Dr. David Colburn, “Martin Luther King’s Non-violent Army Chooses St. Augustine” Thurs, September 10th, 7 p.m. 450th Celebration Evenings@ Whitney Public Lecture
Please join us as Dr. David R. Colburn, Director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, will talk about the significance of St. Augustine to the national civil rights movement in the early 1960s and why Dr. King chose to lead demonstrations in the nation’s oldest city at the next Evenings at the Whitney public lecture series. Colburn’s teaching and research have focused on politics, race and ethnicity in Twentieth Century America. He was named teacher-of-the-year on three occasions and has authored or edited fourteen books, including: From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans (2013), Florida’s Megatrends with Lance deHaven-Smith (2010), and Racial Change and Community Crisis (1995) and has written over 250 essays on state, national and international politics.
He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, a professional organization of over 8,000 members, and as a Roads Scholar for the Florida Humanities Council, speaking internationally, nationally and statewide on history and politics. He has appeared on many news programs to discuss civil rights, race relations, state and national politics, and international political developments.
He formerly served as provost and senior vice president at the University of Florida, November, 1999 to January, 2005, Chairman of the Department of History, 1981-1989, and Vice Provost and Dean of the International Center at the University of Florida, 1997-1999.
Colburn served as President of the Florida Historical Society, Chair of the Florida Humanities Council, and Chair of the National Federation of State Humanities Council. In 2015, he was named the 2015 recipient of the Dorothy Dodd Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Historical Society for his scholarly writing.
He is a Vietnam Veteran and also served as a Fellow in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1997 where he worked on national and international issues. He was also the founder and director of the Reubin O’D. Askew Institute on Politics and Society at the University of Florida. In 1999, the Askew Institute received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Florida Board of Regents for its service to the State of Florida and the nation.
The Whitney Lab is excited to have Dr. Colburn here to speak to the community, as we celebrate the vast history of St. Augustine in its 450th year.
The Evenings at Whitney are a series of public lectures on current science topics or ongoing research at the Whitney Lab that brings experts in their field to our region.
Time/ Date: 7 pm, Thursday, September 10, 2015
Location: Center for Marine Studies at the
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine
located in the town of Marineland.
Lectures are free and open to the public. There is no charge for parking and reservations are not necessary.
The Evenings at Whitney are a series of lectures on current science topics or on-going research at the Whitney Lab. Speakers are recognized experts in their fields and encourage questions and discussion. Lectures are presented the first or second Thursday of each month, September through May.
The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a biomedical and biotechnology research institute of the University of Florida. It is composed of ten different internal labs that use marine organisms for basic biological research that can be applied to human health, natural resources and the environment. The Lab provides training for future experimental biologists, education programs for kindergarten through university level students and monthly lectures for the general public to bring lifelong learning to the community. It is located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, on the border of Flagler and St. Johns counties.