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.

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Off the Page: So You Want to Write Kid Lit?

Fruitville Library 100 Apex Rd., Sarasota, Florida

Fruitville Library presents the So You Want to Write Kid Lit? author panel as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Award-winning children's authors and writing teachers Dianne Ochiltree, Ryan Van Cleave, and Sylvia Whitman tell participants everything they need to know about writing for children—whether it is picture books, middle grade fiction, nonfiction, or young adult novels. Join them for an overview of the field, including how to

Off the Page: Mystery Night with Oceanview Publishing

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library hosts a panel discussion all about mysteries with Oceanview Publishing as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Oceanview is an independent book publisher specializing in the best in mystery, thrillers, and suspense. Founding partners Bob and Pat Gussin are joined by authors Don Bruns, Susan Klaus, and Ward Larsen to discuss the exciting twists and turns of mystery. Bob Gussin never let his Ph.D. and position

Preserving Voices: Representations of Revolution


The Center for Jose Marti Studies Affiliate at the University of Tampa is hosting the second public program in the Preserving Voices series, bringing alive the tradition and showmanship of the "lector de tabaqueria," of the cigar factory reader. This panel looks at the significant articles from the Cuban emigre press of Key West and New York City during the 1880s as these communities conspired to gain independence from their

Off the Page: Writing with A.I.

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library hosts "Writing with A.I." with writing instructor Rick Dakan as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Rick Dakan discusses the collide between artificial intelligence and creative writing. Rick Dakan lives, writes, and teaches in Sarasota, Florida. He is a professor of Creative Writing at the Ringling College of Art and Design, where he teaches classes on writing for video games, writing for tabletop games, writing comics, the

Sip and Scholarship: Seeing Florida Heritage Through Archaeology

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1795 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, Florida

The history of Florida is fascinating, and archaeological research provides a tactile, visual, and place-based approach to appreciating what has been achieved. The aspects of the past that are in the present, that are being seen, used and visited by people today, are heritage. This presentation explores the dynamics of heritage by highlighting archaeological insights into Indigenous landscapes, colonial sites, utopian settlements, minority communities, and modern cities. After 25 years

Off the Page with Science Writer Sam Kean

Gulf Gate Library 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, Florida

Gulf Gate Library hosts science writer Sam Kean for a discussion on life as a science writer and the stories brought to life in his books as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he's a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The New Yorker, The

Off the Page Teen Writing Workshop—The Vices of Villainy: Crafting Vivacious Villains and Outstanding Antagonists

Betty J Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newton Boulevard, Sarasota, FL

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts a teen writing workshop with Ringling College of Art and Design as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Participants can examine the great villains and antagonists of literature, film, animation, and more to learn what makes them effective and memorable. In groups, teens will design their own villains and develop their goals, motives, morals, and origins to create compelling catalysts of conflict.

The Telling Project: Featuring Dr. Paul Ortiz


Florida Humanities helped veterans tell their stories in a number of communities through The Telling Project. In honor of Veterans Day, we will be showing The Telling Project film. In this film, six Florida military veterans and one military spouse tell their personal stories through dramatic performances onstage, in the WEDU PBS documentary. Go behind the scenes of the theatrical process, following the diverse cast of service members for five

The Hidden History of Florida

Ocala Public Library 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida

Beginning in 1565 with the founding of St. Augustine, Florida has been making history; but, much of it is hidden. In his entertaining presentation, Dr. Clark traces the little-known facts of Florida, including the story of the state flag, the origin of Florida's largest grocery store chain, Coca-Cola billionaires, and the origin of cars on the beach with over thirty unique and fast-paced stories. This presentation is based on the

Off the Page: Illustrator Panel

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library presents an illustrators panel as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." John Herzog moderates a conversation with illustrators Katherine Blackmore, Oliver Dominguez, and Jenin Mohammed. These working illustrators discuss the trajectories of their careers, the state of the industry, and what it takes to be an illustrator in today's market. Visit Off the Page to learn more about other festival events. Funding is provided in part

Race and War: Race Relations in Tampa During World War II

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, Florida

Pearl Harbor served as a siege gun in the history of modern Tampa. On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Tampa was a southern city of 108,000 inhabitants. A rigid line defined race relations, but the war launched the first massive struggle for freedom and justice across the Deep South and America. African-American ministers and teachers and soldiers and civilians launched a Double-V campaign: war against totalitarianism and a war against

Ten Foods That Define Florida

The Collection on Palmetto 2116 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, Florida

The Ten Foods of Florida is an ever-evolving list, involving arguments as to whether strawberry shortcake or pecan pie should topple Key Lime pie as the Sunshine State's most iconic dessert, or whether the Cuban is more significant than a fried grouper sandwich. This illustrated talk also discusses Cortez mullet, Vernon gophers, LaBelle swamp cabbage, Ybor City Cuban bread, stone-ground grits, Immokalee tomatoes, and Hastings potatoes and the lamentation of

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen


The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida's landscape painters. Keri Watson is an associate professor

Making a Way Out of No Way

Pinellas County African American History Museum 1101 Marshall Street, Clearwater, FL, United States

"Making a Way Out of No Way" is a popular African-American expression. Dr. Bireda, portraying pioneer Queen Andrews, answers questions posed by W.E.B DuBois regarding the agency and joy expressed by African-Americans during Jim Crow, including the values, virtues, creativity, and resilience in the community. Dr. Martha Bireda is the Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. For over 25 years, she

MEMBERSHIP EVENT: Once Upon a Time in Florida: Curating the Anthology

Virtual / Online

Join Florida Humanities for a special members-only online event to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises. The new book marks Florida Humanities' 50th anniversary with a collection of 50 timeless stories from FORUM, the award winning magazine of Florida Humanities. As part of a statewide book tour, Jacki Levine, the anthology's editor, reunites with Executive Director Nashid Madyun

What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World

St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL

When Walt Disney realized cheap tourist traps were enveloping Disneyland, he began a nationwide search for enough land to hold every dream he could imagine. What happened next would require a heightened degree of CIA-level secrecy for Disney's undercover team, who launched a misinformation campaign that included dummy corporations and secret transactions. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

Scribbling Women in Florida

Citrus County Libraries- Coastal Regional Branch 8619 W Crystal St., Crystal River, Florida

Scribbling Women in Florida: This program includes a dozen women authors who "ran south in agitation" to Florida, starting in the Reconstruction Era through the late 20th century. We follow Harriet Beecher Stowe, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rose Wilder Lane, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Rachel Carson, as they explore the

Coffee and Conversations: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Rachel Carson: Their Books Changed the World

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

This program begins in 1941, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a journalist, writing her River of Grass book for money, not to save the Everglades. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, some of the United States' most beloved birds were well on their way to extinction due to pesticides. This program tells how Douglas restored the Everglades and Carson saved wildlife through their writings. Betty Jean Steinhouser has

Midtown Through Our Eyes: Opening Reception

Studio @620 620 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, Florida

Journeys in Journalism, a K-12 program of the Pinellas County Schools, presents highlights of the students' fall 2023 work, emphasizing photojournalism centered on the students' schools and the community, news and sports events, and a special project covering the redevelopment of the former Gas Plant neighborhood of south St. Petersburg. The exhibits' opening reception is Friday, January 12 at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. The exhibit is on view through February

The Local Media and Me—WSLR’s Public Newsroom Series

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, Florida

WSLR presents The Local Media and Me, the first in a series of public newsroom panels. The evening begins with short presentations by three local journalists sharing insiders' perspectives on how their organizations gather and disseminate news, the limitations they face, and the skills readers and listeners need to move from passive consumers or sideline critics to active participants in news production. In a discussion moderated by anthropologist Maria Vespiri,

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