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.
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One Nation Under God: Religion’s Impact on the United States: Seeing the Other: Sacred Listening and Portraits with Daniel EpsteinVirtual/Online
The Jewish Council of North Central Florida hosts a lecture with Daniel Epstein as part of their series One Nation Under God: Religion's Impact on the United States. Daniel Epstein, creator of the Portraits of Faith online project, shares a "photographic meditation" and how various people have answered his key questions around the world. Portraits of Faith focuses on publishing interviews, conducting "Sacred Listening" workshops and working to dismantle the
More Than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous WomenVirtual/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.
Where Bright Thoughts Like Rivers Flow: Storytelling and Writing With and For the Cherokee NationVirtual/Online
The Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida hosts a virtual presentation by Dr. Emily Legg. Through a careful weaving of traditional Cherokee stories, cultural practices of duyuk'ta, and archival recovery work, Dr. Legg illustrates the participatory nature of Indigenous storytelling and the ways builds and sustains a community of knowledge-makers across time and place. Dr. Emily Legg is a Cherokee Nation citizen and assistant professor
Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?Virtual/Online
When Superman first flew onto comic book pages, the Kryptonian set the bar for the future of the medium. Female superheroes also filled those pages from the start, but their portrayal has been a subject of controversy. This presentation examines how women are perceived in popular culture through the lens of comic books and asks "what are their real powers?" Magdalena Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology
Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s EmpireVirtual/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
Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United StatesVirtual/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. David Head is an associate lecturer
Key West Hand Print Fabrics: An Island IndustryVirtual/Online
In 1961, two friends from Broadway visited Key West. Peter Pell and Jim Russell fell in love with their surroundings: brightly-colored flowers, exotic fruits, and resplendent birds. Residents urged them to open a silk-screening factory, which became Key West Hand Print Fabrics. The company began printing and selling textiles to visitors, and hired an artists name Suzie dePoo who produced a marvelous array of tropical imagery on fabrics. One of
What Kind of Ancestors Do You Want to Be?: Sea Level Rise and Heritage Sites in FloridaVirtual/Online
New weather patterns, larger storms, and rising sea levels are challenging communities and transforming conventional thinking. Archaeologists document the shifting seascape's destruction of archaeological and historical sites and offer long-term perspectives on human adaptation and maladaptation to environmental changes. This presentation is global in scope and includes Floridian archaeological perspectives. Uzi Baram is a Professor of Anthology and founding Director of the Public Archaeology Lab at New College of Florida.
A Braver Story: The Braver Angels Story of AmericaVirtual/Online
Are you 'us' or are you 'them? These days every religious, nonprofit, and for-profit has to state their opinion on every political disagreement. This event discusses how advisable this situation is and if there might be a better way. This event is free to attend but registration is required to attend via the Eventbrite link. Built by patriotic volunteers, Braver Angels is a national movement to bridge the partisan divide,
War in Paradise: World War II in FloridaVirtual/Online
In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with immunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida's very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases and airfields increased from 8 to 172