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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Week of Events
EXHIBITION: Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground
The Orange County Regional History Center has organized a new special exhibition titled Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Between 1985 and 2001, the Orlando concert promoter "Figurehead" invigorated the musical landscape in Central Florida. "Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground" tells the story of how the company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Utilizing the extensive Figurehead
WFSU Public Media is hosting a community conversation to extend the discussion of the podcast "Not So Black and White: A community's divided history" to a live audience. This new podcast from WFSU Public Media traces the divided history of Tallahassee and Leon County. Through conversations with the community, WFSU investigates the barriers that continue to separate the places we live, work, play, educate and worship. Find out more about
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a film and literature session. Join Ronelle Delmont for an interactive, multimedia presentation. This book & film lecture features the film Hester Street (1975) directed by Joan Micklin Silver, which was added in 2011 to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It is a romantic film based on Abraham Cahan's 1896 novel Yekl: A Tale of
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a lecture that examines the genesis and tropes of hate crimes and antisemitism. Historically, antisemitism has been the early warning signal of a society in danger. Why? Using degenerate artworks, Marcia Jo Zerivitz will demonstrate the historical background of antisemitism - the virus that mutates with every generation, and the insidious power of imagery in communicating the agenda of
Ready to fight back against the confusion, heartbreak, and madness of a dangerously divided time? Find the answers by talking with people--rather than about them--and asking questions across the divides. Seeking where people are coming from is easier than previously thought. Attendance is free but registration is required. Mónica Guzmán is Director of Digital and Storytelling at braver Angels, a nonprofit working to depolarize America, host of the Crosscut interview
Jack Kerouac, famed American author and poet, lived his final days in St. Petersburg, Florida. His most popular novel, On the Road, is listed as one of the greatest American novels and represents a landmark shift in the power of popular culture and influence in the 1960s. Taking place at Keroauc's home, Florida Humanities Executive Director Nashid Madyun and retired literature professor Dr. Ken Burchenal will explore Kerouac's life in
The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The second presentation in this series is based on Mark Lane's book: Florida Symbols, Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies, which was published in 2019 by University Press of Florida and won the Florida Historical Society's 2019 Charlton Tebeau Book Award for history writing for a general audience. Attendees will learn how many historical events, often-comical,
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a second lecture series on Folk Music from the 60s in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. The 1960s was a tumultuous time in America. The Civil Rights movement and The Vietnam War affected a new generation commonly called "the Baby Boomers", who were now entering college and expressing their freedom and power. Beatniks, then hippies, represented an alternative lifestyle
Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them. David Head is an associate lecturer
From the Ashley Gang to the Devil's Millhopper and the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge, Florida folk culture is brimming with fascinating characters and situations almost too amazing to be true. But are they true? This presentation is a dynamic performance from a master storyteller and professor who brings these legends to life and discusses their importance and whether it may not matter if they are fact or fiction. A must