Honors Program

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College of Arts & Sciences
USF St. Petersburg SNL100
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
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News & Events


November 7, 2013

"Violence, Memory and Heritage: Social Justice in Rosewood Florida"

Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant
Monmouth University

Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant


By 1900, Rosewood was a successful, predominantly African-American community in Levy County, Florida. The town's residents enjoyed a degree of prosperity rarely afforded black communities at the time. This came to an abrupt end on January 1, 1923, when a woman in the neighboring town of Sumner fabricated an interracial assault to hide her extramarital affair. In the ensuing violence, a number of residents were brutally murdered and the town burned to the ground. Roseood's black residents fled for their lives, never to return.

Join Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Assistant Professor of Archeology and Director of the GIS Program at Monmouth College as he discusses this dark period in Florida's past and it's impact on future generations. Visit Dr. Gonzalez-Tennant's website on this subject at www.virtualrosewood.com.


April 25, 2013

Christopher Browning, Ph.D.

"Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp"


photo christopher browning

Christopher Browning, Ph. D. shared his latest book, "Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp" to a packed house at the USC. Employing the rich testimony of survivors, Browning weaves the experiences of Jewish prisoners, Nazi authorities and everyday, neighboring Polish citizens, into a chilling story of an aspect of the Holocaust that is only now coming to light.



March 28-29, 2013

St. Petersburg in the World

Conference on International Affairs

Conference dias and audience

The first annual St. Petersburg in the World Conference on International Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Distinguished diplomats, military, media and academic experts will join local opinion makers, including Tampa Bay Times editor, Neil Brown, Poynter Institute dean Stephen Buckley, and Stetson Law School professor Luz Nagle, to discuss critical international issues of the day. Approximately 600 attendees, over the two day conference, discussed topics such as the the current state of Africa, America's energy policies and critical issues in the Middle East.


February 18, 2013

Dr. Mia Bloom

"Bombshell: Women and Terrorism"

Flyer for event; picture of Mia Bloom and her book



August 28, 2012

Michael Grunwald

"The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era"

Harbor Hall

Michael Grunwald

Michael Grunwald is a senior correspondent for Time magazine. He spoke to a packed house in the Harbor Hall Gallery yesterday. His topic was his new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. His frank and honest discussion of the Obama administration and the creation of the stimulus package prompted interesting and intelligent questions from many of the 200 plus in attendance.


February 13, 2012

"My Dream of Stars" by Dr. Anousheh Ansari

Harbor Hall

Dr. Anousheh Ansari


Dr. Ansari is a successful engineer, business woman, space explorer and author. In 2006, she became the first Iranian, man or woman, to trave into space. She will discuss her memoir, My Dream of Stars, her accomplishments and the steps she took to ensure her dreams became reality. She spoke and signed copies of her book at The Gallery at Harbor Hall on the USFSP campus. This even was hosted by The University Honors Program, The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Wally and Louise Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership.


November 16, 2011

"Ceremonialism and Social Interaction in the Pre-Columbian Southeast" by Dr. Neill J. Wallis

Florida Center for Teachers


Dr. Neill Wallis

Dr. Wallis is an assistant curator of Florida Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The University Honors Program and the USFSP Anthropology Club worked in cooperation to bring this informative and interesting lecture to USFSP. Dr. Wallis' research primarily concentrates on the archaeological record of pre-Columbian Florida and the southeastern United States. His focus is the patterns of hunter-gatherer mobility and settlement, community organization, pan-regional ritualization and exchange and the histories of monumentality. The local community, faculty and students learned the origins of settlement in the Late Swift Creek on the coast of Georgia and northern Florida from the ceramics found there and, from that pottery, the connection of that area to other settlements in other parts of Georgia and the mouth of the St. Johns River in Florida.


November 1, 2011

"The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir" by George Salton

Davis 130

The 23rd Psalm book coverGeorge Salton

Everyone knows the facts. Everyone knows the numbers. Now we know a face. George Salton is a Holocaust survivor and was interred in 10 concentration camps during World War II. He emigrated to the United States after liberation and lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Davis 130 was standing room only during the emotional presentation given by this quiet but passionate man. Simon Dubnow, historian of European Jewry, is quoted as saying, "Yidn shreibt und farshreit!" (Jews write and record!). Mr. Salton has taken this to heart. The University Honors Program through the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture Series and in conjunction with the Florida Holocaust Museum, brought this sometimes visceral but uplifting story of survival to USFSP students, faculty and the St. Petersburg community.


October 26, 2011

Historic Snell House and Williams House Courtyard

Al Dowling Tampa Bay Jazz Assoc. Logo

The Honors Program sponsored a musical workshop with The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Inc. Toe tapping jazz filled the courtyard between the historic Snell and Williams houses as Al Downing and his All-Stars took the crowd of students, faculty and neighbors from our St. Petersburg community, thru their paces and taught them about jazz music. New Orleans and Dixieland are just two of the types of jazz covered in this unique combination of concert and classroom.


September 12, 2011

Steidinger Auditorium

Waiting for Superman dvd cover photo

A capacity crowd filled the Steidinger Auditorium and overflowed into DAV 130 to watch the acclaimed documentary about education in America, Waiting for Superman. The film was followed by a panel discussion with local educators, students, faculty and members of the community. On the panel were:

Linda Benware - President, Innovative Education Strategies, Inc.

Darren Hammond - Principal, Pinellas Secondary School, Pinellas Park

Marshall Ogletree - Excutive Director, Pinellas County Teachers Association and Pinellas Education Support Personnel Association

Elizabeth Perkins - Graduate Support Coordinator, Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg

The film, as expected, spawned much discussion and debate regarding resolutions to the issues facing American education today. A follow up discussion with the same panel members and the community was held on September 28, 2011.


April 21, 2011

CAC - 6:30pm

Pushing the Elephant

Rose Mapendo

Rose Mapendo is a survivor of the Congolese Civil war and winner of the 2009 United Nations Humanitarian Award. You can view the trailer for her forthcoming film here. Rose's is a remarkable story about war, peace and reconciliation. We are co-sponsoring this event with our community partner, the Florida Holocaust Museum.


April 13, 2011

Interested in Graduate School?

Dr George Edwards III

Dr. George Edwards

10:30am - 11:30am

Dr. Edwards is a Distinguished University Professor at Texas A&M University. He is one of the most prominent presidential scholars in the country.


April 7, 2011

Democracy Rising in the Arab World

Steidinger Auditorium, Fish and Wildlife Building, 6:30pm

Dr. Radwan Masmoudi


Dr. Masmoudi holds a Ph.D. from MIT. He has written widely on democracy, diversity, human rights and tolerance in Islam. Dr. Masmoudi is currently doing fieldwork in his native Tunisia. He will be relating the newest information and will have fresh ideas on the subject.



March 9, 2011

Muslims in the American Public Square

Zahid Bukhari

Dr. Zahid Bukhari

Dr. Zahid Bukhari is President of the Islamic Circle of North America and was formally director of the American Muslim Studies Program and a Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Dr. Bukhari's research focuses on religion and politics in the United States and Asia. he directed the highly-regarded Pew project on muslims in America political and public life. Dr. Bukari holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Karachi and a Ph. D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.



January 20, 2011

Honors Night at the Florida Orchestra

photo of Jeff Multer

The Honors Program at USF SP started the year off right with a musical workshop lead by The Florida Orchestra's Concert Master, Jeff Multer. The workshop focused on Tchaikovsky. Jeff talked to Honors students about the composer and his Violin Concerto, which is one of the most technically challenging works ever composed for violin. Jeff performed parts of the larger piece, giving the audience a history and some insight to the piece that only someone who knows it very well could give. He was accompanied by Scott Watkins, his friend and renown pianist. Honors students received complimentary tickets to the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, where Jeff was a featured soloist, on Sat., January 29, at the Mahaffey Theater.

This is the first of two planned workshops that Jeff will be leading for the Honors College. The second is scheduled for February and will focus on Beethoven and his 9th Symphony. This is a strong start to what will hopefully become a long and fruitful partnership with The Florida Orchestra.

Jeff Multer conducted the second of our planned workshops on Monday, February 21. Complimentary tickets provided to the students were for the Florida Orchestra's performance on Saturday, February 26. That was a particularly special performance as the violins were antique violins lovingly rescued and restored from WWII.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Bruce Studio.


November 30, 2010

Worse Than War

Daniel Jonah Goldhagan

Acclaimed author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen discussed his newest book, Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationalism and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity.

Goldhagen's previous #1 international best seller, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, is available in fifteen languages and was named by TIME as one of the two best non-fiction books of 1996. Goldhagen won Germany's prestigious triennial democracy Prize in 1997 as its author.

Mr. Goldhagen spoke on the USF SP Campus Activity Center. This lecture was part of the Pardoll Family Lecture Series and was presented in conjunction with the Florida Holocaust Museum.

Photo courtesy of JTN productions.


October 26, 2010

Is America in Decline? An Evening with the New Yorker's George Packer

george packer

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of "The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq," which was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, "The Half Man" and "Central Square," and two works of nonfiction, "The Village of Waiting" and "Blood of the Liberals," which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. This event was well attended by USF faculty, students, and the St. Petersburg community.


October 21, 2010

Remnants of War: Rebuilding Post Conflict Societies


ken rutherford

Dr. Ken Rutherford is the Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) and Professor of Political Science at James Madison University. He has more than 20 years experience in international development work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, non-governmental organizations and the U.S. Government. He also guided Diana, princess of Wales on her final humanitarian trip to meet with war victims in Bosnia. Dr. Rutherford is also an author and co-editor of several books.


September 29, 2010

Speaking With Angels: Chorti' Maya Rainmaking Ceremony

matthew looper

Dr. Matthew Looper spoke on the spiritual importance of the Rainmaking Ceremony in the Mayan culture. he is the author of "To Be Like Gods: Dance in Ancient Maya Civilization", Lightning Warrior: Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua" and several other Mayan themed works.



September 23, 2010

Prosecuting Genocide: From Nuremberg to Darfur

john j loftus

John Loftus, J.D. is former president of the Florida Holocaust Museum and author of several books on Nazis, espionage and the bankrolling of genocide. his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, A&E, and ABC News among others. His book, The Belarus Secret was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and made into a feature film starring Telly Savalas and Max von Sydow. Mr. Loftus served as a Nazi war crimes investigator for the Department of Justice. Is is no wonder with this kind of background, that Mr. Loftus gave quite an interesting lecture. His engaging manner and interesting topic kept the crowd of about 100 students and faculty engaged for the entire lecture.


Wednesday April 14, 2010

"Left to Tell"

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Flyer announcing speaker Immaculee Ilibagiza

Immaculee Ilibagiza spread her inspirational message to a full house on the USF - SP campus. Her story is one of horror, strength and faith.


Monday, February 15, 2010

"How to Make a Torturer"

John Conroy

Flyer Advertising John Conroy Talk

Acclaimed print and broadcast journalist and author, John Conroy spoke on the USF-SP campus regarding the psychology of torture in Western societies.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Bringing Sex, Gender & Race to The Globe"

Gender Flyer

Last night, a group of USF St. Petersburg honors students held a free community event at the Globe Coffee Lounge in downtown St. Petersburg. The purpose was to discuss how language oppresses people of different races, genders and sexualities.

Homelessness, violence against sex workers, discrimination against men in family court – those were just a few of the topics students chose to discuss for their final course projects. Professor Jill McKracken let her students name the course and they chose Gender, Sexuality, Race and Marginalized Communities.

Some students decided to take a more personal route for their projects. One of them, Josh says he has felt marginalized.

USF student Diana Cabilli was definitely in the forefront with her project. Cabilli performed a rap song she had composed about the treatment of sex workers.

And if writing and producing your own hip-hop music isn’t enough, one student decided to publish her own newspaper; G.W. Roll discussed what he wants to accomplish with his Homeless Image Newspaper.

The old adage is you should not criticize a person before walking a mile in their shoes. With their experiences in the class, this group of students has walked in several pairs.

Reprinted f rom: WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio, Tampa

To listen to a WMNF news segment about the event, click here.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Native American Lecture and Art

"Transcendence: Native American Perspectives for a New Consciousness"

Based on their new book, Transcendence, award-winning authors Gabriel Horn and Amy Krout-Horn will offer a presentation focusing on American Indian world views of history and spirituality, and the relevancy it holds for contemporary society. Selected art will be displayed by Aaron Aitchison and Carises Horn.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Caring for Survivors of Torture & Reugee Trauma"

Grodin Flyer

Dr. Michael Grodin teaches at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Medicine. He is also one of the founders of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. Dr. Grodin is an expert in the treatment of victims of torture. Blending Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Grodin successfully treated several Tibetan monks who were imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese government. He is also the author of a number of books and articles on medicine, health and human rights. He is co-editor of "The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation".


Tuesday, October 13

The Honors Program


“Interested in Graduate School?”

Learn more!

 M.A. or Ph.D.? Where to go? Who to study with?

Will I get a job? How to pay for it.

Panelists: Gary Mormino, History & Florida Studies; Deby Cassill, Environmental Science & Policy; Kathy Arthur, Anthropology; Bob Dardenne, Journalism & Media Studies; Pat Scott,  Office of Research


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

" Human Trafficking in Florida: A Panel Discussion"

Human Trafficking

Panelists include representatives from Gulfcoast Legal Services, Lutheran Services of Florida, the City of Clearwater, and Assistant Professor Jill McCracken from USF St. Petersburg.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Health, Human Rights and Golbalization"

Walton Flyer

A Harvard-trained physician, David Walton has worked for Partners in Health since 1997. He divides his time between Boston and Haiti, where he is an expert on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.  Inspirational as well as practical, Dr. Walton has been influential in shaping public views of healthcare and human rights around the world.


Previous Events

2008 Guest Lecture - Dr. George Warheit, sociologist, minister and professor emeritus at the University of Miami, will discuss, "Secularization and Its Impact on Religious Fundamentalism in the United States."

2008 Guest Lecture - Derek H. Alderman,"Civil Rights Memorials: Naming Streets for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." A cultural and historical geographer from East Carolina University, Dr. Alderman specializes in the politics of public commemoration and symbolic landscapes in the American South. For the past several years he has studied naming streets after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., establishing himself as a national authority on the issue.

2007 Guest Lecture - Gordon Patterson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Florida Studies at The Florida Institute of Technology will present "Sometimes a Great Notion: The Origins of the American Mosquito Crusade." It's presented by the Harry J. Schaleman Jr. University Honors Program Colloquium.

2007 Wednesday Writers Series - Presented by the Tampa Bay Writers Network, sponsored in part by the Honors Program. All students are encouraged to attend.

2007 Tomorrow's Leaders Symposium - Sponsored by the Honors Program, the Psychology Department, and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies in Academic Affairs. The event showcases the innovative research, scholarship, and creative work that USFSP undergraduate students have produced during the past academic year under the tutelage and with the support of the university's faculty. Honors Thesis students are required to present their research. Other Honors students are encouraged to present and to attend.

2007 Guest Lecture - "Engaging Syria: The Quest for Peace in the Middle East" by Dr. Joshua Landis, on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 3:30 PM in Davis Hall 130. The event is free and open to the public. Presented by the Harry J. Schaleman Jr. University Honors Program Colloquium.

2006-2007 Roundtable on Social Justice - Presented by Studio@620, sponsored in part by the Honors Program. Honors students are encouraged to participate.

Darwin Day - Panel discussion and Flock of Dodos film screening on February 13, 2007 at 7:00 PM in the CAC, presented by S.E.A.S. and the Environmental Science & Policy department. Sponsored in part by the Honors Program. All students are encouraged to attend.

Guest Lecture - Nan Colton, Performing Artist-In-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts will be speaking to Professor LaPointe's Honors Seminar class on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 2 PM in Davis 265. The title of the lecture is "Finding My Place." All Honors students are invited to attend.







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