Michael Jepson to speak at Emerson Center

VERO BEACH — The Emerson Center Humanities Series continues with In Their Own Words on Thursday, March 11, by Michael Jepson, PhD, marine anthropologist.  Audiences will join Jepson as they explore, through the use of oral history and photo journalism, a documentary with stories of fishing families from Cortez and Cedar Key, and what is happening in their communities as a result of new regulations and development pressures. Jepson is the Program Director, Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Tampa, Florida and currently serves as Social Scientist with the Southeast Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries in St. Petersburg.  He specializes in research on fishing communities and the social impacts of fishery policy.

The Humanities Series is presented by The Emerson Center, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vero Beach, in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council.  Six acclaimed speakers and performers  have been presenting at the Center since October 2009, with presentations relating to Florida and national history and issues. Admission to each is complimentary and all performances begin at 7 p.m. Wilmington Trust is the Presenting Sponsor and ABC Schumann Printing is the Printing Sponsor.

Concluding the six-performance series on Thursday, April 8, 2010, is From Hard Times to Hard Rock, with Seminole scholar, Patsy West.  Ms. West, Director of the Seminole/Miccosukee Photo Archive, will share history and stories of the Seminole Indian Tribe.  Ms. West is a seasoned presenter with the Humanities Speakers Bureau and has published numerous pieces on the Seminoles through the University Press of Florida.

For more information, contact 772-778-5249.

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