Together, the Florida Studies Center and Florida Humanities Council cosponsor a wide variety of public lectures and discussions and an annual Florida Center for Teachers summer seminar. Past collaborations include the three-day conference entitled “A Sunshine State of Mind: Florida’s Place in the Americas” and a Florida Conversation event with Michael Grunwald entitled “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise.”
Upon its creation as a Program of Distinction on the USF St. Petersburg campus in 2003, the Florida Studies Program has offered a Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies. In support of their complimentary missions, the Florida Studies Program in St. Petersburg and Florida Studies Center in Tampa cosponsor public programs and offer financial assistance to graduate students engaged in thesis research or wishing to present a paper at a professional conference.
In August 2002, The Fundacion Archivo de Indianos and University of South Florida Library System signed a general agreement of cooperation to advance the study of Asturian emigration to America and the lives of Asturian immigrants in Tampa. The agreement provides for the reciprocal exchange of archival materials, offers long-term loan of duplicates of original materials, exchanges published works on Asturians in Spain and the U.S., and creates and promotes joint cultural activities and exhibitions. Over the last several years, the Fundacion and USF Library System have visited each other’s institutions, participated together in a conference on Asturian-American migration, and exchanged collections and monographs. In May 2007 Florida Studies Center director Mark I. Greenberg led a USF faculty development program in Asturias to engage with Asturian scholars. The North American premier of an exhibition on four generations of the Alvarez family, Asturian immigrants to the United States, opened in the USF Tampa Library in October 2007.
With expertise from faculty across campus, the TBHC-USF relationship has borne fruit over the last number of years. A World War II exhibition and accompanying book, Hillsborough County Goes to War by USF history professor Gary Mormino, received high praise from the community when it debuted in 2002. The Florida Conversations lecture series has offered more than two dozen programs dealing with Florida arts and humanities subjects at locations throughout the Tampa Bay region. Other collaborative efforts include Hillsborough County History Fair, museum internships, exhibition research and planning, and the local history journal Tampa Bay History.
The Florida Studies Center, collaborating with the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections Department and Ybor City Museum Society, supports public programs and exhibitions at facilities on the USF Tampa campus and in Ybor City.