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.

CANCELLED: Golden Harvest: The Music and Traditions of the Greek Spongers of Tarpon Springs

Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. CONTINUE TO CHECK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR UPDATES. Since Tarpon Springs's Greek sponge diving industry was founded in the early 1900s, traditional Greek music, dance, and poetry have been at the center of the community. Much of this music is directly connected to the distinct culture that grew up around sponging on Greek islands over the centuries, and ranges from joyful dances to laments mourning

The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife

Over the past thirty years, Craig Pittman has written thousands of stories and columns about "The Most Interesting State." In this presentation based on 51 of these stories, he shows off the glorious weirdness of his native state. Stories of mermaids, con men, fugitives, gator wrasslers, death row inmates, iguanas, tattooed ladies, python hunters, and more are covered in this illustrated and lively presentation about Florida men, Florida women, and

Life in Pinecraft: A Conversation with Katie Troyer

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida Humanities Division is hosting a discussion with photographer Katie Troyer in conversation with JB Miller in conjunction with the exhibition "Life in Pinecraft Through the Eyes of Katie Troyer," open to the public at the Carlisle Inn from February 7th through February 24th. Troyer and Miller will discuss her early years, struggles as a young Amish woman in Ohio, the role that photography has played in

EXHIBITION: Life in Pinecraft: A Photographic Exhibition

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida's Humanities Division is hosting the photographic exhibition "Life in Pinecraft Through the Eyes of Katie Troyer" at the Carlisle Inn from February 7 through February 24. Katie Troyer is one of the most beloved personalities in the Pinecraft community. She grew up in an Amish family in Ohio and, after living in various Amish communities in the US and Canada, she moved to Pinecraft in 2008.

Remembering Paradise Park

Jack Stroup Civic Center 355 W. Center Ave., Sebring, FL, United States

In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs' owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African-American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation "Paradise Park for Colored People". From 1949 to 1969, the former Silver Springs boat captain Eddie Vereen ran one of the most popular places for African Americans to visit in the country. Registration and admission are not required to

Daryl Davis: Hate, Undone

When Daryl Davis was ten, he did not understand hate yet. But, he was the only Black scout in a parade to honor Paul Revere's ride to Concord when he began getting hit by bottles. It was then he formed a question in his mind he spent much of his life answering: "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?" Failing to find an answer in books

What is the Lesson in Cosi Fan Tutte’s School for Lovers?

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida

The Palm Beach Opera hosts a panel discussion with Matteo Magaratto and Arina Pismenny in coordination with their 2023 production of Cosi Fan Tutte . The subtitle for Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi Fan Tutte is "La scuola degli amanti", or "The School For Lovers". However, the lesson for the audience is ambiguous. Panelists discuss their thoughts on the moral, or lack of a moral, of the story about a series

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

English for Families at Haines City Public Library

Haines City Public Library

The Haines City Public Library is hosting English for Families programming once a week for ten weeks in person from February 11 through April 29, 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

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

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

Florida's schoolchildren chose the panther as the state animal, and a decade later it nearly went extinct. But a ragtag band-some scientists, a veterinarian, and a veteran hunter-banded together to pull off a risky experiment to save them. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him

CANCELED: Amazing Florida Women: African and African-American Contributions to Culture: Powerful Doctoring Women

Lake Wales Public Library - Schoenoff Meeting Room 290 Cypress Garden Lane, Lake Wales, Florida

This event has been canceled. Please check back with our events calendar for any updates, or reach out to the event contact for more details.  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

What Kind of Ancestors Do You Want to Be?: Sea Level Rise and Heritage Sites in Florida

Florida SouthWestern State College 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL, United States

New weather patterns, larger storms, and rising sea levels are challenging communities and transforming conventional thinking. Archaeologists document the shifting seascape's destruction of archaeological and historical sites and offer long-term perspectives on human adaptation and maladaptation to environmental changes. This presentation is global in scope and includes Floridian archaeological perspectives. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend. Uzi Baram is a Professor

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Virtual/Online

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American south. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

Conversations at MOCA: The Aesthetic Languages of Haiti in Diaspora: Where is Haiti, Haitian Immigrant Aesthetics in the World

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL, United States

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami presents a conversation with Haitian artists Michelle Lisa Polissant, Mark Fleuridor, and Morel Doucet in conjunction with their special exhibition, Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè on view through April 16, 2023. The artists discuss their complex relationship to the place of their birth from the perspective of the diaspora moderated by Dr. Jerry Philogene, Associate Professor of American Studies at Dickenson

America and Religion with Ken Wald, PhD

Virtual/Online

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida is hosting a lecture with Ken Wald, PhD, as part of their lecture series One Nation Under God: Religion's Impact on the United States. Throughout American history, religion has been a binding force for communities. This lecture looks back on the roots of America's founding to reveal how fundamental religion was to the founding fathers. This program is funded in part through a

The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military Experience

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

During World War II and 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 in a Jim Crow south speak to the hidden and ongoing struggle to accord black Americans in their place in the military. James

Pinecraft: The History and Life of Sarasota’s Amish Community

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida's Humanities division hosts a lecture with JB Miller in coordination with their photographic exhibit Life in Pinecraft on view through February 24 at the Carlisle Inn. Today, Pinecraft is a unique enclave and a popular winter-time destination for Amish and conservative Mennonites in the United States. JB Miller, a Mennonite who grew up in the Pinecraft community, shares his knowledge of the history of the community

ReadOut 2023: Kickoff Panel with Radclyffe and Ann McMan

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 kicks off with literary icons Radclyffe and Ann McMan with a retrospective of lesbian and feminist publishing past, present, and future. The conversation is facilitated by award-winning humorist Fay Jacobs. Radclyffe is a retired surgeon whose 50+ novels have earned more than 25 awards from Lambda Literary, Golden Crown Literary Society, and other writers' associations. She is the president of Bold Strokes Books, one of the world's largest

ReadOut 2023: Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature Panel

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library presents authors Rob Sanders and Sarah Prager in conversation about LGBTQ literature for middle grade and young adult readers. Rob Sanders has written 17 funny and fierce books and is recognized as a pioneer in LGBTQIA+ nonfiction picture books. Blook Brothers, released in July 2022, is his first middle-grade novel, written in powerful, raw verse. Sarah Prager is dedicated

Spike the Punch: Do the Right Thing

IPC ArtSpace 225 NE 59th St, Miami, Florida

Spike the Punch: Three Films and community conversations presented by FIU's Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab in collaboration with Iris PhotoCollective celebrates the art and meanings of in Spike Lee's early films Do the Right Thing (1989) , She's Gotta Have It (1986) , and Malcolm X (1992) . A community conversation with Dr. Andrea Queeley and Carl Juste follows the screening. Registration is suggested but not required. Funding for this

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