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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“Once Upon a Time in Florida:” Book Tour, Panel Five

Matheson History Museum 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL

Join Florida Humanities and the Matheson History Museum to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises . The new book marks Florida Humanities' 50th anniversary with a collection of 50 timeless stories from FORUM, the award-winning magazine of Florida Humanities. As part of a statewide book tour, Jacki Levine, the anthology's editor, reunites with scholars and writers whose stories

Jewish American Heritage Panel Discussion

North Regional/Broward College Library 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, Florida

Broward County Library presents a panel discussion of the multifaceted nature of the humanities and celebrate the significant contributions and achievements of Jewish Americans throughout history. Join Caren Schnur Neile, Dr. Sandra Lilienthal and Scott Ehrlich for an engaging conversation and question and answer session that fosters a deeper understanding of Jewish culture and its profound impact on American society. Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., has taught storytelling studies at Florida

Resetting the American Table

Virtual/Online

The Village Square hosts "Resetting the Table" with Rabbi Melissa Weintraub and Eyal Rabinovitch via Zoom and Facebook Live. As part of the 2023-2024 virtual lecture series, "UNUM: Democracy Reignited," The Village Square engages international expertise in service of quelling increasingly dangerous divisions. After years of focus on volatile disagreements surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Resetting the Table has broadened their attention to sharing their wisdom with those seeking a peaceful

The Cuban Missile Crisis in Central Florida

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

Ormond Beach Historical Society hosts the ninth program in their 2024 Speaker Series. Lewis Metzger explores how the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was a direct and dangerous confrontation between the two world superpowers at the time, the U.S. and the Soviet Union. This Cold War nuclear armed conflict was the closest the world has ever come to nuclear warfare. This program investigates the role of military installations like MCO Air

Prime Time Family Reading Time at Chickasaw Branch

Chickasaw Branch Library 870 N Chickasaw Trail, Orlando, FL, United States

Join Orange County Library System's Chickasaw Branch for a six-week reading and discussion program that inspires thought and conversation between children, recommended ages 5-12, and their families. Meals will be provided. Registration is required to participate online or by calling 407-835-7323. This program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts

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

W.T. Bland Public Library 1995 N Donnelly St., Mt. Dora, 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 Act that Ruined America, and How to Fix It

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

A little known and rarely discussed bit of 1920s congressional legislation is at the core of what so many decry as disfunction in American governance. Dr. Philip Levy looks at the law and ways to change it in this presentation. Parking is available onsite. Refreshments will be served. This program accompanies Voices and Votes: Democracy in America opening at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center on March 23, 2024.

June 18, 1964: The Arrest of 16 Rabbis in St. Augustine…And Why It Matters with Dr. Mike Butler

Palm Coast Community Center 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, FL, United States

On June 17, 1964, sixteen Jewish Rabbis were arrested in St. Augustine for demonstrating against segregated facilities in the Nation's Oldest City. It was the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history and inspired the men to write Why We Went from behind bars early the next morning. The letter, written in the light of a single light bulb hanging outside of their crowded cell, represented what SCLC official

The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military Experience

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

During World War II and the Korean War, seven brothers from a black Punta Gorda family served overseas. Yet, the family received no acclaim for over fifty years for their exploits. From a high-flying Tuskegee airman to a grunt in the Red Ball Express, the Bailey brothers' struggles speak to the hidden and ongoing struggle to accord black Americans their place in the military. James Abraham is a former journalist

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

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

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

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