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Please join our conversations about Florida. We’ll explore the stories, people, places, issues, and events that make up our cultural heritage. Read on, and add your thoughts!

  • What’s your favorite Florida line?

    What’s your favorite Florida line? Floridians enjoy a fantastic literary smorgasbord of novels, nonfiction, poetry, and more. So many authors, past and present, have written great insights about our state. What’s your favorite sentence about Florida written by an author? We love this one from the poem “Florida” by poet

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  • Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Joseph Cofield

    Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Joseph Cofield The Florida Humanities Council partners with The Telling Project, a national effort to bring veterans’ stories of military service to local communities. “Telling: Southwest Florida” features four veterans from the Army and Marine Corps. Each week, we will tell you a little more about

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  • Remembering Mike Gannon

    Remembering Mike Gannon Michael Gannon’s remarkable life touched many thousands of Floridians. A school dropout who grew up in historic St. Augustine, he went on to become an eminent Florida historian. Along the way he was a radio sportscaster, a Catholic priest, a distinguished professor at the University of Florida,

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  • Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Timothy Durham

    Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Timothy Durham The Florida Humanities Council partners with The Telling Project, a national effort to bring veterans’ stories of military service to local communities. “Telling: Southwest Florida” features five veterans from the Army and Marine Corps. Three performances will occur at the end of the month

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  • Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Jason Calabrese

    Meet Telling: Southwest Veteran Jason Calabrese Below is one of the poems Jason wrote about his military experience. The Shores and Shoals of Iraq From Baghdad’s straights to Port Fallujah, the tides of the past have receded back and Democracies’ setting sail to the Shores and shoals inside of Iraq.

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  • Teacher Spotlight: Steven Hammerman

    Teacher Spotlight: Steven Hammerman Around the state of Florida, teachers go above and beyond to bring the best educational opportunities to their students. Today, we wanted to highlight one of these teachers. Do you know a K-12 teacher who deserves a spotlight? Email our Education Program Director Dr. Jacqui May.

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  • Florida Students Recite Poetry

    Florida Students Recite Poetry On Saturday, March 11, nearly fifty students representing schools and districts across the state gathered in Tampa for the state’s Poetry Out Loud competition. These young poets practiced their craft for months, first competing in classrooms and later with other students. School winners then traveled to

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  • How do the humanities anchor democracy?

    How do the humanities anchor democracy? We may live in a STEM-focused world, but the humanities remain crucial in helping us understand one another. And that is key to sustaining our democracy, writes Steve Seibert, our executive director. Read his thought-provoking essay, below. In Praise of the Humanities By Steven

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  • Race and Change: The Florida Experience

    Race and Change: The Florida Experience Read how Kitty Oliver, a veteran South Florida journalist, author, oral historian, jazz singer, and university professor, was inspired to collect the personal stories of Floridians from many cultures as way to bridge the racial divide, promote healing, and affirm progress. Among her many

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  • How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida

    How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida “It seemed to me that my first Christmas at Cross Creek would break my heart,” wrote Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, a journalist who left Upstate New York in 1928 for the wilds of the Florida subtropics. Rawlings, who became one of

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