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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, Poetry Out Loud, Prime Time, and more.

Alert: Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), some events have been cancelled or postponed. We are working 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.

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Virtual Event: Making Chief Osceola- The Abolitionists and the Rise of an American Myth

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Anti-war and abolitionist activists helped promote an enduring series of myths and fabrications about Chief Osceola, who played a pivotal role in the Second Seminole War and died in U.S. military captivity in 1838. Osceola was a focus of debates over Indian wars, Indian removal, and their connections to American slavery. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Orange County Library System. Funding for this program was provided

Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’ Environment by Dr. Peggy Macdonald

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Dr. Macdonald provides an overview of the life and legacy of the self-described "housewife from Micanopy," who in reality struggled to balance career and family with her husband, Archie Carr, a pioneering conservation biologist. For 35 years, Carr tirelessly led a coalition of citizen activists in the continuing battle to protect and restore the Ocklawaha River. To this day, this little-known river in the heart of central Florida remains blocked

Above and Beyond- JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Michael Tougias is a NY Times best-selling author who has written and co-authored 29 books. His presentation of the untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis speaks of the little known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Leesburg Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by

Police Brutality and Confederate Imagery: The Black Freedom Struggle in One Florida County

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Dr. J Michael Butler shares a close examination of events in Escambia County in the 1970s that demonstrates how-and why-the struggle against segregation in Florida continued well after the Civil Rights movement ended in the 1960s. This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Palm Beach County Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

An examination of the perceptions of women in popular culture through the lens of comic books. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Brooksville Vision Foundation. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Voices from Florida-Peggy Macdonald: Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment

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Join us online for a special series about Florida's culture, literature, and community-building featuring items from the MDPLS Special Collections and Archives. Space is limited for this online event. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Ages 10+ Historian Peggy Macdonald will present about the life of Marjorie Harris Carr. Raised by naturalist parents in rural Southwest Florida, Marjorie

The Autobiography Of Malcolm X: A Series on Race Relations in America Part 8

Bethune Cookman University Bethune Cookman University Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL
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Community Healing Project Inc will host a series of 8 discussions based on the literature of Alex Haley's "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X". This event, the final in the series, will focus on "Reflection." The series will discuss the past 55 years in America in regards to social, political and racial advancements and their negative or positive effects on African American culture. This program is funded in part through a

African American Politics by Sharon Austin

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Join us for a presentation by Sharon Austin that examination of the social and political relationships among African Americans and people of black Caribbean descent. Other topics include Haitian political behavior, general African American political behavior, and the history and politics of black women. This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Key West Art and History Museum. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities

Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations: Florida Stories

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

Dr. Kitty Oliver shares how far we've come and how progress can be made that inspires our youth, drawing on an archive of over 125 oral histories of blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians and Caribbeans from a variety of heritages.

Marcia Jo Zerivitz Presents Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories

St. Johns County Main Public Library Saint Augustine, FL
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Registration Required. Please join us for this very special program presented virtually by scholar and oral historian Marcia Jo Zerivitz. This one-hour presentation is based on the author's seminal book, the first comprehensive history of the Jews of Florida from colonial times to the present - a sweeping tapestry of voices spanning centuries. Despite not being officially allowed to live in Florida until 1763, Jewish immigrants escaping expulsions and exclusions

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Florida Talks at the Reserve

Rookery Bay Research Reserve 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL
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The Lunch & Learn Lecture Series hosted at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center invites guests to enjoy a meal in the comfort of the auditorium while learning something new from the Florida Humanities Speakers Bureau. Join us for Rookery Bay Research Reserve's series of three monthly Lunch & Learn lectures in partnership with Florida Humanities. Each month the series will focus on a unique facet of Florida's history and pop

Preserving Zora’s Eatonville: A Conversation with N.Y. Nathiri

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N.Y. Nathiri, founding member and Executive Director of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc, will discuss her extensive work spearheading efforts to preserve the historic town of Eatonville, Florida, including her establishment of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Zora! Festival was named "One of 25 Cultural Tourism Success Stories" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hosted by the University of North

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans with Cynthia Barnett

Marco Island Historical Museum- Rose History Auditorium 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, FL

Join award-winning environment author Cynthia Barnett as she explores the long, rich, and surprisingly profound relationship between humans and seashells. With her engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight, Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as the human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for our warming world. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Marco

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