Florida Humanities Council Blog

Using FORUM magazine as the catalyst to start conversations that matter to Floridians, the FHC Blog explores humanities content designed to pique your interest.  We hope our various posts inspire you to leave your thoughts and join the conversation.  Come back each month to see what is new!

Heritage Kitchen

In 1905, Casimiro Hernandez Sr., began selling Cuban sandwiches and cafe con leche to the legions of his cigar-making compatriots who lived and worked nearby, but who longed for a taste of their native island,


A State of Wonder

FLORIDA State of Wonder Sarasota sunset Searching for one thing and finding another By Rob Rutan My wife and I had been in the Sarasota area for three days when I awoke one morning with

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What we’re reading

Florida In each issue, FORUM celebrates the joy of reading by offering a favorite book to consider. In this issue, Sally Bradshaw, owner of Tallahassee’s Midtown Reader book store, recommends Florida, by Lauren Groff, published


What we’re watching

Looking for something to watch tonight? The Florida Humanities Archives is full of resources to watch, read and hear. Among them are videos produced with FHC support. “In Their Own Words: Perseverance and Resilience in


Letter from the Director

Celebrating the power of the word Words, carefully chosen and placed in the right order, convey who we are and what we value. It is no surprise that literature, poetry, and the study of languages


Letter from the Editor

Exploring our connections Francie Nolan, 11 years old, sits reading in her favorite place, the fire escape outside her coldwater flat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If there was ever a better heroine for a bookish child



Below you will find blog posts related to diverse and dynamic humanities topics FHC has published through its various media platforms the past few years. Check out these fan favorites and leave a comment!

Insiders’ Florida

Discovering the heart of Tallahassee Whether you’re a visitor or longtime resident, this capital city may surprise you By Susan Cerulean On a bitter January night in 1982, I motored north from Gainesville to begin


For the love of… pickleball?

Florida seniors are not just watching sports, they’re playing in ever-greater numbers By Jon Wilson THE VILLAGES — Pickleball. Come on, is that a serious sport? In a word: Very. But what a name. More


River and road

By Jared Beck and Pamela Miner Gold Medal, Visual Arts An Excerpt: Love by Design 1215 Caloosa Drive Having met as teenagers through youth groups sponsored by their respective synagogues, Carolyn and Bruce Gora first


Norman Van Aken’s Florida Kitchen

By Norman Van Aken Gold Medal, Cooking An Excerpt: ON FUSION COOKING “The fires of fusion are coming.” —Norman Van Aken, On Fusion Cooking 1988 Thirty years ago I wrote the words above sitting in


Calling a Wolf A Wolf

By Kaveh Akbar Silver Medal, General Fiction An Excerpt: MILK the geese are curving around the horizon drawing maps a curve is a straight line broken at all its points so much of being alive