Event Biographies for February 2008

James Cusick

"Living through a Time of Revolt: The Kingsleys and the War of 1812."

James G. Cusick is curator of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida and author of The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida. His interests in Florida history focus primarily on its 18th and early nineteenth century past. Since 2004 he has also worked closely with the Florida Humanities Council to bring a knowledge of Florida’s colonial history to primary, middle school, and high school teachers around the state. In addition to his duties at the university, he serves on the board of the Florida Historical Society and the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference; he is a research associate of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the Historical St. Augustine Research Institute; and a former board member and officer of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation and the St. Augustine Archaeological Association.

Jean-Marc Masseaut

"Shackles of Memory: Transatlantic Slave Trade Talk with Musical Presentation"

Jean-Marc Masseaut is the representative of the City of Nantes to Jacksonville for the 2008 Kingsley Heritage Celebration. Mr. Masseaut’s interests are in researching the history of the slave-trade between the Americas and Europe in the 18th century and in spreading awareness regarding the horrific slave-trade years. Since 2003, he has been the Educational Director of the Study Center of the Shackles of Memory Association in Nantes. Mr. Masseaut is the Editor of the Association’s scholarly journal on the slave trade and was the Associate Director of the Association’s film Slave Trade and Slavery in the 18th and 19th Centuries. A former Captain in the French Merchant Marine, Mr. Masseaut is currently pursuing his doctorate at the prestigious L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), writing his thesis on "Marine Navigation of the Atlantic Ocean in the 18th Century."

University of North Florida Brass Ensemble

"Shackles of Memory: Transatlantic Slave Trade Talk with Musical Presentation"

The newly formed UNF Brass Ensemble performs music for brass spanning the 17th through 21st centuries. This dynamic group of under-graduate music students has already received recognition, having been invited to perform at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Riverside Presbyterian Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, Mandarin, Nease, Lake Brantley, and Winter Springs High Schools. The ensemble was recently featured in the Riverside Fine Arts Project Listen series, and will appear at the Big Bend Brass Band Festival in Tallahassee in February of 2008, and the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Ashville, NC in May 2008. Former members have been accepted to and offered scholarships to DePaul (Chicago), University of Illinois, University of Florida, SUNY Purchase (New York), and Queen's College (NYC), and have been winners and finalists in national and international solo competitions.

Randall Tinnen, Director

"Shackles of Memory: Transatlantic Slave Trade Talk with Musical Presentation"

Dr. Randall Tinnin (Rutgers University, D.M.A., Juilliard, M.M., and the University of North Texas, B.M.) is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet, and the director of the Brass Ensemble at the University of North Florida. An active soloist, Mr. Tinnin has appeared throughout the U.S., and won the 2006 North American Brass Band Association Solo Contest. New York area engagements include appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Queens Philharmonic, and WQXR-NY radio broadcasts. Early music appearances include the American Bach Society, San Francisco Bach Choir, St. Bartholomew's Chamber Orchestra, and the NYC chapter of the Early Music Foundation. Dr. Tinnin's research has been published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, and he has presented lectures and solo recitals throughout the U.S., and appeared this August in Truro, England.

James Davidson

"Archaeology Walk and Talk: Recent Discoveries at Kingsley Plantation"

Dr. James Davidson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at the University of Florida. His interests cover hstorical archaeology (19th/20th century), Arican diaspora, mortuary studies, and folk beliefs. Although his early training was in North American prehistory, since the early 1990s Dr. Davidson has worked primarily in historical archaeology, pursuing two main threads--issues of the African Diaspora and Mortuary Archaeology.

Florida Public Archaeology Network

"Archaeology Walk and Talk: Recent Discoveries at Kingsley Plantation"

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) works to raise awareness of Florida's archaeological resources and provides educational outreach to support programs.

100 Youth Inspirational Voices - Musical Theater Program

"Youth with Something to Sing About!"

Stage Aurora Theatrical Co., Inc. is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is 'to enlighten the mind by way of the arts through the African-American experience'. The Children and Educational Outreach Series is the backbone of Stage Aurora. Youth are given exposure to the arts through a camp designed to introduce youth to music, song, and dance. They fully experience the joy of theatre.

Ann Stoddard

"Researching Your Family History"

Dr. Ann Stoddard is a retired Professor of Education from University of North Florida. Dr. Stoddard's interests in genealogy stems from her quest to track down her Native American, African American, and White ancestors.

Deborah Strahorn

"Stories That Fly!"

Deborah Strahorn, a member of the Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, has worked as a professional storyteller since the late 1990s. She specializes in participatory stories for all ages with emphasis on "Teeny Tiny Tales for Tots." Since 1995 Deborah has worked with children as a family child care provider, teaching early literacy to infants and toddlers with her interactive storytelling style. Deborah holds a B.A. in Communications, from Northern Illinois University, with minors in art and theater; as well as a CDA Credential and NAFCC Accreditation for Family Childcare.

Daniel Schafer

"Zephaniah Kingsley, World Traveler"

Dr. Daniel Schafer was Professor of History at the University of North Florida until he retired in December 2007. Dr. Schafer has authored numerous articles and books, including Anna Madgigine Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slave Owner and his contribution to The African American History of Florida. He is currently working on two new books and is very active in making Florida's history and associated primary materials more accessible through his Florida History Online project.

African Caribbean Dance Theatre, Inc.

"Homage to the Ancestors"

Now in its fourteenth season, the African Caribbean Dance Theatre (ACDT) provides education and training and dance and drumming and presents programs year round. Based in Tallahassee, Florida, they present the Florida African Dance Festival with performances and workshops given by internationally renowned artists.

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