Presidents in Florida Discussion

February 10, 2021
5:00pm Eastern Time
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Join us for a virtual excerpt of WUCF’s documentary, Presidents in Florida which uncovers the little-known stories that have created a long-standing bond between Florida and the White House. The screening will be followed by a live virtual conversation about the presidential impact on the space industry in Central Florida. Speakers include:

• James C. Clark, Author & Producer, Presidents in Florida

• Buddy Pittman, Producer, Presidents in Florida

• Amy Foster, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

• Lori Walters, Associate Research Professor, University of Central Florida

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Video Descriptions

Official Trailer

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the life and work of the legendary writer and his enduring influence on literature and culture. Three-part, six-hour series premieres April 5, 2021.

Extended Trailer

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song will explore the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews.

Presidents in Florida - Excerpt

120 minutes


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  • James C. Clark

    James Clark is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Florida. He earned a doctorate in Florida history at the University of Florida and a master’s degree at Stetson University. He is the author of eight books on Florida history and the editor of a three-volume anthology of Florida writing. One of his books is Presidents in Florida, which served as the basis for this documentary.

  • Buddy Pittman

    Buddy Pittman has worked in the television industry for more than four decades starting with WESH-NBC TV in Orlando. He then went on to work for WLWT-NBC TV in Cincinnati and Orlando’s WCPX-CBS TV. Buddy returned to WESH-NBC TV in Orlando as Sports Director, anchor and reporter for 21 years. Buddy is currently a Content Producer for WUCF TV, PBS in Central Florida. Part of his duties include producing Central Florida Roadtrip, which won a Southeast Regional Emmy Award in 2020. Buddy recently produced a one-hour documentary on Presidents in Florida for WUCF TV.

  • Amy Foster

    Amy Foster is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She completed an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University, an MA in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in History from Auburn University before joining the faculty at UCF. A lifelong fascination and love of the space program as well as an awareness of the challenges facing women in STEM fields drew her toward researching the history of women (particularly astronauts) at NASA. Her book, Integrating Women into the Astronaut Corps: Politics and Logistics at NASA, 1972-2003 was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2011. She teaches courses in the history of science, technology, and medicine, the history of aviation, the history of the US space program, and the history of women in science.

  • Lori Walters

    Lori Walters is a computational historian at the School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training and the Department of History. She has two research foci, one methodological and the other subject-based. Her methodological area of interest addresses the application of laser scanning, virtual and augmented reality to historical topics. Lori directs the ChronoPoints laser scanning project in the SENSEable Design Lab. Her subject-based research addresses the rise of the space program in Florida, the history of the City of Cocoa Beach, and Mid-Century architecture. Lori received the Florida Historical Society, Caroline P. Rossetter Award - Outstanding Woman in Florida History in 2019.

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