Seventh Annual UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style

A duniversity.seal.rgb.maroonay of intellectual stimulation, networking, and socializing.

The Alumni Club of Mid-Florida is pleased to present our seventh annual UnCommon Core: Mid-Florida Style. Informative and provocative lectures by three distinguished scholars will be the centerpiece of a day of intellectual stimulation, networking, and socializing. A panelists’ roundtable will conclude the day. Scroll down for the link to a special hotel rate.

Featured Speakers:

Ddan-hooperan Hooper, senior scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, has researched dark matter, which along with dark energy, makes up 95 percent of the universe. We live in the world of the other 5 percent. Where is the “missing” 95 percent? The answer may go back to the very beginning. He will discuss his new book “At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds.” Check back here soon for for a discount code to order Dan’s book.

Jack E. Davis, jack-davisPulitzer-Prize winning author of “The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea” and professor of history and Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at University of Florida, will discuss “The U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope.”

Chris Taylor ichris-taylors an associate professor of English and director of graduate studies in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. black Atlantic literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Chris's first book, Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism won the American Studies Association's Lora Romero First Book prize. He discovered a curious phenomenon in the late Antebellum South: Free blacks who petitioned to be re-enslaved. Why? That’s the subject of his book project titled “The Voluntary Slave: Atlantic Modernity’s Impossible Subject” and the topic of his talk, “Self-Enslaving Narratives and the Anarchy of Antebellum Black Life.”

For out-of-town visitors, a special hotel rate of $189 plus tax is available at the Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown. Book your University of Chicago Alumni Club group rate by 12/26/2019.


Event Information



$10/graduates of the College from 2009 to 2019
Breakfast and lunch are included.

Wine and beer available for a donation.

RSVP by January 18, 2020


9:00AM - 4:30PM Sat 25 Jan 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )


The Studio @620
620 First Avenue South
St. Peterburg, FL

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Look Who's Coming:

Walter Blenner
Martha Griffin
Danette (Dani) Kauffman
Diane Adams
Kenneth Pierce
Rob Pierce
... a total of 6 guests.
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