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.

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

Virtual History Talks: Craig Pittman on Oh, 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

Movies that Make a Difference: “Denial”

The Challenger Learning Center 200 S. Duval St., Tallahassee, Florida

The Holocaust Education Resource Council presents its "Movies that Make a Difference" film festival. The film festival will take place over the course of several months and feature three separate films. The first film in the film festival is Denial. This film is based on the critically acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day In Court written by Deborah Lipstadt. In this film, Deborah Lipstadt faces off against Holocaust denier David

Into the Blue Book Club


Reef Environmental Education Foundation is hosting a virtual reader question and answer session with author Cynthia Barnett, discussing her book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. This highly awarded book tells the story of rain, ...the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of all the world's water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain. This author presentation

Florida’s Historic Mega Mansions

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 Florida is home to some of the most amazing historic mansions in the United States. Many of these homes were built by the mega-industrialists who found Florida as their winter playground. All of the homes are open to the public for tours as museums and it is a great way to discover Florida's history, heritage, and

SOLD OUT: Once Upon a Time in Florida Literary Luncheon

Story and Song Center for Arts and Culture 1430 Park Ave., Fernandina Beach, Florida

Amelia Island Writers hosts Florida editor and writer Jacki Levine, who worked as an editor and writer on the new anthology Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises. The 334-page, coffee table-size book marks the 50th anniversary of Florida Humanities, the Florida affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and shares 50 stories curated from the archives of FORUM magazine of the

Women Politicking Politely: Breaking Boundaries in the Workplace and the Home

South Regional Broward College Library 7300 Pines Blvd Building 81, Pembroke Pines, Florida

This presentation includes the relatively unknown stories of six important women who laid the foundation for improving women's equality in the U.S. While they largely worked behind the scenes, they made a significant impact. In the group are two female political operatives who worked behind the scenes along with four female journalists who also worked within the government to advance women's rights during the 1950s through the 1970s. Kimberly Voss,

Voices from Florida: Water Flows East

Main Library 101 West Flagler St, Miami, Florida

Join Rebecca Wood, environmental educator and "Swamped In the Glades!" board game creator, for a discussion about the historical flow and significance of transverse glades, their transformation into modern-day canals, and how directly we all impact and are impacted by the Everglades every single day. Rebecca Wood has been an environmental educator in South Florida for over a decade, working independently, as well as through a handful of organizations, to

Power: Black History, Culture, and Arts

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

The Museum of Science and History and the historic Ritz Theatre and Museum present the second annual Power event. Power is a vibrant celebration of Black art, history and culture in Northeast Florida. This two-day event is part of MOSH's Passport Series program, which aims to connect communities and cultures and facilitate educational growth. Programming spans two days at both museums. Tickets are required to attend and are valid for

English for Families at Hialeah Public Libraries

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library 190 W 49th St, Hialeah, Florida

Join Hialeah Public Libraries at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library every Wednesday, January 24 to April 10 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. Participants are encouraged to register to attend on Eventbrite or by

Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida

Old School Square Vintage Field House 1 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, Florida

Through dozens of primary interviews, letters, photographs, and court transcripts, Kealing chronicles the Beatles' travels in this presentation through the potboiler that was 1964 Florida. Bob Kealing is the author of five books on Florida history and culture. He is a six-time Emmy Award-winning retired reporter and two-time recipient of the Edward R Murrow Award. Also a historic preservationist, Kealing is the founder of Four Florida Heritage Sites, commemorating Jack

Opening Reception for Talamh agus Teanga: Land and Language in Contemporary Irish Art

FSU Museum of Fine Arts 530 W Call St., Tallahassee, Florida

The FSU Museum of Fine Arts hosts an opening reception for Talamh agus Teanga: Land and Language in Contemporary Irish Art. Talamh agus Teanga engages the Irish language in contemporary creative practice to reflect on the interconnected world. Through visual art, dance, film, and performance, these Irish artists ground their work in the ethos of fite fuaite, the Irish phrase meaning "interwoven or inextricably connected". Their artistic practices reflect on

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

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

Afrofuturism Conference Panel Discussion: Zora Neale Hurston through Space, Place, and Time

Denton Johnson Community Center 400 Ruffel St., Eatonville, Florida

The University of Central Florida Research Foundation presents a panel discussion with Sidney Rose McCall, Dr. Christopher Peace, and Rae Chesny as part of the 2024 Afrofuturism Conference. Part of the ZORA! Festival's Academic Conference Cycle, panelists discuss Zora Neale Hurston's impact on literature and placemaking in modern and science fiction. Sidney Rose McCall is a Ph.D. candidate in History at William and Mary. Dr. Christopher Peace is a Marion

Zora! 2024 Afrofuturism Conference: Closing Keynote

Denton Johnson Community Center 400 Ruffel St., Eatonville, Florida

The University of Central Florida Research Foundation hosts the closing keynote address of the 2024 ZORA! conference with Dr. Lonny J. Avi Brooks. Dr. Brooks' research explores the creation of a robust virtual reality world centering Africana and Indigenous cultures to prototype ideas that can support embodied historical Black towns like Eatonville. He is a Professor of Communications and Faculty Co-Lead for the Long Term and Futures Thinking Project as

Join or Die Film Screening

The Challenger Center 200 S Duval St., Tallahassee, Florida

The Village Square hosts a screening of Join or Die at The Challenger Learning Center. This feature documentary follows the half-century story of America's civic unraveling through the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putman, whose groundbreaking Bowling Alone research into America's decades-long decline in community connections could hold the answers to democracy's present crisis. This screening is part of The Village Square's UNUM: Democracy Reignited initiative in partnership with

Sunshine State Book Festival 2024

Hitlon UF Conference Center 1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville, Florida

The Writers Alliance of Gainesville hosts the Fifth Annual Sunshine State Book Festival January 26-27, 2024. Attendees have an opportunity to meet and talk with over 200 local, regional, and state authors. Activities on Saturday include an awards ceremony for seven middle and high school students' scholarships, storytimes with children's books authors, a keynote discussion with award-winning author Jack Davis, and a literary heritage program entitled A Conversation with Frederick

Zora! 2024 Afrofuturism Conference: Walking Tour of Zora’s Eatonville with Rae Chesny

Denton Johnson Community Center 400 Ruffel St., Eatonville, Florida

The University of Central Florida Research Foundation hosts a walking tour led by Zora Neale Hurston scholar Rae Chesny. Attendees can learn about Zora Neale Hurston's life and connection to Eatonville through landmarks in the area. Rae Chesny is an accomplished author and Johns Hopkins University Literary Consultant. Rae is a 2021 Baldwin House Urban Writer in Residence. In 2017, she created the Junior Storyteller Program to mentor historically underrepresented

Sunshine State Book Festival 2024: Keynote Address with Jack Davis

Hilton UF Conference Center

The Sunshine State Book Festival 2024 hosts a keynote address with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Davis. Davis discusses his writing and research process and his latest book The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird. Jack E. Davis is a professor of history at the University of Florida. He holds the Rothman Family Endowed Chair in the Humanities and teaches environmental history and sustainability studies at UF. He is

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