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 and Votes: Democracy in America at Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center

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

Museum on Main Street Voices and Votes is on view at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center March 23-May 19, 2024. When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked

Sit A Spell Conversations X Pa’Lante Series: Vincent Adejumo

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Join Florida Humanities, the Woodson African American Museum of Florida, Tombolo books, and St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Gloria Muñoz for the last program of the series "Sit A Spell Conversation X Pa'Lante: Black Voices in the Humanities." This series is a conversation program featuring Black writers, educators and scholars. The third and final program features Dr. Vincent Adejumo of the University of Florida Dr. Vincent Adejumo's work encompasses a practical

War in Paradise: World War II in Florida

Ocala Main Library 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, Florida

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with impunity. 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

Author Talk with Katie Arnold

NSU Alvin Sherman Library 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie, Florida

The NSU Alvin Sherman Library and Lifelong Learning Institute presents an afternoon with author Katie Arnold. Katie Arnold is an author, journalist, competitive ultra-runner and host of running and writing retreats. Running Home is her memoir about the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of our world, the stories that hold us back, and the ones that set us free. The program includes lunch, a reading and discussion with

Beyond the Homefront: The Untold Stories of WWII Heroes

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

Renowned author Charley Valera, known for My Father's War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers, delves into the long untold stories of WWII veterans. Drawing inspiration from his father, a WWII veteran who seldom discussed the war, Valera embarked on interviews with other veterans. Join him as he shares captivating photos and first-hand narratives spanning both theaters and all branches of WWII, complemented by an exclusive four-minute film trailer. Registration

Hurricane!

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

Study major events in Florida history, and there's a good chance a hurricane was involved. Learn how these amazing but devastating weather machines work and how they have affected Florida, with a special focus on the great 1928 storm, the subject of the award-winning book Black Cloud. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to

Across the Florida Straits to Cuba—A Living History of the Buildings Left Behind

Coral Gables Museum 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL, United States

Cuba is a historical laboratory of buildings, streets, and artifacts that have been mostly untouched since 1960--allowing visitors to transport themselves into a time and space that has not evolved into modern times. In this historical presentation, Mario Cartaya retraces and recalls six decades of friendly and cooperative Cuban-American relations and history. Mario Cartaya was born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. as a political refugee in 1960. He

Scholars Speakers Series: Education in Humanities

Broward County Main Library 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Broward County Library presents an exploration of the humanities and its benefits in informing educational systems with Dr. Charlene Desir. Dr. Desir explores the importance of ensuring quality education and equitable access to resources for all and inform educational practices, curriculum development, and equity in access to education to create more inclusive and effective educational systems. Dr. Charlene Desir is a professor at Nova Southeastern University's Abraham S. Fischler College

Military Intelligence in Early U.S. History

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

Cloak and dagger is the second oldest profession, beginning with war itself. This presentation by retired special agent and law enforcement executive Thomas Eastwood examines the role of military intelligence in US history during the American Revolution and the Civil War, exploring well-known and little-known spies. Registration is required to attend this event. Registration opens on April 21, 2024. This program accompanies Voices and Votes: Democracy in America opening at

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Amelia Island Museum of History 233 South Third Street, Fernandina Beach, FL, United States

The Florida landscape has provided aesthetic inspiration to artists for centuries. Titian Ramsay Peale and John James Audubon came in search of native flora and fauna, followed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, who were lured by its natural beauty and warm climate. This presentation offers a succinct and engaging history of Florida's landscape painters. Keri Watson is an associate professor

History of the Civil War in Florida

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the tenth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Join author Robert Redd on a tour of the lesser-known aspects of Florida during the Civil War in this program. Robert Redd is currently the Cultural Coordinator for the County of Volusia and was the Executive Director of the New Smyrna Museum of History. He has published six books through Arcadia Publishing on history. He holds a

Orlando Book Festival 2024

Orlando Public Library 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida

Join the Orange County Library System for a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library including panels and talks from bestselling authors all over the state and a closing keynote with award-winning author Tayari Jones. Participating authors include David Perdreira, Amar Shah, Jose Pablo Iriarte, Kim Karalius, Vanessa Montalban, Michael Regina, Ana Vecina-Suarez, Elle E. Ire, Taryn Souders, Annabelle, Tometich, Peter Raymundo, and Tayari Jones. Registration is suggested

The Art of Walt Disney

Seminole County Public Library- North Branch

Walt Disney made significant contributions to the history of animation, film, and architecture, not to mention life in Florida. This presentation offers an in-depth look at the art and life of Walt Disney and discusses his impact on the development of cartoons, short- and feature-length movies, and theme parks. Keri Watson is an associate professor of art history at the University of Central Florida and co-executive editor for Panorama: Journal

Orlando Book Festival 2024: Festival Keynote with Tayari Jones

Orlando Public Library 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida

The Orange County Library System welcomes New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jone for the Orlando Book Festival's 2024 keynote address. Jones is the author of four novels, most recently An American Marriage. Published in 2018, An American Marriage is an Oprah's Book Club selection and also appeared in Barack Obama's summer reading list as well as his year-end roundup. The novel was awarded the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known

Contemporary Challenges to Im/migrant Rights

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

Dr. Elizabeth Aranda's presentation discusses the current political climate engulfing immigrants' lives, challenging their rights to work, obtain health care, travel, to worship in the community, and carry on with their everyday lives. Recent lies, instilling fear in immigrant communities have led some to leave the state. This presentation discusses the implications of these laws. Parking is available on-site. Refreshments will be served. This program accompanies Voices and Votes: Democracy

Making Florida Home Podcast Series – Season 1

Virtual / Online

The Florida Heritage Project presents, The Making Florida Home Podcast Series. Listen to discussions focusing on Florida's historic communities, old and new. Guest speakers include community members and scholars who share their insights about the people who have made Florida their home. Our first season features Stuart Brown discussing his project on the Calusa. Autumn Watkins Holloway tells listeners about the Williams Academy Black History Museum in Fort Myers and

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America at the Okeechobee County Historical Courthouse

Okeechobee County Historical Courthouse 312 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, Florida

Museum on Main Street Voices and Votes is on view at the Okeechobee County Historical Courthouse May 25- July 13, 2024. When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions

FAM: Nonprofit Board Roles and Responsibilities for Newbies and “Seasoned” Volunteer Leaders

Virtual/Online

Whether you have been in a board seat for 20 years, considering the opportunity to become a volunteer leader, or are a CEO or Executive Director supporting a board, this session with Brynne Anne Besio explains the responsibilities of nonprofit boards of directors, their partnership with the CEO or Executive Director and the individual responsibilities that should be carefully considered. Brynne Anne Besio, CFRE, combines more than 35 years of

Executive Director’s Book Club: “Beneath a Ruthless Sun”

Virtual / Online

Join Florida Humanities' Executive Director Nashid Madyun and Flagler College history professor and Florida Humanities speaker Dr. J. Michael Butler for a discussion on Gilbert King's book Beneath a Ruthless Sun. The book is a true story that takes place in rural Florida. In the midst of integration, a prominent local woman is assaulted, which leads the local sheriff down a road of racism, violence, and injustice.

Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)’s Caribbean Studies Book Talk Series: “Voodoo: The History of a Racial Slur” by Dr. Danielle N. Boaz

African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLC) 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Join the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) for a talk by Dr. Danielle N. Boaz on her latest book, Voodoo: The History of a Racial Slur (2023, Oxford University Press). This talk will be held in person at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in Ft. Lauderdale, and the book will be available for check out at AARLCC, Florida International University's Green Library, and the Miami

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