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

Virtual/Online

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

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.

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

Virtual/Online

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

Virtual

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

ReadOUT 2024: Young Adult Panel

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

Young adult authors David Berger, Maria Ingrande Mora, Ginny Myers Sain, and Kate Castle discuss their works of young adult literature. By day, David Berger works as a mild-mannered English teacher and role model, but by night he's a fantasy author creating new worlds with relatable, authentic heroes based in modern myth. Maria Ingrande Mora (they/she) is an author whose Young Adult debut novel, Fragile Remedy, was selected as Junior

ReadOUT 2024: Romance Panel

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

Romance authors and readers Macon Leigh, JJ Arias, Melina McKay, Nan Campbell, and Stephanie Shea discuss their works. Macon Leigh is a romance evangelist, writer, co-host of Strictly Sapphic, and person who is usually reading. She lives in Arkansas where she runs a summer camp when she isn't reading, writing, or playing outside. JJ Arias, an Amazon best-selling author and proud Cuban-American from Miami, infuses her narratives with the vibrancy of

Honoring Black Heritage and Culture

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

Join the Historical Society of Central Florida for their second annual Honoring Black Heritage and Culture family day event! This year's theme is African Americans as leaders in the arts. Explore the tremendous impact Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements, and more. The day will include performances, speakers, and activities for all ages. Museum admission is free on this date. The event will include poetry readings

ReadOUT 2024: Keynote Program with Lynn Ames

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

ReadOUT 2024 presents a keynote lecture with award-winning author Lynn Ames. Lynn has penned 16 genre bestsellers. Her biography of the greatest catcher ever to play women's softball, Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story, was released in October 2023. She is a six-time Goldie Award winner, winner of the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, a two-time Lammy Award finalist, a Foreword Indies Book of the Year finalist, and

ReadOUT 2024: Horror and Paranormal Panel

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

Authors Kayla Upadhyaya, Cathy Pegau, and Elle Ire discuss their works of horror and paranormal literature. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the author of Helen House, a queer horror novelette. She is the managing editor of Autostraddle and the assistant managing editor at TriQuarterly. Cathy Pegau (she/her) is an award-winning author who dabbles in a

Hidden Histories of the Civil War in Florida

Reflections of Manatee 1302 4th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL

Join historian and author Robert Redd on a tour of the lesser-known aspects of Florida in the Civil War. Mr. Redd provides a lecture to accompany the opening of a new addition to the ongoing exhibit Battle for Freedom, Manatee during the Civil War. The new addition to the exhibit focuses on the homefront and the changes endured by both settlers and enslaved. Lawn or street parking near the venue

ReadOUT 2024: Fiction Panel

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

Authors Kristen Arnett, Jeffrey Dale, and José Iriarte discuss their works in this panel. Kristen Arnett is the queer author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and the New York Times bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the

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