FORUM is the award-winning, statewide magazine that supports the mission of Florida Humanities, which is to preserve, promote and share the history, literature, culture, and personal stories that offer Floridians a better understanding of themselves, their communities and their state. With thoughtful storytelling and captivating images, FORUM explores the people, places and moments that make up the fabric and foundation of the Sunshine State and shares the impact the humanities bring to our communities. FORUM is led by a team of exceptional editors, leading journalists and scholars and inspiring photographers and illustrators.
For more than 30 years, FORUM has been the gateway to discovering Florida through a different lens and offering a deeper look into the place Floridians call home. Explore past issues through our archives or check out our new book, Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises, an anthology of 50 stories curated from the archives of FORUM.
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Fall 2023 Issue: This Land We Love
Our Fall issue is an ode to the Sunshine State’s unique environment — a celebration of its natural spaces, a reflection of the prominent figures who’ve helped tell its story and a sobering reminder of what needs to be done to protect it. Leslie Poole (Rollins College environmental professor) reports not only the rising threats to Florida’s natural resources but also on promising solutions; popular writer Craig Pittman examines Florida’s one-of-a-kind relationship with the Alligator in a story that is accompanied by John Moran’s astonishing photography; and FORUM staff writer Janet Scherberger takes readers on a tour of the nine great eco-adventures Florida has to offer. PLUS: a personal essay from acclaimed author Jonathan Escoffery; Confederate Florida’s weaponized salt mining industry—and more.
Dive into a few of the features from the Fall 2023 issue. To receive the print edition of the magazine and enjoy reading all the stories, please consider supporting Florida Humanities through membership!
• To Preserve and Protect – Our State’s environment is under siege, but environmental professor and journalist Leslie Kemp Poole says we still can save it.
• Audubon, Revisited – John James Audubon was a brilliant naturalist and artist—with a racist past. Noted Audubon biographer Gregory Nobles considers his subject’s tarnished legacy.
• A Salty Story — How Confederate Florida weaponized an everyday commodity during the Civil War.
• Gatorland — Craig Pittman reports on the prehistoric reptiles that have become synonymous with modern Florida.
• Let’s Go Wild! — Come along on nine great eco-adventures, from snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas to exploring North Florida’s underground caves.
FORUM is supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.