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Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series

The University of West Florida College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presents the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series showcasing scholars of outstanding prominence who promote the value and role of the Liberal Arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture.

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Ron Finley, Gangsta Gardener. Photo credit: Fallen Fruit

2017-2017 Featured Speaker: Ron Finley, “Gangsta Gardener”

Question everything, especially where the food on your table comes from.

That was one of the messages that Ron Finley, known as the “Gangsta Gardener,” told the crowd Wednesday at the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. The UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presents the lecture series held at the Museum of Commerce.

“We need to care where our food comes from, and that’s one of the reasons I started growing my own food,” Finley said. “Because I got tired of being in my community and seeing all the people on medications and people sick.”

Finley planted organic vegetables in front of his home in South Central Los Angeles in 2010 and since then has helped usher in a revolution for community gardening. His mission has grown beyond his Los Angeles home and focuses as much on changing culture as it does on growing organic food... Read more from the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. 

2016-2017 Lectures

October 6, 2016
Associate Professor Philosophy, Bucknell University 
Magic: Enjoying the Impossible
November 15, 2016
Award-Winning Contemporary Poet 
Different Languages, Different Names: Poetry as a Universal Fact and the Power of Translation
February 1, 2017
Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, Faculty Panel  
Archaeology of the Luna Expedition in Pensacola 
March 3, 2017* 
Associate Professor of Fine Art, Rutgers University, and Interdisciplinary Artist  
Art and Science: Transdisciplinary Collaboration
Guests are welcome to join for drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 5:30-6 p.m. Lectures are from 6-7 p.m.
Experience UWF Downtown is free and open to the public; lectures are held at Pensacola's Historic Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street.
To learn more about Experience UWF Downtown, contact or (850) 474-3227. 


Please revisit this site for information regarding the 2017-2018 lecture schedule. 

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