Lecture by Amanda Carlson
Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State
Date: Monday, April 28th
Where: East Hall 220
Amanda Carlson (associate professor of art history) will discuss her recently published book, Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida, 2014), which is an interdisciplinary collection of essays co-edited with Robin Poynor (University of Florida). Free Africans, enslaved Africans, maroons, Black Seminoles, African Americans, Haitians, Afro-Cubans, Yoruba-Americans, and a myriad of recent immigrants from numerous countries in contemporary Africa have influenced Florida's history and culture. This collection of essays and art demonstrates that African experiences in America are not monolithic and explores how Florida both shapes and is shaped by the multiple African diasporas that move through it. In response to the 500th anniversary of documented African presence in Florida, this volume celebrates the ways in which Africans and people of African descent have shaped the history and visual culture of Florida and the United States. More information about this publication is available on Dr. Carlson’s blog “From Book to Blog: Africa in Florida” http://africaflorida.blogspot.com/.