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Ideas & Images series continues with look at shared history with Cuba

Oct 19, 2018

On Oct. 25, Sherry Johnson, Ph.D, professor of history at Florida International University in Miami and research associate at the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, will share with the audience the ways in which Florida and Cuba connect. Her presentation, titled “Florida and Cuba: Five Centuries of Shared History and Culture” is part of Flagler College’s Ideas & Images series.

Johnson suspects that some will find certain points of her research to be surprising.

“One of the least known Cuban exile communities, Marti City, was in Ocala and had seven cigar factories - only Tampa and Jacksonville had more,” she said.

Flagler College’s Ideas & Images: Scholars and Artists-in-Residence program brings nationally and internationally-renowned experts to the campus, building on a tradition established when Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon served as an inspiration for stories, a haven for new ideas, a canvas for artistic endeavors, a showcase for new technology and a setting for athletic competitions. In its first decade, nearly 100 scholars and artists have participated in the program. This year’s series was specially created for the 50th anniversary of Flagler College, 1968-2018.

Johnson’s Oct. 25 presentation will be held in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall, located at 74 King Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Other Ideas & Images presentations for the academic year include:

Friday, October 26, 2018, 7 p.m., Solarium, Ponce de Leon Hall

Tibesar Lecture

Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, lectures begin at 9 a.m. each day, Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center

Colloquium on Culture and Religion in La Florida

Sponsors for the series in addition to Flagler College include: Casa Monica Hotel, National Park Service, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, The Joy McCann Foundation, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Florida’s Historic Coast, Flagler College Bookstore, and Florida Public Archaeology Network.

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