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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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

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

ReadOUT 2024: Poetry and Memoir Panel

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

Poets and authors Jillan Abby, Tyler Gillespie, and Lauren Eve discuss their work in this panel. Jillian Abby's debut memoir, Perfectly Queer, was selected as a global contest winner by Hay House Publishing and released worldwide for Lesbian Visibility Week in 2023. Perfectly Queer hit #1 on Amazon's list of New Releases for LGBTQ Biographies and Memoirs, was featured by Good Morning America on their list of 2023 spring reading

ReadOUT 2024: Mystery Panel

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

Authors Becky Bohan, Carolyn Elizabeth, and Sheree L. Greer discuss their works in this mystery fiction panel. Becky Bohan (she/her) is the author of the 2020 award-winning novel, A Light on Altered Land. Her 2022 novel, The Santorini Setup, has won a Royal Palm Literary Award and Global Book Award. Carolyn Elizabeth (often confused for K. Aten) is a Goldie Award winning author of sapphic stories where serious camp meets

ReadOUT 2024: Romance Panel II

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

Authors Melissa Brayden, Georgia Beers, and Kat Jackson discuss their works of romance fiction. Melissa Brayden is the multiple award-winning author of twenty-three contemporary romance novels-and she's enjoying the ride. Melissa is a dedicated storyteller on both the page and stage with a Master's Degree in theatrical directing and past studies with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon as well as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Georgia Beers

ReadOUT 2024: Fantasy Panel

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

Authors Barbara Ann Wright and David Slayton discuss their works of fantasy fiction in this author conversation. Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels starring LGBTQIA characters. She's won six Rainbow Awards, two Golden Crown Literary Awards, and has been shortlisted in the Foreword Review Book of the Year Awards, and the Lambda Awards. She's also made must-read lists on, BookRiot and Her newest book, Haunted

The Ocoee Massacre

W.T. Bland Public Library 1995 N Donnelly St., Mt. Dora, 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

ReadOUT 2024: Romance Panel III

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

Authors Sander Santiago, Tagan Shepard, Morgan Lee Miller, and Luc Dreamer discuss their works of romance fiction in this author panel. Sander Santiago is a Queer-Trans BIPOC writer bringing LGBTQ+ narratives to the literary world. In addition to his debut book, Best of the Wrong Reasons, Sander is a published poet and academic. Having completed a Master's of Science degree from Purdue University in 2017, he is featured in several

ReadOUT 2024: New Adult Panel

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

Authors Ana Hartnett and Kristen Zimmer discuss their works of new adult fiction in this author panel. Ana Hartnett is an award-winning author of Sapphic romance with Bold Strokes Books. She lives in Atlanta where she heroically fights her writer's block with long walks through the neighborhood and local brews. She is currently writing her seventh novel. Kristen Zimmer is the international best-selling author of new adult sapphic fiction titles

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