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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The Ocoee Florida Massacre

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

The Pinellas County African American History Museum presents "The Ocoee Florida Massacre" by professor Vincent Adejumo. Ocoee is a small town in west Orange county first settled in the 1850s. On November 2, 1920, July Perry and Mose Norman, both of whom were Black, attempted to vote at the local polling stations. However, the Klu Klux Klan attacked and killed multiple Black citizens of the town. This presentation investigates the

Ask a Fisherman

Florida Maritime Museum 4415 119th St West, Cortez, FL

The Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum is hosting a free public opportunity to "Ask a Fisherman." Are you curious about local fishing? Come speak to commercial fishermen about what they catch and how they target specific fisheries. Ask questions about equipment used and what they've seen out on the water. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. This event will be held during the Florida Maritime Museum's 24th

Modern History of Folk Music from the 60s – Part 4

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

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a lecture series in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. This lecture is the fourth in a 4-part series titled: Modern History of Folk Music from the 60s. The 1960s took folk music to another level. It was no longer simply a means to pass along traditional folklore, but rather a new genre to go mainstream. While the history of

What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World


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 transaction. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

Rhythm in Humanities: The Blue Roots Underground

COPA 1047 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL

From Ray Charles to Gloria Estefan to the Adderley Brothers to the Allman Brothers, Florida's musical roots run deep. This engaging pop-up series explores Florida's music and culture through storytelling and performance, hosted by Tampa Bay musician and teaching artist J.J. Pattishall and friends. Join us for an evening of cuisine, cocktails and soaking up soulful sounds and stories from across the Sunshine State. Pattishall will be joined by Aron

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor! at Museum Nights: Noche de Museo

Harn Museum of Art 3259 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino- with a bit of Latino flavor! Registration is not required and admission is free to attend. This event is a part of the Harn Museum's Museum Nights:

“Fernando’s Footsteps” Lector Reading

J.C. Newman Cigar Company

The Ybor City Museum Society, in partnership with J.C. Newman Company, is hosting a Fernando's Footsteps Lector Reading as the first of a four-part series und by a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant. Fernando's Footsteps is a historical work of fiction by Tampa native, Tony Carreño, that follows the path of an 18-year-old Spaniard named Fernando, who immigrates to Tampa via Cuban in 1900 at the age of 18. Carreño's

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

Florida SouthWestern State College 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL

This event has been postponed. Our calendar will be updated once we receive the rescheduled date.  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. This program is free

Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps

The Key West Art and Historical Society hosts "Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps" by curator Rodney Kite-Powell. From the earliest depiction of Florida on the 1511 Martyr Map to a 21st century view of Florida from space, this presentation shows the dramatic changes that have occurred in Sunshine State over the past 500 years through historic maps. Rodney Kite-Powell is the Director of the Touchton

Motown: the Sound, the Business and the Politics of a Young America

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

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a lecture that explores the Golden Age of Motown from 1959 to its peak 1969. Audiences will be treated to the big hits they all know, the strategies behind the hit-making machine, the political climate of the time, and the tactics Motown's managers used to overcome racial divides. Available to attend in person or virtually. This lecture is being

SpeakOut: Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Literature

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

The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library is hosting the fourth in its six-part SpeakOut series with a focus on the "Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Literature." This year, multiple school districts in Florida (and elsewhere) have removed a number of books claimed to contain obscene LGBTQ content (e.g., Lawn Boy, Gender Queer, Losing the Girl). Why is LGBTQ literature important? What has - and hasn't - changed

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