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Dreams in the New Century: A Conversation with Gary Mormino and Steve Seibert


June 5, 2022 [St. Petersburg, FL] - It was a time of stunning episodes of boom and bust, an era of extremes, a decade of historic changes that point to Florida’s future. In Dreams in the New Century, eminent historian Gary Mormino illuminates early twenty-first-century Florida and its connections to some of the most significant events in contemporary American history. 


Mormino will be joined by former Executive Director of the Florida Humanities, Steve Seibert to discuss the deep conflicts at the heart of Florida talk more about how he unravels Florida’s complicated recent history in a gripping, informative, and fascinating narrative. 

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 7:00pm-8:00pm                                                  

Where: Tombolo Books – 2153 1st Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Parking for the event is available on Central Avenue.                                                  

Free event open to the public 


Light refreshments will be served, and masks are required. To RSVP, visit



    A leading Florida historian explores one of the state’s most consequential eras


    As Mormino shows, Florida is a place of deep conflictsNorth and South, liberal and conservative, newcomer and local, growth and conservationwith histories that can be traced back centuries. In 2000‒2010, Mormino argues, these tensions collided to produce a “Big Bang” that will continue to resonate in years to come. Mormino takes stock of this crucible of change and explains the social, cultural, and political intricacies of a state the world struggles to understand. Dreams in the New Century unravels Florida’s complicated recent history in a gripping, informative, and fascinating narrative. 


    Gary R. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall professor emeritus in history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He continues to teach a class in Modern Florida and World War II. Presently, he is the scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. His first book, Immigrants on the Hill: Italians in St. Louis was published by University of Illinois Press and received the Howard Marraro prize for the best work in Italian history. In 1987, he collaborated with George Pozzetta in the publication of The Immigrant World of Ybor City (University of Illinois Press). In 2005, Mormino wrote Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida. The book was adapted for the PBS documentary, The Florida Dream, which received a regional Emmy In 2012, Florida Trend conveyed the honor of “Florida Icon.” That same year he was honored by the Florida House in Washington D.C. for his literary accomplishments. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Florida Humanities Council’s Lifetime Achievement in Writing. In 2020, the University Press of Florida published Millard Fillmore Caldwell: Governing on the Wrong Side of History. His new book, Dreams in a New Century, a study of Florida, 2000-2010, has recently been released. 


    “Fascinating. . . . [Mormino’s] knowledge of the state is encyclopedic, and he has included an astonishing amount of it in this book. . . . Dreams in the New Century is both important history and a glimpse into our future.”—Tampa Bay Times 


    For more information about this event and other Tombolo events please contact: Kelsey Jagneaux
     Events Coordinator 





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