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Kenan Lecture Series and Other Upcoming Speakers

This lecture series is presented by our Kenan Distinguished Professors. All Kenan lectures are free and open to the public for in-person participation. Seating for all of the below events are first come first serve.

Nicole Seymour
Nicole Seymour

Nicole Seymour

Associate Professor of English at California State University

Feeling Deep Trans Time

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023, at 6:00 pm

Location: Crisp Ellert Art Museum (48 Sevilla St.)

Nicole Seymour works at the intersection of environmental politics and queer politics, with a particular focus on the role of aesthetics and affects in related movements. She is the author of Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination (University of Illinois Press, 2013), which won the 2015 Book Award for Ecocriticism from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, and Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), which was included in the Chicago Review of Books’ list of the “Best Nature Writing of 2018.” Her newest book, Glitter (Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series, 2022), offers an environmental-cultural history of a substance often dismissed as frivolous. Dr. Seymour recently held fellowships at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently Associate Professor of English and Graduate Advisor for Environmental Studies at California State University, Fullerton.


Terry Ann Scott
Terry Ann Scott

Dr. Terry Anne Scott

Director, The Institute of Common Power

Patrolling the Boundaries of Race through Lynching, Then and Now

Date: March 30, 2023, 6:00 pm

Location: Flagler Room (Ponce De Leon Hall, 74 King Street, St Augustine, Fl 32084)

Dr. Terry Anne Scott is an award-winning historian, author, and speaker. She left her position as an associate professor of American history and Chair of the Department of History at Hood College in Maryland, to become the Director of the Institute for Common Power. Dr. Scott earned her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago, where she was awarded a fellowship from the University’s Board of Trustees. She received a master’s degree with distinction from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Scott’s research interests focus largely on urban history, the intersection of sports and race, African American social and cultural history, and political and social movements.

She is the author of several books, including Lynching and Leisure: Race and the Transformation of Mob Violence in Texas and the forthcoming From Bed-Stuy to the Hall of Fame: The Unexpected Life of Lenny Wilkens. She is also the editor of Seattle Sports: Play, Identity, and Pursuit in the Emerald City. Additionally, Dr. Scott serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Sports History.

Dr. Scott regularly lectures about race, sports, social movements, and voting rights at venues across the country. Additionally, she is regularly featured on regional and national media programs. For instance, she appears frequently on the Baltimore National Public Radio (NPR) station. Dr. Scott is a featured historian in several episodes of the History Channel’s “I Was There.” She is also featured in the Firelight Media documentary “Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day,” which received a 2022 NAACP Image Award and a 2022 Peabody nomination.


Benjamin Pollock
Benjamin Pollock

Dr. Benjamin Pollock

Making Sense of Scientific Research: Lessons from Health Services Research Learned from the Covid-19 Pandemic

Date: April 11th, 2023

Time: TBD
Location: Virginia Room

Dr. Pollock is the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for the Science of Quality Measurement, an Assistant Professor of Health Services Research, and an Associate Consultant I, Division of Health Care Delivery Research at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Dr. Pollock received his MSPH from John's Hopkins and his Ph.D. from Tulane in Epidemiology.

Previous Speakers

Nicole Seymour
Nicole Seymour

Nicole Seymour

Associate Professor at Cal State

Tuesday, March 7th, 2022, 6:00 pm

Location: Crisp Ellert Museum (48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, FL 32084)


Joseph Hartman

Tuesday, March 30th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (Map)

Hurricanes are not solely catastrophic meteorological events. They also effectively made the complex visual cultures of the greater Caribbean. This essay examines, in particular, how hurricanes have framed modern art histories of the region, alongside narratives of imperialism, racism, and disaster capitalism. The discussion opens with Winslow Homer’s series of watercolor paintings made in the Bahamas circa 1899. Of particular importance is his work After the Hurricane. Identified only as a “luckless man,” the image depicts a half-nude, Black male subject, whose unconscious (or perhaps deceased) body has washed ashore along with his wrecked craft after a recent storm. Scholars have commented on the painting’s formal characteristics -- its “frothy” waves and “surprising” green strokes. Yet, the main figure has received relatively little attention. Analysis of Homer’s watercolor exposes the often overlooked and ongoing cultural life of hurricanes in Caribbean art and society. The image is a synecdoche, revealing how “natural disasters” have disproportionately affected communities of color within both colonialist and capitalist social structures. Taken alongside earlier images of Atlantic storms, such as J.M.W’s Turner’s Slave Ship of 1840, a counter-formalist history of art, environment, race and racism emerges, rooting back to the plantation economies of the colonial period; and projecting forward to the inequities of our present-day climate crisis. Angelika Wallace-Whitfield’s post-Dorian humanitarian project Hope is A Weapon: Bahamas Strong (2019) thus concludes our discussion, showing us how art may serve to combat, as it once recorded, the historic effects of human-made catastrophe, climate change, and capitalism today.


Joseph R Hartman is an assistant professor of art history and Latinx and Latin American studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hartman specializes in the visual culture and built environments of the greater Caribbean. He is author of Dictator’s Dreamscape: How Architecture and Vision Built Machado’s Cuba and Invented Modern Havana (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), and editor of the volume Imperial Islands: Art, Architecture, and Visual Experience in the US Insular Empire after 1898 (University of Hawaii Press, 2021). His research has been supported among others by the University of Missouri Research Board, the Graham Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society.


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Michael Ray Charles 

Michael Ray Charles

Thursday, October 14, 2021 

Time: 6:00 p.m. 


Michael Ray Charles is a contemporary American painter. His work explores historic African American stereotypes from the Antebellum South, appropriating images from advertising and pop culture to expose the underlying racism prevalent in contemporary culture. Charles creates a mimetic vocabulary of cultural, racial, and historicized images to subvert those themes and explore surviving caricatures that continue to appear in popular media, such as Aunt Jemima or Sambo. Born in Lafayette, LA in 1967, he went on to earn his BFA from McNeese State University and his MFA from the University of Houston. He was appointed as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting in 2014 at the University of Houston's School of Art, and he has exhibited internationally, notably in the Austin Museum of Art, the Knox Art Gallery, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Dawn Roe

Dawn squats in the shallows of a body of water washing materials. A rainstorm can be seen in the background.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. 


Conditions for an Unfinished Work of Mourning: Descent

Conditions for an Unfinished Work of Mourning is a long-term, site-responsive series drawing on the dormant pathos embedded within lands occupied by human and nonhuman dwellers while searching for evidence of resilience. The project’s third volume, Descent, moves from terrain to water as a means of thinking through how we, along with fish and other organisms, find ways of being and living together within the midst of a global climate crisis impacting our shared resources and, subsequently, our relations.

Dawn Roe works with still photographs and digital video in both singular and combined forms. Her projects explore photo-based practice as a mode of representation allowing for poetic and critical engagement through perceptual studies of sites, locations, and situations that are sought out, constructed, or simply happened upon. Dawn serves as Professor of Art at Rollins College. 

Dawn’s talk is a part of “Ways of Seeing Climate Change,” a series of talks and exhibitions to take place at Flagler College between 2021-2024. The series intends to foster critical and timely discussions on how visual representation informs our understanding of climate change, environmental justice, and our hopes and fears about the planet’s future. The series is funded in part by the Kenan Family Foundation.

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