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

EXHIBITION: Following Fernando’s Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa’s “Invisible Immigrants”

Ybor City Museum State Park 1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society is presenting a special exhibit on Spanish immigration that will be on display through November 2023. The exhibit is based on a semi-fictitious book by Tampa native, Tony Carreño, entitled Following Fernando's Footsteps: The Tale of Tampa's "Invisible Immigrants, which chronicles the life of a young immigrant from Asturias, Spain to Tampa via Havana, Cuba. Exhibit topics include the six phases of immigration beginning with

Miami Book Fair 2022

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Florida

Miami Book Fair presents the 39th annual Miami Book Fair November 13 through November 20. An eight-day celebration of, for, and by authors, books, and people who love them. The Fair features more than 400 authors and presenters from across the country and globe; nearly 150 in-person and on-demand programs delivered in English, Spanish (through the IberoAmerican Authors program), and Haitian Creole and French (through the ReadCaribbean program); the signature

Miami Book Fair: Melissa Fu and Tsering Yangzom Lama In Conversation

Virtual/Online

Miami Book Fair 2022 presents Melissa Fu on Peach Blossom Spring and Tsering Yangzom Lama on We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies, in conversation with author Shruti Swamy of The Archer: A Novel. Spanning continents and generations, Fu's book offers a bold look at the history of modern China told through the story of one family--an American daughter who wants to understand her heritage, and her Chinese father who

Miami Book Fair: Sandra Cisneros In Conversation With Joy Harjo and Ruth Behar

Virtual/Online

Miami Book Fair 2022 presents Sandra Cisneros on Woman Without Shame: Poems and Joy Harjo on Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years, moderated by author Ruth Behar. Cisneros' first book of poetry in 28 years, Woman Without Shame comprises dozens of never-before-seen poems and includes songs, elegies, and declarations that chronicle a pilgrimage towards rebirth. In Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light, three term U.S.

Miami Book Fair: Alexandra Lytton Regalado In Conversation With Reginal Dwayne Betts

Virtual/Online

Miami Book Fair 2022 presents National Poetry Series winner Alexandra Lytton Regalado on Relinquenda: Poems in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Reginal Dwayne Betts, author of Felon: Poems. The poems collected in Relinquenda are a meditation on cancer, the passing of Lytton Regaldo's father, and the renewed significance of community. Written entirely during the COVID-19 lockdown and situated in the tropical landscapes of Miami and El Salvador,

Florida Trivia with Tampa Bay Dream Team

Grand Central Brewhouse 2340 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida Humanities and the popular Tampa Bay Dream Team are joining forces for a very special Florida-themed #TriviaNight at Grand Central Brewhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 16 starting at 7 pm! Whether you are a Florida native, newbie or somewhere in between, this will be a fun-filled evening of pop culture, current happenings, and all things Florida! Top three Teams WIN either $30, $20, or $10 in GCB DOLLARS, and the

Miami Book Fair: Robert Jones Jr. In Conversation with William Johnson

Virtual/Online

Miami Book Fair 2022 presents Robert Jones Jr. on The Prophets: A Novel, in conversation with PEN Across America's William Johnson. The novel tells the story of Isaiah, who was Samuel's, and Samuel, who was Isaiah's. That is how it was from the beginning and how it was to be until the end. In the barn, they tended to the animals and each other, transforming the shed into a human

Threading the City’s Virtual Panel Discussion

Online

Aluna Art Foundation is hosting a virtual discussion to examine some of themes of the new exhibition "Subverting Materials: Textile and Fiber Art by Women Artists." The virtual panel discussion features art historian and Pre-Columbian Art experts Carol Damien, Ph.D., and Shelley Burian, Ph.D., moderated by Adriana Herrera, Ph.D. The discussion will explore the relationship between pre-Hispanic textiles and modern fiber art and examine the living presence of indigenous textile

“With A Made Up Mind” Virtual Screening Event

Online

WGCU Public Media is hosting a virtual screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access in Florida. WGCU will ask if there are

With A Made Up Mind Virtual Screening Event

Online

WGCU Public Media is hosting a virtual screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access in Florida. WGCU will ask if there are

Other Music: A Documentary Screening with Sandy Bitman

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

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a film screening of "Other Music" in collaboration with their latest exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Figurehead tells the story of how the musical promotion company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. "Other Music" is a film that documents the closing of New York City's beloved record store of

Miami Book Fair: Michael W. Twitty In Conversation With Hilary Cadigan

Virtual/Online

Miami Book Fair 2022 presents Michael W. Twitty on Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew, in conversation with Hilary Cadigan, culture editor at Bon Appetit. Here, Twitty explores the cultural crossroads of Jewish and African diaspora cuisines and issues of memory, identity, and food. Jews of color are not outliers, Twitty contends, but significant cultural creators in both Black and Jewish civilizations. Koshersoul, which includes

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans

Virtual/Online

Explore the human fascination with seashells and their ancient history as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects, and the remarkable marine mollusks that make them in Ms. Barnett's engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight. Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for the warming world. No registration or

Weird Florida

Coral Ridge Funeral Home 1630 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL, United States

In 1998, the original Weird Florida posited that Florida was the wackiest of all. That much weirdness called for a second volume in 2006: Weird Florida II: In a State of Shock. Now, more than two decades later, who can argue otherwise? This presentation includes a whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history, capped with a strong argument for Florida's transplants to become Floridians. Registration is suggested but not

Chloé Valdary: The Theory of Enchantment

After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for compassionate antiracism that combines social-emotional learning, character development, and interpersonal growth as tools for leadership development in the boardroom and beyond. She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine, and her writings have

With A Made-Up Mind: The History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida

Punta Gorda Charlotte Library 401 Shreve St, Punta Gorda, Florida

WGCU Public Media is hosting a screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access in Florida. WGCU will ask if there are other

Echoes Of A Dream: The Historical & Spiritual Perspective of the Civil Rights Movement

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

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) is hosting a third weekend of its Fall speakers series. This third event will be a special screening of the full feature documentary entitled, "Echoes Of A Dream: The Historical & Spiritual Perspective of The Civil Rights Movement." Following the screening, there will be an open discussion with the film producer Motown Maurice on the impact of the civil rights movement on

Presidents in Florida

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The fourth presentation in this series is based on James C. Clark's book Presidents in Florida. Attendees will learn how many of America's presidents had strange relationships with Florida-such as how George Washington had nothing but trouble with it, and how Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Franklin Roosevelt

Musical Mayhem Family Day

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

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a Family Day to coincide with their new exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Rock out with the whole family and explore Central Florida's musical past! Additionally, guests will enjoy exciting activities engaging crafts for all ages throughout the museum. Get your body moving with fun dance games, make a pet "punk" rock to take home, design your own pins

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