TERM LECTURES

This program focuses on a diverse selection of the interviewees—from artists, writers and entertainers to educators, activists and entrepreneurs—and demonstrates the complexity of Florida’s history and culture. You’ll hear stories from people you’ve probably heard of—Burt Reynolds, Shaquille O’Neil, Carl Hiaasen, for example—and people you might not know yet, such as George Allen, the first African-American student to graduate from the University of Florida’s law school; Mary Ann Carroll, the only female artist among the original Florida Highwaymen painters; Louise Gopher, a Seminole Tribe elder; and Patrick Smith, author of A Land Remembered, the iconic historical novel of Florida.

WINTER 2022

“Florida Listening Tour” with Art Levy

Thursday, Feb.24 • 3-4:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Gold Member: Free (pre-registration required)
Silver Member & General Admission: $15

Art Levy

Since 2007, Art Levy’s primary job at Florida Trend magazine has been traveling the state, interviewing prominent Floridians for the magazine’s Icon feature. The more than 130 interviews reveal a different side of Florida than the “Weird Florida” and “Florida Man” versions that have become so widespread in popular culture today.

Art Levy, a former reporter and feature writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, is an associate  editor of Florida Trend, a statewide news and business magazine based in St. Petersburg. A 1984 graduate of the University of Florida, his newspaper and magazine stories have earned more than 25 awards. He is the author of the University Press of Florida’s Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State, a compilation of 90 of the interviews he  did for Florida Trend. His next book will be about Florida’s public gardens.

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