ST. PETERSBURG, FL – On Monday, October 21, 2013, Canterbury School of Florida will host a lecture entitled “After Ponce” by Dr. J. Michael Francis, a leading expert on the Spanish colonial experience in Florida. Presented by the school’s International Studies Speaker Series, this lecture will explore Florida’s diverse colonial evolution, a time shrouded in myth, and bring to light new realities surrounding Florida’s often forgotten past.
Dr. J. Michael Francis is a world-renowned Florida studies expert and currently holds the Hough Family Endowed Chair in Florida Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge and has received more than two dozen national and international awards. Susan Hough Henry said, “He is a very engaging speaker, and his groundbreaking research in Florida history regarding the century before Jamestown and the pilgrims is fascinating.”
Dr. Francis’ lecture will take place on the Knowlton Campus at the Canterbury School of Florida, in the Dollinger Center for the Arts at 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by a brief Q&A session.
Gina Donovan, Director of International Studies at Canterbury School of Florida said, “With the 500th Anniversary of Ponce De Leon’s discovery of La Florida, we are thrilled to debut our Speaker Series to the Tampa Bay community with Dr. Francis’ presentation on these exciting new discoveries in our state’s history.”
Founded in 1968, Canterbury School of Florida is a PK3 through Grade 12 co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school located on two campuses in St. Petersburg, Florida. The International Studies program at Canterbury began in 2008 and has grown to include a language lab, study-abroad opportunities, community service trips, student-exchange experiences, Model UN, and a Mandarin Chinese curriculum.