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.

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

Hurricane!

North Indian River County Library 1001 Sebastian Boulevard, Sebastian, FL, United States

Study major events in Florida history, and there's a good chance a hurricane was involved. Learn how these amazing but devastating weather machines work and how they have affected Florida, with a special focus on the great 1928 storm, the subject of the award-winning Black Cloud. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to covering

Film Screening: Jews of the Wild West

Delray Beach Public Library 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

Delray Beach Public Library screens the film Jews of the Wild West (2022, NR, 80 mins.) as part of the series "Stories of Exile" reading group. Western Jewish pioneers, those of the silver screen and real life, are a largely forgotten chapter in US history. And yet, they played a definitive role in shaping the expansion of the United States. The wagon trains that moved westward with Jewish families traveled

The Telling Project: Featuring Dr. Paul Ortiz

Virtual

Florida Humanities helped veterans tell their stories in a number of communities through The Telling Project. In honor of Veterans Day, we will be showing The Telling Project film. In this film, six Florida military veterans and one military spouse tell their personal stories through dramatic performances onstage, in the WEDU PBS documentary. Go behind the scenes of the theatrical process, following the diverse cast of service members for five

The Hidden History of Florida

Ocala Public Library 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 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. 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 the

Miami Book Fair 2023: Chronicling the Sunshine State

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

Kirsten Hines and Jacki Levine come together for a conversation entitled Chronicling the Sunshine State. In Wild Florida: An Animal Odyssey Kirsten Hines provides a captivating visual and narrative journey into the ecology of the state's animals. Jacki Levine's Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises is an anthology of 50 intriguing stories of life in the Sunshine State by some of the

Off the Page: Illustrator Panel

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library presents an illustrators panel as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." John Herzog moderates a conversation with illustrators Katherine Blackmore, Oliver Dominguez, and Jenin Mohammed. These working illustrators discuss the trajectories of their careers, the state of the industry, and what it takes to be an illustrator in today's market. Visit Off the Page to learn more about other festival events. Funding is provided in part

Miami Book Fair 2023: Four Memoirs

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

Join Miami Book Fair for an author panel and discussion with four memoirists who share their experience growing up as first generation Americans. In First Gen: A Memoir, Alejandra Campoverdi retraces her trajectory as a Mexican American woman raised by an immigrant single mother in Los Angeles. In Ava Chin's Mott Street: A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming, she traces her decades-long quest to understand her family's

Miami Book Fair 2023: Beatlemania Meets Miami

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

In 1964, Beatlemania exploded in the United States as the Fab Four appeared live on The Ed Sullivan Show and toured the country. On that visit, The Beatles spent more time in Florida than anywhere else. In Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida, author and journalist Bob Kealing explores the band's influence on the people and culture of the state. Joining him in conversation is radio personality

Considering Indigenous Arts: The Connections of Ledger Art and Comics in Indigenous Visualities

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida

The history of ledger art, a particular form of visual art popularized by Native artists, has a close relationship with Florida. One of the largest collections of ledger art grew out of the imprisonment in the 1870s of Plain Indians prisoners of war at Fort Marion in St. Augustine. In this lecture, Dr. Jeremy Carnes considers the connections between this artwork and more contemporary Indigenous comics that have become popular

Race and War: Race Relations in Tampa During World War II

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, Florida

Pearl Harbor served as a siege gun in the history of modern Tampa. On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Tampa was a southern city of 108,000 inhabitants. A rigid line defined race relations, but the war launched the first massive struggle for freedom and justice across the Deep South and America. African-American ministers and teachers and soldiers and civilians launched a Double-V campaign: war against totalitarianism and a war against

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Historic Stanton Ford Building 301 N. Main Street, St. Augustine, 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

Ten Foods That Define Florida

The Collection on Palmetto 2116 Palmetto Street, Clearwater, 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

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Virtual/Online

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

Florida Talks Zoom In Series—Florida and the Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Virtual/Online

In this presentation based on the book Above and Beyond, New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias chronicles the 13 harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots that flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure proof of nuclear missiles. Michael J.

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