Panel Discussion: Open to IDEAs

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10-9-2020 12:30 PM


Open to IDEAs: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in the Archives - A wrap-up to the day’s presentations with an opportunity to address how South Florida’s archives and their service communities can reimagine and redefine access and preservation reflective of the region’s collective history.



Dr. Phillip M. Carter is director of the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment and Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at Florida International University.

Carter is an interdisciplinary sociocultural linguist whose work explores the relationship between language and subjectivity and the sociocultural, historical, political, and psychological forces that circumstance that relationship, chief among them race/ethnicity. His research mobilizes theories and methods from a wide range of disciplinary formations, including linguistics, anthropology, critical theory, psychology, discourse analysis, and others and seeks to bring attention to spaces in which inequality is built on or articulated through questions of language and language diversity. He has authored dozens of articles and chapters in leading journals such as Latino Studies, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, American Speech, English World Wide, Spanish in Context, Language and Communication and others on topics related to Spanish in the United States, language and politics, bilingual education, and immigration and identity. For nearly a decade, Carter’s research has centered the racioethnic, political, and national origin dimensions of language variation in South Florida.


Carady DeSimone
As a recent transplant to the state of Florida, Carady provides a studious anthropological perspective from the fringes. Her hands-on approach to processing The Radiation, Inc. Archives at Florida Tech cemented her interest in the complex histories throughout the state. Faced with entering the workforce amidst the Covid-19 Upheaval, she became active in both SFA (Audit Committee) and SAA (AWEF Organizing Member; Secretary, Students and New Professionals) to maintain a connection with the archival community of practice. A career-change professional with a varied background (including multiple forms of analog and digital communications equipment), she is currently on contract in Tallahassee, fulfilling the requirements to advance to Certified Archivist.

Afua Ferdnance
Archivist, African American Research Library and Cultural Center
Afua Ferdnance received her Bachelor’s degree in American History from Connecticut College in 2012. In 2016 she received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from North Carolina Central University. Upon graduation, she worked as the visiting archivist for African American Collections at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The position was co-sponsored by Julieanna Richardson of the HistoryMakers. Afua currently works as the archivist for Broward County Library where she oversees archives and special collections at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, the Broward County Historical Archives and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book.

Sylvia Gurinsky
History Educator & Writer
A native Miamian, Sylvia is a local history educator and guide for Context Travel, Flamingo Gardens, the Miami-Dade County Women's Park and various local universities. She co-hosts the television series "Roadside Florida," produced by the Lynn & Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives. A Florida International University graduate, she worked for WPLG-Channel 10, the Jewish Journal and HistoryMiami Museum. Her honors have included two Florida Associated Press Awards for Editorial Writing and a Peter Jennings Project Fellowship for Journalists and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center.

Béatrice Skokan
Head of Manuscripts and Archives Management, University of Miami Libraries
Béatrice Skokan is responsible for the management and assessment of manuscripts and archival processing for collections in all formats across the distinctive collections within the UM Libraries. As Curator of Caribbean Collections, she leads the coordination of collection development, exhibits, research, and outreach pertaining to the UM Libraries Caribbean collections.

Much of her work has been focused on documenting oral and immigrant cultures of South Florida often left unheard by the "mainstream." She has contributed: “From Haiti to Miami: Security, Serendipity, and Social Justice” published in Informed Agitation, Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (Litwin Books, 2013) and “The Collaborative Archive from the African Diaspora: Access and Outreach” published in Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada (Litwin Books, 2014).

Chad Tingle
Director/Producer, Crown Street Films
A New Yorker by way of Jamaica brought up in two locales that are opposites, Chad’s point of view is a result of what these places have to offer.

After receiving a B.S. in communications from the University of Miami, Chad started his career directing documentaries that explore race-based gentrification. The female African-American custom of wearing hats to church services on Sundays, and Miami’s soul music scene in the mid to late 60s

His films have been invited to screen at SXSW, Aspen Shortsfest, Miami International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival.

In 2015, Chad transitioned into commercial directing. His work includes spots for Anthem’ s Simply Healthcare, lifestyle campaigns for Oakley, Resorts World Casinos, and Broward Health.

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Oct 9th, 12:30 PM Oct 9th, 1:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Open to IDEAs


Open to IDEAs: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in the Archives - A wrap-up to the day’s presentations with an opportunity to address how South Florida’s archives and their service communities can reimagine and redefine access and preservation reflective of the region’s collective history.