University Press of Florida Celebrates 75 Years

Founded in 1945, the University Press of Florida has published over 2,500 books since its inception and currently releases approximately 80 new titles each year. Join us in celebrating 75 years of excellence in book publishing with a year of special events, activities, and offers. Subscribe to our Enews for updates.

Open House Event

75th Anniversary Open House
Thursday, March 19, 2020
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
University of Florida Smathers Library, Room 100
Gainesville, Florida

This event will include books for sale published by the University Press of Florida and University of Florida Press; speaker panels featuring authors, press staff, and guests; informative displays and activities; giveaways and door prizes; and birthday cake.

Authors in Conversation Panels

10:30 a.m. | What University Presses Do
Sponsored by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment)
Moderator: Romi Gutierrez | Director, University Press of Florida
Andrew K. Frank | This Day in Florida History
David H. Jackson, Jr. | A Chief Lieutenant of the Tuskegee Machine: Charles Banks of Mississippi
William A. Link | United States Reconstruction across the Americas

11:30 a.m. | Politics in Florida
Sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service
Moderator: Mary E. Adkins | Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution
Senator Bob Graham | America, the Owner's Manual: You Can Fight City Hall—and Win
James C. Clark | Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper's Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary
Susan A. MacManus | Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government

1:00 p.m. | Florida Living Histories
Sponsored by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
Moderator: Steven Noll | Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future
Jeff Klinkenberg | Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life
María T. Padilla | Tossed to the Wind: Stories of Hurricane Maria Survivors
Leslie Kemp Poole | Saving Florida: Women's Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century

2:00 p.m. | Art and Culture in Florida
Sponsored by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Moderator: Amy Vigilante | Director, University Galleries at University of Florida
Edouard Duval-Carrié | Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié
Gary Monroe | The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters
Gary R. Libby | Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection

3:00 p.m. | The Florida Environment
Sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History
Moderator: Pamela Soltis | Florida Museum of Natural History
Cynthia Barnett | Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis
Jack E. Davis | The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea
Julie Hauserman | Drawn to the Deep: The Remarkable Underwater Explorations of Wes Skiles

Co-sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, the UF Libraries Latin American & Caribbean Collection, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

75th Anniversary Book Sale

All University Press of Florida books are available at discount prices through June 21 in honor of our anniversary year. Order on our website and use code UPF75 for up to 40% off and $1 per book shipping.

This Day in Florida History

Published in connection with University Press of Florida's 75th anniversary, This Day in Florida History is a 365-day tour through five centuries of Florida history. Featuring one entry per day of the year, this book is a fun and enlightening collection of moments that illustrate the depth and complexity of the state's past. The book will be published in April and is available for pre-order here.