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The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program regularly coordinates public programs to spotlight important research and drive discussion about topics related to oral history. Press kits are available here for the public including event posters, directions, and additional information. News releases publicizing research updates, student and staff accomplishments, and new initiatives are also available.

Upcoming Events


Solidarity Sessions

Solidarity Sessions is a discussion series at IBC and La Casita where professors, grad students, and community organizers lead students in discussions on various issues concerning Black and Latinx communities. These sessions are open and welcoming of all to provide them with a structured opportunity to meet and engage with a diverse body of scholars and community members at and around UF. Additionally, our goal for this series is to have the institutes serve as spaces to conduct and share research as well as to a bridge a gap between the Gainesville community and UF students and resources.

Baldwin | Achebe Africa | America @40

April 2-3, 2020

In April 1980 renowned African writer Chinua Achebe and African American literary giant James Baldwin met for the first time in Gainesville, Florida. On the 40th anniversary of Baldwin and Achebe’s historic encounter at the University of Florida, this two-day event invites return and reflection. The first day probes the experiential archive through oral history, memoir, and artifact. The second day invites literary engagement around reading, representing and writing the nexus of Africa and America in the present on the UF campus and across the community. Speakers will share their work and reflect on Baldwin and Achebe’s legacies.

Past Events

March 13, 2013, Stephanie Coontz and “The Feminine Mystique” at UF

September 17-22, 2013, The 6th Annual Mississippi Delta Research Trip

September 19, 2013, “Violence, Non-violence, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965” Civil Rights History Panel at Delta State University

October 1, 2013, “Siempre Adelante” Official Premiere

October 22, 2013, “Stetson Kennedy: Re-imagining Justice in the 21st Century”

December 4, 2013, “SPOHP in the Delta: 6th Annual Student Panel” at the Civic Media Center

January 15, 2014, “Trouble the Water” Film Screening & Symposium on Landmark Hurricane Katrina Film with Producer Tia Lessin at UF

March 12, 2014, “The Florida Civil Rights Struggle: Past & Present” Panel and Multimedia Presentation, featuring the African American History Project

March 12, 2014, “Scott Camil: Resistance & Liberation”

April 9, 2014, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Workshop

April 17, 2014: Brown Bag Lunch with Liz Coursen, “Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida”

June 17, 2014: “Justice, Justice 1964” St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Honors 50th Anniversary of Mass Rabbi Arrest for Civil Rights Demonstrations

February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” with the UF School of Theatre & Dance

February 28-March 8, 2015, Tucson Ethnic Studies Research Trip to Arizona with Latinx Diaspora in the Americas Project

May 20, 2015, Emancipation Day Celebration with Cone Park Library

October 15, 2015, Oral History Association and “Gator Tales” Encore Performance

November 11, 2015, “Sentimental Journey: World War II Here and Over There”

February 28, 2017, Documentary Screening of Love and Solidarity with Professor Mike Honey

March 21-23rd, 2019, “From Segregation to Black Lives Matter”

A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History

This symposium marks the formal opening of the Joel Buchanan African American Oral History Archive at the University of Florida to scholars, students, and researchers. To celebrate this historic occasion, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is hosting a three-day symposium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 21-23 March 2019. The event will bring together scholars, educators, and community leaders to discuss the latest trends in African American history from K-12 to higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to view and to listen to films, podcasts and panelists. The event will also feature book-signings of noted authors. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Curtis Austin from the University of Oregon’s Department of History.