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.

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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

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

Ask a Fisherman

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

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, 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 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, United States

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, United States

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

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, United States

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, United States

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

Bloody Streets and Crooked Lines: 100 Years of Black Voter Suppression in Florida

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

The Pinellas County African American History Museum presents "Bloody Streets and Crooked Lines: 100 Years of Black Voter Suppression in Florida" by editor James Abraham. From the violent and fatal 1921 election riots in Ocoee through modern redistricting issues, this presentation explores voter suppression in Florida over 100 years and the prime figures in the struggle for full and equal access to the polls. James Abraham is a former journalist

Panama and its Indigenous Peoples

Flager College 74 King St, St. Augustine, Florida

The Language Program of the Humanities Department of Flagler College will present "Panama and its Indigenous Peoples," a community event planned as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Sogui Diaz, a representative of the Kuna Yala of Panama, will share her culture, history, artifacts and language. A photography exhibition exploring culture and traditional aspects of the Embera indigenous group will be on display. During the event, attendees will also hear

History of Folk Music: Groundbreakers and Innovato

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

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a second lecture series on Folk Music from the 60s in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. The 1960s was a tumultuous time in America. The Civil Rights movement and The Vietnam War affected a new generation commonly called "the Baby Boomers", who were now entering college and expressing their freedom and power. Beatniks, then hippies, represented an alternative lifestyle

Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

Anna Maria Island Library 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL, United States

Some people regard Florida as nothing but the "Punchline State" because so many weird things happen here. Craig Pittman argues that is also the greatest state with the greatest impact on other states. In this presentation based on his hilarious and thought-provoking New York Times bestselling book Oh Florida!, Mr. Pittman explains how what he calls "The Most Interesting State" got to be the way it is. Registration is not

Writing in Florida Prisons


The Center for Excellence at Florida International University is hosting a panel discussion to engage the public in a scholarly conversation about prison literacy programs. What are some possible goals for prison courses; is it self-expression or transformation? Do prison literacy courses create opportunities for advocacy and systemic change? Focusing on the non-profit Exchange for Change as a case study, the panel will explore the impacts of writing courses for

A Musical Einstein: J.S. Bach and the Art Counterpoint

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 that will investigate J.S. Bach's genius in writing polyphonic works and will offer participants an introduction to the composer and his most famed collection of keyboard works, the Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC). Bach's musical style often incorporated one of the most intellectually demanding compositional processes-counterpoint. Simply defined as note-against-note, this style of writing dominated much of the Baroque

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

This presentation takes audiences on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of songs covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore with in-depth storytelling about Ponce de Leon's voyage to Florida in 1513, Henry Flagler's building of the Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid. Admission is free, no registration required. Reception to follow

Back To Angola Festival 2022

Manatee Mineral Springs Park 1312 2nd Ave East, Bradenton, Florida

Oaktree Community Outreach is hosting the annual Back to Angola Festival a 3-day event, in partnership with Reflections of Manatee. The venue is the Manatee Mineral Spring Park of Bradenton's River walk. The event is a public humanities program and community festival that celebrates, pays homage to, and disseminates the story of the Black Seminole settlement "Angola," its history, its inhabitants, and the resilience of its descendants. The theme for

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