The University of Florida’s

Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

(founded in 2005 and launched in 2009)

invites you to the

Celebration of its Ten-Year Anniversary

April 5, 2019


Welcome, Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida

Introduction, Steve Seibert, Executive Director, Florida Humanities Council

Keynote, Jon Parrish Peede, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities


Presentation of Humanities Projects



NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede’s previous positions include publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) at the University of Virginia, literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts, counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, director of the NEA Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience program, director of the NEA Big Read program, director of communications at Millsaps College, and editor at Mercer University Press with a focus on the humanities.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Workshop and Office Hours

with Jeff Hardwick
Deputy Director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities

Join the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF Office of Research, and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a grant workshop from 11am-12pm, with additional office hours from 9:30-10:30 and 12:30-1:30 for individuals interested in discussing specific funding programs. This workshop will provide guidance on current funding opportunities in the humanities offered by NEH, including faculty research and writing fellowships, digital humanities, collaborative research grants, summer seminars and institutes, and library and preservation programs.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 4:00pm, Walker 201D 

Knowledge and Law in the Caribbean

  • Matthew Strickland (History) “Civilizing Slaves: Imperialism, Anglicanism, and African Slavery on Codrington Plantation” 

Matthew Strickland’s presentation discusses the lives of enslaved people on Codrington Plantation on Barbados and the role of religious conversion that occurred there from 1710 to emancipation in 1838. Mr. Strickland focuses on the period when the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts owned the two sugar plantations. The following questions animate his research project about religious imperialism: How did the encounter with African slavery inform the Society’s theology of race and how did the enslaved Africans perceive their place within this imperial order? Analyzing a range of sources, including financial records, letters, and sermons, Mr. Strickland argues that the Society developed a civilizing mission as a precursor to religious conversion. By “civilizing” enslaved people, Anglican clergy believed slavery could be domesticated for British imperial interests.

  • Tameka Samuels-Jones (Sociology and Criminology & Law) “Regulatory Law and Local Stakeholder influences on Green Crime in the Blue Mountains, Jamaica” 

Tameka Samuels-Jones’s talk addresses questions about conflicting state regulations and indigenous cultural beliefs in the Blue and John Crow Mountains of Jamaica. The region has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, yet it is threatened by illegal deforestation, water pollution, and poaching. Ms. Samuels-Jones focuses on three groups in the area, the Marrons, Rastafarians, and local coffee farmers, and their relationship to the State law. Based on methodologies in Green Cultural Criminology, her research project provides insight into the cultural and legal factors that determine how to govern natural resources successfully.