Florida Talks

Questions? Contact:

April Myerscough
Public Programs Coordinator
[email protected]

What is Florida Talks?

Do you know the little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba? Or how the Jim Crow era still influences the collective American mind? Or the story behind a black-market orchid-smuggling scheme in Miami? Or the culture of the Florida Seminoles, and the history (and myth) of Chief Osceola? These are examples of more than 80 compelling topics available to you through our Florida Talks program.

Florida Talks, one of Florida Humanities’ longest-running programs, offers nonprofit organizations across Florida a way to host thought-provoking and engaging presentations by experts and scholars from our distinguished Speakers’ Bureau.

Florida Talks will be receiving a refresh in Fall 2022, including new speakers, programs, and a revamped partner application process. Join our mailing list for the latest news and updates!

Become a Florida Humanities Speaker

Applications are now open to become a Florida Talks speaker! Florida Humanities is looking for diverse and experienced scholars, storytellers, and authors to join our roster. Prospective applicants may apply for 1 to 3 humanities-focused talks to share with our statewide audience.

Click the button below to learn more and start an application!

Learn More and Apply

Watch Now!

An informational webinar all about the Florida Talks speaker application process! We will divulge what makes a good speaker, a great presentation, contract requirements, and the application process.

Recent Awards

Florida Humanities is pleased to partner with 20 organizations across the state in Spring 2022, bringing experts and scholars virtually and in person to share their passion for the humanities.

  • Boca Grande Historical Society (Lee)
  • Broward Public Library Foundation (Broward)
  • Center for Spiritual Care (Indian River)
  • Delray Beach Public Library (Palm Beach)
  • Dunedin Public Library (Pinellas)
  • Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund (Leon)
  • Florida Writers Association, Amelia Island Chapter (Nassau)
  • Friends of the North Indian River County Library (Indian River)
  • Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park (Wakulla)
  • Havana History and Heritage Society, Inc. (Gadsden)
  • Historic Ritz Theatre, Inc. (Polk)
  • Historical Society of Avon Park (Highlands)
  • Lake Wales History Museum (Polk)
  • Leesburg Public Library (Lake)
  • Marco Island Historical Society (Collier)
  • New River Public Library Cooperative (Union)
  • Orange County Library System (Orange)
  • Pensacola MESS Hall (Escambia)
  • Pinellas County African American History Museum (Pinellas)
  • Sanibel Community Association (Lee)

Check out our events calendar to find a Florida Talks program near you!

Resources for Current Partners

Digital Event Listing Form

Please use this form to electronically submit an Event Listing Form six weeks prior to each Florida Humanities-funded public program. All events will be included on our website event calendar.

Sample Event Listing
Event Listing Form

Digital Event Change Request Form

If you have a change to a submitted Event Listing, please use this form to briefly describe your event change (i.e. new event date, time, or venue). Please also include the prior date, time, or venue so that Florida Humanities staff can locate the appropriate event listing to change.

Event Change Request Form

Digital Contract Change Request Form

Please use this form to formally submit your proposed grant change, including all programmatic and/or budget changes. All proposed grant changes must be sent to Florida Humanities at least two weeks prior to change for approval.

Contract Change Request Form

PowerPoint Event Introduction Slide

Please use this slide at the beginning of all in-person or virtual events to promote Florida Humanities and your organizations as sponsors of the program.

Program Introduction Slide

Participant Surveys

  • For in-person events
    • Request Florida Humanities survey cards at least three weeks prior to your event.
    • Request copies of FORUM Magazine (optional)
    • Collect survey cards at the end of your event and send them to Florida Humanities
  • For virtual events
    • Direct participants to the Florida Humanities Online Survey
Survey Cards
Online Survey

Sample Legislature Letter

Please find here an example of a letter to your elective officials, such as a State Representative, Senator, US Congressperson, Mayor, or Councilperson.

Sample Legislature Letter

Required Acknowledgment & Downloadable Logos

Awarded funds are provided through Florida Humanities with funds from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. All materials publicizing or resulting from award activities must contain an acknowledgment of Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities support and carry the appropriate logo.

The acknowledgment must also include the following statement:

“This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and [your organization]. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.”

Florida Humanities Logo
Division of Arts and Culture Logo

Help Me Find My Elected Officials

Not sure who your elected officials are? Please use this visit this webpage to enter your address and city, and discover quickly who your Florida elected officials are.

Find My Elected Officials

Florida Talks Google Drive

We’ve created a Google Drive for Florida Talks Grant partners that includes speaker head shots to use in your marketing, a Florida Humanities Poster for in-person events, and the required funding acknowledgment to read prior to your events.

Go To Google Drive
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