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Famed journalist and author to discuss Florida: Revelations of America March 27

allmanT.D. Allman, a historian, author and foreign correspondent famed for his eyewitness accounts of historic events, will present “Florida: Revelations of America” at 7 p.m. March 27 at Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus BioScience Technology Complex Room 127. The event is free and open to the public.

Allman, a Florida native and author of “Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State,” will give insights into Florida’s past and present position in America. He will trace its progress from being an unconquered realm protected by geography to a site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery and the roll-back of Reconstruction.

He also will reveal how Florida recovered after an extermination of its original native population to now being home to 19 million residents. It is currently viewed as a dynamic, multicultural place with an essential role in 21st-century America.

Born in Tampa, Allman was educated at Harvard and Oxford universities. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has reported from places as El Salvador, Beirut, Haiti, the Plain of Jars, Ethiopia and Tiananmen Square.

“Finding Florida,” was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction. Allman has also authored other books including “Miami: City of the Future,” and “Rogue State: America at War with the World.”

He is also 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.

The lecture is funded by the Nancy Levin Distinguished Guest Series Fund. For more information on “Finding Florida,” visit www.finding-florida.com/. For more information on the event, contact Dr. Robert Van Der Velde at 561-207-5416 or email vanderr@palmbeachstate.edu.

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