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Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series

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.

Mícheál & Owen Ó Súilleabháin

March 9, ‘A Stór Mo Chroí, O’ Love of my Heart,' An Evening of Irish Song and Poetry

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series, in partnership with UWF's Music Hall Artist Series, presents ‘A Stór Mo Chroí, O’ Love of my Heart,’ an evening of Irish song and poetry with Irish brothers Mícheál & Owen Ó Súilleabháin, March 9, 2023.

“Ireland is a place in our imagination, as well as a tiny island in the North Atlantic Ocean. The vessel of Irish traditional song carries a deep wisdom expressing the giddy joys and poignant beauty of life. So, too, we share a powerful connection to spoken word and poetry.”

The Ó Súilleabháin brothers perform a repertoire of song and poetry that has been handed down to them from their family and wider Irish tradition. Their background in musicology, philosophy and wider academia gives their excellent musicianship a deep yet light-hearted insight. They are also brilliant entertainers, practicing hilarity as well as a deep reverence for the ground of tradition and innovation they inhabit. They have performed with Russell Crowe, The Chieftains, Sinead O Connor and Nigel Kennedy, to name a few. This concert will include a capella song, their own original songs and poetry. There is something for everyone at this special performance, the first by the brothers Ó Súilleabháin in Pensacola.

The Ó Súilleabháin brothers are engaged in a masterclass and performance series with the University of West Florida Dr. Grier Williams School of Music. They will play a central part in the annual Irish Experience, where arts-based UWF students have studied abroad in Ireland during the summer since 2014!

You can learn more about the brothers, their legendary mother Nóirín Ní Riain, and their tours of Ireland in 2023 at their website


‘A Stór Mo Chroí, O’ Love of my Heart'

March 9, 2023

6-7:30 p.m.; Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Old Christ Church, 405 S Adams St, Pensacola

Reception following at Museum of Commerce, 201 Zaragoza St, Pensacola.


Both the event and reception are free and open to the public. However, space is limited and tickets are required. Tickets can be secured at

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and is funded, in part, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series. Special thanks to the Pensacola Tiger Bay Club. 

Register in advance, here! 


April 1, Pensacola Bicycle Tour

Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network, the University of West Florida College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Ride More Bicycles, and Pensacola Bay Brewery to explore Pensacola's unique history, heritage, and bicycle!

This leisurely, 3-mile tour will explore Pensacola history and archaeology, shedding light on over 3,000 years of local heritage and culture. Along the way, we will discover the city’s original inhabitants, why Pensacola is Florida’s real first settlement, and the diverse people whose lives built the city we know today. Stops include St. Michael’s Cemetery, Veterans Memorial Park, Seville Square, and Historic Pensacola Village.

The tour group will meet at Fountain Park (on Main Street between S Adams Street and S Alcaniz Street) at 4 pm CT. Participation is free but the tour group is limited to 30 cyclists.

Pensacola Bay Brewery has also kindly offered discounted pints for a limited period after the tour for participants!

Requirements: Participants should be ages 12+ and must bring their own bicycle and helmet. Riders must wear a helmet and sign a University of West Florida program participation liability release form.

Space is limited to 30 participants; RSVPs are required!

Have questions? Please contact us at

Special thanks to the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Ride More Bicycles, and Pensacola Bay Brewery for their support!

Register online at Eventbrite, here! 


Text: STEAM, Dec. 16- April 19

STEAM: April 13 and 14

April 13: Jason Kelly Johnson

Jason Kelly Johnson, lead artist and founding design partner of FUTUREFORMS will be speaking, April 13th, as part of STEAM 2023. 

In 2021, FUTUREFORMS completed its installation of “Constellations” on UWF’s CFPA front lawn. The STEAM Public Art installation project was funded through the Next Big Thing program, led by Saunders in 2021. 

Kelly Johnson’s will deliver his talk as part of STEAM 2023, hosted by the Pensacola Museum of Art and will come on the heels of “Constellations” ribbon cutting and dedication. 

The piece merges digital craft and cutting-edge fabrication with data visualizations of abstract phenomena found in nature at a variety of scales. It creates a visual marker that acts as a portal into an invisible world of dynamic visual poetry inspired by ideas of science, art and technology.

Inspired by early studies and translations of animal locomotion using chronophotography and planetary motion simulations, “Constellations” uses geometry, light and shadow to create a meditative internal space that at night becomes a playful illuminated sculpture displaying constellations of motion. Read more, at 

Kelly Johnson’s talk will be held in University of West Florida’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Bldng 18, Rm 206) April 13th at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

April 14: The Art of Fieldwork with artist Claudia O'Steen

Two people carry a sculpture across a field

(Photo: "Living Water" by artist Claudia O'Steen)

Join the Pensacola Museum of Art and UWF Department of Art and Design for "The Art of Fieldwork" with artist Claudia O'Steen, Friday, April 14 . 

Claudia O’Steen and Aly Ogasian work collaboratively to produce multimedia, research based installations, incorporating sculptural elements, digital media, drawing, writing, and photography. Their work focuses on their relationship with the changing environment, and uses methodologies borrowed from citizen science to critique traditional notions of exploration and conquest.

O’Steen will discuss artistic fieldwork and the role that it plays in their work and will look at how artifacts and “data” collected from the landscape itself appear in their installation that was part of the Pensacola Museum of Art's 2023 STEAM Exhibition

The talk and reception will be held at Voices of Pensacola, 117 E Government St. The recpetion will begin at 6 p.m. and the talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and based on a first-come basis. 


September 16, 2022

An Evening with Clyde Butcher, Photographer & Conservationist

September 30, 2022

An Evening with Shannon Taggart, artist of “Séance

Visit this page for updated information on forthcoming installments in the 2022-2023 Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. 

October 15, 2022

Pensacola Historic Bike Tour

March 9, 2023

‘A Stór Mo Chroí, O’ Love of my Heart,' An Evening of Irish Song and Poetry

April 1, 2023

Pensacola Historic Bike Tour

April 14, 2022

"An Evening with Jad Abumrad, Creator of Radio Lab" 

March 31, 2022

"An Evening with Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Author of 'Maus'" - Virtual, via Zoom

March 8, 2022

"Finding Focus: The History, Use, and Benefits of the Labyrinth" - UWF Student Commons Auditorium  

5:30 -6:30 p.m. - Reception and walk; 6:30 - 8, Prorgram

November 18, 2021

Forensic Science Unearthed: Exploring Crime Scene and Laboratory Casework with a UWF Forensic Anthropologist"

October 7, 2021

"How Does the Pandemic End (and What Have We Learned)? Perspectives on COVID-19 and Beyond from Public Health, Medical Anthropology and Health Communication"

Installment Sponsors and Partners

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. It is also funded in part, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series.

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