Vietnam War Veteran and  Veterans For Peace activist Scott Camil is the subject of a new graphic novel by Eve Gilbert titled Winter Warrior. 

The book relays Camil’s life growing up in Florida in the 1960s as he was indoctrinated with anti-communist sentiment while also developing a deep seeded desire to fight for his country. After joining the marines and experiencing combat in Vietnam, he develops a new sense of purpose as a civilian and decides to dedicate his life to revealing the truth about the war.  Eve Gilbert interprets Camil’s story through Winter Warrior with striking detail and care.  Winter Warrior captures the brutal reality of the war and the bleak political reality on the domestic front. Winter Warrior recounts both the personal journey of one American and his need for political engagement when his conscience collides with American foreign policy during the height of the Cold War.

Scott Camil will be hosting a book talk this weekend at the Civic Media Center on January 11th, 2020, from 2PM-4PM.

The Civic Media Center is located downtown at 433 S. Main St.

(Parking is available on SE 5th Ave or across Main Street.)

In 2019, the University of Florida’s African American Studies Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The program began in 1969 and selected its first director in 1970. The late Dr. Ronald Foreman was a tireless advocate for the program from 1970 until his retirement in 2000. We will host a number of programs this year and will include information on the website. Please join us as we celebrate the education of individuals about African American life and culture for the last 50 years and our plan to continue doing so in the years to come.

The theme for the year will be “Sankofa: Building Upon the Power of the Past.” The first event will take place on Thursday, January 10th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The title of this event is “Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Using the Power of Spoken Word” and will be held in the Harn Museum Auditorium (3259 Hull Road). Several campus and local community artists will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the power of spoken word poetry.

On Saturday February 2nd at 6pm, the “Herstory” Program will take place at Flavet Field (off of Woodlawn Drive between Museum and Stadium Road). The UF Group, SISTUHS Inc., will provide moral and educational guidance to women through the theatrical presentation of the African-American Woman’s experiences. The event will showcase black women through black art, hair, music, beauty, health, fashion, and overall the Black culture and experience, with the theme “HerRoots, HerVision, HerStory.”

On Wednesday February 13th, a “Women of Color and the Law” panel discussion will take place (room tba) from 3pm-4:30pm. Attorneys Tiffani Lee, Julie Liang, and Jany Martinez-Ward will discuss their experiences as women of color in the legal profession. This event is sponsored through a grant from the Chesterfield Smith Fund at the UF Smathers Library.

On Friday, February 22nd, the annual Dr. Ronald Foreman Lecture will take place with a presentation entitled, “Women of the Black Lives Matter Movement: An Evening with Dr. Stacey Patton and Ms. Lezley McSpadden (Mother of Michael Brown).” This presentation will take place in the Rion Ballroom of the Reitz Union from 6pm-8pm.

Event Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Saturday, March 23rd

Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida & Locations yet to be decided

Free registration is available by clicking THIS LINK:

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the African American History Project at the University of Florida. Funded by the UF Office of the Provost, this research initiative has resulted in over twenty-five public history programs, university seminars on African American studies, conference presentations and scores of community-based oral history and Black History workshops across the country. The new collection includes over six hundred oral histories with African American elders in Florida telling stories of memories of slavery, resistance to segregation, anti-black racial violence, the coming of the modern civil rights movement and narratives of Black and Latinx intersectionality among many other topics.

This symposium marks the formal opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida to scholars, students, and researchers worldwide. Joel Buchanan (1948-2014) was a beloved civil rights activist, historian and librarian in Gainesville and at the University of Florida. Joel was an indispensable member of the community, a tireless speaker who gave countless lectures and informal talks to elementary, high school and college students about the histories of segregation, the civil rights movement, and Gainesville. Joel used history to share his dreams of a better future for all. Joel guided generations of high school, college and university students in the completion of their class projects and dissertations. The naming of this collection is meant to pay homage to Joel Buchanan’s vision of history and social justice.

The symposium will feature panels, films, exhibits, performances, and lectures on many different facets of Black History. The event will bring together scholars, educators, and community organizers to discuss how to infuse African American history in K-12, higher education and social justice organizing on a national level.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the role of African American history in classrooms, communities, and civic engagement.

The event will also feature book-signings of noted authors.

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida announces:
Contact: Tamarra Jenkins, (352-392-7168).

Organized by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

Sponsored by the University of Florida Office of the Provost, African American Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, the College of Medicine, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, The Richard J. Milbauer Program in Southern History, Department of History, The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.


Preliminary Symposium Schedule (subject to change)



Thursday, March 21, 2019




8:00 to 9:00am:                                     REGISTRATION WITH COFFEE

Community Presenters / Posters / Tabling


9:00 to 10:00am:


President Fuchs, University of Florida

Provost Joe Glover, University of Florida

Sharon Austin, Director UF African American Studies

Paul Ortiz, Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


10:00 am:             Conducting the Oral Histories: Challenges, Impacts, Legacies

Featuring SPOHP/UF Alumni: Randi Gill-Sadler, Lafayette College,

Justin Hosbey, Emory University, Justin Dunnavant, UC-Santa Cruz/Vanderbilt

Raja Rahim, University of Florida

Moderated by Patricia Hilliard-Nunn, University of Florida


11:15am:                                                                COFFEE BREAK

                                                                              Book Signings

(Participants’ books will be for sale throughout the event’s proceedings)

11:45am:  The Difference History Makes: Veterans, Classrooms, Community, Museum & Virtually

John Nelson, Jefferson County Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sherry Dupree, Director, UNESCO-Transatlantic Slave Trade, Gayle Phillips, Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, St. Augustine, Curtis Michelson, Democracy Forum, Vivian Filer, Cotton Club Museum, Inc.

Moderated by Paul Ortiz, University of Florida

12:45pm:                                                              LUNCH BREAK


2:30pm:                                                  “Gator Tales” Film Screening

Gator Tales is an original play devised and directed by UF Arts Professor Kevin Marshall

in conjunction with SPOHP. Focusing on the experiences of the first generations of

African American students at UF, the play was nominated for the 2015 Freedom of

Expression Award by Amnesty International at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.


3:30pm:             Comments by: UF Alumni Narrators’ Panel: Evelyn Mickle, Albert White, Bernard Hicks




6:00pm:                                                          Keynote Address:

Curtis Austin, Department of History, University of Oregon

Author of: Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party                                        

               Comments by: Derrick White, Department of History, Dartmouth University


7:00 to 9:00PM:                                              Dinner Reception


Friday, March 22, 2019


                          LOCATION: GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARY EAST, ROOM 100

8:30am:                                                            MORNING WELCOME WITH COFFEE

Opening Remarks: Dean David Richardson, University of Florida

9:00am:                                                               Remembering Joel Buchanan:

Evelyn Foxx, Alachua County NAACP, Rodney Long, Alachua County Commissioner Emeritus, Bernie Machen, UF President Emeritus, Judith Russell, Smathers Libraries Dean, Steve Noll, Department of History, Marna Weston, Oak Hall School,  Faye Williams, M.A.M.A.’s Club, Family & community members


10: 15am:                                  Unveiling the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History

Judith Russell, Stephanie Birch, Laurie Taylor, George Smathers Libraries


11:00am:                                                      COFFEE BREAK with Light Refreshments

Book signings

11:30am:                      History, Intersectionality and Liberation in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Tanya Saunders, University of Florida

Nailah Summers, Dream Defenders

Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University

Moderated by: Lauren Pearlman, University of Florida




                An Afternoon of Student Activism, Ethnic Studies, and Community Building


2:30pm:         “The Making of the Institute of Black Culture at the University of Florida,”

Presented by Student Filmmakers

Comments by: Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Valdosta State University



Book Signings

4:30pm:              “The Making of the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, “La Casita” at UF”

Presented by Student Filmmakers

Comments by: Nicholas Vargas, University of Florida

Saturday, March 23, 2019


                   LOCATION: A. Quinn Jones Center Auditorium

                               1013 NW. 7th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida


                                            Active Commemorations: Putting Historical Memory to Work

9:00am:                                                                 MORNING WELCOME WITH COFFEE


9:30am:            Ocoee, Florida: One Hundred Years of Accountability and Reconciliation in the Making,

Kathleen Crown, Nichole Dawkins, Mayor Rusty Johnson, William E. Maxwell


Moderated by: Ed Gonzalez-Tennant, University of Central Florida


11:00:                                                                                     COFFEE BREAK

Book Signings



11:30am:          “Legacies of Lincoln High School”

Presentation by Albert White, Lincoln High School Alumnus

Moderated by: Tina Certain, Alachua County School Board Member



                                                                                               LUNCH BREAK


1:30pm:  Documentary Film-in progress:

“Legacies of Lynching: The Odyssey of Oscar Mack in Florida and Beyond,”

Julian Chambliss, Department of History, Michigan State University

                          Comments by: James Brown, Grandson of Oscar Mack & Audience



                                SYMPOSIUM CLOSING REMARKS:


Larry Rivers, Distinguished Professor of History, Florida A & M University


Funded by the University of Florida Office of the Provost, African American Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, the College of Medicine, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), the Harn Museum of Art, and the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Participate in a public dialogue between founding members of UF’s Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, known as “La Casita,” and those who were there during its earliest years. Our participants include the students who petitioned and labored to create the house, and the faculty who supported their efforts and/or became involved once the institute was up and running. What can we do today to sustain and deepen our commitment to La Casita, ethnic studies, and civic engagement at the University of Florida and beyond? As the University of Florida rebuilds La Casita, we invite members of the community to take part in a dialogue on where we go from here.

  • Minerva Casanas-Simon was the first director of La Casita,
    serving during the 1994-95 academic year.
  • Maria Masque was the second director of La Casita; her tenure ran
    from 1995 to 1997.
  • Dr. Milagros Rivera was a faculty member in the UF College of
    Journalism and Communications from 1993-2000, and was
    heavily involved in La Casita in its early years.
  • Dr. Fernando Fagundo is emeritus professor of Civil Engineering
    at UF, and was serving as president of the Hispanic Faculty
    Association when students petitioned to create La Casita.

Instructors and Educators: We will create extra-credit sign in sheets
on request for this event. Please consider making a SPOHP event a
part of your class, community or faith-based educational programs!

This event will be live-streamed

Under the direction of Jeffrey Pufahl, the College of the Arts presented the premier of the documentary play Voices from the March in January 2018 during the closing ceremonies of the University of Florida 2018 Social Justice Summit.

Voices from the March pieces together the experiences of UF students and staff involved in the Women’s March On Washington: Experiential Learning Oral History Project. A collaboration between the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) and the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, UF students and staff collected interviews as oral historians during the 2017 presidential inauguration and the subsequent Women’s March on Washington.

Access the Loop article by Marissa Secades

The University of Florida’s 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month begins with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 14th. Doors open at 5:30pm at the Gator Wesley Foundation, semi-formal attire requested, featuring spoken word poet and SPOHP alum, Oliver Telusma!!! It’s the largest such HHM celebration in the nation.

Click this photo for a videotaped version (87 min.) of the 8/28 book talk presented at Smathers Library East by Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director of SPOHP, on his recent book: An African and Latinx History of the United States. It was kindly co-sponsored and hosted by the Smathers Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection. YouTube link:

The OHA’s Day of Giving last year raised money for scholarships to fund travel to the Annual OHA Conference for those in hurricane-affected areas. With matching funds provided by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, the OHA was able to fund 2 scholarships for travel expenses to the OHA Conference in Montreal, October 10-14. Please see the call below. Deadline to submit: September 15, 2018

Call for Applications:

The Oral History Association announces two travel scholarships for Oral Historians from Areas Affected by Hurricanes in 2017 to attend the OHA Conference in Montreal, Canada, October 10-14, 2018.

In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Oral History Association, the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida are pleased to announce two $2500 travel awards to those living or working in these affected areas for travel to the Oral History Association Conference in Montreal, Canada, October 10-14, 2018. All travel costs to the conference will be reimbursable up to that $2500 mark.

Applications must include a letter explaining the applicant’s oral history work and a letter of support for the application.

For award purposes, we define those affected by these hurricanes to include any area damaged by high water (either from rain or from opening up reservoirs), be they individual structures, waterways, streets, or entire neighborhoods. We are looking to fund people whose particular projects fits into a more comprehensive attempt at recording or researching any of these catastrophic hurricanes.

Apply here!

Applications are due on September 15, 2018, and winners will be announced by September 30, 2018.  To submit an application: Please include a one-page letter explaining the applicant’s oral history work, and a letter of support for the application. Please combine your entire application into ONE PDF document and email it by September 15, 2018. 

September 20, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pugh Hall – Ocora

296 Buckman Drive, Gainesville FL 32611

Watch on Streaming and On Demand link at:

Mediasite website

Welcoming Gainesville and Alachua County and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida are holding a public event titled “Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida” on September 20, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Pugh Hall Ocora (296 Buckman Drive Gainesville FL 32611). The event will feature the oral history of refugees in Jacksonville, Florida, collected by Seyeon Hwang, a doctoral student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida, and various state-wide and national efforts in refugee advocacy, followed by a talk-back session with refugees and refugee resettlement professionals from Florida.

This event is supported by the Florida Humanities Council and the public is encouraged to attend the event. Light refreshment will be served.

For more information on the oral history project in Jacksonville or the event, please visit contact Grace Chun or visit Refugee oral history website.

Visit our Eventbrite page.

This event is free and open to the public.