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Flagler College Community Lecture Series to look at Yellow Journalism and the Spanish-American War

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September 20, 2011

The Flagler College Community Lecture Series continues on Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Dr. John Diviney, associate professor of Liberal Studies. His talk will be, "The Spanish-American War: You Furnish the Pictures and I'll Furnish the War."

"Yellow journalism was pervasive in the United States in the years preceding the war," said Diviney. "Hearst and Pulitzer both owned major newspapers in New York, and they were not averse to sensationalism. I'm looking at this culture and how it played into racial prejudices against blacks and Hispanics. These prejudices in large part fed the decision to go to war. The consequences on Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines were, of course, tremendous."

Diviney is a retired United States Army Major and has completed training missions in Panama, Colombia, Liberia and Buenos Aires. A decorated army veteran, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Widely published in academic and literary journals, Diviney teaches courses in Spanish and Hispanic literature, Latin American Studies and Latin American History.

The Flagler College Community Lecture Series was established in 2007 and offers educational and cultural opportunities to the St. Augustine community. Topics are provided by local experts and Flagler faculty. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for the semester. Active military personnel may attend at no charge.

Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required as space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception. Call (904) 819-6282 or visit www.flagler.edu/our-community for reservations or more information.