Dr. Robb Willer, “How to Have Better Political Conversations” (or “Ending this Zombie Apocalypse”)

Airdate: September 22 2022 Dr. Robb Willer of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University has been working on understanding the moral underpinnings of this accelerating anger—and his research shows that we’re speaking different languages. Our conversation makes Robb, a movie buff, think of zombie apocalypse movies, and wonder if we’re acting just a little too much like “foot soldiers in the army of the undead” in the

Created Equal Presents: Neil Phillips “Race to Truth”

Airdate: September 8 2022 “One day, here in America,” said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, “I hope that we will see this and we will become one big family of Americans.” More than 50 years and King’s death, it is an aching American tragedy that we find ourselves with issues of race, arguably, as emotional, divisive and consequential as in King’s time. The “Created Equal” series launched to address this

A Great Escape

An enslaved Floridian’s astounding journey to freedom inspires awe, conversation—and poetry. By Janet Scherberger Editor's Note: The exhibit “Journey to Freedom: The Odyssey of Abolitionist Moses Roper” won a Secretary of State award through the Florida Main Street Awards Program.  In 1834, 19-year-old Moses Roper had already tried to escape from slavery 19 times. A forced laborer on an Apalachicola steamboat, Roper was ferociously beaten after every attempt, but undaunted,

Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Application Tips and Tricks

Submitting a successful Greater Good: Humanities in Academia application should not be a shot in the dark. In this webinar, Florida Humanities staff walks attendees through tenets of a successful application, common pitfalls of denied grants, and strategies to ensure your application – and public humanities programming – is the best it can be. This webinar is designed for: Applicants recently denied looking to improve their applications for future grant

Award-Winning Author Lauren Groff and Book + Bottle Discuss Her Recent Novels, Best Wine and Book Pairings

With the 2022 National Book Festival fast approaching, Florida Humanities is highlighting the authors and books selected to represent the Sunshine State at this year’s festival. As part of the book festival’s Route1 Reads initiative, Florida Humanities was tasked with promoting stories that illuminate the important aspects of the state and commonwealth connected by the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida.  Our Route1

7 Deadly Sins: The Decline of Moral Community and the Rise of Public Corruption

Airdate: August 2022 There is perhaps nowhere in our civic debate where the conversation has grown so calcified as the one about morality. Why don’t liberals seem to care about moral behavior and the moral communities that support it? Why don’t conservatives seem to care about rampant public corruption at the heart of our political system? If we care about doing the right thing, can’t we care about both? Retired

FORUM Wins Big at Top Statewide Magazine Awards

FORUM, the magazine of Florida Humanities, won 16 awards at the 2022 Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards Gala on August 5 in Ponte Vedra Beach. The magazine received six first-place “Charlies,” six silver and four bronze — including a Charlie for Best Overall: Writing and sweeping the Best Writing: In-Depth Reporting category. The awards recognized outstanding writing, design and photography achievements by Florida magazines in 2021. Congratulations to the entire

The Colonel

Tampa’s “Colonel” Tom Parker made Elvis Presley the greatest pop star of all time. 
But did he ruin him as an artist? By Bob Kealing All eyes were on Elvis Presley as he strode into a press conference at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 1, 1969. Few noticed “Colonel” Tom Parker, the star’s ubiquitous 60-year-old manager, who stood to the side as Presley took a seat at
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