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 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.

Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism

Marco Island Historical Society 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL
Hybrid Hybrid Event

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

Virtual Event Virtual Event

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

Virtual Event Virtual Event

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

Water-Themed Storytime Jam

Hurston Branch Library 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce, FL

For kids ages 3 to 5. Partnering with St. Lucie County Libraries, clap, dance, sing & listen to water-themed stories! All library programs are free and open to the public. This program is supporting the MoMS Water/Ways Exhibition at MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St. Lucie. Water/Ways and its complementary programs will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water's impact on American culture. It's part of

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

Virtual Event Virtual Event

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

Water-Themed Storytime Jam

Morningside Branch Library 2410 SE Morningside Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL

For kids ages 3 to 5. Partnering with St. Lucie County Libraries, clap, dance, sing & listen to water-themed stories! All library programs are free and open to the public. This program is supporting the MoMS Water/Ways Exhibition at MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St. Lucie. Water/Ways and its complementary programs will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water's impact on American culture. It's part of

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Florida Talks at the Reserve

Rookery Bay Research Reserve 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

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

Water/Ways Docent Tour

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center 9221 Southeast Event Center Place, Port St Lucie, FL

Attend a docent tour! It's a tour led by tour guides who provide a more local story about our waterways. While this exhibition can be self-guided, going on a tour will give more local information on our community waterways and what you can do to help maintain our rivers, lagoons, and oceans. Thank you to our partners St. Lucie County Oxbow Eco-Center, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, The Community Foundation

Buffalo Soldiers: Visual Narratives of history and Heritage: A Speaker Series on Florida and the Spanish-American War

Lakeland Loft 108 S. Tennessee Ave, Lakeland, FL

On Saturday, November 6, join Platform Art for a reception and program on the Buffalo Soldiers & Friends of Freedom public art sculpture. Subject experts share the history of the Spanish-American War and the Buffalo Soldiers who were stationed in Lakeland during 1898 for the military campaign to gain Cuba's independence from Spain. This is the second event in a series of public programs featuring subject expert and historians on

Water/Ways Docent Tour

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center 9221 Southeast Event Center Place, Port St Lucie, FL

Attend a docent tour! It's a tour led by tour guides who provide a more local story about our waterways. While this exhibition can be self-guided, going on a tour will give more local information on our community waterways and what you can do to help maintain our rivers, lagoons, and oceans. Thank you to our partners St. Lucie County Oxbow Eco-Center, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center, The Community Foundation

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

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center 102 M L King Ave, 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,

Water-Themed Storytime Jam

Lakewood Park Branch Library 7605 Santa Barbara Drive, Fort Pierce, FL

For kids ages 3 to 5. Partnering with St. Lucie County Libraries, clap, dance, sing & listen to water-themed stories! All library programs are free and open to the public. This program is supporting the MoMS Water/Ways Exhibition at MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St. Lucie. Water/Ways and its complementary programs will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water's impact on American culture. It's part of

Strange Fruit in Florida

Virtual Event Virtual Event

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

Virtual Event Virtual Event

"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

Virtual Event Virtual Event

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

Lake Wales History Museum Virtual Speaker Series: Black Masculinity in Florida by Dr. Vincent Adejumo

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Organized as to complement their current exhibition African American Voices of Lake Wales, the Lake Wales History Museum welcomes Dr. Vincent Adejumo to present during their lecture series. In this program, Dr. Adejumo will lead participants on an exploration and discussion of the history of race in the United States, how race impacts specific events, such as the infamous Trayvon Martin shooting, and its implications on other issues, including standardized

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