturday September 24th, 2011 
10 am - 12 pm

MM110 (Memorial Bldg.), University of Miami



"The Immortal Fountain: The Fountain of Youth in Art and Myth" will show examples of art works (both fine art and popular culture) that use the Fountain story for inspiration and will demonstrate how the art reflects the


‌role of the Fountain story in the evolution of Florida's identity as a place for rejuvenation and restoration. The presentation will focus on five topics: the origins of the Fountain of Youth legend; the role of the Fountain story in early European exploration (especially the legends surrounding Juan Ponce de León); the use of theFountain legend by Florida communities to attract tourists; the popularity of the Fountain in advertising and popular culture; and the use of the Fountain story by contemporary Florida artists.

A workbook will be included for use in the classroom.


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"The Cuban Tradition of 'el lector' in Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics"

Lillian Manzor, University of Miami (Modern Languages and Literatures)

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

10 am - 12 pm

Cuban Heritage Collection, 2nd Floor, Richter Library, University of Miami



Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz uses the tradition of the “lector” or reader in


his play, Anna in the Tropics. The tradition of lectors reading out load in cigar factories started in Cuba in


‌1864 and it was introduced in Florida in 1868 with the migration of Cuban cigar factory workers. The first half of this workshop will focus on a discussion of the lectors, their role in the education of factory workers, in the creation of multiethnic communities, and in the labor movement in Tampa. The second half will analyze Cruz’ play focusing on his poetic transformations and adaptations of history and literature. We will be using primary resources at the Cuban Heritage Collection, along with photographs and oral histories of lectors.

Participants are encouraged to read Nilo Cruz, Anna in the Tropics, and part two of El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader, by Araceli Tinajero, especially the section on Tampa.

Anna in the Tropics Study Guide

The Best Stage Scenes of 2005 - Anna Conchita & Juan Julian
  The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2003-2004, Essay by Christine Dolen

  The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2005

  "Workshop Graduates" and "Workers in Exile" - Key West

  "Workshop Graduates" and "Workers in Exile" - Tampa

  Luisa Capetillo: Lectora in Puerto Rico, Tampa, and New York


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“Blacks in Florida History”

Marvin Dunn, Scholar-in-Residence at Camillus House of Miami

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

10 am - 12 pm

MM110 (Memorial Bldg.), University of Miami



The presentation “Blacks in Florida History” will include a pictorial history of the involvement of

people of African descent in the history of Florida from the arrival of the Spanish in 1513 to the civil rights era.  More than 200 photographs


‌‌‌and ‌images will be presented covering a variety of topics such as blacks in Florida during the colonial period, slavery, reconstruction, anti-black violence, education, work and daily life in early Florida.


Participants are encouraged to read The African American Heritage of Florida by David R. Colburn and Jane L. Landers.

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Parking is free of charge on Saturdays.

For maps and directions to the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus please click here.


Flyers will be distributed at the workshops with campus and nearby lunch options.