2021 Florida Humanities Speakers Directory
Engaging Speakers, Compelling Topics, and Thought-provoking Discussions
Welcome to the Florida Humanities’ Speakers Directory, a curated collection of the Sunshine State’s best and brightest experts, scholars, journalists, folklorists and more, poised to bring engaging presentations and conversations right to your local community.
Florida Humanities is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Partnering with nonprofit organizations across the state, Florida Humanities funds a wide variety of grants and public programming that explores Florida’s rich history and culture.
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Using this directory, organizations can connect with these experts to bring a wide variety of compelling humanities programming to their community. Speakers can engage the public is several ways:
Please Note: Speakers on this directory have agreed to a capped speaking fee of no more than $300 for a Florida Humanities-funded event. This fee does not include travel, so be sure to discuss those details as you plan your event.
2021 Speakers Directory
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Professor Barbara Mennel holds a joint appointment in the German section of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Film Studies Program and the Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities tracks in the English Department. Her research interests include transnational cinematic practices, feminist and queer theory, and the intersection of urban studies and film studies. At UF, she has been awarded the University of Florida Foundation Research Professorship (2018-21) and the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship (2014-20). She is the author of several books.
The City on Screen
An examination of the development of cities on screen. Silent films depicted cities as incarnations of modernity. With the invention of light-weight cameras, films in the mid-century entered the streets of Rome, Paris, and Berlin showing movement through the avenues of the metropolis. At the turn of the 21st century, images of megacities, such as Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro, circulated on the global film market as crime-ridden dystopian visions.