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.

Artists and Thinkers: Kareem Fahmy’s Distinct Society

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is kicking off their virtual "Artists and Thinkers" series, which pairs leading artists with scholars in the field of the humanities to discuss the interplay between art and the human experience. James Monaghan, Hermitage Programs Manager and theater scholar, will be in conversation with Hermitage Fellow Kareem Fahmy to explore his play, "A Distinct Society." In Fahmy's play, a sleepy library that straddles the U.S./Canada border

An Elegy to Rosewood Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, Florida

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will host a panel discussion in coordination with their new special exhibition, An Elegy to Rosewood . Panelists will assess the ramifications and dissemination of racial violence in Florida. The discussion will feature the Founder of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Lizzie Jenkins, and its Vice President, Pedro Jermaine, alongside Alexandra Cornelius, Ph.D. and Daniel Royles, Ph.D., FIU professors of History. To accompany the

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

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida

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. Registration and a $5.00 admission fee are required to attend. This program is part of public programming for Vizcaya Museum

The Destruction of Rosewood

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

The city of Rosewood was settled in 1845 and became an all-black town by the turn of the twentieth century. However, during the first week of January in 1923, the city burned to the ground in an act of domestic terrorism. This presentation critically analyzes Rosewood and other majority Black cities in Florida. Registration and an admission fee are not required to attend. Dr. Vincent Edward Oluwole Adejumo is currently

2023 Sunshine State Book Festival

Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida

Florida's amazing literary history is celebrated at the Sunshine State Book Festival 2023 hosted by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. Happening January 27th and 28th, the community gathers together with Florida authors for readings, signings, storytimes, and family activities to engage with Florida's literary landscape. On Friday, January 27 from 7 to 9 pm, community sponsors, and the public can meet and mingle with fellow readers and authors to kick

The French Connection

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 sixth presentation will how the French had a long connection to Florida dating back to 1563 with their colony of Fort Caroline. Campbell Town, Napoleon's nephew, French aid during the American Revolutionary War, pirates, John James Audubon, merci trains and more are discussed in this presentation about the French influence in Florida over the last 500

Keynote Presentation with Author Janis Owens

Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida

Author Janis Owens joins the Writers Alliance of Gainesville at the Sunshine State Book Festival to present the keynote address. Janis Owens is the author of four novels, a regional cookbook, and a book of nonfiction. Janis Owens, the only daughter of a Pentecostal preacher turned insurance salesman, inherited her love of storytelling from her parents. Born in Marianna, Florida, she now lives in Newberry Florida. Owens attended the University

EXHIBITION: The Kellogg Mansion 3D Immersive Exper

Online

The Kellogg Mansion Immersive Experience is a traveling exhibit that embraces cutting-edge 3D and VR technology to take you on a rich and unforgettable journey to learn more about the history of Dunedin's Kellogg Mansion and the community efforts to preserve it. Constructed in 1925, the property was owned by several affluent figures including cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. After years of vacancy and neglect, the home was lost to demolition

Being Frederick Douglass: A Historical Figure Portrayal with John H. Anderson

Frederick Douglass Gymnasium 111 Olivia St, Key West, Florida

The Key West Art & Historical Society is presenting guest speaker John H. Anderson who will portray historical figure Frederick Douglass. In his portrayal, Anderson will first discuss the political and sociological impacts of the violent and unstable time period surrounding the Civil War and how African-Americans helped shape the nation we live in today. Donning historically accurate clothing, he performs as freed slave turned abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass.

The American Presidency- Bias and Antisemitism with Armin Langer, PhD

Virtual/Online

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida is hosting a lecture with Armin Langer, PhD as part of their lecture series "One Nation Under God: Religion's Impact on the United States." Although many US presidents have emphasized the value of religious freedom, non-Protestant immigrants in the United States faced exclusion for generations. This lecture will investigate early and modern American narratives on Jews and Judaism, the presidents' role in them,

Key West’s Black History

Pawsitive Healing 1617 Thacker Ave, Jacksonville, Florida

From its beginnings in the 1800s, the maritime industries of Key West were dependent on the skills of Black Bahamians and Black Cubans as sailors, spongers, boat builders, cigar rollers, and fishermen. The contributions of these skilled workers have been marginalized, when their contributions were vital, valuable, and integral. This presentation looks at the patterns and difficulties in Black settlement beginning in the nineteenth century, the diverse industries that the

CANCELLED: Golden Harvest: The Music and Traditions of the Greek Spongers of Tarpon Springs

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. CONTINUE TO CHECK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR UPDATES. Since Tarpon Springs's Greek sponge diving industry was founded in the early 1900s, traditional Greek music, dance, and poetry have been at the center of the community. Much of this music is directly connected to the distinct culture that grew up around sponging on Greek islands over the centuries, and ranges from joyful dances to laments mourning

The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife

Over the past thirty years, Craig Pittman has written thousands of stories and columns about "The Most Interesting State." In this presentation based on 51 of these stories, he shows off the glorious weirdness of his native state. Stories of mermaids, con men, fugitives, gator wrasslers, death row inmates, iguanas, tattooed ladies, python hunters, and more are covered in this illustrated and lively presentation about Florida men, Florida women, and

Life in Pinecraft: A Conversation with Katie Troyer

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida Humanities Division is hosting a discussion with photographer Katie Troyer in conversation with JB Miller in conjunction with the exhibition "Life in Pinecraft Through the Eyes of Katie Troyer," open to the public at the Carlisle Inn from February 7th through February 24th. Troyer and Miller will discuss her early years, struggles as a young Amish woman in Ohio, the role that photography has played in

Remembering Paradise Park

Jack Stroup Civic Center 355 W. Center Ave., Sebring, FL, United States

In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs' owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African-American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation "Paradise Park for Colored People". From 1949 to 1969, the former Silver Springs boat captain Eddie Vereen ran one of the most popular places for African Americans to visit in the country. Registration and admission are not required to

Daryl Davis: Hate, Undone

When Daryl Davis was ten, he did not understand hate yet. But, he was the only Black scout in a parade to honor Paul Revere's ride to Concord when he began getting hit by bottles. It was then he formed a question in his mind he spent much of his life answering: "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?" Failing to find an answer in books

What is the Lesson in Cosi Fan Tutte’s School for Lovers?

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida

The Palm Beach Opera hosts a panel discussion with Matteo Magaratto and Arina Pismenny in coordination with their 2023 production of Cosi Fan Tutte . The subtitle for Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi Fan Tutte is "La scuola degli amanti", or "The School For Lovers". However, the lesson for the audience is ambiguous. Panelists discuss their thoughts on the moral, or lack of a moral, of the story about a series

ACCORD Freedom Trail Guided Trolley Tour

Willie Galimore Community Center 399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, Florida

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) has organized a narrated history tour for each Saturday in February to coincide with Black History Month. The tour includes many of the 30+ sites of the Freedom Trail Tour. This tour will be narrated by local historian and author David Nolan. Visitors will embark the local Green Trolley Bus and learn about the rich Civil Rights and African American History of

English for Families at Haines City Public Library

Haines City Public Library

The Haines City Public Library is hosting English for Families programming once a week for ten weeks in person from February 11 through April 29, 2023. The program includes interactive classes for adults and children that focus on developing English vocabulary and literary skills through strategic and fun story reading. Programming is designed to improve the language proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English by providing essential reading

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

Highlands Hammock State Park 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL, United States

Florida's schoolchildren chose the panther as the state animal, and a decade later it nearly went extinct. But a ragtag band-some scientists, a veterinarian, and a veteran hunter-banded together to pull off a risky experiment to save them. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him

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