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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.

Keynote Speakers:

‌‌Raquel Chang-Rodríguez

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez is Distinguished Professor of Spanish-American Literature and Culture, City College (CCNY) and Graduate Center and City University of New York (CUNY). Among her numerous publications are “Aquí, ninfas del sur, venid ligeras.” Voces poeticas virreinales (2008); Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and La Florida del Inca (2006); and La Palabra y la pluma en Primer nueva corónica y buen  gobierno  (2005). Professor Chang-Rodríguez is founding editor of the prize-winning journal Colonial Latin American Review. She is Profesora Honoraria, Universidad Nacional de San Marcos (Lima, Perú), and Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America.

Alex Stepick

Alex Stepick is Director of the Immigration and Ethnicity Institute and Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Florida International University. His publications include Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City (2009); Immigrant Faiths: Transforming Religious Life in America (2005); This Land Is Our Land: Power and Interethnic Relations in Miami (2003); and, with Alejandro Portes, City on the Edge: The Social Transformation of Miami (1993), which won the Anthony Leeds Award for Best Book in Urban Anthropology and the Robert E. Park Award for Best Book in Urban Sociology.

Panelists and Participants:

Joseph Adler

Joseph Adler is Producing Artistic Director of GableStage, which has been the recipient of  50 Carbonell Awards and 167 Carbonell nominations. Adler has been nominated 22 times for the Carbonell Award for Best Director, winning  eight times, twice for Best Director of a Musical. Mr. Adler has received the prestigious George Abbott Award, the Remy Award from the Theatre League of South Florida, and The Heart of the Arts Award presented by the New World School of the Arts, among other awards.

‌‌Raymond Arsenault

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History, University of South Florida. Among his publications are The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, The Lincoln Memorial and the Concert That Awakened America (2009); Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2006); Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida (2005); and The Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism and Civil Rights 1960-1968 (2002). His many awards include the C. O. Joline Prize in American History from Princeton University; The University of South Florida Charlton Tebeau Book Prize; The Florida Historical Society Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award; and the Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association.

‌Eva Botella-Ordinas

Eva Botella Ordinas is Professor in the Department of Modern History, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her publications include Debating Empires: The Atlantic Imperial Ideology;  Spain and Britain in  the Americas 1660s-1730s (2011);  Spain’s Monarchy: Theological Discourse, 1590-1685 (2006); and Study and Edition of Diego de Salazar’s Treatise on Military Things (2000). Professor Botella Ordinas has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Jean Monnet Fellow in History at the European Institute.

‌‌‌Robert Brazofsky

Robert C. Brazofsky is District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Social Sciences for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He has written articles for The Social Studies Sentinel, including “Adopt the World and Learn About It - Emphasizing Global Concerns in Social Studies,” and  “The Importance of Using Instructional Methods that Increase the Retention of Social Studies Content.” Mr. Brazofsky also contributed articles for Beginning Teacher Induction Programs.

Amy T. Bushnell

Amy T. Bushnell is Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Brown University and Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library. She is the co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan series “The Americas in the Modern Atlantic World.”  Her publications include Situado and Sabana: Spain’s Support System for the Presidio and Mission Provinces of Florida (1994); and The King’s Coffer: Proprietors of the Spanish Florida Treasury, 1565-1702 (1981). She edited Establishing Exceptionalism: Historiography and the Colonial Americas (1995).

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‌Anne J. Cruz

Anne J. Cruz is Acting Director of the University of Miami’s Center for the Humanities and Professor of Spanish and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami. She has recently edited Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World (2011); Chimalpahin’s Conquest: A Nahua Historian’s Rewriting of Francisco López de Gómara’s La Conquista de México (2010); and Disciplines on the Line: Feminist Research on Spanish, Latin American, and Latina Women (2008). Dr. Cruz has been awarded research fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Cleansing Mexican Antiquity: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and the loa to The Divine Narcissus" - Suggested reading for Professor Cruz's talk Golden Age Theater and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

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Susan Danforth

Susan L. Danforth is Assistant Librarian for Library Operations and Curator of Maps and Prints at the John Carter Brown Library. Among her publications are A Matter of Taste: Discrimination in Nineteenth-Century Book Collecting (2008) and Encountering the New World, 1493-1800 (1991).  Her recent exhibitions include Map Talk: A Conversation with Maps at the JCB (2010); and Intimate Hostility: A Century of Conflict between New England and New France (2008); and Champlain’s America: New England & New France/Champlain’s Dream at the Boston Public Library (2008).

Kathleen Deagan

Kathleen A. Deagan is Distinguished Research Curator Emerita, Florida Museum of Natural History; Lockwood Professor of Florida and Caribbean Archaeology; and Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida. Her publications include her coedition From Santa Elena to St. Augustine: Indigenous Ceramic Variability  (A.D. 1400-1700)(2009); Archaeology at America’s First European Town: La Isabela, 1493-1498 (2002); and La Isabela: Columbus’s Outpost Among the Tainos 1493-1498 (2002). She has received the Florida Anthropological Society Ripley P. Bullen Award, the Society for American Archaeology J.C. Harrington Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Historical Archaeology, and the Society for American Archaeology Presidential Recognition Award for her work on the National Historic Landmarks Committee.

Carmen de la Guardia Herrero

Frontiers and Boundaries in U.S. History (2004); “Toward a Republican Empire: The United States in North America ” in Memoria e identidades (2004); and Toward the Creation of the Federal Republic: Spain and the United States 1783-1789” Revista Complutense de Historia de América (2001). A visiting professor at Middlebury College, Professor de la Guardia Herrero was post-doctoral fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History for Research in the Rare Books Library, Columbia University.

‌Viviana Díaz Balsera

Viviana Díaz Balsera, Conference Director, is Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami. Her areas of interest are cultural translations, memory, writing, and performance in New World contact zones, and the constitution of colonial subjectivities. She is the author of Calderón y las quimeras de la culpa:  alegoría, seducción y resistencia en cinco autos sacramentales (1997); and The Pyramid Under the Cross:  Franciscan Discourses of Evangelization and the Nahua Christian Subject in Sixteenth-Century Mexico (2005) .

Marvin Dunn

Marvin Dunn is Scholar-in-Residence at Camillus House of Miami. He taught in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. He is the author of Black Miami in the Twentieth Century (1997); the co-author of The Miami Riots of 1980: Crossing the Bounds; and the director of three documentary films, Black Seminoles in the Bahamas: The Red Bays Story;  Murder on the Suwannee River: The Willie James Howard Story; and Rosewood Remembered.  In 1999, Dr. Dunn designed an extensive exhibit of the photographic history of blacks in Florida with a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

‌Susan Eckstein

Susan Eckstein is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Her most recent publications include The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the U.S and Their Homeland (2009); and What is Justice? Fighting for Fairness in Latin America, Struggles for Social Rights in Latin America (2003). The Immigrant Divide received the American Political Science Association Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Award for Best Book on Race, Ethnicity, Political Participation and Public Opinion (2010).

‌Andrew Frank

Andrew Frank is Associate Professor of History, Florida State University. He is the author of Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier (2005). He is also the editor of The Early Republic: People and Perspectives (2009); and The American Revolution: People and Perspectives (2007). His current projects include The Second Conquest: Indians, Settlers and Slaves on the Florida Frontier and Those Who Camp at a Distance: The Seminoles and Indians of Florida.

Yolanda Gamboa

Yolanda Gamboa is Associate Professor of Spanish Literature at Florida Atlantic University.  Her publications include Cartografía social en la narrativa de María de Zayas  (2009), and Consuming the Other, Creating the Self: The Cultural Implications of the Aztec’s Chocolate From Tirso de Molina to Agustín Moreto and Pedro Lanini y Sagredo” in  Crosscurrents: Translatlantic Perspectives of Early Modern Spanish and Spanish American Theater (2006). She is the translator of  Rafael Argullol’s El fin del mundo como obra de arte [The End of the World as a Work of Art](2005).

Paul E. Hoffman

Paul E. Hoffman is the Paul W. and Nancy W. Murrill Distinguished Professor and Professor of History at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He is the author of Florida's Frontiers. The Spanish Crown and the Defense of the Caribbean, 1535-1585 (2002), and A New Andalucia and a Way to the Orient: The American Southeast During the Sixteenth Century (1990; 2003), which won the Spanish Embassy’s “Spain and America in the Quincentennial of the Discovery” Competition, and the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. Florida’s Frontiers received the Gulf South Historical Association’s Book Award and was a History Book Club selection.

Andrew T. Huse

Andrew T. Huse is Librarian, University of South Florida Tampa Library Special Collections and Florida Studies Center and Instructor, USF Honors College. His publications include The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine (2009), and The University of South Florida: The First Fifty Years (2006). He has been a lecturer at the Florida Humanities Council’s Roads Scholar Program and the Florida Humanities Council Center for Teachers, the Florida State Museum, and various other venues.

‌Alberto Ibargüen

Alberto Ibargüen is President and CEO of the Knight Foundation. He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism. He is chairman of the board of the World Wide Web Foundation, and member of the boards of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Wesleyan University, Smith College, and the University of Miami. For his work to protect journalists in Latin America as part of the Inter American Press Association, he received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University.

Karen Kennedy

Karen Kennedy is Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the University of Miami. She was Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus and Orchestra for the past 5 five years. She will be festival conductor of  the “Passion of Italy” tour through KI Concerts, St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City, Rome, Italy (June 2012). She has published numerous teacher resource guides for Teaching Music through Performance in Choir (2011); and “A Commission to Commission,” The Troubadour: The Journal of ACDA Eastern Division (2009).

Michel Laguerre

Michel S. Laguerre is Professor of Social Anthropology/Afro-American Studies and Director of the Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a visiting scholar in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University and in the program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published Network Governance of Global Religions: Jerusalem, Rome, and Mecca (2011); Diaspora, Politics, and Globalization (2006); Diasporic Citizenship: Haitian Americans in Transnational America (1998); and Urban Poverty in the Caribbean: French Martinique as a Social Laboratory (1990).

‌Jane Landers

Jane Landers is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (2010); Black Society in Spanish Florida (1999); and Against the Odds: Free Blacks in the Slave Societies of the Americas (1996). Black Society in Spanish Florida was awarded the Frances B. Simkins Prize for Distinguished First Book in Southern History. She directs “Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies in Brazil, Cuba and the Circum-Caribbean,” which is digitizing the oldest black church records in the hemisphere.

‌Lillian Manzor

Lillian Manzor is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami. She has published Teatro venezolano del siglo XX (2008); Teatro cubano actual: Dramaturgia escrita en Estados Unidos (2005); Latinas on Stage (2000); and Borges/Escher, Cobra/CoBrA:  Un encuentro postmoderno (1996). In 2011 she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for “Cuban Theater Digital Archive,” which she directs.

Josep Maria Fradera

Josep Maria Fradera is Professor in the Departament d’Humanitats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.  He is a specialist on the Spanish and European empires from the 16th to the 20th centuries. He was an assistant researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and University of Chicago. He has published six books as sole author and contributed to many edited books.


‌Jerald T. Milanich

Jerald T. Milanich is an American anthropologist and archaeologist specializing in Native American culture in Florida. He is Curator of Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History; Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. His publications include Florida Indians and the Invasion from Europe (1995); Florida Indians from Ancient Times to the Present (1998); Frolicking Bears, Wet Vultures, And Other Oddities: A New York City Journalist in Nineteenth-Century Florida (2005); and Laboring in the fields of the Lord: Spanish missions and southeastern Indians (2006). Dr. Milanich won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Archaeological Council.

To read Professor Milanich's paper, Latitudes of Controversy: Charting Juan Ponce de León’s 1513 Voyage to Florida , please click below:

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Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe is a professor of art in the School of Photography at Daytona State College. His long-time interest in "outsider" and vernacular art spurred his research about the Highwaymen that resulted in the publishing of his book The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters (University Press of Florida, 2001). He has written other Florida art books, including Extraordinary Interpretations: Self-taught Florida Artists, a book that surveys contemporary folk artists. Professor Monroe has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Humanities Council, and the Fulbright Foundation.

To view his books, go to: www.upf.com/searchresult.asp?searchterm=monroe&searchtype=author&x=8&y=5

To learn about the Highwaymen in advance of the conference, go to: www.floridafolkart.net/folkart/folk_highway.htm

To see his photography, please visit: www.garymonroe.net

‌Jan Nijman

Jan Nijman, Professor Emeritus, University of Miami, is Director of the Urban Studies Program and Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His most recent publications include Miami: Mistress of the Americas (2010); Mumbai as a global city: A theoretical essay, A study of space in Mumbai's slums (2010); and The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography (2010). An elected member of the National Geographic Society, he is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Nystrom Award of the Association of American Geographers.

Mallory O' Connor

Mallory O’Connor is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Santa Fe College. Among her publications are “Liquid Muse: Art Inspired by the St. Johns Region” (2008); “Opening the Door to a New World: Mark Catesby in La Florida” (2003); and “The Great Alachua Savanna: A Visual History of Paynes Prairie” (1997). Her awards include the National League of American Pen Women Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts, as well as multiple Florida Humanities Council Scholars Grants.

Alejandro Portes

Alejandro Portes is currently Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Miami. He was the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University.  His many books include  Immigrant America: A Portrait (2006); Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation(2001) and Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (2001); and, with Alex Stepick, City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami (1993).  City on the Edge – the Transformation of Miami won the Robert Park Award for best book in urban sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for best book in urban anthropology in 1995. Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation received the 2002 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association and the 2002 W. I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki Award. In 2010 Dr. Portes received the ASA W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award.

Donna Shalala

Donna E. Shalala became Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001.  During her tenure, UM has solidified its position as one of 50 top U.S. research universities. She led Momentum: the Campaign for the University of Miami, among the first billion dollar capital campaigns that raised $1.4 billion in private support for the university’s endowment, academic, and research programs and facilities. An accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator, she was appointed by President Clinton in 1993 to serve as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human services (HHS), a position she held for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history.  Before that, she served in the Carter administration from 1977-80 as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  President Shalala has more than four dozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors.  In 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award; and in 2010 she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations; the National Academy of Education; the National Academy of Public Administration; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  She has held tenured professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987 and as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993.

‌George Yúdice

George Yúdice is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Latin American Studies at the University of Miami. Currently Interim Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, he directs the Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries.  His publications include Música, tecnología y experiencia (2007); The Expediency of Culture: The Uses of Culture in the Global Era (2003); and Cultural Policy (2002). He co-edited, with Jean Franco and Juan Flores, On Edge: The Crisis of Contemporary Latin American Culture, and  Contemporary Cuban Culture (1992). He is co-editor of the “Cultural Studies of the Americas” book series with the University of Minnesota Press. Professor Yúdice has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the US-Mexico Fund (FIDEICOMISO), and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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

Otto G. Richter Library

Guided tours will be presented through this exhibition which will highlight the rich and diverse history of Florida from the Spanish landfall until the present.  The exhibition includes materials from both the Richter Library Special Collections and the Cuban Heritage Collection.

‌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