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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, Poetry Out Loud, Prime Time, and more.

Alert: Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), some events have been cancelled 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.

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NSU Lifelong Learning Institute Community, Intergenerational Lecture Series – Civics and Democracy, Part I – Voting, with Charles Zelden, Ph.D.

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NSU LLI Civics & Democracy Series is free and open to the community. Part I - Voting, with Charles Zelden, Ph.D. will focus on the mechanics of voting. It will discuss past and current voting methods including a discussion on the Electoral College and Ranked Choice Voting. To receive the Zoom links, please email [email protected], subject: Civics and Democracy Series. This program is funded in part by a Florida Humanities

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida: State Parks and More with David Schmidt

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Join David Schmidt, curator of the State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, as he presents an overview of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the projects, from the Keys to the Panhandle, that were accomplished during this historic period. This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Broward Public Library Foundation. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the

Poetry of the Land: Bringing Hip Hop and Agriculture Together

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Dr. Constanza López speaks with "El Aka," a community leader from Comuna 13, Medellín, Colombia. This presentation will discuss the history of Comuna 13, el Aka's experience growing up in a place devastated by armed conflict, his fight to obtain a voice through art and hip hop, the link between hip hop and agriculture, and El Aka's vision of community and governance. Hosted by the University of North Florida, "The

Virtual Book Club on Black Motherhood and Health

Join the Florida International University's Center for Women's and Gender Studies for a lively, virtual discussion of "Battling over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis" by J. Oparah, H. Arega, D. Hudson, L. Jones, and T. Oseguera. A free copy of the book is available to all participants. Let's read together and share our thoughts on this critical topic! This program is funded in part by a

Representations of Disability in Popular Culture

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Join the Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida for an online conversation with disabled activist, writer, media maker, and consultant, Alice Wong. Wong will discuss her work to amplify disabled voices through the "Disability Visibility Project" which contains dozens of oral histories, articles, visual art, books, podcasts, and other resources. She will explain her work as a scholar and activist with particular focus on discrimination, the intersection of

Water/Ways Exhibition Grand Opening in Port St. Lucie with Clyde Butcher

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center 9221 Southeast Event Center Place, Port St. Lucie, FL
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Come and celebrate the Grand Opening of the Water/Ways exhibition with a ribbon cutting from the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce. Brought to us by the Smithsonian and Florida Humanities, Water/Ways explores the relationship between people and water, and the roles water plays on our planet, environment, culture, and history. Plus, attendees will get a chance to view the complementary Clyde Butcher Living Waters and the Florida Landscape photography exhibition.

Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism

Marco Island Historical Society 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL
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Cori Convertito investigates the development of the Florida Keys as a tourist destination. It walks through the islands' history to answer questions such as Why did tourists visit and how did they get here? Where did they stay and what activities were available? And just who were these tourists? This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Marco Island Historical Society. Funding for this program was provided

Virtual Event: Modern by Tradition-Innovation and the Transformation of Seminole Culture

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Between 1700 and today, the culture of the Florida Seminoles has remained remarkably connected to its roots while also innovating in dramatic fashion, becoming both modern and traditional and reflected in their origin stories, dress, cuisine, housing, ceremonies, and family life. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Orange County Library System. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State

The Autobiography Of Malcolm X: A Series on Race Relations in America Part 5

Bethune Cookman University Bethune Cookman University Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL

Hosted by Community Healing Project Inc, Part five continues an 8-part discussion based on the literature of Alex Haley's "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X". This event will focus on the "Racism In The Modern Age." The series overall presents a conversation on the past 55 years in America in regard to social, political and racial advancements and their negative or positive effects on African American culture. The program is funded

Florida Talks: Presidents in Florida

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George Washington had nothing but trouble in Florida. Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Three men came to Florida to fight and ended up in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt was nearly assassinated before he could be inaugurated and quick thinking by a Secret Service agent saved John Kennedy's life in Florida. Learn about America's presidents' strange relationship with our state. This

Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations- New Narratives for Our Time

Art and Culture Center/Hollywood 1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL

Join author, oral historian, media producer, and recording artist Dr. Kitty Oliver for a thought-provoking, entertaining evening of historical storytelling, research, and music looking at the complexities of race relations in the U.S. from a variety of cultural perspectives. This presentation will also feature a Race and Change Intergenerational Chat with special guest, community historian Emmanuel George, exploring what elders and younger people can teach and learn from each other

A Defense of Truth: “The Constitution of Knowledge” with Jonathan Rauch

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Online trolls and political disinformation. Cancel culture and Twitter pile-ons. We’re living in a time when truth itself is under perpetual assault by growing numbers of our fellow citizens (and more than a few Russian bots) who simply don’t want to believe anything that they — well — didn’t already want to believe. This rising tide of illiberalism from across the political spectrum has many of us yammering on until

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Florida Talks at the Reserve

Rookery Bay Research Reserve 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL
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The Lunch & Learn Lecture Series hosted at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center invites guests to enjoy a meal in the comfort of the auditorium while learning something new from the Florida Humanities Speakers Bureau. Join us for Rookery Bay Research Reserve's series of three monthly Lunch & Learn lectures in partnership with Florida Humanities. Each month the series will focus on a unique facet of Florida's history and pop

Lost Voices from America’s Oldest Parish Archive, 1594-1821 at the Lincolnville Museum

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center 102 M.L. King Avenue, Saint Augustine, FL

Please join us for this special event that will take place at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, located in downtown St. Augustine! The Friends of the Main Library is pleased to welcome eminent scholar Dr. J. Michael Francis for an event honoring St. Johns County's Bicentennial anniversary. He will discuss the early history of St. Augustine, with particular attention on the settlement's diverse population, which included Spaniards, Native Americans,

Strange Fruit in Florida

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Dr. Tameka Hobbs examines Florida's painful history of racial violence, highlighted by civil rights activist Harry T. Moore's fight against lynching and the Ku Klux Klan that led to his death in a bombing of his home. This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Palm Beach County Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by

Let’s Talk Reparations

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"Let's Talk Reparations" is a nonpartisan, interactive, lively, and multi-cultural panel discussion that will explore how we understand and talk about reparations. This discussion will focus on uplifting the repair work of slavery's effects, and exploring various avenues for reparations for the people who overcame slavery and their generations that followed. Telling the Reparations' story through an inclusive lens, we will analyze how repairing can be achieved through many different

An Evening with Deesha Philyaw

University of North Florida, Lazarra Hall 1 UNF Dr, Jacksonville, FL

The University of North Florida presents an engaging evening with the best-selling author (and Jacksonville native) Deesha Philyaw. She will be reading from her award-winning collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, and there will be a book signing after. This event is part of The Justice Sessions, an ongoing series focusing on race, social justice, the arts, and Jacksonville's past and present. These discussions bring together speakers from UNF

The Autobiography Of Malcolm X: A Series on Race Relations in America Part 6

Bethune Cookman University Bethune Cookman University Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL

Hosted by Community Healing Project Inc, Part six continues an 8-part discussion based on the literature of Alex Haley's "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X". This event will focus on "The Unending Police Brutality Epidemic." The series overall presents a conversation on the past 55 years in America in regard to social, political and racial advancements and their negative or positive effects on African American culture. The program is funded in

Community Civics & Democracy Lecture Series – Lecture #2: Suffrage

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Nova Southeastern's NSU Lifelong Learning Institute Civics & Democracy Series is free and open to the community. Lecture 2 of this 8-part series will focus on Suffrage. Dr. Charles Zelden will a discussion on who can -- and can't -- vote in America and why some of us have been excluded from the franchise. The emphasis will be on the elements that make up a "deserving" voter and how this

Speaking of History: Made in Florida: Artists, Activists, Celebrities, Educators, and Other Sunshine State Icons

Heritage Village 11909 125th Street North, Largo, FL

Journalist Art Levy has traveled the state, interviewing prominent Floridians for a Florida Trend magazine feature called Icon. The resulting interviews have been compiled in a University Press of Florida book titled "Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State." Art will share anecdotes and stories about his Florida journeys and the unique people and talents they share. Advance registration is required for this

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