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.

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

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

A Musical Journey Through Florida

West Regional Library 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL, United States

Broward County Library and Florida Humanities present Chris Kahl — folk musician and storyteller. 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 the Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange

Yes! You Can and Should Write Your Memoir

North Regional Broward County Library 1100 Coconut Creek Boulevard, Coconut Creek, FL, United States

Broward County Library is proud to present Yes! You Can and Should Write Your Memoir with Caren S. Neile as part of the Speaker Scholar Series. This event aims to delve into the intersection of humanities and memoirs, uncovering the power of personal narratives to illuminate the human experience. By embracing the diverse disciplines within humanities, such as language, literature, history, philosophy, and the arts, Broward County Library will celebrate

Preserving Voices: Constructing Local Community

Ferman Center for the Arts 214 N Blvd., Tampa, Florida

The Center for Jose Marti Studies Affiliate at the University of Tampa hosts the third public program in the Preserving Voices series, which brings alive the tradition and showmanship of the "lector de tabaqueria", or cigar factory reader. This panel, entitled Constructing Local Community , looks at significant articles from the Cuban emigre press of Ybor City and West Tampa during the 1890s as these communities struggled with their dedication

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Avon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American South. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

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

Suwannee River Regional Library 1848 Ohio Ave S., Live Oak, United States

Until the nineteenth century, steamboats provided the major means of transportation in the state and its connection to the wider world. This presentation cover 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 received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in public schools for

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sara Adams at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, FL, United States

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Assistant Branch Manager Stephanie Race who will chat about the meaning behind The

Great Decisions Discussion Group

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, Florida

The Cape Coral Lee County Public Library is hosting "Great Decisions," a discussion program on world affairs, created by the Foreign Policy Association. This program encourages participants to learn about U.S. foreign policy and global issues, while discussing multiple viewpoints in a group setting. The 2024 discussion group meets weekly on Tuesdays for eight sessions from January 30 to March 19th, 2024. Each week focuses on a different foreign policy

Introduction to Community Journalism

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

WSLR presents the second in a series of public newsroom forums focused on building the local news ecosystem. Panelists and audience members discuss the role community journalism plays in telling under-reported stories, producing local news that better informs the public, and strengthening neighborhoods and civic engagement. Participating panelists include Johannes Werner, new director of WSLR; Eric Garwood, executive director of the Community News Collaborative; Kerry Seridan, reporter and host at

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Anastasia Island Branch Island 124 Sea Grove Main St., St Augustine Beach, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Anastasia Island Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Manager Sarah Scholter who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List,

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

The Water Works 184 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits The Water Works in St. Augustine from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and librarian Robert Camastro who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List,

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Bartram Trail Branch Library 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Bartram Trail Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Programs Coordinator Donna Braasch who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Hastings Branch Library 6195 S Main St., Hastings, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Hastings Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Programs Coordinator Emily Fox who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List,

St. Johns Reads 2024: A Book Discussion with Sarah Adams

Southeast Branch Library 6670 US-1, St. Augustine, Florida

The Friends of the St. Johns County Public Library hosts a book discussion with author Sara Nisha Adams as part of St. Johns Reads 2024. Adams, author of the 2024 title The Reading List, visits the Southeast Branch Library from across the pond! Audience members can listen to a discussion with Sara Nisha Adams and Library Manager Todd Booth who will chat about the meaning behind The Reading List, the

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