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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Weird Florida

Lantana Public Library 205 W Ocean Ave., Lantana, Florida

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. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than

Voices from Florida: SoFla’s Scary Cinema

Miami-Dade Public Library Main Branch 101 W Flagler St., Miami, FL

Miami-Dade Public Library System presents the fourth program in the "Voices From Florida" speaker series. Local history meets horror in this engaging discussion of four fright films made in and around South Florida. Join Florida International University librarian Eduardo Fojo as he provides interesting film facts, history and insightful critical commentary. This program is recommended for ages 12 and up. For more information, contact Special Collections at 305-375-5572 or [email protected].

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, 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! An internationally celebrated storyteller, teaching artist, and Chautauqua scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards for service, leadership, and

Day of the Dead Celebration

Nova Southeastern University—Alvin Sherman Library 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie, Florida

Nova Southeastern University's Center for Applied Humanities presents a "Day of the Dead Celebration" as part of the "Encanto: Everyday Magic" series celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Join the center for presentations, music, and dance performances from the Miami-based Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization. Through immersive and inventive presentations, Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization cultivates an appreciation for Mexican traditional culture and brings their heritage to life. Parking is available at the Alvin

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Fernandina Branch Library 25 N 4th St., Fernandina Beach, Florida

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 Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid. Chris Kahl is a Florida folk musician and storyteller. He

Latin American/Latinx Film Festival: Giants Don’t Exist (Los Gigantes No Existen)

UCF Main Campus: Nicholson School of Education Gemini Blvd W, Orlando, FL

The University of Central Florida's School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs is hosting the seventh event in the "Latin American/Latinx Film Festival" to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A series of films will be presented along with a Q&A with the directors of the films and scholars. This event is in person with a virtual participation option. This film tells the story of Guatemala in the 1980s at the height

Florida Talks at Starkey Ranch Theatre: Ten Foods of Florida

Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center 12118 Lake Blanche Dr., Odessa, Florida

The Ten Foods of Florida is an ever-evolving list, involving arguments as to whether strawberry shortcake or pecan pie should topple Key Lime pie as the Sunshine State’s most iconic dessert, or whether the Cuban is more significant than a fried grouper sandwich. This illustrated talk also discusses Cortez mullet, Vernon gophers, LaBelle swamp cabbage, Ybor City Cuban bread, stone-ground grits, Immokalee tomatoes, and Hastings potatoes and the lamentation of

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

African American Cultural Center and Museum of Florida 4422 N US HWy 1, Palm Coast, FL

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 who now edits and publishes books. His Book-Broker Publishers, which he founded in 2004, has produced and edited more than 500 books in a variety

Executive Director’s Book Club: “The Yearling”

Virtual/Online

Join Florida Humanities Executive Director Nashid Madyun for a discussion on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's book,  The Yearling. The novel won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize and went on to win multiple Academy Awards for its film adaptation in 1946. Set in Northern Florida, The Yearling is a coming-of-age story following Jody, a young boy and his struggles between his relationship with his family and the deer he is raising. Marjorie Kinnan

Underground History Screening and Panel Discussion

The Center for Health Equity 2333 34th St S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Merfolk Media Alliance, in collaboration with The Center for Health Equity, presents a screening and panel discussion of Underground History. Underground History is a documentary film project designed to explore connections between St. Petersburg's diverse cultural history and emerging community efforts to acknowledge the past in charting the future. The film considers the links between the history and remaining archaeological sites of the region's Indigenous Ancestors, the displaced contemporary African

Sixth Annual Taste of the Philippines

Museum of Science and History 1025 Museum Cir., Jacksonville, Florida

The Museum of Science and History hosts the second in the "MOSH Passport Series," the sixth annual "A Taste of Philippines." Participants can experience the rich flavor and culture of the Philippines through Filipino-American fusion cuisine from local Jax Filipino chefs and businesses. Celebrate Filipino-American History Month and find an array of artwork, unique items from local vendors, and elevated dishes of traditional Filipino cuisine all under one roof. Participating

Community Outreach Program: Florida Talks—The Hidden History of Florida

Heritage Park at Kathleen Area Historical Society 8950 N Campbell Rd., Lakeland, Florida

Beginning in 1565 with the founding of St. Augustine, Florida has been making history; but, much of it is hidden. In his entertaining presentation, Dr. Jim Clark traces the little-known facts of Florida, including the story of the state flag, the origin of Florida's largest grocery store chain, Coca-Cola billionaires, and the origin of cars on the beach with over thirty unique and fast-paced stories. This presentation is based on

Back to Angola Festival

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

Oaktree Community Outreach Inc. is hosting the "Back to Angola" Festival. This free cultural and historical three-day festival commemorates the Angola Maroon Community that once made their home at the Manatee Mineral Spring (c. 1812-1821). The event features panel discussions by historians, archaeologists, descendants, and community leaders; workshops in basket weaving, wood carving, and Junkanoo; and, food and music of the Bahamas. Funding for this festival is provided in part

Voices from Florida: SoFla’s Scary Cinema

Aventura Branch Library 2930 NE 199th St., Aventura, FL

Miami-Dade Public Library System presents the sixth program in the Voices From Florida speaker series at the Aventura Branch Library. Local history meets horror in this engaging discussion of four fright films made in and around South Florida. Join Florida International University librarian Eduardo Fojo as he provides interesting film facts, history and insightful critical commentary. This program is recommended for ages 12+. For more information, contact Special Collections at

Florida Lore

Avon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States

From the Ashley Gang to the Devil's Millhopper and the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge, Florida folk culture is brimming with fascinating characters and situations almost too amazing to be true. But are they true? This presentation is a dynamic performance from a master storyteller and professor who brings these legends to life and discusses their importance and whether it may not matter if they are fact or fiction. A must

Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

Virtual/Online

When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of Weeki Wachee Springs in 1947, he had no idea his mermaids would become world-famous Florida icons. This presentation covers the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the resident "mermaids" from their earliest days performing silent ballets to their pinnacle of popularity. Lu Vickers was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for fiction as

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

Tarpon Springs Public Library 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs, Florida

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 divers lost under the waves. This presentation explores the rich cultural history of

Post-Show Talkback: Cuban American Biculturalism in Maria Irene Fornes’ Life and Work

Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In this conversation, Dr. Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at University of Miami, illuminates the cultural differences and intersections between the United States and Cuba with emphasis on how biculturalism shaped Fornes' life and work. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Nicole Stodard, Adjunct Professor at NSU. The talkback will take place directly following the 2 p.m. matinee performance of Tango Palace by Maria Irene Fornes

The History of Tango: An Experiential Conversation with Dance Instruction

Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In this hands-on program, Dr. Teresa Marrero speaks on the fascinating countercultural origins of tango and its implications in Fornes' Tango Palace . Choreographer CJ Torres provides demonstrations and instruction on the Argentine tango featured in the play. This event will take place directly after the 7:30 pm performance of Tango Palace by Maria Irene Fornes in teh Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Post-Show Roundtable: Fornes and South Florida

Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This post-show discussion panel featuring relatives, friends, and colleagues of Maria Irene Fornes highlights Fornes' immigration to Miami from Cuba in 1945 and her various visits and projects in Miami while demonstrating the critical role that collective archiving, primary research, and biography play in preserving people's legacy. Yovani Bauta (visual artist), Rafael Fornes (architect and nephew of Irene) and Beatriz Rizk, Ph.D. (independent scholar) participate in the panel. The event

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