American Values: An Evening with David Blankenhorn
There are few opportunities for this kind of deep-dive interview with the founder of that quickly growing national organization Braver Angels, David Blankenhorn.
Danielle Allen: Our Declaration
An important conversation with Dr. Danielle Allen, author of “Our Declaration” about this precipitous and critical moment in the future of building a multiracial democracy. Facilitated by Florida Humanities, Executive Director, Dr. Nashid Madyun.
Free Speech (in the age of political correctness and bad manners)
While charges of “hate speech” sprout like crabgrass on an un-mowed lawn and college students debate micro-aggressions, when a bad choice of words can tank your career, we seem to be in a societal-wide spitting match about just who is the most tediously offended.
Respect + Rebellion: The State of Debate on Campus
Universities have long been experienced as a place where the ideals of free inquiry and deliberative democracy are embodied – even as the paragon of these values. But in recent years, colleges across the nation have become front-page news for alarming instances of censoring voices and protests escalating when two ideas come into conflict.
Amanda Ripley: High Conflict: How we get trapped and how we get out
We’ll be joined for an intimate conversation by journalist Amanda Ripley to talk about her tour-de-force book about how we — in our lives, in our work, and in our country — navigate the unique dynamics of high conflict at a time when division is on the rise.
Created Equal and Breathing Free: The Straining Founding Ideals of Equality and Freedom
“All Men are Created Equal,” but not everyone feels they are. Have we gone too far with insuring equality or not far enough? In “Created Equal + Breathing Free,” we’ll examine the straining of the central – and sometimes competing – principles of equality and freedom.
Dead Presidents + Living Statues: Ideals, hypocrisy + e pluribus unum
As current events batter already weakened institutions of democracy, it’s increasingly hard to navigate how we gather together under the banner of “e pluribus unum.” We’ll be joined by humanities and presidential scholar Clay Jenkinson as we struggle together to understand (and learn lessons from) the tumult of our times.
From Victim to Victor: Jackie Robinson at 100
Airdate: July 22, 2021 On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we discussed the impact of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 – why it was such a momentous breakthrough, how it laid the groundwork for the subsequent success of the civil rights movement, and what we can still learn from Robinson’s example today. We were joined by Jackie Robinson’s cousin, Dr. Linda Walden, Fred Flowers, who
An Evening with Thomas Jefferson
Airdate: July 8, 2021 Clay Jenkinson has lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in forty-nine states over a period of fifteen years, having performed before Supreme Court justices, presidents, eighteen state legislatures, and countless public, corporate and student audiences as well as appearing on The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, The Colbert Report and CNN. Clay is a humanities scholar, Rhodes Scholar, author and social commentator who is considered one of the most
Created Equal | Stretching Toward Freedom
Airdate: June 24, 2021 The 6th event in the annual “Created Equal” series — offered by Leon County and The Village Square with support from Florida Humanities (including facilitation by Keith Simmons) features prominent historians marking this momentous history and considering how we continue to stretch toward freedom today. The panel included Florida A&M University’s Dr. Larry Rivers, University of Florida’s Dr. Paul Ortiz, and the founding director of John G. Riley
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