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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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

The African Diaspora Experience in Florida

Pinellas County African American History Museum 1101 Marshall Street, Clearwater, FL, United States

Florida has a relationship with Africans and the Diaspora unlike any other state. This presentation chronologically examines this relationship beginning in the sixteenth century through the present day and provides a broad overview of the African Diaspora experience in Florida, highlighting both the pitfalls and the triumphs within Florida history. Registration and admission are not required to attend. Dr. Dixon is the President of Archival and Historical Research Associated and

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

ReadOut 2023: Poetry Panel

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport Library hosts authors and poets Gloria Munoz, Sheree L Greer, and Sander Santiago with moderator Jenny Boyer for a conversation about the intersection of LGBTQ identity and poetry. Gloria Munoz is a Colombian American writer, an advocate for multilingual literacy and writing, and St. Petersburg's new Poet Laureate. Her poetry collection Danzirly/Dawn's Early was awarded the Academy of American Poets 2019

Dialogues in Local Democracy, Conversation 1

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nova Southeastern University's Council for Dialogue and Democracy is hosting three workshops focused on the Broward County community's needs and wants as regards local government services and processes. Broward County residents are invited to participate in these community conversations to explore the workings of local government and how these actions meet (or don't meet) the needs of the County's residents. This first discussion will focus on past government services and

Remembering Paradise Park

Palm Coast Community Center 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, 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 is not required to attend. The

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

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