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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.


Future Installments

We look forward to offering opportunites for scholarly, creative and intellectual dialogue in 2023-2024. Please continue visiting this page for updated information on the 2023-2024 seaon. 

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Alex Berenson

Reporting on the New Censorship: How to Stop the Internet from Killing Free Speech - Alex Berenson

The University of West Florida invites you to Experience UWF Downtown with Alex Berenson on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Commerce, downtown Pensacola.

Alex Berenson was a reporter for the New York Times from 1999 to 2010. Berenson now writes the Unreported Truths Substack and has written 13 novels and three nonfiction books. 

Berenson is emerging as one of the most prominent advocates of First Amendment principles against 21st-century modes of censorship. In his lecture “How to Stop the Internet from Killing Free Speech,” he will tell the story of his experience in the courts and what has come to light because of his case. 

Berenson rose to prominence during the pandemic as a dissenter who was de-platformed by social media companies. He challenged this censorship in the courts. During discovery, evidence emerged that several federal administrative agencies had been involved in the efforts to remove his voice from the public discourse. His court victories helped pave the way for the more prominent challenge to censorship by government agencies, before the Supreme Court this term in Murthy v. Missouri

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mr. Berenson at 6:00 p.m. The event will conclude with a Q&A and be livestreamed and recorded. Berenson's current book, Pandemia: How Coronavirus Hysteria Took Over Our Government, Rights, and Lives, will be available at this event for purchase and signing.

This installment of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series, the Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series, the Office of Campus Culture and Access, Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, Usha Kundu, MD College of Health, and the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club. 

*The Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series fosters dialogue on campus and in the community about the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press and association. It is made possible by a generous gift from the Jane G. and Fred K. Seligman Endowment.

For ADA Accommodations, please advise UWF at 850.474.2694 or 850.857.6158 (TTY), or visit uwf.edu/ADAforEvents.

Please register here to attend the in-person event at the Museum of Commerce.

Please use this link to access the Live Stream Event on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Dr. Peter Kraska

Police Militarization and America’s Punitive Turn: Lessons from the Field - Peter Kraska

The University of West Florida invites you to Experience UWF Downtown with Dr. Peter Kraska on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Commerce, downtown Pensacola.

Peter Kraska, Ph.D., is an eminent professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University and adjunct faculty at the University of West Florida. He is a leading scholar in police and criminal justice militarization, criminal justice theory, and mixed-methods research. With seven books and numerous articles to his name, his work has appeared in leading academic journals and media outlets worldwide, and his expertise has been sought after by academic and policy audiences alike.

Kraska’s lecture, “Police Militarization and America’s Punitive Turn: Lessons from the Field,” will begin at 6:00 p.m., following an open reception at 5:30 p.m. The event will conclude with a Q&A and will be recorded. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

This installment of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, the Department of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies, the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club, and is funded in part by the John C. Pace Symposium Series.

For ADA Accommodations, please advise UWF at 850.474.2694 or 850.857.6158 (TTY), or visit uwf.edu/ADAforEvents.

Please register here.

 

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Jefferson Cowie (Image credit: Madeleine Casad)

Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power - Jefferson Cowie

The University of West Florida invites you to Experience UWF Downtown with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jefferson Cowie on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the REX Theatre, downtown Pensacola.

Jefferson Cowie, the James G. Stahlman Chair in American History at Vanderbilt University, is an accomplished scholar and author whose work has received numerous awards and recognitions for shedding light on the complex intersections of American politics, labor, and society. In 2023, he won the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power. The book covers local fights against the federal government that support a version of American freedom that allows for oppression.

In addition to his academic work, Cowie's writing has been featured in a variety of popular outlets such as the New York Times, TIME magazine, and Foreign Affairs. Join us for an insightful discussion with Cowie as he shares his expertise on American history and politics.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mr. Cowie at 6:00 p.m. The event will conclude with a Q&A. Cowie's book, Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power, will be available for purchase and signing.

This installment of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, the Department of English, the John C. Pace Symposium Series, and the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club.

For ADA Accommodations, please advise UWF at 850.474.2694 or 850.857.6158 (TTY), or visit uwf.edu/ADAforEvents.

Please Register Here.

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Patrick J. Deneen

After Liberalism - Patrick J. Deneen

The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the Reubin O’D. Askew Department of Government proudly present the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series with Patrick J. Deneen on Monday, April 1, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Commerce, downtown Pensacola.

Patrick J. Deneen, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame will deliver this year's Askew Lecture, "After Liberalism." Deneen has achieved notoriety in recent years for his books, Why Liberalism Failed and Regime Change.

Deneen's recent work criticizes the political theory that has been the backbone of the international order for the last 500 years. If liberalism as our guiding political theory is now failing, what will emerge to take its place? This event promises to deliver a thought-provoking and timely discussion that will appeal to people from all walks of life. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with one of the most insightful political commentators of our time.

This event is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed and recorded. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by Prof. Deneen's lecture at 6:00 p.m. The event will conclude with Q & A and a book signing. Deneen's recent books, Why Liberalism Failed and Regime Change: Toward a Postliberal Future, will be available at this event for purchase and signing.

This installment of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, the Reubin O’D. Askew Department of Government, the John C. Pace Symposium Series, the Askew Lecture Series, and the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club. 

*The Askew Lecture Series is a downtown community talk on current political issues and public policy topics. The lecture honors the legacy of the late Governor of Florida, Reubin O’D. Askew, the department’s namesake. Governor Askew was a champion of civic engagement known for tackling vital public policy issues of the day.

For ADA Accommodations, please advise UWF at 850.474.2694 or 850.857.6158 (TTY), or visit uwf.edu/ADAforEvents.

Please register here.

 


Past Installments

We invite you to take a look at past installments of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. These installments represent the type of programming we look forward to offering in future seasons. 

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An Evening with David Earle, "Where all Good Flappers Go", November 16

Vivacious, charming, and irreverent, the flapper is a girl who knows how to have a roaring good time while simultaneously assailing the norms of society. She’s both a glittering object of delight and a woman embracing a newfound independence.

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series on November 16, 2023 featured UWF Professor and Chair of the Department of Art & Design, David Earle, discussing flapper authors of the 1920s and Where All Good Flappers Go, his recent collection of flapper stories principally sourced from jazz age magazines. The book -- the first ever collection dedicated to flapper stories -- includes favorite authors such as F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, but also recovers lost female authors published in the pulp magazines of the 1920s. 

Copies of David M. Earle’s book, Where All Good Flappers Go, are available for purchase at all major book sellers.

This installment was presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in partnership with the Pensacola Museum of Art

 

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Image courtesy of StarWound

StarWound in Concert, October 24

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series on October 24, 2023 featured the Athens, Greece-based, Anglophone band StarWound presenting “Interiors.” 

The show’s theme, “Interiors,” grew out of the isolation spawned during the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme has also expanded thematically to include a range of connotations related to “interiors.” 

Through their “rock cabaret” style, StarWound presented a philosophical and social reflection on the current human state. In the spirit of collaboration, the band based their lyrical compositions off of modern-day poetic works.

StarWound has ranked amongst 150 bands at the “YourBand” contest of the National Greek Radio and TV Company.

The October 24th show included poetic collaborations with UWF faculty and students, as well as work from previous collaborations on StarWound’s tour of U.S. universities. 

The event was held at the REX Theatre, 18 N. Palafox St., Pensacola. 

This installment was presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in partnership with the UWF Department of English. 

September 16, 2022

An Evening with Clyde Butcher, Photographer & Conservationist

View the recorded experience, here.

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 

View the recorded experience, here.

April 1, 2023

Pensacola Historic Bike Tour

April 13, 2023

Jason Kelly Johnson, STEAM

April 14, 2023

"The Art of Fieldwork" with Claudia O'Steen, STEAM

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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