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.

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

Virtual/Online

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

Off the Page Teen Writing Workshop: Writing Time-Travel: How to Figure Out When You Are, Save the Present, and Escape the Time Loop

North Port Library 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, Florida

North Port Library hosts a teen writing workshop with Ringling College of Art and Design as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." The TARDIS, the DeLorean, the Groundhog. These icons of media have one thing in common- time travel! North Port Library invites teens to explore the twists and turns of time-travel fiction, examine what time-travel stories can do, and all the nit-picky questions these stories bring up. In

A Musical Journey Through Florida

Live Oak Public Library 1848 Ohio Avenue, Dr. M.L. King Jr. Avenue South, Live Oak, Florida

This presentation takes audiences on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of songs covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore with in-depth storytelling about Ponce de Leon's voyage to Florida in 1513, Henry Flagler's building of Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid. Chris Kahl is a Florida folk musician and storyteller. He

Off the Page with Science Writer Sam Kean

Gulf Gate Library 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, Florida

Gulf Gate Library hosts science writer Sam Kean for a discussion on life as a science writer and the stories brought to life in his books as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he's a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The New Yorker, The

Off the Page Teen Writing Workshop—The Vices of Villainy: Crafting Vivacious Villains and Outstanding Antagonists

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

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts a teen writing workshop with Ringling College of Art and Design as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Participants can examine the great villains and antagonists of literature, film, animation, and more to learn what makes them effective and memorable. In groups, teens will design their own villains and develop their goals, motives, morals, and origins to create compelling catalysts of conflict.

Picturing Paradise: From John James Audubon to the Florida Highwaymen

Digital Scholarship Lab-Florida Tech 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Florida

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

Democracy Reignited: The Roots of Belonging + The Risks of Othering

Virtual/Online

Rachel Brown, the founder of Over Zero, shares her experience in preventing violence in global hotspots to the challenge of rising identity-based hatred around the world. Over Zero works in the United States, Central Europe, and East Africa providing assistance to a diverse set of partners, including civil society leaders and organizations, funders and large institutions, and other leaders within society. Rachel Brown is the author of Defusing Hate: A

Hurricane!

North Indian River County Library 1001 Sebastian Boulevard, Sebastian, FL, United States

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 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 covering

Film Screening: Jews of the Wild West

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

Delray Beach Public Library screens the film Jews of the Wild West (2022, NR, 80 mins.) as part of the series "Stories of Exile" reading group. Western Jewish pioneers, those of the silver screen and real life, are a largely forgotten chapter in US history. And yet, they played a definitive role in shaping the expansion of the United States. The wagon trains that moved westward with Jewish families traveled

The Telling Project: Featuring Dr. Paul Ortiz

Virtual

Florida Humanities helped veterans tell their stories in a number of communities through The Telling Project. In honor of Veterans Day, we will be showing The Telling Project film. In this film, six Florida military veterans and one military spouse tell their personal stories through dramatic performances onstage, in the WEDU PBS documentary. Go behind the scenes of the theatrical process, following the diverse cast of service members for five

The Hidden History of Florida

Ocala Public Library 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida

Beginning in 1565 with the founding of St. Augustine, Florida has been making history; but, much of it is hidden. In his entertaining presentation, Dr. Clark traces the little-known facts of Florida, including the story of the state flag, the origin of Florida's largest grocery store chain, Coca-Cola billionaires, and the origin of cars on the beach with over thirty unique and fast-paced stories. This presentation is based on the

Miami Book Fair 2023: Chronicling the Sunshine State

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

Kirsten Hines and Jacki Levine come together for a conversation entitled Chronicling the Sunshine State. In Wild Florida: An Animal Odyssey Kirsten Hines provides a captivating visual and narrative journey into the ecology of the state's animals. Jacki Levine's Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises is an anthology of 50 intriguing stories of life in the Sunshine State by some of the

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