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Public Square Speakers Series

WSRE’s Public Square Speakers Series brings personalities, who have achieved renown for their contributions to education, the arts, sciences or media, to the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio for public conversations on noteworthy topics and important issues. Public Square events are open to the public. Admission is free!

Coming up next:

  • Jack E. Davis (Tues, Feb 5)
  • Ersula Knox-Odom (Tues, March 5)
  • Cynthia Barnett (Tues, April 23)

Past Speakers:

  • Rick Bragg
  • Rory Kennedy
  • Caroll Spinney
  • Alexandra Cousteau
  • James McLurkin
  • Trace Beaulieu & Frank Conniff
  • Sonia Manzano
  • Ellen Prager
  • Margot Carlson Delogne & Anthony Istrico
  • Tegan Griffith & Terrence Davenport from "American Creed"
  • Wayne Flynt & Nancy Anderson
  • Jeff Klinkenberg 

Programs begin at 7 p.m. ▪ Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Open to the Public ▪ Free Admission

Directions: WSRE is located on the Pensacola State College campus (building 23) at 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. The station sits at the corner of 12th Ave. and College Blvd. Parking for the Amos Studio is located at the west end of the station, off College Blvd. near the PSC Hartsell Arena and pool.

Jack E. Davis

Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope

February 5, 2019

Drawing from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, author and University of Florida professor Jeff Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. He is interested in the way people, from pre-Spanish natives to current shore-side residents, have organized their societies and individual lives around nature, how Gulf nature has been a positive force in human events, and how human activities have sometimes led to unintended consequences that have undermined the Gulf’s beneficence.

Jack E. Davis
Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope
Tuesday, February 5 at 7pm in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged but not required.
Questions? Call (850) 484-1200

Ersula Knox Odom

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

March 5, 2019

An author, motivational speaker and Florida Humanities Council La Florida performer, Ersula Knox Odom will portray legendary educator and black leader Mary McLeod Bethune in 1954. In costume and in character, she will share stories of Bethune’s extraordinary contribution to democracy as a New Deal government official in one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the FDR administration and the highest held by an African American woman. Bethune was founder of Bethune-Cookman University, founder of FDR’s “black cabinet,” served as president of the National Association of Colored Women, and founded and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women.

Ersula Knox-OdomDr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life
Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged but not required.
Questions? Call (850) 484-1200

Cynthia Barnett

Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida

April 23, 2019

In her program, Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida, Cynthia Barnett will show how one of the most water-rich states in the nation could come to face water scarcity and quality woes — and how it doesn’t have to be this way. She is the author of three acclaimed books on water: Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, and Rain. Blue Revolution was named one of the top 10 science books of 2011 by The Boston Globe, who has called Barnett “part journalist, part mom, part historian and part optimist.”

Cynthia Barnett - Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida
Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged but not required.
Questions? Call (850) 484-1200

With support from a Florida Humanities Council grant awarded to Pensacola State College, WSRE Public Square is presenting public talks by four notable Floridians: Jeff Klinkenberg (8/28/18), Jack E. Davis (2/5/19), Ersula Knox-Odom (3/5/19) and Cynthia Barnett (4/23/19).

The Florida Humanities Council partners with community organizations around the state. Support for the Florida Humanities Speaker Series is provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.