College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

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.

April 16 - “La Florida: The Coastal Borderland of the New World"

Through time, Pensacola has been a landscape defined by shifting borders. It is one of the oldest, key tactical positions in North America. The strategic history of Pensacola dates from the initial settlement attempt by Luna in 1559 through the various Spanish, British, French and American periods of occupation. The use of Florida's geography for critical military campaigns spans several wars, including the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Panelists will underscore the impact on indigenous populations displaced through these European settlements and border wars. Florida's geography was also critical for European trade, agriculture and exploitation of natural resources, and harboring of fugitive slaves. In many ways, it was a wild and contested borderland.

This interdisciplinary panel featuring two UWF faculty experts and two guest speakers will examine the important roles of Northwest Florida in determining the geographic border of the New World. Panelists will address the fascinating history behind defining Florida as a discrete territory. And they will conclude by highlighting the contemporary relevance of border disputes in Florida. At a very local level, territorial disputes continue to shape the coastal landscape - this time focusing on the fight between waterfront property owners and the general public over beach access.


  • Tuesday, April 16
    Museum of Commerce, 201 Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL
    5:30 p.m. - Reception 
  • 6-7 p.m. - Panel Presentation

The reception and panel lecture are free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required, but seating is limited to a first come, first serve basis.

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Founders Week 

This event is being held in partnership with UWF Founders Week. 

Installment Sponsors and Partners

This event is presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and UWF Equity & Diversity. It is also funded in part, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series.

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2018-2019 Lectures


  • September 21, 2018
  • “Stone’s Throw: On Borders, Boundaries, and the Beyond
  • October 11, 2018
  • "Cultural Commodities:The Transformation of African Spiritual Objects"
  • January 31, 2019
  • "Art as Grit: The Siege of Leningrad in Poetry and Music"
  • April 16, 2019
  • "Defining and Defending the Borders of la Florida​"