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.

EXHIBITION: Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Ave, Orlando, FL, United States

The Orange County Regional History Center has organized a new special exhibition titled Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Between 1985 and 2001, the Orlando concert promoter "Figurehead" invigorated the musical landscape in Central Florida. "Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground" tells the story of how the company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Utilizing the extensive Figurehead

English for Families

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Join Tampa-Hillsborough County Library in person for this family literacy program to practice reading with your child(ren) and learn English vocabulary for everyday use. Recommended for all ages! This free class meets twice a week for 5 weeks: Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30 PM from September 12 to October 14, 2022. Free books will be provided to registered attendees. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends

Re-Membering Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Five Years After Maria

Chickasaw Branch Library 870 N Chickasaw Trail, Orlando, FL, United States

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Central Florida will host "Re-Membering Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Five Years After María", a panel discussion focusing on Arts and Culture. By paying homage to the rich humanities-based production over the past half-decade, the event re-members, that is, pieces together and memorializes that which has been fractured. The humanities-based discussion will examine how the storm affected the cultural

Coming of Age: An Evening with Richard Blanco

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

The Nova Southeastern University Center for the Humanities presents Presidential inaugural poet and memoirist, Richard Blanco, who will speak about the journey to adulthood and read from his works. This event is part of the center's 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month series of programming: "Generaciones: Cycles of Life." The series celebrates the importance of family and the way that the joys and sorrows of life's transitions generate new growth. Richard Blanco

Early Cuban Exiles: Memories of Loss, Struggle, and Rebirth

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

From 1959 to 1973, more than 600,000 Cuban exiles came to the United States in two waves and laid the foundation for the modern Cuban American community. Almost all arrived with only a few clothes and pocket money. Based on interviews with 54 persons about early Cuban exiles, this presentation tells how and why they left Cuba, what they found when they arrived here, and how they built new lives.

Two Generations, Two Decades: How the WWII and Vietnam Generations Impacted the 1950s & 1960s

Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL, United States

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a lecture titled "Two Generations, Two Decades," which takes a fresh look at growing up in the early Cold War. The World War II Generation, or last of the Silent Generation, grew up at the dawning of the Atomic Age, formed the first mass youth culture, and led the way in the turbulent 1960s. The Vietnam Generation, or first

Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers

Museum of Science & History 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL, United States

The Museum of Science and History Jacksonville hosts Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers for an evening of beautiful and powerful expression in movement and sound as they tell the stories of generations of Native American tradition and culture. A question and answer session about Native American history and current culture is included. Registration is required. Admission is $20 per person, no charge for parking. Light refreshments will be

Proactive & Intentional Community & Police Engagement

Smith Conference Center

Miami Center for Racial Justice is hosting "#ItStartsWithMeMiami," a community form and workshop to bring together the community and law enforcement for meaningful conversation. This program focuses on the power of finding solutions to the concerns between the community & police through proactive and intentional interaction with a historical context in addition to recruitment for careers in policing. Historical storytelling combined with personal testimonies often provide more insight and understanding

Modern History of Folk Music from the 60s – Part 3

Brockway Memorial Library 10021 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL, United States

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a lecture series in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. This lecture is the third in a four-part series titled: Modern History of Folk Music from the 60s and will explore Country music as an alternative sound to the Beatles in the '60s. From Loretta Lynn to Johnny Cash, country music was just another component of America's historical roots. Enjoy

Riverwalk East Park Grand Opening

Riverwalk East Park 1312 2nd Ave East, Bradenton, FL, United States

Realize Bradenton is hosting a grand opening event in the new City of Bradenton park on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Utilizing newly installed educational panels with historic illustrations from the book, Old Manatee A to Z, families will enjoy humanities-based activities focused on literacy, art, and heritage. Guests will learn about the mineral spring at the center of the park and all of the people who have gathered at this space

Marginalized Histories Discussion Forum

Online

621 Gallery is hosting an online panel discussion, "Marginalized Histories Discussion Forum," as part of the Biannual Art + Tech Fest. Led by Grace Ali (Florida State University), the discussion will explore each panelists practice and how they relate to marginalized histories. Together, the panelists will provide insight on how marginalized voices and perspectives can be amplified to highlight meaningful exchange and connection on issues such as the Caribbean Diaspora,

Roots, Branches, and Trees: Hispanic Genealogy

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

The Nova Southeastern University Center for the Humanities presents a presentation and workshop on family tree research strategies for the Hispanic community, featuring NSU faculty and genealogy expert Drs. Jim Doan and Emily Schmitt, and Genie Milgrom, a Hispanic-Judaic genealogy expert and author. This event is part of the Center's 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month series of programming: "Generaciones: Cycles of Life." The series celebrates the importance of family and the

Living with the Atomic Bomb: 1945-1965

Florida International University 11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida Green Library, Room 422 (Special Collections), Miami, FL, United States

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FIU is hosting a lecture the explores post-war America in the mid-twentieth century. The threat of an atomic bomb attack was felt throughout the nation in the 1950s and 1960s, including in the state of Florida, especially during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. From duck and cover drills for children and youth, to family and community fallout shelters, to city and statewide civil

With A Made Up Mind: History of the Black vote in Southwest Florida

North Port Public Library 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, Florida, United States

WGCU Public Media will screen a short documentary about the history of the Black vote in Southwest Florida titled, "With A Made Up Mind." After the 18-minute video, the facilitator will discuss related issues and themes from the documentary with the group. For example, what current issues around voting and local elections are challenging to your community? The group will also discuss possible solutions. The facilitator will invite attendees to

Dia de los Muertos: Remember Me

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

The NSU Center for the Humanities presents an interactive presentation from Florida Day of the Dead organizers, celebrating the rich history and practices of customs that honor the lives of the departed. This event is part of the Center's 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month series of programming: "Generaciones: Cycles of Life." The series celebrates the importance of family and the way that the joys and sorrows of life's transitions generate new

Before the Pioneers: Connecting Ancient and Contemporary South Florida Virtual Lecture

Online

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FIU is hosting a lecture the explores the early indigenous cultures of Florida. The 4,000-year human history of the North Bank of the Miami River illustrates how and why ancient and early-modern peoples profoundly shaped the development of Florida long before Henry Flagler, Julia Tuttle and other so-called Miami pioneers. Explore the stories of Tequesta and Seminole Indians, Spanish missionaries, African slaves and white

CFK Poetics featuring Tom Hunley, Lecture 1

The College of the Florida Keys Library 901 College Road, Key West, FL

The College of the Florida Keys is hosting CFK Poetics , a series that aims to develop awareness of an immersion in the humanities landscape by connecting students and the community with poetry on the national level in a way that is immediate to their own experiences. Since 2019, visiting poets have come to Key West or appeared virtually to share their work and have conversations with the student body

CFK Poetics Reading featuring Tom Hunley, Lecture

Tennessee Williams Theatre 5901 College Road, Key West, FL, United States

The College of the Florida Keys is hosting CFK Poetics , a series that aims to develop awareness of an immersion in the humanities landscape by connecting students and the community with poetry on the national level in a way that is immediate to their own experiences. Since 2019, visiting poets have come to Key West or appeared virtually to share their work and have conversations with the student body

Outpost to Statehood: The Florida Territory

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement 2900 31st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, United States

Many of the events and themes that appeared on a large scale throughout the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War were also evident in Florida during its time as a US Territory, 1821 to 1845. Told through the use of historic maps, this presentation showcases how Florida was home to many important events and trends that preceded those in the American West after the Civil

From These Roots We Thrive: A Multi-Generational Charge to Preserve African American History

ACCORD CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM 79 Bridge Street, St. Augustine, FL, United States

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) is hosting speakers series called "From These Roots We Thrive: A Multi-Generational Charge To Preserve African American History. The first talk will present Dr. Yanela G. Mcleod (Florida A&M University) for a Q&A and small group discussion on the societal impacts of preserving African American History. Dr. Mcleod will discuss her current work in social history, journalism and film that highlights the

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