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: 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

EXHIBIT: An Era of Racial Terror: The Legacy of Lynching

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

An Era of Racial Terror: The Legacy of Lynching is an updated and redesigned "Signature Exhibit" curated by Museum of Science and History Jacksonville in partnership with 904WARD and with contributions of content by the Equal Justice Initiative. The exhibit tells the stories of eight confirmed lynchings that occurred in Jacksonville, FL between 1900-1925, including local reactions to the incidents and formal advocacy from local leaders; most notably James Weldon

English for Families at Altamonte Springs City Library

Altamonte Springs City Library 281 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs, Florida

Join Altamonte Springs City Library on Wednesdays October 4 through December 13 for English for Families. English for Families is a multi-week series of interactive classes for families focusing on developing vocabulary and literacy skills through story reading. Each class features a lesson centered around a children's book that participating families get to take home, a hands-on activity, and refreshments. All are welcome but registration is required. No class will

Off the Page Literary Celebration

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources and the Library Foundation for Sarasota County hosts the Off the Page Literary Celebration. Off the Page includes two weeks of programming from November 1 through 18 featuring best-selling authors Neil Gaiman, Sam Kean, Sarah McLean, Sarah Penner, and Raina Telgemeier.. This event includes local authors, writing workshops, book signings, panels, and more across all 10 county library branches. Participating authors and presenters include:

Off the Page: Local History and Book Discussion with Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho

The History Center at Osprey Library 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, Florida

The History Center at Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point presents a conversation with authors Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Local authors Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho discuss the research behind their book Miguel's Bay: The Pioneer Tale of Miguel and Frederica Guerro. Miguel Guerro, a Menorcan sailor born in 1817 established a fishing rancho on Terra Ceia Island off the west

Off the Page: So You Want to Write Kid Lit?

Fruitville Library 100 Apex Rd., Sarasota, Florida

Fruitville Library presents the So You Want to Write Kid Lit? author panel as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Award-winning children's authors and writing teachers Dianne Ochiltree, Ryan Van Cleave, and Sylvia Whitman tell participants everything they need to know about writing for children—whether it is picture books, middle grade fiction, nonfiction, or young adult novels. Join them for an overview of the field, including how to

“Once Upon a Time in Florida” Book Tour, Panel One

Florida Historic Capitol Museum 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida

Join Florida Humanities and the Florida Historic Capitol Museum to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises, the new 330-page anthology published to commemorate Florida Humanities' 50th anniversary. The Florida Humanities Center for the Book's Anthology Book Tour unites Jacki Levine, the anthology's editor, with scholars and writers whose stories were chosen from the deep FORUM archives to appear

Off the Page: Mystery Night with Oceanview Publishing

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library hosts a panel discussion all about mysteries with Oceanview Publishing as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Oceanview is an independent book publisher specializing in the best in mystery, thrillers, and suspense. Founding partners Bob and Pat Gussin are joined by authors Don Bruns, Susan Klaus, and Ward Larsen to discuss the exciting twists and turns of mystery. Bob Gussin never let his Ph.D. and position

Preserving Voices: Representations of Revolution

Virtual/Online

The Center for Jose Marti Studies Affiliate at the University of Tampa is hosting the second public program in the Preserving Voices series, bringing alive the tradition and showmanship of the "lector de tabaqueria," of the cigar factory reader. This panel looks at the significant articles from the Cuban emigre press of Key West and New York City during the 1880s as these communities conspired to gain independence from their

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Florida’s Transportation History

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

Until the 19th century, steamboats provided the major means of transportation in the state and its connection to the wider world. This presentation covers the decades of development and infrastructure of Florida's transportation industry and intersections with contemporary issues of the state. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the University of Florida's history department, where he received his Ph.D. in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in public schools

Off the Page: Writing with A.I.

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library hosts "Writing with A.I." with writing instructor Rick Dakan as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Rick Dakan discusses the collide between artificial intelligence and creative writing. Rick Dakan lives, writes, and teaches in Sarasota, Florida. He is a professor of Creative Writing at the Ringling College of Art and Design, where he teaches classes on writing for video games, writing for tabletop games, writing comics, the

Jacksonville’s Inaugural Native American Arts Festival

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

The first event of its kind in Jacksonville, MOSH's Native American Arts Festival is a two-day, immersive educational experience of Indigenous arts and culture. Friday, November 10, from 10 am until 5 pm includes Native American art vendors, featuring traditional indigenous designs with a modern interpretation, dance and music performances, drum lessons, dance lessons, a frybread cooking demonstration, and discussion panels. Enjoy a Friday evening VIP event (separate ticket required)

Sip and Scholarship: Seeing Florida Heritage Through Archaeology

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1795 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, Florida

The history of Florida is fascinating, and archaeological research provides a tactile, visual, and place-based approach to appreciating what has been achieved. The aspects of the past that are in the present, that are being seen, used and visited by people today, are heritage. This presentation explores the dynamics of heritage by highlighting archaeological insights into Indigenous landscapes, colonial sites, utopian settlements, minority communities, and modern cities. After 25 years

Miami Book Fair 2023

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

Miami Dade College presents the 40th annual Miami Book Fair November 12 through November 19. An eight-day celebration of, by, and for authors, books, and the people who love them. The Fair features more than 400 authors and presenters from across the country and globe; more than 200 in-person and on-demand programs delivered in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole and French; the signature "Evenings With" lineup, including Kerry Washington with

Off the Page Teen Writing Workshop: Writing Time-Travel: How to Figure Out When You Are, Save the Present, and Escape the Time Loop

North Port Library 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, Florida

North Port Library hosts a teen writing workshop with Ringling College of Art and Design as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." The TARDIS, the DeLorean, the Groundhog. These icons of media have one thing in common- time travel! North Port Library invites teens to explore the twists and turns of time-travel fiction, examine what time-travel stories can do, and all the nit-picky questions these stories bring up. In

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Live Oak Public Library 1848 Ohio Avenue, Dr. M.L. King Jr. Avenue South, Live Oak, 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

Off the Page with Science Writer Sam Kean

Gulf Gate Library 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, Florida

Gulf Gate Library hosts science writer Sam Kean for a discussion on life as a science writer and the stories brought to life in his books as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he's a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The New Yorker, The

Off the Page Teen Writing Workshop—The Vices of Villainy: Crafting Vivacious Villains and Outstanding Antagonists

Betty J Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newton Boulevard, Sarasota, FL

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts a teen writing workshop with Ringling College of Art and Design as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Participants can examine the great villains and antagonists of literature, film, animation, and more to learn what makes them effective and memorable. In groups, teens will design their own villains and develop their goals, motives, morals, and origins to create compelling catalysts of conflict.

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Digital Scholarship Lab-Florida Tech 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Florida

The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida's landscape painters. Keri Watson is an associate professor

Democracy Reignited: The Roots of Belonging + The Risks of Othering

Virtual/Online

Rachel Brown, the founder of Over Zero, shares her experience in preventing violence in global hotspots to the challenge of rising identity-based hatred around the world. Over Zero works in the United States, Central Europe, and East Africa providing assistance to a diverse set of partners, including civil society leaders and organizations, funders and large institutions, and other leaders within society. Rachel Brown is the author of Defusing Hate: A

has been added to the cart. View Cart
Florida Humanities /* */