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

English for Families at Miami-Dade Public Library


Join the Miami-Dade Public Library System online every Monday, February 5 through April 15 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 required to register online for all ten classes. Participants receive all ten Zoom

Mount Vernon, A History

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Join Leesburg Public Library on Zoom or at the library to learn about the history of Mount Vernon, George Washington's Virginia home, presented by retired librarian Tom Wilcox. Q&A to follow. Registration is required to attend. Parking is available in the library's parking lot and the garage located adjacent to the library. This program accompanies Voices and Votes: Democracy in America opening at the Leesburg Public Library on November 16,

English for Families at Altamonte Springs City Library

Altamonte Springs City Library 281 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs, Florida

Join Altamonte Springs City Library on Wednesdays February 7 through 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. To receive the full benefit of the program, it is strongly recommended patrons attend all 10 sessions.

A. Philip Randolph: His Life and Times

Old St. Andrews Church 317 A.P.Randolph St., Jacksonville, Florida

Join Dr. Alan Bliss, Senator Tony Hill, and Dr. David Jamison as they explore the life and legacy of Asa Philip Randolph. A. Philip Randolph made many contributions to Northeast Florida and the civil rights movement. The panel will discuss the community impact of A. Philip Randolph papers and work. Dr. Alan Bliss, Chief Executive Officer of Jacksonville Historical Society; Dr. David Jamison, Assistant Professor of History at Edward Waters

Bloody Streets and Crooked Lines: 100 Years of Black Voter Suppression in Florida

Fernandina Beach Library 25 N 4th St., Fernandina Beach, Florida

From the violent and fatal 1921 election riots in Ocoee through modern redistricting issues, this presentation explores voter suppression in Florida over one hundred years and the prime figures in the struggle for full and equal access to the polls. James Abraham is a former journalist who now edits and publishes books. His Book-Broker Publishers, which he founded in 2004, has produced and edited more than 500 books in a

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with immunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida's very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases, and airfields increased from 8 to 172

Women of To-Morrow: The Social Activism of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the fourth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Attendees can learn how the literary friendship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow contributed to women's suffrage and other first wave feminist endeavors. Dr. Ashley Lear draws upon research from her book on the two authors to describe the ways in which both women addressed systemic social issues through their literature and their literary reputations, their

20th Annual Community Fest

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nova Southeastern University is hosting its 20th Annual Community Fest on February 10. The Department of Humanities and Politics is hosting an activity booth that provides an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the department's forthcoming podcast Florida 2100: Tales of Tomorrow. The event features hands-on activities, including an interactive and immersive Vision Wall, providing participants with a platform to share their aspirations and dreams for Florida in 2100.

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

The Barbara Sumwalt Museum 707 Useppa Island 8115 Main Street, Bokeelia, 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 Steinhouser has

The Ocoee Florida Massacre

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

Ocoee is a small town in west Orange county first settled in the 1850s. On November 2, 1920, July Perry and Mose Norman, both of whom were Black, attempted to vote at the local polling stations. However, the Klu Klux Klan attacked and killed multiple Black citizens of the town. This presentation investigates the political and racial circumstances around the massacre and how it applies to Ocoee today. Dr. Vincent

Thinking Like a Journalist

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

WSLR presents, "Thinking Like a Journalist," the third in a series of public newsroom forums. Attendees will learn from local journalists the techniques for finding credible information and gathering insights from people in their community. Maria Vesperi, anthropology faculty at New College of Florida, advisory scholar; Kathleen Murray, communications director at WSLR+Fogartyville, facilitator; Carrie Seidman, columnist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, panelist; Juan Pablo Salas, news director of Solmart Media, panelist:

The Fragmentation of Everything with Jonathan Haidt


The Village Square hosts The Fragmentation of Everything with Jonathan Haidt, moderated by Thomas Whitley, Village Square Board Chair, via Zoom and Facebook Live. Dr. Jonathan Haidt delves into the profound impact of social media on democratic societies, dissecting the intricate web of challenges it poses to civic trust and civil discourse. Dr. Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at NYU's Stern School of Business.

Voices Unveiled: Lecture and Artistry Series — The Gaza Monologues and Gaza 101 Teach-In

USF Oval Theater 4103 USF Cedar Circle, Tampa, Florida

This event is part of the Voices Unveiled: Lecture and Artistry Series presented by 200 Muslim Women Who Care, in partnership with Art2Action. Written by youth from Gaza in 2010 and 2014, The Gaza Monologues were originally created by ASHTAR Theatre (based in Ramallah, Palestine). These monologues will be read in Tampa for the first time by Tampa Bay area artists and community members. Directed by Andrea Assaf, with live

Voices from Florida: Water Flows East


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

Zora Neale Hurston: The Founding Mother of America

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

Zora Neale Hurston is universally renowned for her brilliance as a novelist, but her importance as a pioneering folklorist and ethnographer is routinely overlooked. This presentation examines Zora's life and legacy from her training in cultural anthropology to the pioneering fieldwork she conducted in the 1930s. Focusing on her ethnographic masterpiece Mules and Men, this presentation explores her work among African American musicians, storytellers, and craftspeople in her hometown of

Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United States

Heritage Park 8950 N Campbell Road, Lakeland, Florida

Over 200 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 Revolution. 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 of

ReadOUT 2024: LGBTQ Literature that Educates, Celebrates, and Inspires

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

The LGBTQ Resource Center in Gulfport presents "ReadOUT 2024, LGBTQ Literature that Educates, Celebrates, and Inspires." Now in its seventh year, the festival offers onsite workshops that focuses on LGBTQ and BIPOC stories, live author panels on genres from romance to sci-fi and prerecorded readings, and a keynote discussion with multiple award-winning author Lynn Ames. Additional participating authors include JJ Arias, Macon Leigh, Elle Ire, Kristen Zimmer, Virginia Black, Kat

Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

Florida hosts the nation's third-largest Jewish community whose history is surprising! This comprehensive history of the Jews of Florida from colonial times to the present is a sweeping tapestry of voices spanning centuries. This group has been integral to every area of Florida's growth, from tilling the land and developing early communities to boosting business, industry, education, politics, the arts, tourism, and sending humankind into space. Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD,

VENUE CHANGE: Once Upon a Time In Florida: A Conversation with Jacki Levine

Gulfport Scout's Hall 5315 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida

Gulfport Arts & Heritage is hosting an evening with Jacki Levine, former editor of Florida Humanities' FORUM Magazine. Jacki will share stories from Florida Humanities' inspiring new book, Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises. This volume showcases 50 FORUM stories showcasing Florida's diverse and extraordinary writers, artists, cultures, and history. Copies will be available for purchase. This event is open to the

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