SCF Libraries to Present Faculty Lecture Series

(Bradenton, Fla., October 6, 2010) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Libraries will launch a new series of faculty lectures at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, at SCF Bradenton and SCF Venice. Receptions will follow the lectures.

The first lecture will be held via the state-of-the-art video conferencing technology to allow audiences at each campus to participate simultaneously. The lecture will feature two SCF faculty members Dr. Michael Buonanno, professor, language and literature and Thomas Honsa, adjunct instructor, social and behavioral sciences.

Buonanno will present an essay titled, “The Rhetoric of Islamophobia in Sicily and America.” He received a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in folklore, myth and film studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His fieldwork projects in Italian-American communities and Sicily have led to publications in journals New York Folklore and Journal of American Folklore and books “Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural” and “The World Observed: Reflections on the Fieldwork Process.”

Honsa will discuss his essay, adapted from an article published in Florida Monthly magazine, on the establishment and early publication efforts of the Weekly Bulletin, a former area black newspaper that began in 1959. Honsa, who specializes in 20th Century history, received his master’s degree in history from the University of South Florida.

Each hour-long discussion will include a presentation of research, a moderator’s response and audience questions. A display of research and resources on the topics will be available in the college’s libraries. Receptions will follow the lectures held at each campus.

The lecture will be held at SCF Bradenton, building 27, room 105 and SCF Venice, building 800, room 835. Maps and directions are online at

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