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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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

English for Families at Hiawassee Branch Library

Hiawassee Branch Library

Join Orange County Library System at the Hiawassee Branch Library every Tuesday, January 2 to 30 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, a hands-on activity, and refreshments. Registration is required to attend. Participants meet once a week for two hours

St. Johns Reads 2024

St. Johns County Public Library System 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida

In its 20th year, St. Johns Reads is the St. Johns County Public Library System's annual One Book, One Community focused on creating a shared conversation on a selected novel. 2024's pick is The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams. Sara Nisha Adams is a writer and editor. She lives in London and was born in Hertfordshire to Indian-Kenyan and English parents. Her debut novel The Reading List was a

Early History of Naval Aviation

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting this Florida Humanities grant-funded program. Learn how in January 1914, an old battleship and a sea-worn collier arrived at the abandoned Pensacola Navy Yard in western Florida. Embarked were the entire US Navy Flying Corps and their fragile flying boats, and their mission was to establish the first Naval Air Station and advance the development of Naval aviation. Dr. Murphy's lecture will discuss

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Orlando Museum of Art 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, 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

Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Lecture Series: “Hurricane!” with Eliot Kleinberg

Blake Library 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, Florida

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

Human Connection to the Waters of the Florida Keys

Reef Environmental Education Foundation 98300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

Reef Environmental Education Foundation presents Human Connection to the Waters of the Florida Keys seminar. This lecture is part of REEF's monthly "Fish & Friends" seminar series, as well as the "Blue Humanities: Community Conversations of Marine Conservation in Florida" series. These seminars bring together scholars, authors, and community members through shared human experiences in marine conservation. All life in the Florida Keys is closely linked to water. Maritime heritage

Scribbling Women in Florida

Citrus County Libraries- Coastal Regional Branch 8619 W Crystal St., Crystal River, Florida

Scribbling Women in Florida: This program includes a dozen women authors who "ran south in agitation" to Florida, starting in the Reconstruction Era through the late 20th century. We follow Harriet Beecher Stowe, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rose Wilder Lane, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Rachel Carson, as they explore the

Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St, Key West, Florida

Some people regard Florida as nothing but the Punchline State because so many weird things happen here. Craig Pittman argues that is also the greatest state with the greatest impact on other states. In this presentation based on his hilarious and thought-provoking New York Times bestselling book Oh Florida!, Mr. Pittman explains how what he calls "The Most Interesting State" got to be the way it is. Craig Pittman is

27th Annual Demp Week History of Hip Hop Symposium and Local Artist Showcase

TCC Center for Workforce Development Workforce Development, Center for Workforce Development, 444 Appleyard Dr., Tallahassee, Florida

The DJ DEMP Foundation is hosting the 27th Annual Demp Week History of Hip Hop Symposium at Tallahassee Community College in the Center for Workforce Development. This event is FREE to the public. The Hip Hop Symposium brings together scholars, local historians, and music industry professionals to discuss the evolution of hip-hop music and culture over the last 50 years in Florida. The panelists will discuss the cultural impact of

Dr. King in St. Augustine, 1964 | Dr. J. Michael Butler

Broward County Main Library 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The examination of two significant appearances by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine, FL in 1964. These crucial moments ignited a series of impactful events, including marches, arrests, and intense confrontations between protesters and law enforcement. Dr. J. Michael Butler, professor of history at Flagler College, will unveil the intricate dynamics between local and national objectives, offering a deeper understanding of their interplay. The Scholars Speaker Series, developed

Our Yiddish Shakespears

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

Delray Beach Public Library is pleased to present Our Yiddish Shakespeares as part of its Stories of Exile reading groups and programs. This enlightening lecture with Avi Hoffman presents an entertaining and educational evening introducing the depth and beauty of the great Yiddish writers. Through both Yiddish and English poetry and prose, rediscover the lost treasures of Yiddish culture. Avi Hoffman, award-winning actor, Jewish culture activist, founder & CEO of

Henry Flagler: Florida Visionary

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Henry Flagler was a self-made millionaire and industrialist who co-founded the Standard Oil Company. In time, the Flagler name would be more associated with the development of Florida and the construction of its railroads. He invested over $50 million in the state, most of the funds going towards the east coast of Florida through luxury resort hotels and the Florida East Coast Railway. This presentation showcases Henry Flagler's history and

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

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

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 Steinhouser has

Midtown Through Our Eyes: Opening Reception

Studio @620 620 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, Florida

Journeys in Journalism, a K-12 program of the Pinellas County Schools, presents highlights of the students' fall 2023 work, emphasizing photojournalism centered on the students' schools and the community, news and sports events, and a special project covering the redevelopment of the former Gas Plant neighborhood of south St. Petersburg. The exhibits' opening reception is Friday, January 12 at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. The exhibit is on view through February

Cha-Chi’s Village and the Saltwater Underground Railroad

Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park 9060 W Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, Florida

The Florida Black History Research Project presents Magdalena Lamarre's Cha-Chi's Village and the Saltwater Underground Railroad. Florida was a place where generations would thrive in allied Native and Maroon communities on an Underground Railroad escape route southward. It would be much later that the railroad to freedom would lead to the Bahamas or other destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. This complex saga, combining Yamassee, Gullah/Geechee, and Seminole languages and culture

“Once Upon a Time in Florida” Book Tour, Panel Two: Florida Comes of Age

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

Join Florida Humanities and the Orange County Regional History Center 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 scholars and writers

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration of Equity

Sunlight Community Church 477 SW Cashmere Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL

The Caribbean American Cultural Group hosts its fourteenth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration of Equity. This one-hour presentation with Dr. Regine Michelle Jean-Charles emphasizes the significance of Dr. King's work, its impact on society, and how communities can continue progressing as an inclusive community. Dr. Charles engages the audience through personal stories, historical anecdotes, quotes from civil rights leaders and a contemporary perspective on the lasting effects

The Local Media and Me—WSLR’s Public Newsroom Series

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, Florida

WSLR presents The Local Media and Me, the first in a series of public newsroom panels. The evening begins with short presentations by three local journalists sharing insiders' perspectives on how their organizations gather and disseminate news, the limitations they face, and the skills readers and listeners need to move from passive consumers or sideline critics to active participants in news production. In a discussion moderated by anthropologist Maria Vespiri,

ReadOUT 2024: Sci-Fi Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors K. Aten, Virginia Black, and SW Andersen participate in a panel discussion all about their sci-fi fiction. Award-winning author and Michigan native, K. Aten brings heroines to life in a variety of blended LGBTQ fiction genres. She specializes in romantic speculative fiction, focusing on extra-ordinary women who are as flawed as they are compelling. Kelly published her 15th novel in 2023 with Flashpoint Publications. Virginia Black (she/her) likes strong

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