Let’s Talk About Florida – Dreams in the New Century
April 2024 TBD
LET’S TALK ABOUT FLORIDA – Zoom Book Discussion
Join in a lively conversation about Florida history as depicted in literature about Florida. Free and open to all. Register online to get a Zoom link. Event registration coming soon.
Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point by Gary Mormino
To have lived in Florida between 2000 and 2010 was to be an eyewitness to history. From the presidential election of 2000 to terrorist cells embedded in Hollywood and Pompano Beach, from four hurricanes in 2004 to algae blooms and increasing alarm over the Everglades and water, from Ponzi schemes and the culture of flipping to foreclosure boat tours of Cape Coral and “For Sale” signs in Lehigh Acres, from the Deepwater Horizon and Silver Springs to the Zika virus and coral bleaching, from “Por Salvar a Elian!” to “Stand Your Ground,” from “Tim Tebow for President” bumper stickers to scandals and last-place finishes, Florida seemed to be the center of the universe. Perhaps the most head-slapping moment occurred in 2010, when demographers forecast that very soon Florida would surpass New York as the nation’s third-largest state. Almost one in ten Florida residents once called New York home. Florida is the Petri Dish State.
Moderator: Author Gary R. Mormino
More Information: About the Author
Gary Mormino, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus at USF is a prolific writer and author of a wide range of academic and popular books. Dr. Mormino received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and has taught at USF since 1977. In 2023 the Florida Humanities Council named him its first Humanist of the Year. .
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