Events Calendar

In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.

Alert: Due to Hurricane Ian, some events have been canceled or postponed. We are working to ensure that our events calendar remains accurate. We strongly urge you to call the event contact for any program you are interested in to confirm that the event is still planned.

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans

Virtual/Online

Explore the human fascination with seashells and their ancient history as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects, and the remarkable marine mollusks that make them in Ms. Barnett's engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight. Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for the warming world. No registration or

Writers in Paradise

Virtual/Online

Beginning with a poem around 1560, the Florida story has been told and retold. This presentation features the stories of over two dozen well-known authors of the past and present who found inspiration and a haven under Florida's sun, including Ernest Hemingway, Judy Blume, Tennessee Williams, and more. Registration is required but the event is free to attend. Jim Clark is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Florida

Early Cuban Exiles: Memories of Loss, Struggle, and Rebirth

Virtual/Online

From 1959 to 1973, more than 600,000 Cuban exiles came to the US in two waves and laid the foundation for the modern Cuban American community. Almost all arrived with only a few clothes and pocket money. Based on interviews with 54 persons about early Cuban exiles, this presentation tells how and why they left Cuba, what they found when they arrived here, and how they built new lives. Admission

Colombia Literaria: Identidad, Paz y Cultura

Virtual/Online

A panel of award-winning Colombian authors explore the impact of literature on Columbia's path to peace and discuss immigration, cultural identity, and assimilation through their works as part of Broward County Library's NEA Big Read 2023. Registration for this program is not required. Admission is free. Elvira Sanchez-Blake is a journalist and writer. She obtained a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Latin American Studies at Cornell University. Gloria Munoz is

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Virtual/Online

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American south. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Women

Virtual/Online

Though not always in the history books, the women who helped build, form, shape, and develop the state have inspired hope and possibility. Stories of strong, courageous women like Julia Tuttle, known as the Mother of Miami, or Mary McCleod Bethune, daughter of enslaved parents who went on to become an advisor to several US presidents, and other brave women who influenced and impacted their communities, Florida, and the nation.

Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire

Virtual/Online

Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them. This event is free to attend

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