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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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.

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Virtual

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

RAIN: A History for Stormy Times

Genung's Fish Camp 291 Cubbedge Road, St. Augustine, Florida

A natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from the torrents that filled the oceans four billion years ago to the modern story of climate change. A wellspring of life, rain also has a place in people's souls, from an ancient perfume region in Northern India to Seattle's inspirational rain-leaden skies. Too much and not enough, rain is a shared experience. This presentation shares the history of rain and how the

Making a Way Out of No Way

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

"Making a Way Out of No Way" is a popular African-American expression. Dr. Bireda, portraying pioneer Queen Andrews, answers questions posed by W.E.B DuBois regarding the agency and joy expressed by African-Americans during Jim Crow, including the values, virtues, creativity, and resilience in the community. Dr. Martha Bireda is the Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. For over 25 years, she

2023 Swamp Heritage Festival

Nathaniel P. Reed Center 33000 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, Florida

Join the Alliance for Florida's National Parks for the Swamp Heritage Festival on December 2nd, 2023 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Swamp Heritage Festival will shine a spotlight on the inhabitants of early South Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today's unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in

McGough Nature Park Speaker Series: Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brough Florida to the United States

McGough Nature Park 11901 146th St N, Largo, Florida

Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them. David Head is an associate lecturer

Afro-Caribbean Migration to Florida

Florida Keys History and Discovery Center

Florida and Afro-Caribbean peoples have shared historical ties which were established when Ponce de Leon first arrived on the Florida shores. This presentation examines the history and unique characteristics and settlement patterns of Afro-Caribbean peoples who settled in Florida from the Spanish colonization period to the present. It covers some of the Spanish, English and French-speaking Caribbean islands and the significant contributions those groups have made to Florida's cultural, economic,

History Talks: Eliot Kleinberg on Weird Florida

Historical Society of Palm Beach County 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 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

Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Rachel Carson: Their Books Changed the World

St. Paul's Episcopal Church 188 South Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida

This program begins in 1941, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a journalist, writing her River of Grass book for money, not to save the Everglades. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, some of the United States' most beloved birds were well on their way to extinction due to pesticides. This program tells how Douglas restored the Everglades and Carson saved wildlife through their writings. Betty Jean Steinshouer has

MEMBERSHIP EVENT: Once Upon a Time in Florida: Curating the Anthology

Virtual / Online

Join Florida Humanities for a special members-only online event to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises. The new book marks Florida Humanities' 50th anniversary with a collection of 50 timeless stories from FORUM, the award winning magazine of Florida Humanities. As part of a statewide book tour, Jacki Levine, the anthology's editor, reunites with Executive Director Nashid Madyun

What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World

St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL

When Walt Disney realized cheap tourist traps were enveloping Disneyland, he began a nationwide search for enough land to hold every dream he could imagine. What happened next would require a heightened degree of CIA-level secrecy for Disney's undercover team, who launched a misinformation campaign that included dummy corporations and secret transactions. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

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