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.

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Poetry Workshop

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and educator Roberto German for a poetry workshop. Roberto reads from his book Blue Ink Tears , introducing youth participants to his life through storytelling. His bilingual programming poetry shares 20 years of his life with discussions of identity, love, relationship, and race. Participants will create and present their own poetry at the end of the program. Roberto is an award-winning Dominican American

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Okra Stew with Natalie Daise

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and star of Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island reads and discusses her book Okra Stew. The book showcases a father and son celebrating Gullah Geechee culture and tradition through a special family recipe. St. Pete Youth Farm will provide participating young readers with a small okra plant to foster their own journey with okra stew. Natalie Daise is a magnetic performer, speaker, and artist

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

Lantana Public Library 205 W Ocean Ave., Lantana, Florida

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino—with a bit of Latino flavor! An internationally celebrated storyteller, teaching artist, and Chautauqua scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards for service, leadership, and

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Granny’s Vintage Camera with Jasmine Paul

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author Jasmine Paul for a reading and discussion of her book Granny's Vintage Camera . The story follows Kass who is saving for an instant camera and uses her grandmother's vintage camera in the meantime. Young readers follow Kass on her journey as she learns the real meaning of value and responsibility. Following the reading, readers can participate in a financial literacy activity. Jasmine

Off the Page: Poetry As Activism with Laura Shoemaker

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, Florida

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts poet Laura Shoemaker as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration" for a workshop using poetry as a form of activism. Laura has worked in higher education, educational publishing and editing, and nonprofit administration. As of Fall 2022, Laura joined USF as a visiting professor. She previously taught undergraduate writing courses at Ringling College of Art and Design, the State College of Florida,

Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida

Folklorist Annette B. Fromm presents a compelling story of how images and perceptions of Native People, especially the Florida Seminole, have been manipulated in the past, as well as how the Seminole have been represented by artists from their own community toward the end of the 20th century and into the 21st. To illustrate this significant change, she discusses about the work of renownes 19th- and 20th-century Euro-American artists such

Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

This presentation introduces audiences to a variety of Florida Seminole portraits from the 19th 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 the 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

Off the Page: Doing Crime the Florida Man Way with Craig Pittman and Tamara Lush

Gulf Gate Library 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, Florida

Gulf Gate Library hosts two Florida writers, Tamara Lush and Craig Pittman, for a discussion on how Florida and its history of kooky crimes have affected crime-writing and the state's reputation. Tamara Lush is a Florida-based author and journalist. She is an RWA Rita finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow and the winner of the George C. Polk award for environmental journalism. For more than a dozen years, she was a

Who We Were

Jefferson County Courthouse 1 Courthouse Circle, Monticello, Florida

Mr. John Finlayson will give his own history of the Finlayson and Shehee families helping the community better understand the ways in which individuals and families in the Jefferson County region are a part of the larger fabric of Florida and American history. Parking is available in the courthouse parking lot. Funding for this program is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grants with funds from the

Off the Page: Teen Writing Workshop—Fantasy Worldbuilding for Writers

Betty J Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newton Boulevard, Sarasota, FL

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts a teen writing workshop as part of "Off the Page Literary Event." In this workshop, students and instructors from Ringling College of Art and Design show teen participants how to unlock the secrets of creating captivating realms filled with magic, mythical creatures, and epic quests. Together, they will dive into the art of crafting unique cultures, designing fantastical landscapes, and shaping powerful magic

Off the Page: Local History and Book Discussion with Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho

The History Center at Osprey Library 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, Florida

The History Center at Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point presents a conversation with authors Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Local authors Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho discuss the research behind their book Miguel's Bay: The Pioneer Tale of Miguel and Frederica Guerro. Miguel Guerro, a Menorcan sailor born in 1817 established a fishing rancho on Terra Ceia Island off the west

Off the Page: So You Want to Write Kid Lit?

Fruitville Library 100 Apex Rd., Sarasota, Florida

Fruitville Library presents the So You Want to Write Kid Lit? author panel as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Award-winning children's authors and writing teachers Dianne Ochiltree, Ryan Van Cleave, and Sylvia Whitman tell participants everything they need to know about writing for children—whether it is picture books, middle grade fiction, nonfiction, or young adult novels. Join them for an overview of the field, including how to

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

Florida Historic Capitol Museum 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida

Join Florida Humanities and the Florida Historic Capitol Museum to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises, the new 330-page anthology published to commemorate Florida Humanities' 50th anniversary. The Florida Humanities Center for the Book's Anthology Book Tour unites Jacki Levine, the anthology's editor, with scholars and writers whose stories were chosen from the deep FORUM archives to appear

Off the Page: Mystery Night with Oceanview Publishing

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library hosts a panel discussion all about mysteries with Oceanview Publishing as part of the "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Oceanview is an independent book publisher specializing in the best in mystery, thrillers, and suspense. Founding partners Bob and Pat Gussin are joined by authors Don Bruns, Susan Klaus, and Ward Larsen to discuss the exciting twists and turns of mystery. Bob Gussin never let his Ph.D. and position

Preserving Voices: Representations of Revolution


The Center for Jose Marti Studies Affiliate at the University of Tampa is hosting the second public program in the Preserving Voices series, bringing alive the tradition and showmanship of the "lector de tabaqueria," of the cigar factory reader. This panel looks at the significant articles from the Cuban emigre press of Key West and New York City during the 1880s as these communities conspired to gain independence from their

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Florida’s Transportation History

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

Until the 19th century, steamboats provided the major means of transportation in the state and its connection to the wider world. This presentation covers the decades of development and infrastructure of Florida's transportation industry and intersections with contemporary issues of the state. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the University of Florida's history department, where he received his Ph.D. in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in public schools

Off the Page: Writing with A.I.

Selby Library 1331 1st St., Sarasota, Florida

Selby Library hosts "Writing with A.I." with writing instructor Rick Dakan as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Rick Dakan discusses the collide between artificial intelligence and creative writing. Rick Dakan lives, writes, and teaches in Sarasota, Florida. He is a professor of Creative Writing at the Ringling College of Art and Design, where he teaches classes on writing for video games, writing for tabletop games, writing comics, the

Jacksonville’s Inaugural Native American Arts Festival

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

The first event of its kind in Jacksonville, MOSH's Native American Arts Festival is a two-day, immersive educational experience of Indigenous arts and culture. Friday, November 10, from 10 am until 5 pm includes Native American art vendors, featuring traditional indigenous designs with a modern interpretation, dance and music performances, drum lessons, dance lessons, a frybread cooking demonstration, and discussion panels. Enjoy a Friday evening VIP event (separate ticket required)

Sip and Scholarship: Seeing Florida Heritage Through Archaeology

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1795 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, Florida

The history of Florida is fascinating, and archaeological research provides a tactile, visual, and place-based approach to appreciating what has been achieved. The aspects of the past that are in the present, that are being seen, used and visited by people today, are heritage. This presentation explores the dynamics of heritage by highlighting archaeological insights into Indigenous landscapes, colonial sites, utopian settlements, minority communities, and modern cities. After 25 years

Miami Book Fair 2023

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Florida

Miami Dade College presents the 40th annual Miami Book Fair November 12 through November 19. An eight-day celebration of, by, and for authors, books, and the people who love them. The Fair features more than 400 authors and presenters from across the country and globe; more than 200 in-person and on-demand programs delivered in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole and French; the signature "Evenings With" lineup, including Kerry Washington with

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