You are invited!

Join the celebration as the Master of Liberal Studies Program celebrates 30 years. Reconnect with old classmates and faculty, enjoy thought-provoking classroom discussion, and rediscover our beautiful Winter Park campus.

Saturday, November 11, 2017
2:00-9:00 p.m.

  • Short afternoon classes with your favorite MLS faculty
  • Alumni cocktail hour and dinner featuring an address by Dr. Barry Levis
  • Keynote speech by Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove

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schedule of events

Join us for all or part of the day's festivities.

Time Event Location
2:00-2:30 Check-in Bush Auditorium

Mini-Masterworks Session 1

Bush Building
4:15-5:30 Mini-Masterworks Session 2 Bush Building
5:30-7:30 Alumni Reception & Dinner Galloway Room
8:00-9:30 Gilbert King Keynote Speech Bush Auditorium

Class Descriptions

About Gilbert King & Devil in the Grove

mini class descriptions

Class Session 1 - 2:30-4:00

  1. Dr. Patricia Lancaster - Paris in the 1860s:  The Beginnings of Modernism
  2. Dr. Susan Libby - The Shock of the Nude: Edouard Manet's 'Olympia'

Class Session 2 - 4:15-5:30

  1. Dr. Hoyt Edge - Doesn't the US Need a Philospher-King?
  2. Dr. Tom Cook - A Medical-metaphysical-ethical Dilemma:  Dementia, Directives and Death with Dignity

about gilbert king

Gilbert King is the author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. A New York Times bestseller, the book was also named runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for non-fiction and was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. King is originally from Schenectady, New York. He has written about Supreme Court history and the death penalty for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine and The Marshall Project. His earlier book, The Execution of Willie Francis was published in 2008. He lives in New York City with his wife, two daughters, and a French Bulldog named Louis. 

About Devil in the Grove

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
Nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award
Book of the Year (Non-fiction, 2012) The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor

In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day's end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as "the Groveland Boys."

And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," and the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual threats that he would be next.

Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as "one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.

Real History: Devil in the Grove

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Mini Class Sessions

Reservation preference to alumni and guests. Current students and members of the Rollins community are welcome if space permits.

Alumni Beer/Wine Reception & Buffet Dinner

Reservation preference to alumni, who may bring 1 guest. Current MLS students welcome if space permits.

Gilbert King Speech

Open to the campus and community. Reserved seating will be offered for those attending the class sessions and/or dinner.


Complimentary parking is available at the SunTrust Parking Garage located on East Lyman Avenue. Please bring your parking stub to the event to be validated.

Walking Directions to the Bush Auditorium:

Exit the SunTrust Garage in the southeast corner and turn left to reach the Fairbanks crosswalk. After crossing under the iron gateway, the Bush Science Center will be the first building on your first. The Bush Auditorium is located at the first entrance.

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Walking Directions to the Galloway Room (Mills Memorial Building):

Exit the SunTrust Garage in the southeast corner and turn left to reach the Fairbanks crosswalk. After crossing under the iron gateway, follow the brick path to the flag pole. Mills Memorial Building is directly across the large green lawn, and the Galloway Room will be on your left as you enter.

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