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Authors@UF Program and Project Management Guide: Events

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Steven Noll and David Tegeder

Ditch of Dreams:  The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future
Monday, February 17, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Smathers Library, Room 100

This work examines the long-standing effort to cut a canal across the Florida peninsula.  Controversy dogged consturction until it was permanently halted in 1971, though it took another 20 years for the project to be canceled.  Issues still remain.  This is a fascinating story of competing interests amid the changing political landscape of modern Florida.  

Lillian Guerra

Monday, October 28, 2013

3:00 p.m.

Latin American Collection Reference Room, 4th Floor

Smathers Library (East)


Lillian Guerra

Professor of History

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


[draft title, e.g., “Visions of Power in Cuba:  Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959 -  1971”]


Professor Lillian Guerra will ……..


The author of Visions of Power:  Revolution, Redemption and Resistance in Cuba, 1959-1971, among others, including an upcoming book, “Making Cuba revolutionary:  Hidden heros, Public Spectiacle and the War that Toppled Batista, 1947 – 1959” …..

Stephanie A. Smith

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

6:00 p.m.


Library West, Cafe Lounge, first floor opposite Starbucks


Stephanie A. Smith

Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor, 2012-2013

Associate Chair/Undergraduate Coordinator

Department of English


Reading and Conversation with the author of the WARPAINT trilogy:  Warpaint, Baby Rocket, and Content Burns.

    Light refreshments and finger food provided


Stephanie A. Smith is the author of Warpaint (Thames River Press, 2012), Household Words (Minnesota, 2006) Conceived By Liberty (Cornell 1995), Other Nature (MacMillan 1995) Snow-Eyes and The-Boy-Who-Was-Thrown-Away (Atheneum 1985/87).                                                        

Paul Ortiz, Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

February 5th, 2013

Dr. Paul Ortiz, Associate Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty, Latin American Studies and African American Studies

February 5th, 2013, 1pm
Smathers Library (East), Room 1A 

Further details TBA

Benjamin Hebblethwaite

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Impacting Haitian Creole:  A Language in Evolution

Authors@UF: A Conversation with Benjamin Hebblethwaite

2pm, Latin American Collection Reference Room, 4th floor

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Professor Hebblethwaite will discuss his fascinating work with the Haitian Creole language and Vodou songs, and the complex interweaving of Creole, French and English, and how publishing Creole texts impacts the oral haitian language. He is also the author of Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English. Hebblethwaite will share his perspective as a writer, linguist, and researcher, and invites discussion on these various and multidisicplinary topics.  

Hebblethwaite has just been awarded a major National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a collaborative project with Duke University and other national and international partners to improve understanding of the Haitian and Haitian-American spiritual tradition. The project will gather and researching all relevant audiovisual and textual sources of the Vodou communities. The sources will be made freely available online through the George A. Smathers Libraries' database: the Digital Library of the Caribbean.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2:00 p.m.

Latin American Collection Reference Room, 4th floor

Smathers Library (East - next to Library West)

Richard Scher

October 16

Why is it So Hard to Vote in America?

Authors@UF: A Conversation with Richard Scher

5:30-6:30 p.m., Smathers Library, Room 1A  

Are you voting in November?

Are you sure?

Many people think that going to the polls is all that's needed to vote. Richard Scher disagrees. Drawing from his award-winning new book, The Politics of Disenfranchisement, Scher discusses the tradition of restricting or denying voting rights to large numbers of Americans.

Scher will engage his audience in a conversation on historical voting barriers, like literacy tests and poll taxes, and more current obstacles, like the recent wave of state laws--including here in Florida--that restrict voting without a photo ID. A stimulating and informative hour on a controversial topic at the heart of American democracy and the 2012 elections.

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Florida.

Sponsored by the Smathers Libraries Campus Conversations.


Program Planning Group

David Schwieder, Principal

Shelley Arlen, American History Library Liaison

Cindy Craig, Sociology Library Liaison

Jim Cusick, Florida History Library Liaison

Richard Freeman, Library Liaison

Barbara Hood, PR Coordinator

Rebecca Jefferson, Coordinator and Jewish Studies Library Liaison

Jana Ronan, Humanities Library Liaison

Isabel Silver, Coordinator

Jenny Wondracek, Law Librarian


Dr. Richard K. Scher is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters, and five books: Florida's Gubernatorial Politics in the Twentieth Century (Co-authored with David R. Colburn, 1980); Politics in the New South: Republicanism, Race and leadership in the Twentieth Century (1992); Voting Rights and Democracy: The Law and Politics of Districting (Co-authored with John L. Mills and John J. Hotaling, 1996); The Modern Political Campaign: Mudslinging, Bombast and the Vitality of American Politics (1997); and The Politics of Disenfranchisement: Why is it So Hard to Vote in America? (2011). The Politics of Disenfranchisement was named a  2011 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Reviews Online.  


Leela Corman

July 18, 6:15 p.m


Authors@UF: A Conversation with Leela Corman

6.15-7:30 p.m., Architecture and Fine Arts Library

Unterzakhn has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Leela is a Jewish author and this book follows two Jewish sisters on New York's Lower East Side in the 1900s and 1920s.

Sponsored by the Smathers Libraries Campus Conversations

Program Planning Group:

Ann Lindell

Rebecca Jefferson, Jewish Studies

Barbara Hood, PR & Marketing

John Van Hook, English

Shelly Arlen, History

Richard Freeman, Anthropology

Colleen Seale, Women's Studies

Lourdes Santamaria-Wheeler, Exhbits

Norman Goda, Professor of Jewish Studies

February 22

Holocaust Perpetrators, Allied Intelligence and the Cold War

Authors@UF: An Evening with Norman J. W. Goda

6:00-7:00 p.m., Smathers Library, Room 1A

The Braman Professor of Holocaust Studies, Department of History, University of Florida
Sponsored by the Smathers Libraries Campus Conversations

Professor Norman J. W. Goda will talk about his book Hitler's Shadow and US Intelligence and the Nazis. The book investigates how and why numerous Nazi war criminals, including high officials of the Gestapo, escaped prosecution at the end of the Second World War. Professor Goda will share his perspective as a writer, historian and researcher. Q&A and discussion will follow. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend.

Program Planning Group:  

Rebecca Jefferson, Library Liaison: Jewish Studies Center, Hillel Student Group

Isabel Silver, Program Coordinator: Honors, Govt Docs, Latin American Studies Center, Graduate Students, catering

Barbara Hood, Publicity Coordinator

Patrick Reakes, Branch Chair:  Humanities Center, English Dept

Shelley Arlen, Library Liaison:  History and Anthropology

Alena Aissing, Library Liaison:  European Studies Center, International Center, German and Slavic Studies,  Groups

David Schweider, Library Liaison:  Political Science, Graham Center


Steven Noll and David Tegeder: February 2014

how to input READ poster?  

Lillian Guerra: October 28, 2013

Stephanie A. Smith: September 4, 2013

Paul Ortiz: February 2013

Benjamin Hebblethwaite: November 2012

An example of a book in Haitian Creole edited by Benjamin Hebblethwaite

Richard Scher: October 2012



Leela Corman: July 2012


Norman Goda: February 2012

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