Florida Humanities Festival: South Florida | March 8-9, 2024

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Stephanie Chill
Programs Officer
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Florida Humanities celebrates the humanities in Miami, exploring the literature, cultures, music, cuisine, and history that shape the human experience of South Florida! Festival participants will engage in community discussions and networking opportunities focused on supporting, creating, and uplifting humanities projects. Also join us for art tours, a film screening, networking opportunities, and of course, food, fun, and festivities!

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March 8, 2024

Historic Hampton House  4240 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33142

Venue Info: Historic Hampton House


6 PM – Welcome Reception

Florida Humanities welcomes you to join our kick-off reception for the Florida Humanities Festival: South Florida! Mix and mingle with Florida Humanities staff and board members, festival panelists, and other humanities supporters.

*More details to come soon*

March 9, 2024

Little Haiti Cultural Complex 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

Venue Info: Little Haiti Cultural Complex


9 AM – Maximize Your Festival Day

Join Karen Eber Davis, nonprofit leadership consultant and expert, for a networking session to prep you on how to get the most of your day during the festival. Meet fellow humanities professionals and enthusiasts to share resources and explore collaborative possibilities.


10 AM – Welcome and Keynote Speaker 

Tom Hudson, WLRN senior economics editor and special correspondent, shares personal portraits of real Floridians as a way to better understand our society, culture, environment, and, ultimately, each other.


11-11:50 AM 

Humanities and the Arts

Marianne Lamonaca, program director of Florida International University’s The Humanities Edge, leads a discussion on visual and performing arts as a vehicle for exploring and understanding the humanities.

Humanities and Literature

Join Lissette Mendez, executive director of Miami Dade College’s Miami Book Fair, to explore the necessity for a literary life as part of the overall need for health and wellbeing in our communities. We’ll discuss the impact of literature on our society, from learning to read, to how we interact with our surroundings as adults.

Gallery Tour: “A Call to the Ancestors” with Dr. Rebecca Friedman

Co-Curator and FIU Professor Rebecca Friedman will lead a tour of the exhibition A Call to the Ancestors. This exhibition celebrates the resilience and unity inherent in cultural and religious practices that mark the transition from this life to the next, specifically reflecting on various cultures of Miami.


12 PM – Lunch Break

Lunch from Club Típico Dominicano is available for pre-purchase ($15). Lunch includes an entrée, a side, and a drink. Please let us know if you are vegetarian or have any food restrictions. Club Típico Dominicano is featured in the documentary about the community of Allapattah being shown after lunch.

Join us in the courtyard with your lunch to enjoy a performance of Haitian drumming and dance with NSL Danse Ensemble.


1 – 2:15 PM

Funding the Humanities

Humanities projects are strongly supported through state, local, and private funders. This conversation will explore importance of humanities-driven projects in South Florida, what funders look to support, and how funding goals have evolved.

  • Film Screening: “En Nuestras Palabras (In Our Own Words)” with Allapattah Collaborative CDC

“Allapattah: En Nuestras Palabras” explores the history, resiliency, and entrepreneurial spirit through the stories of the Allapattah neighborhood. Funded in part by a Florida Humanities Broadcasting Hope Media Grant, this documentary preserves the history of Allapattah, from its humble beginnings to the present day. The film will be screened in English with Spanish subtitles. Immediately following the film, Allapattah Collaborative CDC founding Director Mileyka Burgos Flores will lead a discussion and Q&A.

  • Gallery Tour: “A Call to the Ancestors” with Carl-Phillipe Juste

Co-Curator and Photographer Carl-Phillipe Juste will lead a tour of the exhibition A Call to the Ancestors. This exhibition celebrates the resilience and unity inherent in cultural and religious practices that mark the transition from this life to the next, specifically reflecting on various cultures of South Florida.


2:25-3:15 PM

Humanities and Digital Technologies

Dr. Myriam Mompoint, of Florida SouthWestern State College and the Florida Heritage Project, leads a conversation to uncover how humanities organizations are utilizing digital methods to expand their reach and raise awareness of humanities topics.

Humanities and the Environment

Join panelists as they discuss the importance of the natural environment in South Florida, how different cultures and individuals have interacted and been influenced by the environment, and how we as a society need to critically think about our relationship with the natural world.

Humanities Recap

Inspired but not sure what to do next? Join Karen Eber Davis, nonprofit leadership consultant and expert, in this session to refine your ideas, identify partners and resources, and continue networking.


3:30-5 PM

  • Closing Reception featuring Latin group Cortadito
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The Florida Humanities Festival will be hosted by the Historic Hampton House and Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Join us on March 8–9 for this celebration of the humanities in Florida!

The Historic Hampton House museum and cultural art center has opened new avenues of conversation on social justice and human rights and looks forward to a bright future in progressive discourse and dialogue. Restored in 2015, the iconic location is recognized as a National Historic Landmark Museum with galleries and programs in music and art.


The Little Haiti Cultural Center offers just some of the local community initiatives that visitors are welcome to enjoy. Located next door, The Caribbean Marketplace was designed by Charles Harrison Pawley in the style of the typical Haitian gingerbread architecture. The colorful pastel buildings with funky cutout shapes are a great place to stop and peruse local Haitian offerings.

Iconic mural by accomplished Haitian artist Ralph Allen – located at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

All photos courtesy Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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