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Morgan Greig at Archivo General de Simancas

Student wins graduate history award, conducts research in Spain on de Soto expedition to Tampa Bay

Morgan Greig won the 2021 Leland Hawes Graduate Student Essay Prize in Florida Studies and is currently in Spain searching the archives for additional source material for his master's thesis about the Hernando de Soto expedition to Florida.

October 1, 2021Campus News

Jon Wilson.

Alumnus contribution chronicling history of local African American communities honored with key to the city

In 2002, journalist Jon Wilson heard about African American residents and businesses being displaced in the historic 22nd South Street corridor of St. Petersburg. What started as a singular piece on the changing character of a community would turn into nearly two decades of chronicling the African American experience.

September 23, 2021Campus News

Michael Francis

Governor appoints professor to Florida Historical Commission

Michael Francis, the Hough Family Endowed Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, was named to the Florida Historical Commission along with four others on September 3. Francis is known for his groundbreaking research and archival work on early Spanish Florida.

September 22, 2021Campus News

Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth commemorates the day when 250,000 slaves in the state of Texas, which became the last bastion for slavery during the final days of the Civil War, were declared free by the U.S. Army.

Juneteenth: The complicated history, significance and celebration around the struggle for freedom

Juneteenth has become the most well-known celebration for the ending of slavery in the United States and viewed by some as America’s second Independence Day. But the history of this important celebration is complex and often misunderstood.

June 16, 2021Campus News, Events

Kopytoff spent the past several years doing archival research in Senegal and France on laws, court cases, elections and protests to explore how citizenship evolved.

Professor receives National Endowment for Humanities grant for research into citizenship and identity

History Instructor Larissa Kopytoff has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to continue research into the evolving ideas of citizenship and identity in colonial and post-colonial Africa.

May 17, 2021Research and Innovation

Seal of the President of the United States

Celebrating President’s Day: A conversation about the American presidency, then and now

In honor of President’s Day and to learn more about how the role of U.S. president has evolved, we turned to USF St. Petersburg campus Political Science Professor Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan.

February 15, 2021Campus News

Zion Cemetery

Research project to recover, engage public on lost history of African American burial grounds in Tampa Bay

A research project funded by a University of South Florida anti-racism initiative is seeking to recover and reimagine the forgotten history of a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries that have been lost to history, neglected, abandoned, even paved over and developed on.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

Ray Arsenault giving a talk

Decorated Civil Rights historian and campus champion Ray Arsenault to retire

Ray Arsenault compiled a remarkable record as a teacher and historian of civil rights and the South, while playing a vital role in the transformation of the USF campus by the bay.

September 17, 2020Campus News

Outside of the Williams and Snell Houses

Historical preservation grant will help restore the 130-year-old Williams House

The Florida Division of Historical Resources has awarded USF’s St. Petersburg campus a grant towards the preservation of the John C. Williams House, a historic building nestled behind oak trees on University Way.

July 22, 2020Campus News

George Floyd mural

Then and Now: Civil Rights Professors Weigh in on the Historic Parallels of the Black Lives Matter Movement

For the past month, demonstrators around the world have protested police brutality following the killings of black Americans such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade.

June 26, 2020Research and Innovation

Digital view of an old book

National Archives Awards $250,000 Grant to La Florida: Interactive Digital Archives of the AmericasArticle Title

La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archives of the Americas housed at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg received a $250,000 major initiatives grant from the National Archives.

February 18, 2020Research and Innovation

Cover of the Freedom Riders book

From Oprah to Opera: The Journey of Historian Raymond Arsenault’s Book “Freedom Riders”

The acclaimed book “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice” by USF St. Petersburg historian Raymond Arsenault, which was the basis for a PBS documentary that won three Emmy Awards, has now played a part in an opera.

February 5, 2020Research and Innovation

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