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: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work 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 Greeks of Tarpon Springs

Cape Coral Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL

Florida SouthWestern State College presents an exploration of the Greek cultural heritage of Tarpon Springs at the Fort Myers Regional Library in downtown Fort Myers. A screening of the classic 1953 Hollywood film "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef," shot on location in Key West and the Gulf Coast city of Tarpon Springs, will be followed by a Q & A session. Following a brief intermission, Florida scholar Dr. Tina Bucuvalas will

SpeakOut: Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and the Humanities

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL

The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library is pleased to present the final dialogue in its 2022-23 SpeakOut series. Beginning in April 2022, individual presentations and audience dialogues have explored intersections of LGBTQ identity and Humanities topics of Aging, Art, Faith, Law and Literature. Events of the past year have highlighted how critically important it is to be able to have informed, mutually respectful discussions of how Humanities

How is MADAMA BUTTERFLY relevant to contemporary cultural conversations in 2023?

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Opera is hosting a series of panel discussions to explore the humanities-driven questions related to opera performances in their 2023 season. The first discussion will feature Puccini's masterpiece "Madama Butterfly." This production inspires mixed reactions among scholars and those in the opera industry because of the composer's depiction of Japanese culture and characterization of the central character, Cio-Cio-San. Panelists will explore the possibilities of sensitive, nuanced interpretation of

St. Johns Reads 2023: Meet Chef Ed Lee

First Coast Technical College Character Counts Center 2980 Collins Ave # A, St. Augustine, Florida

Join the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County with the author of Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting Pot Cuisine Chef Edward Lee. Chef Lee will discuss his novel, host a Q&A, and sign copies of his book. Admission is free and registration is not required. Edward Lee is the Chef and Owner of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky and the Culinary Director for

Weaving the Tension Between Nature and Urban Sprawl

HARTVEST PROJECT at Pinecrest Gardens 11000 S Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida

Aluna Art Foundation is organizing an interpretative guided tour of the exhibition Life at Street Level, which is part of the part of the first city-wide event THREADING THE CITY, a concurrence of Fiber Artist Miami Association (FAMA), and World Textile Art (WTA). The exhibition features local and international artists: Alissa Alfonso, Sharon Berebichez, Nancy Billings, RemiJin Camping, Maritza Caneca, Mabelin Castellanos, Alex De Yavorsky, Jocelyn Flores, Amy Gelb, Isabel

Conversations at MOCA: NorthStar – The Meaning of Haiti in Diaspora

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami is hosting Conversations at MOCA: NorthStar - The Meaning of Haiti in Diaspora. This panel discussion will the meaning of Haiti throughout history in the African Diaspora and the World. The African diaspora has influenced aspects of history, music, culture, and politics throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and beyond. Where does Haiti, the world's first free Black republic, fall into this line of

English for Families Palm Springs Public Library

Virtual/Online

Palm Springs Public Library is hosting English for Families once a week for ten weeks from January 19 through March 23, 2023. The ten-week virtual program includes interactive classes for parents and children that focus on developing English vocabulary and literary skills through strategic and fun story reading. Programming is designed to improve the language proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English by providing essential reading strategies needed

International Holocaust Remembrance Day / Genocide in the 20th & 21st Centuries Public Webinar

Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education/Florida Press Educational Services is hosting a webinar panel discussion to present new curriculum, "Genocide in the 20th & 21st Centuries: Historical and Cultural Perspectives," that examines the Holocaust and other genocides. January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Open to the general public, this webinar will explore how this new material can help examine the cultural, religious,

Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal

Palm Coast Community Center 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, FL

This presentation examines the long, convoluted history of an effort to cross Florida by cutting a waterway from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Noll covers topics including steamboat tourism, the first attempted ship canal in the 1930s, the building of the canal in the 1960s, and the stoppage by an environmental movement led by Marjorie Harris Carr in 1971. Registration is not required to attend. Bathrooms are

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

Artists and Thinkers: Kareem Fahmy’s Distinct Society

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is kicking off their virtual "Artists and Thinkers" series, which pairs leading artists with scholars in the field of the humanities to discuss the interplay between art and the human experience. James Monaghan, Hermitage Programs Manager and theater scholar, will be in conversation with Hermitage Fellow Kareem Fahmy to explore his play, "A Distinct Society." In Fahmy's play, a sleepy library that straddles the U.S./Canada border

An Elegy to Rosewood Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, Florida

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will host a panel discussion in coordination with their new special exhibition, An Elegy to Rosewood . Panelists will assess the ramifications and dissemination of racial violence in Florida. The discussion will feature the Founder of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Lizzie Jenkins, and its Vice President, Pedro Jermaine, alongside Alexandra Cornelius, Ph.D. and Daniel Royles, Ph.D., FIU professors of History. To accompany the

What Kind of Ancestors Do You Want to Be?: Sea Level Rise and Heritage Sites in Florida

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida

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. Registration and a $5.00 admission fee are required to attend. This program is part of public programming for Vizcaya Museum

The Destruction of Rosewood

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

The city of Rosewood was settled in 1845 and became an all-black town by the turn of the twentieth century. However, during the first week of January in 1923, the city burned to the ground in an act of domestic terrorism. This presentation critically analyzes Rosewood and other majority Black cities in Florida. Registration and an admission fee are not required to attend. Dr. Vincent Edward Oluwole Adejumo is currently

2023 Sunshine State Book Festival

Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida

Florida's amazing literary history is celebrated at the Sunshine State Book Festival 2023 hosted by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. Happening January 27th and 28th, the community gathers together with Florida authors for readings, signings, storytimes, and family activities to engage with Florida's literary landscape. On Friday, January 27 from 7 to 9 pm, community sponsors, and the public can meet and mingle with fellow readers and authors to kick

Keynote Presentation with Author Janis Owens

Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida

Author Janis Owens joins the Writers Alliance of Gainesville at the Sunshine State Book Festival to present the keynote address. Janis Owens is the author of four novels, a regional cookbook, and a book of nonfiction. Janis Owens, the only daughter of a Pentecostal preacher turned insurance salesman, inherited her love of storytelling from her parents. Born in Marianna, Florida, she now lives in Newberry Florida. Owens attended the University

Being Frederick Douglass: A Historical Figure Portrayal with John H. Anderson

Frederick Douglass Gymnasium 111 Olivia St, Key West, Florida

The Key West Art & Historical Society is presenting guest speaker John H. Anderson who will portray historical figure Frederick Douglass. In his portrayal, Anderson will first discuss the political and sociological impacts of the violent and unstable time period surrounding the Civil War and how African-Americans helped shape the nation we live in today. Donning historically accurate clothing, he performs as freed slave turned abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass.

The American Presidency- Bias and Antisemitism with Armin Langer, PhD

Virtual/Online

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida is hosting a lecture with Armin Langer, PhD as part of their lecture series "One Nation Under God: Religion's Impact on the United States." Although many US presidents have emphasized the value of religious freedom, non-Protestant immigrants in the United States faced exclusion for generations. This lecture will investigate early and modern American narratives on Jews and Judaism, the presidents' role in them,

Key West’s Black History

Pawsitive Healing 1617 Thacker Ave, Jacksonville, Florida

From its beginnings in the 1800s, the maritime industries of Key West were dependent on the skills of Black Bahamians and Black Cubans as sailors, spongers, boat builders, cigar rollers, and fishermen. The contributions of these skilled workers have been marginalized, when their contributions were vital, valuable, and integral. This presentation looks at the patterns and difficulties in Black settlement beginning in the nineteenth century, the diverse industries that the

CANCELLED: Golden Harvest: The Music and Traditions of the Greek Spongers of Tarpon Springs

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. CONTINUE TO CHECK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR UPDATES. Since Tarpon Springs's Greek sponge diving industry was founded in the early 1900s, traditional Greek music, dance, and poetry have been at the center of the community. Much of this music is directly connected to the distinct culture that grew up around sponging on Greek islands over the centuries, and ranges from joyful dances to laments mourning

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