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Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship Presentations

The Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship awards $2,500 for a month-long, in-residence research fellowship to an M.A. student or Ph.D. candidate engaged in thesis or dissertation research on a Florida studies topic. The successful applicant is invited to share his or her research in congenial public forums during the fellowship period.


On July 12, 2012, Sarah McNamara, the 2012 Riordan Fellow, discussed her research in a presentation titled “‘Un-American’ Americans: Latina Working-Class Activism in Ybor City, Florida”.  In the summer of 1937, six years of labor unrest ended as Latina women enlivened a movement of mass protest to demand recognition of Latinos as legitimate citizens of Ybor City, Tampa, and the broader United States. By uniting the ideals of anti-fascism, labor rights, and civil rights, local Latinas fought for equality despite the belief in their “Un-American” activities.

In her presentation, Ms. McNamara refers to the “Ybor City March” video below as the original inspiration for her research.

Other Special Collections resources mentioned by Ms. McNamara include:

La Gaceta
Tony Pizzo Collection


On July 31, 2014, Mary Adkins, the 2014 Riordan Fellow, discussed her research into the creation of Florida’s first modern constitution in 1968, and the subsequent constitution revision commissions that have wrestled with Florida’s challenging issues in the ensuing decades. She described how Florida was able to go from a backwards, backwoods government to a forward-looking, widely admired reform government in just a few years, and how the very constitutional features that brought the government closer to the people may have backfired.

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