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Gary Mormino: “From 9/11 to Pulse”

Wednesday, November 1, 6 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library

Often called the dean of Florida historians, Gary Mormino returns to Orlando with a program on the media and Florida in the years 2000-2016, a time when “no novelist could imagine a plot involving the real-life events that took place in the state,” Mormino writes. “The story opens with the zany 2000 election and the unthinkable tragedy of 9/11 and ends with the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub and the election of Donald Trump. In between the bookends, Florida experienced the worst recession in modern history. The media played a critical role in this melodrama.”

Gary Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall professor emeritus at the University of South Florida. In 2015, he received the Florida Humanities Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing. His books include Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida.

Named in honor of the late Joseph L. Brechner, an award-winning journalist, community leader, and freedom-of-information advocate, this new series of speaker programs focuses on the media in Florida’s history. All programs take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library (Albertson Room, 3rd Floor) and are free.

Future presentations in the series include:
November 15: Adam Ware: “Sunshine State of Mind: Florida in the American Imaginary”

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.