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Carlson to Speak About her New Book, 'Africa in Florida'


Posted 04/24/2014
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Robin Poynor and Amanda Carlson, co-editors of "Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State" (University Press of Florida, 2014).
Robin Poynor and Amanda Carlson, co-editors of "Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State" (University Press of Florida, 2014).

Lecture by Amanda Carlson, associate professor of art history, Hartford Art School

Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State

Date: Monday, April 28

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: East Hall 220

Associate Professor of Art History Amanda Carlson 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 Carlson’s blog, “From Book to Blog: Africa in Florida”.

Monday's event is free and open to the public. Additional information about the event is available directly from Amanda Carlson (amcarlson@hartford.edu).

Robin Poynor and Amanda Carlson, co-editors of "Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State" (University Press of Florida, 2014).
Robin Poynor and Amanda Carlson, co-editors of "Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State" (University Press of Florida, 2014).