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.

ReadOut 2023: Mystery and Suspense Writing Secrets Revealed

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library presents this panel, featuring six award-winning authors discussing the secrets to writing mystery and suspense stories that keep readers turning the page. Becky Bohan is the author of the 2020 award-winning novel, A Light on Altered Land. Her 2022 novel, The Santorini Setup, won a Royal Palm Literary Award and a Global Book Award. Penny Mickelbury's many books

ReadOut 2023: Modern Queer Romance–HEAs Guaranteed

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library presents a panel discussion of how the broad genre of queer romance explorres the transformation of LGBTQ romantic relationships in literature. Melissa Brayden is the multiple award-winning author of twenty-three contemporary romance novels. She is a dedicated storyteller on the page and stage with a Master's Degree in theatrical directing. Sander Santiago is a Queer-Trans BIPOC writer bringing LGBTQ+

ReadOut 2023: Queer Young Adult Literature Panel

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library presents an author panel to discuss queer young adult literature. Maria Ingrande Mora is an author whose young adult debut novel, Fragile Remedy, was selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Her second novel, The Immeasurable Depth of You, will be released in March 2023. Aaron H Aceves is a bisexual, Mexican-American writer born and raised in

The Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Southeast Branch Library 6670 US-1, St. Augustine, Florida

The civil rights movement in St. Augustine drew national attention when Martin Luther King, Jr. visited twice in 1964, sparking marches, arrests, and clashes between protesters and police on the tourist-lined beaches. Local and national objectives complemented and contradicted each other in ways that affect race relations today and are examined in this presentation. There is no registration for the event, and free parking is available in the library's lot.

ReadOut 2023: Fiction: Lesbian Imagination at Work

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library present Fiction: Lesbian Imagination at Work. This panel features authors who bring their training as a librarian, journalist, and publisher, as well as their life experiences, to craft divergent stories that engage readers in the lives of lesbian characters, their families, friends, and antagonists. Kristen Arnett is the queer author of With Teeth: A Novel, which was a

ReadOut 2023: Creating Queer Trans Literature

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport Public Library presents authors Jamison Green and Zader Keig in conversation about Queer Trans men's literature. Jamison and Zader's decades-long involvement in educating and supporting individuals across the transgender community offers unique insight into the challenges and benefits of aligning one's gender identity with their physical presentation. Jamison Green, PhD, is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, best known for his

ReadOut 2023: Keynote Presentation with Briam Broome

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

ReadOut 2023 presents Sunday keynote speaker author Briam Broome, winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction. Broome's memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods recounts growing up poor, dark-skinned, and gay in rural Ohio. His essays explore the pressures and vulnerabilities confronting black boys and how he used his personal experiences to create the person he has become. Funding for this event is provided in part through a Florida

ReadOut 2023: Memoir: Growing Into My Self

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport Public Library present Memoir: Growing Into My Self. Three award-winning authors describe their personal accounts of growing into their identities as LGBTQ people and how it integrates into their work and life. Robee Berry (she/her) is a writer, adventurer and activist. For decades the story of The Pink Divide protagonist, Lake Myers, lived in her head until the auspicious day when

ReadOut 2023: Following Your Own Journey: The Hybrid Writer at Work

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library presents a lecture and discussion with author Sheree L Greer about her experience being an author. . Sheree is a writer, artist, teacher, and publisher living in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, she founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women of color writers. She is the author of

English for Families at Delray Beach Public Library

Delray Beach Public Library 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

The Delray Beach Public Library is hosting English for Families twice a week for five weeks from February 21 through March 30, 2023. The program includes interactive classes for adults and children that focus on developing English vocabulary and literary skills through strategic and fun story reading. Programming is designed to improve the language proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English by providing essential reading strategies needed for

African and African-American Contributions to Culture

Largo Public Library 120 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL, United States

In this presentation, Dr. Bireda examines the many contributions enslaved Africans and African Americans have made to American culture. Traditional culture retentions survived the Middle Passage and have influenced present-day American culture. This presentation provides surprising and previously untold facts about the impact of African and African American culture upon American culture as a whole. This presentation focuses on contributions to medicine, health, and wellness. Registration is required to attend,

Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time

Highlands Hammock State Park 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL, United States

This presentation introduces audiences to a variety of Florida Seminole portraits from the nineteenth century and how the portraits were used as propaganda to represent the Seminoles as a dying people. "Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time" challenges this long-held belief to explore changing perspectives of Native Americans and the Florida Seminole. With a focus on portraiture over time, the rich history and continued vitality of the Florida Seminole will be

Amish Across America: Growth and Change Among a Traditional People

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

The New College of Florida's Humanities Division hosts a lecture with Steven Nolt in coordination with their photographic exhibit Life In Pinecraft on view at the Carlisle Inn through February 24. Often presented as a stubbornly timeless people, the Amish are in fact a remarkably dynamic group. Doubling in population every twenty years, they now number nearly 375,000 and live in 34 states. This illustrated lecture introduces the Amish in

Coffee and Conversations: Florida Maroons and Black Seminole Societies with Dr. Anthony Dixon

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

This presentation examines the history and culture of the Florida Maroons and Black Seminoles. Dr. Dixon discusses the origins and lives of both the Maroons and their development into the Black Seminoles from the 16th through 19th centuries. This presentation also includes an examination of the direct relationship between Black Seminoles and the growth of Florida through the Seminole Wars. Dr. Dixon is the President of Archival and Historical Research

POWER: A Showcase of Arts, Culture, and History

Museum of Science and History Jacksonville 1025 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, Florida

Join the Museum of Science and History Jacksonville for POWER: A Showcase of Arts, Culture, and History on February 25th from 6 to 10 pm. This event is a dynamic fusion of arts, culture, and hisotircal experience coinciding with the Museum of Science and History's Black History Month celebration. POWER will feature a variety of live musicians, vendors of various trades, panelists, artists, and chefs, as well as an ongoing

ACCORD Freedom Trail Guided Trolley Tour

Willie Galimore Community Center 399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, Florida

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) has organized a narrated history tour for each Saturday in February to coincide with Black History Month. The tour includes many of the 30+ sites of the Freedom Trail Tour. This tour will be narrated by local historian and author David Nolan. Visitors will embark the local Green Trolley Bus and learn about the rich Civil Rights and African American History of

Charlotte Harbor Book Festival: Keynote Presentation

Military Heritage Museum 900 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, Florida

The Charlotte Harbor Book Festival presents "Getting Into Character: An Author's Research Adventures Around the World" with Robert Macomber. Join multi-award winning author and acclaimed speaker Robert Macomber for his sometimes hilarious and sometimes perilous tales about his research treks worldwide to write seventeen novels in his renowned Honor Series. Registration is suggested but not required to attend. The keynote presentation is held at the Gulf Coast Theater inside the

Charlotte Harbor Book Festival

Military Heritage Museum 900 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, Florida

Join the Military Heritage Museum on February 25, 2023 from 9 am to 4 pm for the Charlotte Harbor Book Festival. Free and open to the public, literature lovers are encouraged to participate in local author panels and discussions, writing workshops for adults and children, booksellers row, and a keynote presentation with multi, award-winning author and acclaimed speaker Robert N. Macomber. This festival is funded in part through a Florida

The DeLand Black Heritage Trail Presentation

Burgess Museum at the DeLand Memorial Hospital and Veterans 230 N Stone St, DeLand, Florida

St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance together with the Burgess Museum will host a discussion on the DeLand Black Heritage Trail project as part of the Museum's Lemonade and Local History series. The Heritage Trail is a self-guided cycling and walking route to connect Black heritage sites and interesting and historically significant landmarks within the Greater Spring Hill area and beyond. It will encourage people to get out of their cars

Charlotte Harbor Book Festival: Tough Guys Talk Turkey

Military Heritage Museum 900 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, Florida

The Charlotte Harbor Book Festival presents Tough Guys Talk Turkey, a lecture by Chuck Emma. Author and lawyer Chuck Emma lectures about how to write believable action scenes and dialogue based on his experience writing a series of hard-boiled suspense novels with action scenes ranging from courtroom drama to high seas horror. Registration is suggested but not required to attend. Chuck Emma is a practicing attorney in Massachusetts and an

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