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Press Release for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Famed Journalist and Author Discusses ‘Florida: Revelations of America at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

T.D. Allman, a historian, author and foreign correspondent famed for his eye-witness accounts of historic events, will discuss “Florida: Revelations of America” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Student Union, Building 58W, Auditorium, Room 2704. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Allman, a Florida native, has reported from countless places like El Salvador, Beirut, Haiti, the Plain of Jars, Ethiopia during the famine and Tiananmen Square. He is a former Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.

His latest book, “Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State,” has been praised in such publications as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction. Allman’s classic study of change in America, “Miami: City of the Future,” was recently republished by the University Press of Florida.

Allman’s other books include “Unmanifest Destiny” and “Rogue State.” He is the co-author or contributor to a dozen other books in which he deals with subjects ranging from his friendship with the French-language author Marguerite Yourcenar and his return to the Killing Fields of Cambodia to his encounters with the King of Spain, Muammar Gadhafi, Boris Yeltsin and other world figures.

His byline has appeared on more than 1,000 thoughtful articles, sent from more than 90 countries on subjects ranging from the urban crisis in America to ethnic cleansing in Serbia in such publications as Harpers, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the National Geographic and Le Monde.

Allman has taught or lectured at several universities, including Yale University, Oxford University, the University of Oregon, the University of Indiana, the University of Alaska, UCLA and Berkeley to name a few. The T.D. Allman Studentships, financed by the Focus Foundation, seek to encourage independent scholarly investigation of past and present events. His archives are housed at Harvard’s Houghton Library.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office, Department of English, Department of History and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. For more information, contact Professor Clark Lunberry at (904) 620-2273 or

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