Speakers

  • Portrait of Canter BrownJr.

    Canter Brown Jr., Ph.D.

    Historian, Author

    Canter Brown has authored or co-authored a score of works touching upon Florida, the Southeast, and the South. Subjects have included the frontier, Florida Republican Party founder and governor Ossian B. Hart, African American officeholders in the post-Civil War era, the diversity of women's experiences in the South, Victorian-era author and editor Mary Edwards Bryan, the Florida Supreme Court, the Southern States Energy Board, religious history, and numerous other topics.

    Publication of his biography of Gilded Age transportation and resort magnate Henry Plant is pending. With his colleague Larry E. Rivers of Florida A&M University, he presently in finalizing a biography of Florida native and African Methodist Episcopal Church bishop Abram Grant. Brown's work has earned local, state, regional, and national awards including the American Association for State and Local History Association's Certificate of Merit, the Florida Historical Society's Rembert W. Patrick and Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Prizes, and the Southern Jewish Historical Society's B. H. Levy Award.

    Brown received the degrees of bachelor of arts, doctor of philosophy, and juris doctor at Florida State University. He also studied at the University of Florida under Dr. Samuel Proctor, longtime editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly.

  • Portrait of Joseph W. Dorsey

    Joseph W. Dorsey, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) at the University of South Florida

    Joseph W. Dorsey, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) at the University of South Florida, Tampa, PCGS Academic Capstone Director, and PCGS Concentration Director in Food Sustainability and Security. He holds a B.S. in Human Ecology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a major in Human Nutrition and Food and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor specializing in Environmental Policy and Behavior. At PCGS, Dr. Dorsey teaches the core courses, Concepts and Principles of Sustainability and Research Methods for Sustainability and the food concentration courses, Future of Food: Environment, Health and Policy and Sustainable Food Production. In addition, he has taught the graduate level course, Perspectives in Environmental Thought as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Geosciences. His research interests include dynamic systems modelling, restorative environmental justice, brownfield redevelopment; urban agriculture in developed and developing nations; sustainable food resource management strategies; and community economic empowerment initiatives. Dr. Dorsey has held faculty positions at Michigan State University, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. Prior to his doctoral career, he was a clinical nutritionist in Africa and the Caribbean, and a public health nutritionist in the United States.

  • Portrait of Beverly Daniel Tatum

    Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

    Psychologist, Administrator and Educator, President Emerita, Spellman College

    Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award. The author of several books including the best-selling “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”and Other Conversations About Race (now in a new 2017 20th anniversary edition) and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topics of racial identity development, race and education, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments, and higher education leadership.

    In 2005 Dr. Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.

    A civic leader in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum is engaged in educational initiatives designed to expand educational opportunity for underserved students and their families. In Atlanta she serves on the governing boards of the Westside Future Fund, Achieve Atlanta, Morehouse College, the Tull Charitable Foundation and the Georgia Power Company. She is also on the boards of Smith College. TIAA Charitable, and the Educational Testing Service.

    She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to her 2002 appointment as president of Spelman, she served as dean and acting president at Mount Holyoke College. In Spring 2017 she was the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. She is married to Dr. Travis Tatum; they are the parents of two adult sons.